VEGOOSE 2006: DREAMS SO HUGE

Words by Andy Tennille, Tanner Wyer & Kayceman
Images by Michael Jurick, Dave Vann & Andy Tennille

Vegoose Music Festival :: 10.27.06 - 10.31.06
Las Vegas, NV

Vegas. The Entertainment Capital of the World. America's Playground. Lost Wages.

Whatever you call it, Las Vegas offers a different adventure for every new sinner arriving in Sin City.

Some come to strike it rich or with hopes of a new beginning; others are trying to escape their sordid pasts or ride off into the sunset.


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The same can be said for Vegoose, the Halloween music festival thrown by Superfly and AC Entertainment for the past two years at UNLV's Sam Boyd Stadium. Some bands – The Raconteurs, Gomez, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Built to Spill and The Killers – arrived at Vegoose riding the wave of successful new albums, while others, like Widespread Panic, The Mars Volta, Trey Anastasio and The Black Crowes, were in search of a rebirth following personnel changes. Fiona Apple, Money Mark and Praxis all expanded the musical horizons of Vegoose attendees, while The Roots, Jurassic 5, The Coup and Dr. Octagon brought the hip-hop vibe. Jenny Lewis, Band of Horses, Jim James and Damien "Junior Gong" Marley came to Vegas to make a name for themselves, while Saturday headliners Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Phil Lesh & Friends and Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann's Rhythm Devils are entering the twilight of their careers.

Old or young, rich or poor, famous or infamous, everyone comes to Las Vegas chasing a different dream. Some find theirs amid the iridescent glow of The Strip; others are led astray like a mirage in the Nevada desert.
-Andy Tennille (AT)

Friday :: 10.27.06

Robert Randolph :: The Orleans Arena


Randolph & Anastasio :: 10.27 :: The Orleans by Vann
"It's very hard to survive in Sin City for somebody from any church, but you can just appreciate what Vegas has to offer, take it step by step and have a good time. Let it be innocent, but still have fun. Just flow with it."

Robert Randolph swirls the remnants of his Patron silver tequila in a red plastic Solo cup as a broad grin spreads across his sweaty face. The prince of the pedal steel and his Family Band have just finished opening for Trey Anastasio at The Orleans Arena on the Friday night before the official festival kickoff, and the party is in full swing backstage. Randolph is in town promoting his new album, Colorblind, which comprised most of the band's hour-long set. A mix of soul, rock, hip-hop and funk, Colorblind is a continuation of 2003's Grammy-nominated Unclassified, which saw Randolph and the Family Band begin to spread their wings beyond their gospel background. But most of all, Randolph says the new album is about one thing – love.

"It's all about love, man. When you love yourself first, you can appreciate and love other people. That's what I tried to do with this record – to get people to celebrate life and love," the New Jersey native pontificates. "It's not so much a sexual love or a sensual love. It's more like an 'I care for you' kind of thing. I want to help lift you up when you're down. This record is a celebration of life. I hope people realize that life can be snatched away from you at any moment."
-AT

Trey Anastasio :: The Orleans Arena


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Interestingly enough, the night's headliner has apparently experienced a similar cathartic experience of late. When Trey Anastasio walked offstage and away from Phish at Coventry in August 2004, fans wondered openly why the guitarist would walk away from the fame and success he'd achieved from a 21-year relationship with Mike Gordon, Jon Fishman and Page McConnell. After a few months spent recording what eventually became Bar 17, the guitarist emerged with the underwhelming 70 Volt Parade touring band and the pop-leaning Shine, a commercially successful album not fully embraced by Phish's skeptical fan base. As quickly as the Parade started, it ended. Bassist Peter Chwazik and drummer Skeeto Valdez were replaced by the New Orleans funk duo of Tony Hall and Raymond Weber. With Les Hall's departure earlier this year and the addition of fellow Vermonters Jennifer Hartswick and Christina Durfee on backing vocals, the current incarnation of the Trey Anastasio Band was born.


Trey Anastasio :: 10.27 :: The Orleans by Tennille
Not only did Anastasio arrive in Vegas with a new band, including Jeff "Apt. Q258" Sipe on drums in place of an ailing Weber, but Big Red also had a new lease on life. According to recent interviews, amid all the chaos following Phish's break-up, Anastasio has been battling demons in the form of drug addiction. Whatever catharsis the guitarist has undergone, the experience is evident in his music. With old friend Ray Paczkowski still anchoring the keyboards and Hall and Sipe driving a tight groove, Anastasio had room to play and explore without the constraint of another guitarist in the mix. The result was a more focused sound – "Simple Twist Up Dave" and a stellar "First Tube" got things started nicely before Randolph and Family Band organist Jason Crosby sat in for a red-hot reading of Hendrix's "Stone Free." "Push On Til the Day" may have been the pinnacle of the show, but the real highlight was seeing Anastasio back with a band that could keep up and challenge him musically. G.R.A.B. managed to accomplish it this summer, and TAB 2.0 proved they're up for the challenge in Vegas.
-AT

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Saturday :: 10.28 :: Sam Boyd Stadium

Gomez :: 12:20 – 1:20


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Gomez may have traveled the longest path to get to Vegoose. The blokes from Southport, England have hit the U.S. hard this year, playing Bonnaroo, JazzFest, Beale Street, Sasquatch and Vegoose - all while supporting Out West, a live album compiled from two nights recorded at The Fillmore in San Francisco last January, and How We Operate, the band's new studio album released in May.

While the band didn't officially open Vegoose 2006 (that honor went to Asheville's Toubab Krewe), their set lacked the energy that a larger crowd would have brought. Most in attendance hid their bleary eyes behind dark shades, whether they were navigating a treacherous all-nighter or simply summoning whatever energy was gained from a few scant hours of sleep. Gomez was much the same; their set was pleasant enough, but the band looked tired and failed to connect with the audience and create some excitement. Opening with "Shot Shot" off 2002's In Our Gun, the band split their set between older tunes and material from How We Operate, including a great "Hangover Girl" with a ripping tease of Zep's "How Many More Times."

Trying to play a rock show at the same time most little kids are scarfing Fruity Pebbles and watching cartoons is difficult; doing it without much encouragement from the audience proved impossible for Gomez.
-AT

Praxis :: 1:15 – 2:15


Bill Laswell - Praxis by Tennille
Las Vegas is bigger than life; it's a caricature of itself. Too much for one man to comprehend, this make-believe city in the desert is a mask that millions hide behind as they seek out their dirtiest desires. Brian Carroll is too much as well. So much indeed that his alien guitar skills and spooky-ass dementia led Carroll to strap on a hockey mask and KFC bucket to forever transform into Buckethead. With one of the most talented group of players alive, Buckethead, bassist (and producer-extraordinaire) Bill Laswell, keysman Bernie Worrell and Brain on drums were the first to truly blow minds at Vegoose. (Editor's Note: We are unable to confirm that Brain was on drums in Vegas, but we believe he was.)

