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    Chicago’s Umphrey’s McGee has taken their New Year’s Run on the road for the second year in a row after 10 straight NYEs in their hometown. This year UM has setup camp at The Tabernacle in Atlanta for a four-night run. At last night’s show, UM dusted off Rocker – a beautiful song written about Brian “Rocker” Schultz, a close friend of the band who was killed by a drunk driver in a car accident after one of those aforementioned UM New Year’s shows in Chicago.

    [Photo by npalombo3]

    Guitarists Jake Cinninger and Brendan Bayliss broke out their acoustics for a segment of the first set that included Rocker and rarities Sweetness, Uncle Wally, Bad Poker and Water as well as the UM debut of Hey, Hey What Can I Do by Led Zeppelin. The second set saw the band tease fans by leading off with the Preamble to Mantis and instead of going straight into Mantis, UM threw a curve ball and delivered a Bright Lights, Big City sandwich that had a Cocaine (J.J. Cale) filling. Mantis eventually saw action as part of a massive triple-decker sandwich that ended the second set. Within Mantis was Domino Theory > Shine On You Crazy Diamond > Domino Theory and Nemo > Kabump > Nemo as well as a version of Night Nurse that featured contributions from longtime UM collaborator Jeff Coffin (Flecktones, DMB) on sax. For the encore, the sextet had one more “song sandwich” in store as they debuted original Cut The Cable in full within In The Kitchen.

    Set 1: Depth Charge > JaJunk[1] > RouletteSociable Jimmy -> Sweetness[2] > Uncle Wally[3]Bad Poker[3]Water[3]Rocker[3]Hey, Hey What Can I Do[4]

    Set 2: Preamble > Bright Lights, Big City > Cocaine[5] -> Bright Lights, Big CityMantis > Domino Theory > Shine On You Crazy Diamond > Domino TheoryNemo > Kabump > NemoNight Nurse[6] > Mantis

    Encore: In The Kitchen > Cut the Cable[7] > In The Kitchen

    [1] unfinished
    [2] with Brendan and Jake on acoustics for segue
    [3] with Brendan and Jake on acoustics
    [4] debut, Led Zeppelin; with Brendan and Jake on acoustics
    [5] with Bright Lights, Big City teases
    [6] with Jeff Coffin on saxophone
    [7] debut in full, original
    [via All Things Umphreys]

    Here’s a look at the Rocker bust out from last night…

    Umphrey’s returns to The Tabernacle tonight for the NYE Run finale.

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    We sent photographer Paul Citone to shoot the first show of Phish’s four-night NYE Run at Madison Square Garden this past Friday. He returned a batch of fantastic photos that we’re excited to share.

    [All Photos by Paul Citone]

    Here’s a full gallery of Paul’s shots…

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    Gov’t Mule’s four-show New Year’s Run continued last night at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, where Warren Haynes and Co. were supported by HT faves Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds. Mule welcomed guests Bill Evans, Bill Kreutzmann, Jimmy Vivino, Hook Herrera and Andy Aledort at various points in their cover-laden two sets that followed Sister Sparrow’s opening set.

    The band’s front man, Warren Haynes, emerged during Sister Sparrow’s set for a cover of Roadhouse Blues by The Doors. Thanks to sgibson818 we can watch…

    Gov’t Mule returns to the Beacon Theatre tonight to end their New Year’s Run.

    Here’s the setlist for all three Mule NYE Run performances thus far…

    12/28 @ Tower Theatre

    Set 1
    The Shape I’m In >
    Gameface with Birdland, Little Martha & Mountain Jam Teases
    Temporary Saint
    Little Toy Brain
    Larger Than Life with I Feel Good Lyrics
    Presence Of The Lord
    Lively Up Yourself with Black Dog & Get Up, Stand Up Teases
    Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood
    Thorazine Shuffle with Ode To Joy & 2001 Teases

    Set 2
    King’s Highway >
    I’m A Ram >
    54/46 Was My Number >
    I’m A Ram
    No Need To Suffer
    Hope She’ll Be Happier > First Time Played
    Drums >
    Time To Confess with Shakedown St. Tease
    Slackjaw Jezebel >

