On April 29th, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead performed at 1st Bank Center in Broomsville, Colorado, along with supporting act Medeski, Martn & Wood. The show was originally scheduled as the Grateful Dead-inspired ensemble’s headlining Red Rocks Amphitheatre debut, though the performance was rescheduled to the end of August due to weather concerns. Despite these last minute changes, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead put on a fine performance at the sold-out indoor arena, which saw the act offer a number of all-star collaborations, multiple song debuts, and stellar renditions of classic Grateful Dead tunes.
Today, the band released pro-shot video of their takes on Bob Weir’s “Gonesville” and “Shakedown Street,” which closed their first set of the night. “Gonesville” is a cover off of Bob Weir’s recently released solo album, Blue Mountain, and Almost Dead’s rendition of the classic-sounding number heavily featured Marco Benevento on the grand. From there, the group closed out the first set with “Shakedown Street,” making for a high-energy climax ahead of set break, featuring teases of “China Cat Sunflower” and particularly interesting rhythmic counterpoint offered by Scott Metzger. You can watch the pro-shot video of the group’s first-set closer at 1st Bank Center, below courtesy of the band.
In the beginning of June, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead released the official soundboard of their 1st Bank performance. You can take a listen to the entirety of the show here, and check out the setlist from the night below.
[Photo: Andrew Rios]
Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | 1st Bank Center | Broomfield, CO | 4/29/2017
Set One (8:39PM – 10:17PM): Shelter From The Storm @ (TH) -> Bertha > Let It Grow -> No Quarter Jam # -> Help On The Way > Slipknot! $ > Throwing Stones, Must Have Been Roses, Gonesville % (SM) -> Shakedown Street ^
Set Two (10:45PM – 12:53AM) &&: Morfbeats & -> Space *-> Dark Star + -> Half Step -> Estimated Prophet -> Terrapin Suite > The Other One > Eyes Of The World @@
Encore One: One More Saturday Night -> Cold Rain & Snow Jam ## -> One More Saturday Night Reprise ##, Not Fade Away $$ -> Tequila Jam -> Not Fade Away Reprise
Encore Two: Ripple, Born To Run %%
@ – Bob Dylan Cover, First Time Played by Almost Dead
# – Not played by Almost Dead since The Belly Up, Aspen, CO, 2016-07-02, a gap of 32 shows
$ – With a “Duo Jam”
% – Bob Weir cover, from “Blue Mountain”, First Time Played by Almost Dead
^ – With short China Cat & Cold Rain & Snow Jams (Band)
& – Kind of a Drums -> Space Hybrid, with Joe, Adam Morford, Billy Martin & John Medeski, playing crazy percussion instruments created & built by Adam Morford on a riser behind Joe’s kit. Eventually Marco, Tommy, Dave & Scott joined in & the segment evolved into Space. First Time Played by Almost Dead.
&& – Entire second set from Space on & encore with Stuart Bogie on Sax, flute & clarinet.
* – With John Medeski on percussion & then Hammond Organ and Billy Martin & Adam Morford on Percussion
+ – With John Medeski on Hammond Organ and Billy Martin & Adam Morford on Percussion
@@ – With a tease of what I think was a Tears for Fears tune (TH)
## – First Time Played by Almost Dead
$$ – With Black Throated Wind teases (SM), Chuckles (WOLF) Teases (SM) and a “Duo Jam”
%% – Played with the house lights on