As Buckethead teased the notes to Halloween and led the band through a Star Wars medley, it was quickly apparent that on Halloween weekend in Las Vegas at a freakfest like Vegoose, there was no better foil than Praxis. To drive the sprit of the holiday home, Laswell found deep frequencies most had never considered while Buckethead stepped off the stage to hand-deliver a gift of unknown origin to a mask and bucket-wearing disciple in the crowd. The power of Praxis would prove to be like a flush at the poker table, difficult to beat and an absolute highlight of the weekend.
-Kayce

MMW with Maceo Parker :: 2:40 – 3:40
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Downtown Gotham jazz groovers Medeski Martin & Wood have proven over the course of their 15-year career that three musicians are more than enough. But it's been the band's choice of collaborators over the years in both live concerts as well as in the studio setting – Sex Mob founder Steven Bernstein, Vernon Reid, DJ Logic, Mark Ribot, Sun Ra sax man Marshall Allen, Trey Anastasio and John Scofield among them – that has pushed the band into new sonic territory that was perhaps unreachable by a trio alone.

Maceo Parker – he of James Brown, Parliament and Prince fame – has made a career out of augmenting other people's music. Nor was this Parker's first foray into jamming with MMW – he'd done so six years prior at a festival date in Maryland. But it was the ease with which the consummate sideman slid right into the trio's set on Saturday at Vegoose that made it feel as if he'd been playing with them all along. Beginning with "The Lover" off 1995's Friday Afternoon in the Universe, Parker peppered MMW's set with alto saxophone and flute solos that escalated the musical tension onstage and provided Medeski and Wood with opportunities to exchange riffs and improvise. In return for his horn magic, MMW backed Parker on two choice covers from his own catalogue – "Uptown Up" off 2002's Funk Overload and "Quick Step" from 2003's Made by Maceo. The covers continued with a jazz-funk version of Peter Tosh's "Legalize It" that was met with billowing clouds of stanky smoke emanating from the growing audience before the group ended their set with a fantastic version of "Chubb Sub" off Friday Afternoon in the Universe, bringing the set full circle to where it started an hour before.


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In addition to his appearance during MMW's set, Parker fronted his own band for a late-night show at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay that started shortly after the festival's main stage closed on Saturday night. Aided by rumors that a certain special guest from Paisley Park would make an appearance, the House of Blues was full of buzz and anticipation throughout Parker's ultra-funky set. Just as the night's expectations threatened to supersede the band's performance, none other than Prince walked out from side stage left, grabbed a guitar and ripped one of his trademark otherworldly solos before tossing the instrument into the crowd. Rock royalty hit it and quit it, all in less than 90 seconds. Take me to the bridge, Maceo!
-AT

The Raconteurs :: 3:50 – 4:50


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When you're good, and I mean really good, you can dictate policy and run the table. Only the best are able to pull it off, but if you are on that level you can take huge risks and end up with incredible results. For example, you might even be able to create music that is able to reach both the popular radio masses and the discerning tastemakers. With a guitar in his hand and a mic in his face, there may be no better than Jack White. Having already conquered the music world with his White Stripes, logic says that Jack should just continue milking the cow, but that's not what a legend in the making does.


Jack White
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What does Jack White do at the peak of his career? He splits up his pair and doubles down creating The Raconteurs. Risky? A gamble you say? Sure. But what we didn't know was that Jack was holding Brendan Benson in his hand, and Benson is a clear ace. At their Vegoose set, the band ran through most of the material on their stellar debut, Broken Boy Soldier and mixed in a fabulous cover of David Bowie's "It Ain't Easy." However predictable the songs may have been was irrelevant, it was all about how they played their hand, each song taking on new colors and different angles. It was a raging rock show with giant slabs of guitar sweeping across the crowd while the sun was still out.

The Raconteurs called to mind rock greats of the past as they controlled the tempo of songs, building them up and smashing them open. While there were hints of rock heroes in their sound, the magic of Jack White is something all his own. The approach he uses and the tone of his guitar is what will set him apart in 20 years. It's as if Jack's power overwhelms the system. There is too much rock & roll coming out of his guitar and trying to be forced through those tiny wires and pick-ups. His gritty guitar is constantly spilling over the edges, too much to understand, distorted, dirty, sexual, menacing... much like Las Vegas herself.
-Kayce

Yard Dogs Road Show :: All Weekend Long
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Yard Dogs Road Show by Tennille
With attendance down this year due to weaker-than-expected ticket sales, organizers decided against using the football stadium to house the main stage and instead squeezed four stages into the same surrounding fields that held three in 2005. The result was an event that had a more personal feel despite being one of the top music festivals in the States last year.

The more intimate feel of this year's festival was due, in no small part, to the five performances of the Yard Dogs Road Show. The bastard child of The Flaming Lips, the Yard Dogs combine elements of the old-time vaudeville road show and burlesque cabaret featuring a bevy of scantily-clad dancers and talented performers doused with loads of confetti, balloons and streamers and backed by a crack gypsy band. More than anything, the Yard Dogs offered concert-goers a nice break from the more traditional rock festival fare and a mid-afternoon respite from the beaming Nevada sun.
-AT

Damian Marley :: 5:00 – 6:15


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The Mars Volta :: 6:25 – 7:55


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One of the reasons JamBase went to Vegoose was to start exploring our video dreams and start bringing new content to our users. A focus in our filming was artist interviews, and there was one answer we kept hearing from almost every musician we spoke with.

JamBase: What bands are you looking forward to seeing on the bill?

Artist: The Mars Volta.

Lucky for me (as I was doing most of these interviews) that too was one of the main reasons I was in Las Vegas. As night began to fall on the first day of Vegoose, I wrapped up my interview with Killers bassist Mark Stoermer (click here to watch) and we both bee-lined it for the Snake Eyes Stage, arriving just as the eight-piece, Latin-laced rock band took the stage. What we quickly learned was that while many artists and a couple-thousand rabid fans were foaming at the mouth awaiting The Mars Volta, a large portion of attendees just couldn't handle the heat as they began to flee the madness that was pouring off the stage.