    When The Music’s Over

    12/29 @ Tower Theatre

    Set 1
    Steppin’ Lightly >
    Any Open Window
    Inside Outside Woman Blues
    Brand New Angel
    Far Away
    One Rainy Wish >
    Lay Your Burden Down > with Get Up, Stand Up Tease
    Smokestack Lightning > with Hook Herrera
    Lay Your Burden Down with Hook Herrera

    Set 2
    Working Class Hero with Hook Herrera
    Patchwork Quilt
    No Reward >
    Drums >
    Get Behind The Mule with Hook Herrera
    32/20 Blues with Hook Herrera
    Effigy >
    Folsom Prison Blues Jam >

    Maggot Brain >
    Morning Dew

    12/30 @ Beacon Theatre:

    Set 1
    Railroad Boy >
    30 Days In The Hole
    Rocking Horse
    Banks Of The Deep End
    Painted Silver Light
    Birth Of The Mule > with Bill Evans
    Devil Likes It Slow with Bill Evans
    I Think You Know What I Mean >
    When The Levee Breaks with Hook Herrera

    Set 2
    Mr. Man
    Broke Down On The Brazos >
    Tributary Jam
    Trouble Every Day with Bill Evans
    John The Revelator with Bill Evans, Hook Herrera & Jimmy Vivino
    Good Morning Little Schoolgirl with Hook Herrera, Jimmy Vivino & Bill Kreutzmann; without Matt Abts 
    Long As I Can See The Light with Jimmy Vivino & Bill Kreutzmann; without Matt Abts
    Blind Man In The Dark with Bill Evans; Pygmy Twylyte Tease

    Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody’s Home with Bill Evans, Hook Herrera, Jimmy Vivino & Andy Aledort; with Let Me Have It All Lyrics

    [All Setlists via]

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    Welcome back for the annual John Coltrane New Year’s Eve edition of Stormy Mondays. This year we have a complete show from 50 years ago: The John Coltrane Quartet in Stockholm, November ’62.

    [Photo by AgunZagun / C.C. 3.0]

    The concert opens with a great, exploratory version of Bye Bye Blackbird, and later includes The Inchworm and a beautiful Naima. It closes with a long, rolling My Favorite Things and a smoking Traning In. It’s perfect music (and a lot of it too, at nearly two hours) to ring in the New Year, or to ease your recovery. Have a happy and prosperous 2013, and as always, enjoy!

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    We’ve come to the end of 2012 and Phish’s four-night New Year’s Run at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Tonight the quartet returned to MSG to finish off the run with their seventh three-set, New Year’s Eve performance at “The World’s Greatest Arena.”

    [Photo via @phishfromtheroad]

    Phish has always been known for their “quirky” lyrics and no song is quite as quirky as Kung. The Jon Fishman-penned ditty features the line “we can stage a runaway golfcart marathon.” Over 23 years after the debut of Kung, the quartet showed that can indeed “stage a runaway golfcart marathon” as this year’s “gag” turned MSG into a golf-themed, garden party complete with golf carts driving wildly around the stage. The golf theme continued into the third set after Tweezer Reprise followed Auld Lang Syne as each song Phish played referenced golf – Sand, The Wedge, Fly Like An Eagle (Steve Miller Band), Wilson (an image of a Wilson-branded ball was shown on the scoreboard), Lawn Boy (performed a capella), Driver and Iron Man.

    Watch The “Gag”…

    What a Phish-y maneuver to base this year’s NYE “Gag” on a throwaway line in a song they’ve played 34 times over the past 23 years. How obscure. The other theme was “Garden Party” which was clear once fans entered the venue and saw astroturf laid out across the whole floor as well as parts of the stage. When Phish came out for the first set they opened with Ricky Nelson’s Garden Party. The former teenstar wrote the song in 1972 after getting booed off the stage at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Revival concert held at MSG in 1971 because he played new material and not the classics from his youth. Its chorus of “you can’t please everyone, so you’ve got to please yourself” fits nicely in a world of Phish fans who all want different things from the band.

    The rest of the first set was similar to the other opening-stanzas of the run – high-energy rockers played proficiently. Walk Away followed Mike’s Song for the first time, providing a perfect bridge between Mike’s and the patient, funky Weekapaug Groove that brought the first set to a close. For set two, Phish showed off the improvisational skills they’ve honed so impressively over the year. Both Piper and Ghost featured exploratory excursions worth hearing again and again, while 2001 was expanded longer than usual providing the soundtrack for a Garden Dance Party. You Enjoy Myself brought Set Two to a close with a fierce solo by Trey Anastasio that included a Birds of a Feather tease.

