Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Performs With John Mayer In Los Angeles In 2018

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Joe Russo’s Almost Dead unveiled official audio of their November 9, 2018 performance at The Wiltern in Los Angeles. The latest installment of the band’s “Taper Wednesdays” series features a second set with special guest John Mayer.

Mayer emerged for a closing stanza chock full of Grateful Dead gems. The second set got underway with an ethereal pairing of “The Wheel” and “Playing In The Band” that spans over a half an hour. Then, the band dug in on “Here Comes Sunshine” and fit a high-speed “They Love Each Other” within. “TLEO” marked Mayer’s lead vocal debut with JRAD. “MayRAD” ended the set with a romp through “China Cat Sunflower” and “I Know You Rider.”

Earlier in the night, the tribute act kicked off the concert with a pair of jams surrounding “Crazy Fingers.” Then, an expansive “Estimated Prophet” gave way to “Peggy-O” before JRAD charged into “Cats Under The Stars.” Almost Dead closed out the frame with “Feel Like A Stranger.” The evening’s encore contained the debut of Hoyt Axton’s “Never Been To Spain” and a well-jammed “Uncle John’s Band.”

Listen to the audio below thanks to Peter Costello and Eric McRoberts:

Setlist

Set One: Jam -> Crazy Fingers > Jam -> @ Estimated Prophet > Peggy-O -> Cats Under The Stars # > Feel Like A Stranger $

Set Two (10:15PM – 11:52PM) %: The Wheel -> Playing In The Band > Here Comes Sunshine -> They Love Each Other ^ -> Here Come Sunshine Reprise & -> China Cat Sunflower -> I Know You Rider

Encore: Never Been To Spain*, Uncle John’s Band+

  • @ – With The Other One and Estimated Prophet Teases / Jams (Band)
  • # – With a “Manteca” (Dizzy Gillespie, Chano Pozo and Gil Fuller) Tease (MB) and a Feel Like A Stranger Tease (TH)
  • $ – With an Estimated Prophet Tease (TH)
  • % – Entire Second Set with John Mayer on Guitar & Vocals
  • ^ – “Fast Version”, JM Lead Vox
  • & – Not Played by Almost Dead since 2017-03-18 Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY, a gap of 67 shows
  • * – First Time Played by Almost Dead, Hoyt Axton Cover, made famous by Three Dog Night, TH Lead Vox
  • + – With a short King Solomon’s Marbles Jam
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