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What we also found out was that The Mars Volta gamble huge, and apparently they never lose. Twice in the past year the band has switched drummers yet refused to take a break from the road. That, my friend, especially when considering the acrobatic skills required of a drummer in this band, is a giant gamble. This time throwing beat master Deantoni Parks (best known for his work in Kudu) directly into the fire, The Mars Volta played just three songs in their hour-and-a-half-long set: the brand new "Rapid Fire Tollbooth" and "Viscera Eyes" > "Day of the Baphomets." The remainder of the show was a giant, psychedelic jam session where the Volta basically just freaked the fuck out. Front man/vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala was humping the speaker, jumping off it, picking up the mic stand with his teeth and reaching incredible heights with his operatic voice while following guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez straight to the depths of hell in the fiercest set of music all weekend.
-Kayce

Jurassic 5 :: Saturday :: 7:30 – 9:00
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Jurassic 5 by Vann
Coming out of The Mars Volta, the plan was to hit a bit of The Black Crowes and a chunk of Las Vegas natives, The Killers. The problem was that after Omar and his Volta band did their thing, there was no more room inside the melon for guitar rock. Tossing the schedule out the window and spinning our luck, we found the sound of Jurassic 5 and quickly remembered that after one's head is split by psychedelic rock & roll, hip-hop is your answer.

Beats spilled from the stage like sweaty bodies under the tent as hands were flapping and Vegoose was partying. J5 was able to beat the odds as they transformed a tent in the middle of the desert into a bumpin' club, wowing the crowd with one of the best live hip-hop shows on the circuit.
-Kayce

The Black Crowes :: 7:30 – 9:00


Chris Robsinson - Black Crowes by Jurick
2006 may be the year of The Dog in China, but here in the States, this year was supposed to be the year of The Black Crowes.

Since reuniting last year, the Crowes have hit the road hard, headlining a New Year's Eve show at Madison Square Garden and three of the biggest festivals in the States (New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Bonnaroo, and Austin City Limits Festival) in addition to multi-night runs at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom, Los Angeles' Henry Fonda Theatre and The Fillmore in San Francisco. The band also released Freak 'N' Roll Into the Fog, a live concert DVD documenting the band's run at The Fillmore in August 2005, and The Lost Crowes, a two-disc collection featuring songs from sessions recorded in the '90s for two previously unreleased albums: Tall and Band. A summer full of stellar live performances, combined with talk of a new studio album in the works, gave fans hope that the band had finally put all the in-fighting and back-biting behind them and were firmly focused on a future together, yet drama continues to dog the Crowes.


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On the eve of their fall tour, the band dismissed long-time keyboardist Eddie Harsch. A week later, powerhouse guitarist Marc Ford quit, and both musicians were quickly replaced by Paul Stacey on guitar and Rob Clores on keyboards.

While the band continues to be led by brothers Chris and Rich Robinson, the loss of Ford left a noticeable void in the band's festival set. Gone was the guitar interplay between Rich Robinson and Ford that drove so much of the band's improvisations, and Clores showed none of the instrumental flair and prowess that Harsch brought on a regular basis.

"Halfway to Everywhere" and "Soul Singing" showed why Chris Robinson is the modern-day torchbearer to Eddie Hinton's white-boy, blue-eyed soulfulness, but the set-closing "Jealous Again" and "Remedy" came off like audience pandering, just another formerly relevant rock band rolling out their radio hits.
-AT

The Killers :: 8:05 – 9:35


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Tom Petty :: 9:45 – 11:00


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While many artists came to Vegoose to either find new fans or somehow jump-start their waning career, Tom Petty need not do either. He's a legend, flat-out. Perhaps riding on his last touring legs, the 56-year-old Petty is the American Dream, and that's exactly what his music sounds like.

It wasn't daring like the Volta or explosive like The Raconteurs, but Tom Petty was food for the soul. Like driving down the road on a summer afternoon with the roof down and radio on, Petty was warm and inviting (even though the desert temperature had dropped drastically). We knew every word to songs we thought we had forgotten. It didn't matter that almost every song was a "hit" - heck, most of the songs Petty has written became hits, and that has certainly always been part of his appeal. Writing a good pop song that hits the heart and rocks the body is no easy task, but Petty made a career out of it.


Tom Petty by Jurick
Dancing with friends was easy, and the night felt just right after a long day. Tom Petty wasn't a show-stopping, must-see headliner, but he was an easy come-down and perfect segue into Saturday night in Sin City.

STS9 :: Saturday Late Nite :: The Hard Rock
With one day of the festival behind us, The Joint at the Hard Rock Casino just off the strip proved to be quite the place to spend your Sunday morning. Sound Tribe Sector Nine started their late night concert just before 2am for the second consecutive year, to a second sold-out Vegoose crowd. STS9 again rose to the occasion, delivering another incredible marquee performance.

The first set was focused on newer material, opening with the up-tempo "Rent" and moving into Artifact track, "Somesing." "Blu Moods" incessant guitar lick by Hunter Brown was an energetic highlight of the set, while the horn-infused electronic samples of "Hi-Key" brought the funk.

However - it was not until the second set that STS9 really accomplished what they set out to do that Sunday morning. From the beginning seconds of the boomerang-calling tones of "Lo Swaga," it was quite apparent that in this set, they were pulling out all the stops.

"Evasive Maneuvers" was a sonic exploration before dropping into one of the more explosive versions of "Kamuy" in recent years, with the living drum machine Zach Velmer relentlessly beating the shit out of his toms for several minutes. From there, Velmer took it to a whole new level by pulling out the long-time STS9 staple, "Orbital."

Encores "You Don't Say" and "GLOgli" provided some serious musical layering, and turning around to look at the crowd amidst the lights, nothing but dancing bodies and huge smiles were to be seen. The morning had ended, and it was time for a cat nap.
-Tanner Wyer

Phil & Trey :: Saturday Late Nite :: The Orleans Arena


Phil & Trey :: 10.28 :: Late Nite by Jurick
Set I:
Ghost > Cryptical Envelopment > The Other One > (instrumental) Drifting > Dark Star > Mountains of the Moon > 46 Days > St. Stephen > The Eleven > Plasma

Set II:
Dark Star > One For The Rose > Dark Star > Wharf Rat > I Know You Rider

Encore:
Viola Lee Blues > Here Comes Sunshine > Shine

Band Lineup:
Trey - guitar, vocals
Phil Lesh - bass, vocals
John Medeski - keyboards
John Molo - drums
Larry Campbell - guitar
Christina Durfee - vocals

Continue reading for Sunday at Vegoose...

Sunday :: 10.30 :: Sam Boyd Stadium

Band of Horses :: 12:20 – 1:05


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If there was a young band that came to Vegas with dreams of finding glory in the form of new fans, it was Band of Horses. Breaking onto the scene with the 2006 release of their shockingly good album Everything All The Time, Band of Horses came out of nowhere to capture the attention of the music world.