    When the band returned for the third set, they were brought out in golf carts and spent the first few minutes hitting soft golf balls into the crowd. The fitting original Party Time kicked off the final set of the year before Kung signaled the start of the “golfcart marathon.” During Chalkdust Torture the carts screamed around the stage a furious pace, dropping off actors of all shapes and sizes dressed in golf gear who helped the quartet ring in the new year with the traditional Auld Lang Syne. At Friday’s first show of the run, Phish performed Tweezer but left Tweezer Reprise unplayed. Tweezer Reprise finally got the call following Auld Lang Syne and featured dozens of singers and performers on stage creating a spectacle that needs to be seen to be believed. A typically intense Sand came next and led into the Phish debut of Fly Like An Eagle by Steve Miller Band in full (Phish briefly jammed Fly Like An Eagle into David Bowie on October 7th, 1989). The group pulled off the cover well with Trey and keyboardist Page McConnell sharing vocals. Speaking of Page, the normally demure keyboardist took a turn fronting the band as the show came to a close. Not only did he provide lead vocals for a beautiful a capella rendition of Lawn Boy, but he left the safety of his rig to front the band in true lead singer style for the first full Phish performance of Black Sabbath’s Iron Man. McConnell also took the opportunity to thank everyone for coming and mentioned that 2013 will be the 30th anniversary of Phish which garnered Garden-rocking cheers.


    Set 1Garden Party[1]PossumRoses Are FreeRift > Sample in a JarAlaska,Mike’s Song > Walk AwayWeekapaug GrooveCharacter Zero

    Set 2Birds of a FeatherGhost > Piper > Light[2] > Also Sprach Zarathustra >The Horse > Silent in the MorningYou Enjoy Myself[3]

    Set 3Party TimeKung > Chalk Dust Torture > Auld Lang Syne > Tweezer Reprise[4] > Sand > The Wedge > Fly Like an Eagle[1] > WilsonLawn Boy[5]

    EncoreDriverIron Man[6]

    [1] Phish debut.
    [2] Auld Lang Syne tease
    [3] Birds of a Feather tease
    [4] With backup singers.
    [5] A Capella.
    [6] First Phish performance in full.

    PerformersTrey AnastasioPage McConnellJon FishmanMike Gordon

    Notes: The venue’s floor and the riser on the stage were covered by green fake grass for this show. Prior to the show, people played garden sports including croquet and mini-golf, while a few women “sunbathed” on the riser. During the first setbreak, golfers came on stage and hit soft golf balls into the crowd.  Light contained an Auld Lang Syne tease.  You Enjoy Myself contained a Birds of a Feather tease.  Trey, Page and Mike came out for the third set in golf carts and began hitting golf balls into the crowd. Fish then arrived on a golf cart wearing donut pants and shirt, an argyle vest, and a golf hat.  Golf carts were brought back on stage during Kung, then began racing past the stage periodically   More and more golf carts joined the marathon.  During the Chalkdust jam, golfers began getting out of the carts, hitting balls into the crowd and dancing on stage.  One of the golfers did the New Year’s countdown from on top of a cart.  Ping pong balls were fired from cannons during Auld Lang Syne.  Tweezer Reprise featured a number of backup singers.  Iron Man was preceded by Page coming to the front of the stage in a jacket, USS Nimitz ball cap and holding a golf club to wish the crowd Happy New Year and reference the start of the 30th year of Phish. This show featured the Phish debuts of Garden Party and Fly Like an Eagle as well as the first full Phish performance of Iron Man.


