Phil Lesh And Friends Cover Skynyrd At Capitol Theatre

Just after it was revealed that Phil Lesh had signed an exclusive deal with venue owner Peter Shapiro, the bassist and his band took the stage at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY for the last night of a four-night stand on Sunday. Over the course of the run both Phil & Friends and opening act American Jubilee have been covering classic albums as the first two nights saw a performance of The Band’s Music From Big Pink worked into the setlists while Saturday’s sets contained each and every song from Neil Young’s Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere. Last night Phil & Friends and American Jubilee honored Southern Rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd with songs off (Pronounced ‘Leh-‘nérd ‘Skin-‘nérd).

American Jubilee’s opening set on Sunday included “I Ain’t The One,” “Tuesday’s Gone” and “Gimme Three Steps” off Skynyrd’s 1973 debut. Phil’s band -which for this tour features guitarists Anders Osborne, Grahame Lesh and Luther Dickinson, keyboardist Jason Croasby and drummer Tony Leone -kicked off their first of two sets with a rollicking “Tennessee Jed” sung by Leone. From there, the band started working Skynyrd songs into the performance with Osborne leading the group through “Simple Man.” Covers weren’t only limited to Skynyrd tunes as the first set also contained takes on Tim Bluhm’s “Squeaky Wheel,” Ryan Adams’ “Let It Ride” and Anders’ “Burning On The Inside.”

Phil & Friends’ second set began with a cover of Skynyrd’s “Mississippi Kid” and continued with another nod to the South in the Dead’s “Alabama Getaway.” Those waiting to hear Lesh play “Free Bird” finally had their chance towards the end of the closing stanza when the band worked the oft-requested classic into “Dark Star.”

Watch Phil Lesh & Friends cover “Free Bird” shot by Gairy Garcia:

Phil Lesh & Friends
Capitol Theatre
Port Chester, NY 11/03/13

Phil Lesh -bass, vocals
Anders Osborne -guitars, vocals
Luther Dickinson -guitars, vocals
Grahame Lesh -guitars, vocals
Jason Crosby -keys
Tony Leone -drums, vocals

Set 1: (8:16pm -9:33pm)

Tennessee Jed (TL)
Simple Man (AO) >
Eyes of the World (PL) >
Things Going On (LD)
Squeaky Wheel (GL)
Let it Ride (PL) >
Burning On the Inside (AO)

Set 2: (10:19pm -12:15am)
Mississippi Kid (LD) >
Alabama Getaway (GL)
I Shot the Sheriff (AO)
Mason’s Children (PL, GL, JC)
Poison Whiskey (AO) >
Morning Dew (AO)
Uncle John’s Band (All)
Dark Star (Verse 1) (PL) >
Free Bird (AO) >
Dark Star (PL) (Verse 2, spoken)

Donor Rap -Close the Circuit

Encore: (12:20am -12:28am)
Gimme Shelter (AO)
(band introductions)

[via PhilZone]