The Last Waltz Tour 2019 opened with an all-star performance at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY on Tuesday night. The sold-out opening night of the tour, which is branded as “A Celebration of The Band’s Historic Farewell Concert,” was the first of 12 total performances scheduled throughout November.
Tuesday’s show featured a core band comprised of Warren Haynes, John Medeski, Lukas Nelson, Jamey Johnson, Don Was, and Terence Higgins. They were joined throughout the evening by Dave Malone (The Radiators), Cyril Neville, Bob Margolin, and Mark Mullins & The Levee Horns.
The two-set, 24-song performance opened with the Jamey Johnson-sung “Up on Cripple Creek”, followed by “The Shape I’m In”, “Stage Fright”, “Georgia (On My Mind)”, and “It Makes No Difference”. The music continued with “Down South in New Orleans”, followed by a take on Bob Diddley‘s “Who Do You Love?” with Cyril Neville leading the charge through the old blues tune on vocals, and “This Wheel’s on Fire”. The set came to a close with “King Harvest (Has Surely Come)” and “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”.
Watch the set show-opening performance of “Up on Cripple Creek” from Tuesday below.
The Last Waltz Tour 2019 – “Up on Cripple Creek” – 11/5/19
The band returned to the stage to open the second half of Tuesday’s show with “Chest Fever” following a welcome-back organ solo from Medeski. The set continued with a mix of different covers sprinkled into the second half of the show, including Van Morrison‘s “Caravan”, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young‘s “Helpless”, Muddy Waters‘ “Mannish Boy”, Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland‘s “Farther Up the Road”, Bob Dylan‘s “Forever Young”. The set came to a close with the communal performance of “The Weight” followed by another Dylan tune in “I Shall Be Released”.
The band returned for a two-song encore beginning with a tribute to the late Dr. John with “Such a Night”, followed by Marvin Gaye‘s “Baby Don’t You Do It”.
Watch the second set performances of “Chest Fever”, “Life is a Carnival”, “Helpless” and “The Weight” from Tuesday in the fan-shot videos below.
The Last Waltz Tour 2019 – “Chest Fever” – 11/5/19
The Last Waltz Tour 2019 – “Life is a Carnival” – 11/5/19
The Last Waltz Tour 2019 – “Helpless” – 11/5/19
The Last Waltz Tour 2019 – “The Weight” – 11/5/19
The tour continues on Wednesday night with a performance at the Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank, NJ. Head here for tour details and ticket info.
Setlist: The Last Waltz Tour | The Capitol Theatre | Port Chester, NY | 11/5/19
Set One: Up on Cripple Creek, The Shape I’m In, Stage Fright, Georgia (On My Mind) (Hoagy Carmichael and His Orchestra cover), It Makes No Difference, Down South in New Orleans, Who Do You Love? (Bo Diddley cover), This Wheel’s on Fire (Bob Dylan & His Band cover), King Harvest (Has Surely Come), The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
Set Two: Chest Fever, Ophelia, Caravan (Van Morrison cover), Helpless (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young cover), Rag Mama Rag, Mannish Boy (Muddy Waters cover), Farther Up the Road (Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland cover), Life Is a Carnival, Forever Young (Bob Dylan cover), The Weight (The Band cover), I Shall Be Released (Bob Dylan cover)
Encore: Such a Night (Dr. John cover), Baby Don’t You Do It (Marvin Gaye cover)