    A capella Lawn Boy video:

    Here’s The Skinny from the final night of Phish’s NYE Run 2012…

    • Venue Capacity / Attendance / Type: 20,000 / 20,000 / Indoor Arena
    • Previous Shows at Venue: 12/30/94, 12/30/95, 12/31/95, 10/21/96, 10/22/96, 12/29/97, 12/30/97, 12/31/97, 12/28/98, 12/29/98, 12/30/98, 12/31/98, 12/31/02, 12/02/09, 12/03/09, 12/04/09, 12/30/10, 12/31/10, 01/01/11, 12/28/2011, 12/29/2011, 12/30/2011, 12/31/2011, 12/28/2012, 12/29/2012, 12/30/2012 – 26 Shows
    • Number Of Songs / Length – First Set: 10 / 70 minutes (8:35pm – 9:45pm)
    • Number Of Songs / Length – Second Set: 8 /  69 minutes (10:05pm – 11:14pm]
    • Number Of Songs / Length – Third Set & Encore:  12/ 70 minutes  (11:42pm – 12:52am]
    • Total Number of Songs / Covers / Originals/ Traditional: 30 / 6 / 23 / 1
    • Biggest Bustout: Iron Man, 192 shows [2003-12-31]
    • Average Song Vintage: 1995
    • Debuts: Garden Party [Rick Nelson], Fly Like an Eagle [Steve Miller Band]
    • Weather: 36° and Light Snow at showtime
    • Wardrobe: Mike – Sgt. Pepper’s Jacket (1st & 3rd), Black Vest (2nd) / Fish – Mumu, Golfer’s Outfit (3rd)  / Trey- Black Button Down and Jeans / Page – Black short-sleeve
    • Average Song Gap: 14.39
    • The Spread: Rift – 5, Hoist – 1 , Party Time – 2 , Misc. – 3, Billy Breathes – 1, Story of the Ghost – 2 , Farmhouse – 3, Joy –  1, Picture of Nectar – 2, Lawn Boy – 1, Cover –  6, Traditional – 1
    • Longest LivePhish Track / Shortest LivePhish Track: You Enjoy Myself 18:33 / The Horse :59
    • Audio: Live Phish


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    Umphrey’s McGee at The Tabernacle, Atlanta GA

    Set One: Leave Me Las Vegas[1] > 40′s Theme, Crucial Taunt > 2×2, Mail Package, Jessica, Ringo[2] > JaJunk[3]

    Set Two: Hourglass[4], Much Obliged[4], Tribute to the Spinal Shaft > White Pickle > Higgins, Hajimemashite, Dance Hall Days[5], Comma Later[4]

    Set Three: The Triple Wide[4] > Auld Lang Syne[4], Partyin’ Peeps[4] > Glory > Mulche’s Odyssey[6], Gulf Stream, Andy’s Last Beer, Wife Soup[4], Kashmir[4]

    Encore: Good Morning Good Morning[4] > Women Wine and Song[4]

    [1] debut, original
    [2] with Under the Influence (Eminem) jam
    [3] completes the 12.30.12 version
    [4] with Mad Dog’s Filthy Little Secret horns, including Jeff Coffin
    [5] debut, Wang Chung; with Mad Dog’s Filthy Little Secret horns
    [6] with Bulls On Parade (Rage Against the Machine) tease

    [via All Things Umphrey's]

    The Disco Biscuits at The Theater at MSG, New York NY

    Set One: Stone > The Devils Waltz, Story Of The World > Spectacle > Countdown Medley, Basis For A Day> Ladies(><) > Helicopters(completes 12/27)

    Set Two: Little Shimmy In A Conga Line(dyslexic completion of 12/28) > Tempest > Bernstein & Chasnoff (><) > Aceetobee(ending only), MEMPHIS > Story Of The World, Munchkin Invasion.

    Set Three: Jam> Above The Waves> Spaga > Above The Waves, Magellan, Down To The Bottom > Basis For A Day

    Encore: Once The Fiddler Paid

    [via PT Bisco]

    Widespread Panic at Time-Warner Center, Charlotte NC

    Set One: Last Dance > Vacation > Last Dance, Ribs & Whiskey, Party At Your Mama’s House > Stop Breakin’ Down Blues, All Time Low > Rock

    Set Two: Disco, Greta > Love Tractor, Sell Sell > Machine > Barstools and Dreamers, Up All Night, Midnight Special (traditional song – FTP)

    Set Three: Pigeons, Time Is On My Side (Irma Thomas – FTP), Fishwater, Blue Indian, Ride Me High > Goin’ Out West > Jack*, Maggot Brain > Chilly Water, Ain’t Life Grand**