Not quite able to transfer the brilliance of the record to the stage, bandleader/mastermind Ben Bridwell (guitar/lap steel/vocals) appears to be getting a bit more comfortable in his skin as he's tightening up the nervous banter between songs that often deflates the power of his music. Staring into the Vegas sun on a hot Sunday morning, Bridwell found some of that heart-wrenching emotion from his album as he brought cheers with the epic rocker "Great Salt Lake," the haunting slow-burner "Monsters," and the ass-kicking ELO cover "Showdown."
-Kayce

Built To Spill :: 1:15 – 2:15


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Sometimes when you gamble, you loose. As a rule of thumb, festivals are a gamble for bands. With so many acts on the bill, there's no time for a sound check and there's no way to get any special attention if needed.

Built To Spill's set was plagued with technical issues and a stage that bounced with every beat, knocking over equipment and distracting singer Doug Martsch. Furthermore, besides placing an acoustic Jim James against Widespread Panic at night (when he clearly should have been under the sun), Built To Spill's early-day placement was questionable.

Struggling to find their groove, the band plowed through several songs from 2006's You In Reverse before hitting their stride towards the end with "Randy Described Eternity" off Perfect From Now On. Clearly pissed off, drummer Scott Plouf left the stage and started packing his gear as Martsch continued to patiently conduct a swarming guitar meltdown in front of confused audience members. As they say, you can't control the cards you're dealt; all you can do is play them as well as possible. Built To Spill did just that, performing well enough under difficult circumstances to at the very least break even at Vegoose.
-Kayce

Galactic :: 2:25 – 3:40
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Ellman & Moore
Galactic by Jurick
I may be in the minority on this, but when Galactic announced the departure of Theryl "The Houseman" DeClouet in 2004, I was excited at what the future held for the current torch-bearers of Crescent City funk. I loved the dynamic that Houseman brought to the band – the smooth, soulful vocals and equally unctuous front man skills – but there were times when the core band was cookin' and his presence on stage would seemingly kill the momentum.

Nothing of the sort was afoot for Galactic's set at Vegoose. The band was super tight, Ben Ellman's searing sax solos riding along the top of Rich Vogel's bouncy Hammond organ fills. Rob Mercurio and drummer extraordinaire Stanton Moore form a solid rhythm duo, but it's the subdued brilliance of guitarist Jeff Raines with his note-perfect leads that makes this band go.

Perhaps hinting at their upcoming album, which will find the band exploring their love of hip-hop fronted by various special guest MCs, Galactic brought out Gift of Gab from Blackalicious and Ladybug Mecca from Digable Planets to freestyle over their thick, swampy groove. A set-closing cover of "Kashmir" saw the band rework the Zeppelin classic and returned them to their instrumental roots, just as they should be.
-AT

Fiona Apple :: 3:50 – 5:05


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Every festival offers an opportunity to see an artist that you have never seen or might not otherwise know about.

At Vegoose 2006, that artist was Fiona Apple. Buzz about the 29-year-old songstress' mid-afternoon set on Sunday built over the weekend until Apple demurely entered stage right and took a seat behind her piano. From the opening notes of "Get Him Back" through the set-closing "Parting Gift," Apple showed why she is one of the bright young stars in rock music. Coupling jazzy piano playing and band arrangements with sometimes sultry, sometimes angst-ridden vocals, Apple's performance was captivating and alluring, her highly personal songs cutting through the human emotion and splitting it wide-open for all to see. While not as well known in the jamband community as most of the other performers at Vegoose, it's safe to say that Fiona Apple wowed those in attendance and bagged a few new fans in the process.
-AT

Phil Lesh & Trey Anastasio :: 5:15 – 7:15


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On October 26th, legendary Grateful Dead bass player Phil Lesh made the startling announcement that he'd been diagnosed with prostate cancer and would be undergoing an operation in December to have the malignant tumor removed.

This wasn't Lesh's first health scare. In 1998, the bassist underwent a liver transplant as a result of chronic Hepatitis C infection and has become an outspoken advocate for organ donor programs ever since. Lesh's recent brush with mortality has seemingly invigorated the 66-year-old Bay Area musician, resulting in the release of a new live concert DVD (Live at the Warfield Theater) on October 31st, an appearance at the Bob Dylan tribute concert at Lincoln Center, and the inaugural meeting of Phil Lesh University, an opportunity for aspiring musicians to jam with the bass player and hear his thoughts on music, life, and the Grateful Dead.


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Billed as "Phil & Trey," expectations for Lesh's visit to Vegas were high as the bassist was reuniting with Trey Anastasio for two shows, one at the festival grounds and another late-night show at Orleans Arena. The lineup – Anastasio on guitar, John Molo on drums, Dylan alum Larry Campbell on guitar, Christina Durfee on back-up vocals and John Medeski on keys – had the potential to be the most talented assemblage of musicians Lesh has compiled since his famed Quintet that toured from September 2000 through December 2003. Despite the high hopes, Lesh and company's festival set never truly got off the ground until the show-closing "Help on the Way" > "Slipknot!" > "Franklin's Tower." Mike Gordon's appearance on Anastasio's guitar for "Back on the Train" was fun, and the rousing cover of Dylan's "Like A Rolling Stone" provided the crowd with a nice sing-a-long. Molo continues to prove what a monster drummer he is and Medeski showed why he's one of the most sought-after keysmen on the planet, but the interplay between Campbell and Anastasio just wasn't there and consequently the lineup didn't gel and deliver the type of set expected from the array of high-caliber talent on stage.
-AT

Jim James :: 7:30 – 8:45


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As The Roots delivered the goods across the festival grounds on the Jokers Wild Stage and Widespread Panic rocked out a few hundred yards away, the highlight of Vegoose 2006 quietly took the stage with tongue firmly planted in cheek.

Cloaked in the darkness of the Cabaret Clubs Tent, My Morning Jacket's Jim James and Carl Broemel emerged as the curtain rose dressed in dark suits and wielding sledgehammers threateningly at the jack-o-lanterns that lined the front of the stage. Despite the menacing entrance, the duo from Louisville, Kentucky delivered an epic set of stripped-down versions of My Morning Jacket classics including "Dancefloors," "Golden," "Bermuda Highway" and "Hopefully," as well as a few rarities like "Old September Blues," "Butch Cassidy" and "The Bear." As if to punctuate their tremendous performance, James and Broemel reclaimed their sledgehammers at the end of their set and put new meaning to the phrase "smashing pumpkins."

