[UPDATED] Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Debuts Pink Floyd Cover With Jonathan Wilson In Los Angeles

 Photo via Joe Russo's Almost Dead on Instagram



  • Nov 10, 2017 • 2:00 pm PST

    Multi-cam video of the guest-powered “West L.A. Fadeaway” has surfaced and can be viewed below.

Nearly five years after their first gig, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead finally played a show in Los Angeles. The Teragram Ballroom hosted JRAD on Thursday night for a sold-out concert and will again host the band on Friday. Joe Russo’s Almost Dead invited a few friends to help out for their Los Angeles debut including guitarist Jonathan Wilson.

Drummer Joe Russo, guitarists Scott Metzger and Tom Hamilton, keyboardist Marco Benevento and bassist Dave Dreiwitz opened with the start of “Weather Report Suite.” JRAD jammed the instrumental beginning of the suite into “Truckin’,” which featured a Benevento/Russo jam and a full-band “Turn On Your Lovelight” tease. “Truckin'” gave way to “Jack Straw” and “Estimated Prophet” complete with its lyrics about California.

Singer-songwriter Jonathan Wilson has been focusing on work with Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters over the last 18 months including a starring role on the Us + Them World Tour. Joe Russo’s Almost Dead had never covered Floyd before, but last night brought out Wilson to add guitar and vocals to their debut version of The Dark Side Of The Moon standout “Money.” The five-piece then went at it alone to finish the frame with a complete, 30+ minute “Terrapin Station Suite.”

“Dancing In The Streets” was the pick for second set opener and was jammed into “Brown-Eyed Women.” Up next was a wild “Throwing Stones,” a song which JRAD often uses as a springboard towards improvisational greatness. The L.A. version featured teases of “The Eleven” before the quintet made a move towards “He’s Gone.” Once again the band broke through the structure of a Grateful Dead song for a jam session. One of the highlights of the night came next as JRAD delivered “The Wheel.” Thursday’s “Wheel” contained a Marco solo in the middle. Joe Russo’s Almost Dead made the sets a big “Weather Report” sandwich by ending the closing stanza with “Let It Grow.”

Wilson returned for the encore as did Eric D. Johnson of Fruit Bats fame. The pair lent their talents to the geographically-fitting version of “West L.A. Fadeaway” that began the encore, with Wilson on vocals and guitar and Johnson on keys. Jonathan and Eric then stuck around to help Joe Russo’s Almost Dead end their Los Angeles debut with “Brokedown Palace.” Almost Dead returns to the Teragram on Friday night before heading to the Bay Area.

Here’s footage of “West L.A.” thanks to TimeZonerTV:

Watch the first clip to surface of “Money”:

Setlist (Compiled by Peter Costello)

Set One (9:01pm – 10:51pm): Weather Report Prelude / Part One @ -> Truckin’ # -> Jack Straw -> Estimated Prophet -> Money $ > Terrapin Suite

Set Two (11:11pm – 12:44am): Dancing In The Streets -> Brown Eyed Women > Throwing Stones ^ > He’s Gone -> Jam & -> The Wheel -> Marco Solo * -> The Wheel Reprise -> Let It Grow +

Encore: West LA Fadeaway @@, Brokedown Palace ##

  • @ – Instrumental
  • # – With a “Duo Jam” & a Lovelight Tease (Band)
  • $ – Pink Floyd Cover, First Time Played by Almost Dead, with Jonathan Wilson on Guitar & Vocals
  • % – With a DD Bass Solo
  • ^ – With an Unknown Tease (MB) & The Eleven Teases (TH & DD)
  • & – With a Terrapin Tease (TH)
  • * – With a “Cast Your Fate to the Wind” (Vince Guaraldi / Carel Werber) Jam
  • + – With a Tennessee Jed Tease (TH) & a “Standing On The Verge of Getting It On” (George Clinton, Eddie Hazel) Jam
  • @@ – With Jonathan Wilson on Guitar & Vocals and Eric D. Johnson on keys. With an Unknown Tease (Band)
  • ## – With Jonathan Wilson on Guitar & Vocals and Eric D. Johnson on vocals
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