Joe Russo’s Almost Dead continued their run of east coast shows as part of the Dead-inspired jam band’s ongoing 2019 winter tour with a sold-out performance at the Wellmont Theater in Montclair, NJ on Friday. The performance provided fans with a mix of Dead favorites, an abundance of teases, a Springsteen cover, and a special guest sit-in from notable multi-instrumentalist, Stuart Bogie.
The night’s opening set saw the band get the show going with “Mama Tried”, and continued with “Brown Eyed Women” featuring a tease of “Tennessee Jed” from pianist Marco Benevento on the latter. The set continued with the band transitioning into “Good Lovin'”, which included a tease of John Coltrane‘s “Love Supreme” from pianist Marco Benevento. The show kept rolling with “The Wheel”, followed by a performance of “He’s Gone” with another “Tennessee Jed” tease. The band closed the first half of the show with a lively rendition of “Jack Straw”.
The quintet returned to the stage to open up their second set by immediately diving into “Truckin” with a “New Speedway Boogie” tease courtesy of guitarist Tom Hamilton. The band continued right into a jam themed around “Born Cross-Eyed”, which transitioned into “Viola Lee Blues” with Scott Metzger providing another tease of “Good Lovin'” from earlier in the show. Metzger then took the sold-out theater into a rendition of “Throwing Stones” before the band jammed their way through the Bob Weir-sung tune. Following “Stones”, JRAD kept the second half energy going with a mix of “Row Jimmy” and “Estimated Prophet”, before closing out with “Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo”, which consisted of more Dead teases of “Tennessee Jed” and “Crazy Fingers”.
The band returned for a two-song encore starting with “Box of Rain” in honor of Dead bassist Phil Lesh‘s 79th birthday on Friday, before reviving their cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Born To Run” for the first time since April 2017. The latter even saw the band welcoming out Stuart Bogie to play some sax on their version of the Springsteen classic.
Fans can check out some of the photos from Friday’s sold-out show in the gallery below, courtesy of Ken Spielman.
Joe Russo’s Almost Dead continue their winter run with a sold-out show at Masonic Cleveland in Cleveland, Ohio on Saturday night. Fans can head to the band’s website for ticket and tour info.
Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | Wellmont Theater | Montclair, NJ | 3/15/2019
Set One: Mama Tried, Brown Eyed Women @ -> Good Lovin’ (The Rascals cover) # -> The Wheel -> He’s Gone $ -> Jack Straw
Set Two: Truckin % -> Born Cross-Eyed Jam -> Viola Lee Blues ^ > Throwing Stones -> Jam -> Throwing Stones Reprise, Row Jimmy, Estimated Prophet * > Mississippi Half Step +
Encore: Box Of Rain @@, Born To Run (Bruce Springsteen cover) ##
@ Tennessee Jed Tease (MB) & a He’s Gone Jam
# “Love Supreme” (John Coltrane) Tease (MB)
$ “Tennessee Jed” Tease (TH)
% “New Speedway” Tease (TH)
^ “Good Lovin’” (The Rascals) Tease (SM)
& “Terrapin Station” Tease (TH)
* “Lost Sailor” Teases (Band), and a “Terrapin” Tease (TH)
+ “Tennessee Jed” Tease (SM) and a “Crazy Fingers” Tease (Band)
@@ Dedicated to Phil Lesh by JR on Phil’s Birthday
## w/ Stuart Bogie on Sax, with the house lights on, Not Played By Almost Dead since 2017-04-29, 1st Bank Center, Broomfield, CO, a gap of 79 Shows