Some find James' celestial vocals awe-inspiring; others claim anyone can sound good with the reverb knob dialed to 10. Regardless, no one can refute the fact that James is among a select few songwriters that can deliver both delicate, intimate songs and all-out head-banging rockers with equal aplomb. This dichotomy, so rare in today's popular music, is the reason why My Morning Jacket is one of the most exciting bands in rock music today.
-AT

Widespread Panic :: 8:00 – 11:00


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In Vegas one card can change your life. The world (or dealer) can back you into a corner, but if you find that one missing piece to your hand, everything can change. Coming out of a chaotic, controversial and stressful summer that found George McConnell leaving mid-tour and Jimmy Herring taking over on guitar, Widespread Panic was betting the farm on Herring. Many fans hadn't seen the new configuration until Vegoose, and most left the festival appearance impressed and interested in what Herring might have to offer... Could he be the card that pushes Panic to a new level?

A one-set, three-hour show with strong, cohesive versions of classic Panic songs like "Fishwater," "Chilly Water," Barstools and Dreamers" and "Ain't Life Grand," in addition to a beautiful reading of "Little Wing," were encouraging, but by the end of it all, it was clear that the Vegoose-headlining Panic show on 10/29 was a mere warm-up for what they had in store for their Halloween show the next evening.
-Kayce

Continue reading for SCI's Late Nite show...

String Cheese Incident Late Nite
-Photos by Dave Vann

10/29/06 Orleans Arena, Las Vegas, NV

Set I: Hey Hey We're the Monkeys, Black Clouds, Bam, Piece Of Mine, Round The Wheel > Solution > Birdland > Wheel Hoss > Birdland, Las Vegas > Welcome to the Jungle> Drums > Jam > Welcome to the Jungle

Set II: Shantytown, Rain, Little Hands > Concrete Jungle > Bumpin' Reel, Eye Know Why > Jungle Boogie > Texas

Encore: Doin' My Time, Daryl

Continue reading for Widespread Panic's Halloween show...

Widespread Panic :: 10.30.06 (Halloween Show)
MGM Grand Theater, Las Vegas


John Bell - WSP by Vann
Sometimes you go to Vegas for one reason but wind up having a completely different experience, like going for a business trip and leaving married to a hooker. Or in this case, you go for the great lineup at Vegoose, and you leave with a renewed love affair with an old, almost-forgotten flame. The show Widespread Panic managed to pull off for Halloween was so far beyond expectations it reminded many of days believed to be gone forever.

Jimmy Herring's fluid expertise on lead was able to push Panic into areas that have not even been considered in recent years. While there is great speculation as to what exactly happened with McConnell, this is a business - and the business is music. Regardless of why, what we do know is that Jimmy Herring is making this a more dynamic and exciting band. You want proof? Look no further than the 18-minute "Diner" that Jimmy pushed and pushed on, forcing bassist Dave Schools to follow him through the tunnel and opening up room for John Bell to rap about not only himself, but also parts of "Pigeons," "Hatfield," and costumes in the crowd.


Domingo "Sunny" Ortiz - WSP by Vann
This was what Panic fans want - no need - from a Halloween show. Last year in Vegas was a let-down, perhaps the first Halloween show ever to be coined as such. But this year Widespread Panic clearly had something to prove; they wanted to make damn sure that everyone knew that the band is fucking back.

Hanging out at Vegoose on Sunday night I ran into Schools backstage. We began talking about Jimmy and how much the band is enjoying his contributions, and then Schools brought up Halloween. He said, "Last year we did some things we wanted to do. This year is for the real music fan. I know you are a real music fan..." He stressed the whole real music fan thing twice, and I had no idea what he was talking about, I just shrugged it off. What he meant was the insane list of covers they would bust out, many of which had never been played.

Panic dusted off songs by some of the biggest names in music... a show for real music fans. Alongside smoking version of their own classic tracks, Panic tore through The Beatles' "I Want You," The Grateful Dead's "Morning Dew," The Doors' "People Are Strange," War's "Slipping Into Darkness," R.E.M.'s "You Can't Get Here From There," "That Old Black Magic" by Harold Arlen/Johnny Mercer, and ten dirty minutes of Golden Earring's "Radar Love." And for those who need a nice tear-jerk to take the show "over the top," JB led the band through the first version of Michael Houser's "Airplane" since 7/2/02 - Houser's last show.


WSP by Vann
Halloween with Panic had it all. It was a reminder of what drew tens of thousands of fans to follow them around the world. It shattered what we thought Panic was capable of in the post-Mikey era. More than anything, that feeling was back... that feeling where anything can happen. There were surprises and wild cards. Chances were taken, and new doors were opened. Widespread Panic rejuvenated the souls of many fans who had given up.

After the show had ended and wild-eyed fans were pouring into the MGM Casino (which was attached to the MGM Grand Theater), something else happened that I hadn't witnessed in years. As the herd of people slowly moved their way through the stairs and elevators, the halls and walkways, sudden eruptions of cheering and adoration for Panic would spread, eventually filling up the entire area until everyone was yelling and hooting. "Normal" folks were scared. They backed up and began trying to figure out what all the commotion was about. Casino workers were on guard, wondering what the hell was going on. The message was clear... Hide the children because Widespread Panic is back in town.

10/30/06 MGM Grand, Las Vegas, NV

Set I
Contentment Blues, People Are Strange, You Should Be Glad > John's Other Jam > Pilgrims > Greta > Sharon > Time Zones, Stop-Go > Imitation Leather Shoes > Chainsaw City

Set II
Cant Get There From Here, Slippin' Into Darkness > When The Clowns Come Home, Diner > Proving Ground > Drums > Airplane > Morning Dew > Love Tractor

Encore:
That Old Black Magic, Radar Love, I Want You (She's So Heavy)

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wut? starstarstarstarstar Wed 11/15/2006 08:51PM
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wut?

good stuff...looks like an amazing time

DirtyRice starstarstarstarstar Wed 11/15/2006 09:18PM
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DirtyRice

note editor: that was brain on the kit for praxis. dude grew his hair a wee bit since last time i seen him but his chops are very recognizable. praxis must do a late night freakshow next year!

ambrosiajam Wed 11/15/2006 09:27PM
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i wish i could find a few grand and go blow it at vegoose next year...

Hotchkiss starstarstarstarstar Wed 11/15/2006 10:44PM
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Hotchkiss

that was a great review of the killers set.

All Loving Liberal White Guy Wed 11/15/2006 10:59PM
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All Loving Liberal White Guy

great write up and photos. props to kayce for showin love to bill laswell.

être Thu 11/16/2006 12:49AM
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être

Great music but piss poor lay out compared to last year. Bands played over one another unless you were close to the stage. Hip hop meshed into Widespread Panic segueways. (very annoying) The crowd was great again. It was great to see Phil, Trey, Rhythm Devils w/ Mike Gordon but.... The YARD DOGS ROAD SHOW was by far the coolest show of the weekend.

redredwine star Thu 11/16/2006 05:21AM
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VEGOOSE SUCKED THIS YEAR

VIP WAS GOD AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWFULLLLL....

