[UPDATED] Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Covers Radiohead, Welcomes Katie Jacoby & Celebrates Scott Metzger’s 40th Birthday In Brooklyn



  • Oct 18, 2017 • 11:50 am PDT

    Videographer LazyLightning55 has shared exceptional footage of Joe Russo’s Almost Dead performing “Slipknot!” into Radiohead’s “The Bends” featuring soundboard audio. Check it out below.

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead continued the 2017 installment of their annual Fall Ball run at Brooklyn Bowl in New York City on Thursday night. The five-piece tribute act played their fourth of six shows that make up this year’s Fall Ball. Guitarist Scott Metzger’s 40th birthday was celebrated throughout a night that also featured a special guest and a pair of rarities.

Metzger, Tom Hamilton, Marco Benevento, Joe Russo and Dave Dreiwitz opened the festivities with an expansive “Throwing Stones.” The five-piece began the song with 40 hits in honor of Scott’s birthday. “Jack Straw” emerged out of “Throwing Stones” and led into a Benevento solo and duo jam featuring Marco and Joe. A tasteful “Ramble On Rose” followed along with portions of the “Weather Report Suite” that hadn’t been performed since April 22, 2015 – a span of 100 shows. Metzger then led a “Black Throated Wind” that featured a jam on The Knack’s “My Sharona.” JRAD didn’t finish “Black Throated Wind” and instead ended the set with a “Scarlet Begonias” > “West L.A. Fadeaway” sequence. The sold-out crowd honored Scott by singing “Happy Birthday To You” with many in the audience sporting “Metzger 40” shirts made for the occasion.

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead began the second set with a jam that eventually gave way to their first rendition of “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl” since last year’s Fall Ball. The quintet returned for more improv ahead of a move towards “Help On The Way” > “Slipknot!” Instead of “Franklin’s Tower,” JRAD segued “Slipknot!” into their second ever cover of Radiohead’s “The Bends.” Almost Dead’s only other version of the title track from Radiohead’s 1995 album took place in Raleigh on Halloween ’15 – a span of 71 shows.

Later in the set violinist Katie Jacoby joined the five-piece for “Tennessee Jed” and an adventurous “Truckin'” that featured tons of teases. JRAD concluded the night by picking a Bob Dylan cover for the encore as the group played “Tell Me, Momma” for just the second time in their history. The run continues on Friday night and a live webcast is available via nugs.tv.

Watch JRAD’s performance of “The Bends” captured by LazyLightning55:

Check out a pair of pro-shot videos:

[Throwing Stones]

[Jam > Good Morning Little Schoolgirl > Jam]

Listen to full show audio captured by Nico11104 and shared by Jam.Buzz:

Setlist (Compiled by Peter Costello)

Set One: Throwing Stones @ -> Jack Straw -> Duo Jam # -> Ramble On Rose -> Weather Report Suite Prelude $ -> Weather Report Suite Part 1 $ % -> Black Throated Wind ^ -> Scarlet Begonias -> West LA Fadeaway, Happy Birthday to Scott &

Set Two: Jam -> Good Morning Little Schoolgirl * > Jam -> Help On The Way -> Slipknot! -> The Bends + -> Estimated Prophet -> Tennessee Jed @@ -> Truckin’ ## -> Born Cross Eyed Jam @@

Encore: Tell Me Momma $$

  • @ – Began with 40 Hits for Scott’s 40th Birthday
  • # – With a Marco Solo
  • $ – Not played by Almost Dead since 2015-04-22 at First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN, a gap of 100 shows (2nd Time Played)
  • % – With a “My Sharona” (The Knack) Jam
  • ^ – Unfinished
  • & – Sung by the Crowd
  • * – Not played by Almost Dead since 2016-10-06 at Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY, a gap of 42 shows (2nd Time Played)
  • + – Radiohead cover, not played by Almost Dead since 2015-10-31 at The Ritz, Raleigh, NC a gap of 71 shows (2nd Time Played)
  • @@ – With Katie Jacoby on Violin
  • ## – With Katie Jacoby on Violin, with teases of New Speedway, Cryptical, Bird Song, China Cat, Easy Wind & The Eleven and probably more
  • $$ – Bob Dylan Cover, Second Time Played by Almost Dead

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