For this week’s edition of Tapers Tuesday, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead released a new soundboard from the group’s performance at The Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri, on April 25th of 2015. Dubbed “The Wayback Machine Edition,” this throwback recording from over two years ago contains audio from Almost Dead’s 25th show, which is particularly amazing when considering how far the group has come in that time. Since then, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead has written original songs, headlined the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre (and subsequently made their debut at an arena after their initial appearance at the legendary venue was rescheduled due to weather), and more than quadrupled the number of shows under the project’s belt. They’ve been joined by the likes of Bob Weir, My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James, and Oteil Burbridge, and that’s literally just accounting for this past August alone.
The popularity behind Joe Russo’s Almost Dead has been consistent since the project’s inception, and this buzz only grows with each performance. It’s not hard to see why, particularly when looking at the recently released audio from their 2015 St. Louis show. Even two years ago and beyond, when Joe Russo’s Almost Dead was still more-or-less a fledgling concept group, the group showcased an innovation and fearlessness when taking on the tunes of the Grateful Dead and using their songs as springboards for energized and unconventional jams. For example, throughout the April 25th Pagaent show, Almost Dead consistently returning to the catalog of Led Zeppelin, and working in teases of “All Of My Love,” “Communication Breakdown,” “How Many More Times,” and “Whole Lotta Love” throughout the performance. You can listen to the audio from this throwback performance, courtesy of Eric McRoberts, and check out the show notes, courtesy of Peter Costello, below.
[Photo: Phierce Photo]
Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | The Pageant | St. Louis, MO | 4/25/2015
Set One: Beat It On Down The Line @ (SM), Casey Jones (TH), Candyman # (TH), Greatest Story Ever Told (SM), Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo (TH), Feel Like A Stranger $ (SM)
Set Two: Althea ^ (TH), Black Throated Wind # (SM), Shakedown Street & (TH) > Jam * > St. Stephen + (ALL) > The Other One (SM) > One More Saturday Night (SM)
Encore: Going Down The Road Feeling Bad > WBYGN (Instrumental)
@ – 3-1-4 (St. Louis Area Code) Beat It On Down the Line
# – First Time Played
$ – With Slipknot! Teases (TH & SM)
^ – With “All of My Love’ (Led Zeppelin) Teases (MB)
& – With DD Bass Solo
* – With The Other One, Let It Grow, “Communication Breakdown” (Led Zeppelin) & “How Many More Times” (Led Zeppelin/Howlin Wolf) teases (TH, TH & SM, JR, & Band respectively)
+ – With “Whole Lotta Love” (Led Zeppelin/Willie Dixon) Teases & Let It Grow Teases/Jam