I PAID $500 FOR WHAT!!!!!!!!????????????

-A CRAPPY GATED OFF SPOT NEXT TO THE STAGE?
-A VIP TENT A MILE FROM THE MAIN STAGE?

WORST TREATMENT EVER...

I CAN'T BELIEVE MORE PEOPLE AREN'T OUTRAGED AT THIS

RIP OFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

nothing against the music... just crappy promoters

starting with NOT ANNOUNCING THE OFFICIAL LINEUP until LIKE A WEEK BEFORE

horrible..just horrible

hatfieldsbro starstarstarstarstar Thu 11/16/2006 06:48AM
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The message was clear... Hide the children because Widespread Panic is back in town.

hahahah ur god damn right

SuperDee starstarstarstarstar Thu 11/16/2006 07:07AM
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SuperDee

tremendous!

cocheese Thu 11/16/2006 07:28AM
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cocheese

PANIC IS BACK, YEAH BABY!!!!!!!!


toestothenose starstarstarstarstar Thu 11/16/2006 07:38AM
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toestothenose

This is how a review should be done! Excellent multimedia coverage! Love the photo work Jurick - nice to see someone do something different also.

Luthur starstarstarstar Thu 11/16/2006 07:50AM
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Question... How many people were there? I kept hearing things about poor pre-ticket sales. Looked like a good time.


lovejahlive starstarstarstarstar Thu 11/16/2006 08:00AM
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lovejahlive

Sorry I missed the Panic.

VWFiend Thu 11/16/2006 09:06AM
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Widespread Panic is a bunch of homos. Nice costumes, I bet the show "raged." WSP sucks.

dier13 starstarstarstar Thu 11/16/2006 09:41AM
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to VWfiend...

can i ask who are you to say WSP "sucks"...thats the single most ignorant post you could make...just dont post if what you have is completely closed minded and of no relevance to the article as a whole...

and ps...panic doesnt suck one bit...in fact they are on their way back...hopefully people like you wont figure that out and stay away from the amazing things they are doing

Tristan starstarstarstar Thu 11/16/2006 09:41AM
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Tristan

I docked y'all one star. Here's why: my face melted at Vegoose. One show single-handedly made my Vegoose experience 5-star-worthy. Everyone in attendance was struck stupid after its completion at 6AM Sunday morning (I haven't seen that many confused kids post-show since the last time Phish was on). Apparently, Jambase found this show to be merely "mentionable," whereas I rate this show among my top 5 concert experiences, ever. So, you lost a star because I have a different opinion than you...

Phil and Trey late night was epic. Anyone who missed this show missed out on the weekend's best improvisational musical expression. The Orleans became a psychoacoustic lab experiment, and the scientists came out swinging for the fences. This show a) reminded me why I care about live music and b) beat me down for needing to be reminded. The set the next day was 60%, whereas this show was 120% (that's right, twice as good). ETC.!

(everything else was great though (videos!). rock on)

Luthur starstarstarstar Thu 11/16/2006 09:48AM
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VwFriend - You slay me!!! You used the word homo, sucks, and put quotation marks around raged to insinuate satire. Classic stuff! It brings back memories of 6th grade.

radarlin starstarstarstarstar Thu 11/16/2006 10:19AM
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radarlin

The Mars Volta just made the entire festival for me....For all those fans who flocked away during their set they just didn't understand....and I feel bad for you....they were brilliant....my god i need more Volta now......wonderful, crazy, and did i already say brilliant?

crgeorge starstarstarstar Thu 11/16/2006 10:21AM
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Vegoose once again took a few years off my life. Different than last year for sure but equally as rockin. Good to see Trey & Panic making a kick ass return to the form. Check out
http://youtube.com/watch?v=LGuF83Aelg4

crgeorge starstarstarstar Thu 11/16/2006 10:21AM
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Vegoose once again took a few years off my life. Different than last year for sure but equally as rockin. Good to see Trey & Panic making a kick ass return to the form. Check out
http://youtube.com/watch?v=LGuF83Aelg4

blower starstarstarstarstar Thu 11/16/2006 10:32AM
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Good stuff! Kayce you are the man! Great writing! Makes me wish I could have made it. WS MtrFkn PANIC!!!

brett397 starstarstarstarstar Thu 11/16/2006 10:46AM
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brett397

I do agree that ticket sales were down... this year the Sam Boyd Stadium Bowl was completely closed and it seemed like there was still plenty of room near all the stages. (Granted I only went on Sunday). This alone shows ticket sales were way down. That is probably the reason for the poor setup, it would have costs too much money to open the stadium and with a stadium sparcely populated it would have made the festival look like a big flop.

I had a great time, but did more of Vegas than last year, so only did the Sunday fest and WSP Halloween show. The Panic shows were well worth the distance traveled.

Andrew W. starstarstarstarstar Thu 11/16/2006 10:56AM
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Andrew W.

Great article... Wish I had made it... Oh, wait I was there...

Wilson75 starstarstar Thu 11/16/2006 11:01AM
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I thought that the music this year was incredible. Dcent article however I found myself in disagreement with the authors on several shows. I think the promoters did what they could to save this annual festival from failure. I think they have learned from this year and next year will be even better. HOwever this fan has had no complaints either year....such a managable festival

theivywall Thu 11/16/2006 11:32AM
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theivywall

Hey VWfiend, I bet that you're not cool cuz you said panic sucks and they don't, they're awesome, so...ya know...you probably suck...but you know...you're brains the one with the shell on it...so...sticks and stones...ya know.....
PANIC!

derreck Thu 11/16/2006 11:36AM
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derreck

I totally agree with redredwine abut the VIP situation. Complete and utter crap compared to last year and Bonnaroo. Sooo not worth $500.

What was with the "super vip" sections too? Like the couches that faced the main stage? Garbage!

This was a pure slap in the case from Superfly plain and simple. They won't be seeing any cash from me ever again because of it.

The music was great, and I had a blast, but with so many other festival options out there, why patronize a company that has lost touch with the little guy and behaves like a giant corperation?

- $.02

PattyK starstarstarstarstar Thu 11/16/2006 12:03PM
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PattyK

Such a fun weekend, such a great review!

EVILFUNK starstarstarstarstar Thu 11/16/2006 12:09PM
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EVILFUNK

great coverege...i feel like i could have gotten more out of the story than actually being there. jam base is good like that!

i cant imagine paying someone $500 to make me feel verry important (and thay fail???) at a festi... how about we all just go to the gen admission area of the festival and make eachother feel important like we do at FUCKING JAMBAND FESTIVALS ALL OF THE FUCKING TIME?!?! anyone ever hear Carlos Santana talk about 'the feeling you get when you are at a gratefull dead concert'- i thought that was pretty cheesey at the time he was rapping about this at his shows over the years but now i see the importance of this kind of vibe and feel like an asshole for taking it for granted when it was ripe! jam isnt dead - superfly is just holding it hostage at the G. W. Bush suite at the Luxor!

