Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Covers Neil Young With Chris Harford At The Capitol Theatre


Joe Russo’s Almost Dead closed out a three-night run at The Capitol Theatre with a show on Sunday evening that featured guitarist Chris Harford sitting-in. The guitarist, whose group Band Of Changes includes members of JRAD, was brought out during the encore for a pair of debut Neil Young covers.

Drummer Joe Russo, keyboardist Marco Benevento, bassist Dave Dreiwitz and guitarist Scott Metzger gave guitarist Tom Hamilton control of the show-opening “Althea.” The break after the opener would be the last stop of the set, as JRAD sequenced together “Me And My Uncle” into “China Cat Sunflower” into “I Know You Rider” into “Cream Puff War,” which segued into a well-jammed, set-closing “Let It Grow.”

Using the opener to launch improvisation, set two began by easing into a 20+ minute “Here Comes Sunshine.” There was no shortage of jamming as the band progressed through a lengthy “Playing In The Band” and a 20+ minute “Eyes Of The World” highlighted by Benevento’s outstanding solo. A lively “Dancin’ In The Streets” followed by a mellow “He’s Gone” filled out the back half the set. “Sugar Magnolia/Sunshine Daydream” and an instrumental “We Bid You Goodnight” brought set two to a close.


After the set ended, Russo praised their monitor engineer Aaron Gittleman who is ending his time as a member of the JRAD crew. Harford, who played an opening set at the adjoining Garcia’s, came out during the start of the encore to assist on Neil Young’s “Words (Between The Lines Of Age).” The extra guitarist stuck around for a subsequent cover of Young’s “Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere.”

Althea, Me And My Uncle Via Relix


Here Comes Sunshine Via Relix

Audio | Taped by nico11104

Setlist (viz @bizarchive)

Set One: Althea, Me And My Uncle > China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider > Cream Puff War > Let It Grow > Rhiannon Jam > Let It Grow

Set Two: Here Comes Sunshine* > Playing In the Band > Eyes Of the World > Dancin’ In the Streets > He’s Gone > Sugar Magnolia > Sunshine Daydream > We Bid You Goodnight

Encore: Words (Between The Lines Of Age)**, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere**


  • * with Third Stone From The Sun (Jimi Hendrix) tease from Marco
  • ** JRAD debut. Neil Young cover; with Chris Harford on guitar and vocals
  • Marco teased Nobody Does It Better (Carly Simon) after Joe talked about Aaron Gittleman’s work for the band