- panic or the roots???? so if i pay out the ass i gotta choose between two of my all time favs? I hope superfly lost thier asses on this event. i know - how about a superfly bail out fundraiser where the VIP ticket holders have a crack at the promoters in a dunk tank!

A+ for jambase! C- for superfly!

All Loving Liberal White Guy Thu 11/16/2006 01:22PM
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All Loving Liberal White Guy

by the look of fiona apple's biceps it seems like she's been pumping some iron? in the words of ron burgandy "gotta sculpt the guns".

FormulaOBX Thu 11/16/2006 01:32PM
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Fun,fun ,fun...especially late night with PHIL.Extraordinarily sweet.... Inside Sam Boyd set up sucked.......no seats....the sound mixes were way loud and overdubbed each other..Roots kicked major ass though.Thank you great fans and musicians...

sleewell starstarstarstarstar Thu 11/16/2006 01:43PM
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sleewell

Tristan - thank you , so much that is exactly how i feel. that show was undescribable and the vibe was beyond great. i have never been that bewildered after a show before and i have been to many a phish, wsp and phil show. words were hard to form for at least 48 hours. even big cypress didnt compare to the feeling of that night. at one point i felt like there were so many people on the same page and grooving together, it was something i havent ever really been aware of, its hard to descibe. i honestly felt like that was one of the most perfect nights of music i will ever see, i couldnt have asked for more. i love you phil, you are my hero!!!

DJ Saturday Baxter Thu 11/16/2006 01:46PM
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DJ Saturday Baxter

panic is boring!

crgeorge starstarstarstar Thu 11/16/2006 02:02PM
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Check this out http://youtube.com/watch?v=LGuF83Aelg4

Michael Jurick starstarstarstarstar Thu 11/16/2006 02:21PM
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Michael Jurick

I feel compelled to weigh in an add a comment about the whole event. Granted I was one of the photogs on the team for this festival, I still feel that I was a fan as well. The festival's location, feel, vibe, and musical talent were pretty impressive. Sure there are lots of festivals these days, but this was a HUGE event (one of the premiere events in the country), and while SuperFly overcharged for VIP, you have to appreciate their skill in coordinating an event of this magnitude. Try not to knock them too hard - they really do try to make the experience the best it can be. I personally think ticket sales were down was because Vegas is an *EXPENSIVE* trip, and many fans that would want to go, simply couldn't afford it.

As for the Trey/Phil show, I was shooting the band that night and was pretty amazed at what I was watching. I've seen some incredible Dead shows in Oakland and ridiculous Hampton Phish shows in 97/98, and that Trey/Phil show on Saturday late night was seriously up there with those experiences. It was HUGE. Trey raised the bar and stepped into jamming with feral intensity some of the greatest Dead jams. Also, I personally thought the PLASMA set closer was one of the hottest pieces of music I've seen in the past few years. If you love jambands, this band was the quinessential jamband experience. They brought it the way you wanted it!

I hope this festival sticks around and can get better every year. The whole Vegas experience is crazy fun!

Enjoy all!

-Jurick

jvhalley star Thu 11/16/2006 04:01PM
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Trey-Phil late night was the show of the year. Show of the last 4 years, even. I can't believe it got such a lame treatment by this otherwise thorough review. Nothing since 97-99 phish has even come close to melting my face in such utter euphoria. I was nearly in tears the entire second set it felt so f*cking good to feel that good again. I almost forgot what it was like to be taken for a musical ride like that, reminded me of being 18 at the spectrum, hampton, etc. What a gift. Trey is back. I've been a hater recently, like a lot of you...To all the haters, he's back. Believe it. Better yet, go see it.

ladalmond Thu 11/16/2006 06:32PM
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Hell i left thinking the Crowes was the best ones there. I don't know everyone else was just ok. I go to these festivals thinking i will see something new but everytime just the same shit.

momomo Fri 11/17/2006 06:16AM
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thank god I won free VIP tickets because that was the worst Vip treatment I ever saw , if I had to pay for that S#^T I would be looking for a refund. Check out the McDowell Mountain Music Festival, they know how to do it right!!

Alpine97 Fri 11/17/2006 10:23AM
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HOW THE F^UCK.......do you review all of these shows and only give a set list for what was BY FAR the best show of the weekend PHIL+TREY late night at the Orleans?????????????
If I don't see an indepth, detailed review of this show on its own I have lost all respect for jambase.com!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Seriously if this show doesn't get a review, that is pathetic.....one of the best shows in a LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG
time and it doesn't get a review. Please save yourselves from shame and f*cking get it done already. I hope everyone see's this post because anyone who was at this show and anyone who heard this show on disc for that matter feels the same way I do gauranteed. Check yourself jambse!!!!!!!!

schmidt420 starstarstarstarstar Fri 11/17/2006 12:01PM
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I think the setlist is enough of a review, we can all see that the show was amazing just by looking at that, alpine97. With a list that great there is no need for a review, we all know how amazing it was already

matttroche starstarstarstarstar Fri 11/17/2006 01:21PM
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matttroche

i seriously love that phil can still put on a show that leaves people talking. really amazing. the music never stops!!!!

iamkickinit starstarstarstarstar Fri 11/17/2006 03:25PM
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iamkickinit

First off... what did everyone think of Petty's performance? Not a huge Petty fan over here, however, he is a pretty big force of the American Music scene for the past 30 years... I saw him at the Roo this year and thought he sucked, however, not sure if it was my state of mind at the time, but i thought him and the heartbreakers really rocked out. So props to Petty. Secondly, what about the Keller love from the House of Blues Friday night?! He covered Back of the Bus by G. Love, which after seeing at 10klf, may be one of my favorite performances he offers. Thirdly, anyone catch Toubab Krewe? If you've never seen them, go do it immediatly, fantastic percussion.

All in all, the only couple things i can complain about were the "no re-entry" policy. If you are gonna have no re-entry in the desert, at least have a water re-fill station, instead of paying $3 for a 20oz or $7 for a beer. And, after the shows, the atmosphere isnt very "festi-friendly". Vegas will run your wallet dry as you cannot just go and chill anywhere, you must be constantly spending money or else you'll get the boot. No parks or common Chill areas for us good people to enjoy.

Other than the expected overpriced Superfly Vendors and the stupid "no re-entry" rule, great time in vegas.

mkane Fri 11/17/2006 03:43PM
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uhhhhhh.....how about The Meters warming up the crowd before Panic's weekend stealing performance? Ok...let me give it a try.....SUPERFUNKYNASTY!

lovelivedos starstarstarstarstar Fri 11/17/2006 06:02PM
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lovelivedos

PANIC!!! they're back. Panic + Herring = Unbelievable. On the psycedelic note, the Volta are insane. can't wait for their solo tour for the craziness to begin.

adamcsu starstarstar Fri 11/17/2006 08:27PM
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adamcsu

Kayceman you never cease to amaze me. You are possibly one of the worst journalists I have ever read an article from. For God's sake, check your facts before you put them in a article. Hopefully someday you will be able to put together an article that actually says something and relays comprehensive information in an easy-to-read fashion. If you are gonna cover only a handful of bands at a festival you may as well just not even write the article. Again you have failed all of us music fans out here. Oh yeah, my friend thinks you are a doushce, too.

trini. starstarstar Sat 11/18/2006 04:18PM
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trini.

Humm? I didn't find Phil/Trey late night to be all that great. What I was waiting for from Phil/Trey happenend on Sunday.

Soulfulprism starstar Sat 11/18/2006 08:30PM
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i agree with some that this article was not all that well written, and completely missed an opportunity to cover an absolutely epic show (phil and trey late-night) in the detail in deserves

the sunday phil&trey set (festival set) was not very good despite the fact that some good songs were chosen, the band's timing was off and the vocals were struggling most of the time ( esp. row jimmy)

the late-night show was the best effort for phil since '01 (see 4-20-01), a special, special night for mind-melting music

the only reason i gave this story 2 stars instead of 1 is that i thought some of the pictures were pretty cool

Hotchkiss Sat 11/18/2006 09:18PM
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Hotchkiss


hey adamcsu, let's see some of you wonderfull journalism.

cocheese Mon 11/20/2006 08:37AM
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cocheese

did anyone that went to vegoose see all the bands that played? caught every show in every venue on each nite? i seriously doubt it, so why do ya'll bitch at the kayceman for only reporting on those show he saw? he's only man, he's good but nobody's that good.

blower starstarstarstar Mon 11/20/2006 03:09PM
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I was going at it with Sleewell on the other Vegoose thread and have since listened to the late night Phil and Trey. I will concede that it is much better than the next night, which was bad. It was a good show. Maybe even epic from a nostalgia perpective. By all acounts it sounds like the energy was great and the setlist was really hot. I wish I could have gone. Mountains of the moon was exceptional.

However, neither Trey nor Phil can sing well enough to bring this show to what I would consider an epic concert nor even a mediocre show with Jerry at the helm. Jerry's vocals stand on thier own merits. Hate me for being a Deadhead I don't care, but it is hard to listen to Trey and Phil harmonize after years of Jerry! I would rather hear Bobby sing Jerry tunes (he does quite well actually)with Rat Dog. How about letting Fishman on stage to sing? His voice is much more professionally trained than Trey.

It is good to hear them come together for the sake of nostalgia never-the-less. There is a diffence between focused improvisation and space. I guess I did not hear anything musically to raise this show to the level of an epic Dead or Phish show except the setlist on paper and the steller musician lineup.





j-bizzle starstarstarstarstar Mon 11/20/2006 05:55PM
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j-bizzle

hey adamcsu - hope that was a joke because if it wasn't you are quite possibly the most ignorant and idiotic person on this thread (right up there with VWFiend).
kayce - keep on rockin!

gifthorse76 starstarstarstar Wed 11/22/2006 06:00AM
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Wow dude that was a little harsh on Kayce. I’m a journalist and the piece he did on Trey recently was totally professional with just the right amount of insight to make it interesting. I think an interesting angle on this Vegoose is the fact that ticket sales were lower despite the presence of bands that (generally speaking) sell more albums on the pop market. It seems top forty bands are about as good at selling concert tickets as jam bands are at selling albums. MMW and Maceo would have been worth it in and of its self. I saw the aforementioned fest in Maryland a few years ago this is still talked about in high regard on the MMW website. Plus Praxis and the late night smorgasbord sound like it was great. Wish I’d been there, but some of the radio bands would have made stage choices really easy for me.

csperry14 Wed 11/22/2006 01:52PM
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Here is the only issue I have... The Mars Volta! I love them they are amazingly talented but I feel they can't get it done live. I have seen them several times and I think they have horrible chemistry. NO DOUBT their talent but having an octet it is a real challenge. They are not all the hype made up to be, I'd much rather see someone like Bill and Mickey jam out with over decades of chemistry.

Hotchkiss Wed 11/22/2006 06:13PM
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Hotchkiss


i hear you csperry14.

i love the mars volta, dearly. i was a huge fan of at the drive in and was heart broken when they broke up. but after the Tremulant EP i was over ATDI's break up.

the mars volta had the enrgy and aggresion of at the drive in, the freakyness of electric miles, the Psychedelia of floyd and still kept the jagged angular fugazi spazz attack on guitar.

but as of this past year they have been hyped tremendously. this past year also saw a dip in the live sound.
ever since jeremy passed thier live sound lost something. then jon left, and i feel he was the backbone of thier live sound.

so needless to say it's hard for me to accept the fact that thier vegoose was not so good. actually bad in my opinion.

zusman1400 starstarstar Mon 11/27/2006 01:05PM
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I am a huge fan of string cheese and was disappointed there was nothing written about their performances. The pictures of the late night are cool and that tells quite a story in itself. We were in the Jungle baby!! Also the festival set with Keller was amazing. Opening the show with burning down the house into once in a lifetime. I definitly felt the once in a lifetime vibe and with the recent announcement, who knows? Where was the review of the Rhytem Devils show? The most anticipated show of the weekend for me didn't dissappoint. That band needs to go full time touring. Vegoooooooooooooosse!!!!! Great festival hope it continues.

crgeorge starstarstarstar Wed 11/29/2006 08:30AM
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http://youtube.com/watch?v=LGuF83Aelg4

data starstarstar Wed 11/29/2006 12:11PM
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The only reason I don't go is I know it would end up costing too much. Room, ticket, late shows, gambling, ect. Stick with Bonnaroo. Agree Superfly is becoming like a heartless corperation. Remember the little guy and stop selling Budweiser. Keep on truckin' Phil.

scottd17 starstarstarstar Mon 12/4/2006 06:03PM
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Okay I know that no one else out there probably agrees with me but I think that the Sound Tribe Sector 9 show was the highlight of the weekend. I decided to STS9 after being disapointed over the last year and a half with trey. But seriously one of the best bands out there right now, you should check them out if you haven't seen them yet.