    Encore: Driving Song > The Ballad of John and Yoko > This Is Christmas (War Is Over) (John Lennon – FTP) > Driving Song > Tall Boy

    * Jimmy’s amp lost power (DAS: “The Mayans were right about your amp”)
    ** JB on tiny guitar (been waiting 10 long ass months to type that)

    [via Panicstream]

    String Cheese Incident at 1st Bank Center, Broomfield CO

    Set 1: Mouna Bowa, Shine, Can’t Stop Now, Song In My Head, Struggling Angel, Collliding, Restless Wind

    Set 2: Miss Brown’s Teahouse > How Mountain Girls Can Love, Piece of Mine, Best Feeling > Search, Sledgehammer > Rosie

    Set 3: Let’s Go Outside, Land’s End, Colorado Bluebird Sky > Bumpin’ Reel, Desert Dawn > Sweet Emotion > Desert Dawn

    Encore: Bolly Munster > Colorado Bluebird Sky

    [via Friends of Cheese]

    Gov’t Mule at Beacon Theatre, New York NY

    Set 1
    Bad Little Doggie with Kirk West Introduction
    Left Coast Groovies
    About To Rage
    Streamline Woman
    Endless Parade
    Monkey Hill with She’s So Heavy ending
    Brighter Days

    Set 2 Three Kings with Chronic Horns (Buford O’Sullivan, Pam Fleming, Jenny Hill & Steve Elson)
    Freddie King
    Kirk West Introduction
    Pack It Up*
    I Got The Same Old Blues*
    Only Getting Second Best*
    Texas Flyer*
    She’s A Burglar*
    Albert King
    Kirk West Introduction
    Blues Power*
    Crosscut Saw*
    Down Don’t Bother Me*
    Born Under A Bad Sign
    B.B. King
    New Years Countdown >
    When Love Comes To Town* with Nigel Hall
    To Know You is to Love You*
    How Blue Can You Get?*
    I Got Some Help I Don’t Need*
    Hummingbird* with The Ass-ets (Machan Taylor, Alicia Shakur & Nigel Hall)

    Set 3
    Thelonius Beck
    Beautifully Broken
    The Hunter > with Chronic Horns, Oz Noy & Hook Herrera
    Drums >
    How Many More Years with Chronic Horns, Oz Noy & Hook Herrera

    Three Kings Medley: with Chronic Horns
    I’ll Play The Blues For You* >
    The Thrill Is Gone* >
    Ain’t No Sunshine* >
    The Thrill Is Gone

    * First Time Played


    moe. at State Theatre, Portland ME

    Set One: Brent Black, St. Augustine, Lost Along the Way, Chromatic Nightmare, Faker > Brent Black

    Set Two: Deep This Time > She Sends Me, Yodelittle > Spine Of a Dog > Yodelittle > Californ IA >Stranger Than Fiction, Waiting For the Punchline

    Set Three: Crab Eyes, Spaz Medicine, Hava Negilah >Long Island Girls Rule, Head > Time Ed > Head, Opium >(nh) Understand, Happy Hour Hero

    Encore: Timmy Tucker, Don’t Fear The Reaper

    [via PT moe.]

    Furthur at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco CA

    Set One: Celebration, Any Road, Hell In A Bucket, Scarlet Begonias > The Music Never Stopped, Here Comes Sunshine > Dancin’ In The Street

    Set Two: After Midnight > Playin’ In The Band > Dear Mr. Fantasy > The Wheel > Unbroken Chain > Let It Grow, Uncle John’s Band > Throwin’ Stones

    Set Three: Sugar Magnolia > Help On The Way > Slipknot > Franklin’s Tower > Sunshine Daydream, Touch of Grey

    Encore: Lady With A Fan > Terrapin Station > Brokedown Palace


    Perpetual Groove at Center Stage, Atlanta GA

    Set One (Acoustic): Adam Perry Solo Song, It Starts Where it Ends, My Favorite Color, Three Weeks, Only Always

    Set Two: Twist > Stealy Man > Cairo, Holy Ship, Cabulo Monstrosity > God is Gonna Cut You Down > Cabulo Monstrosity > Stealy Man

    Set Three: Us & Them*# > Any Colour You Like*# > Auld Lang Syne*# > Speed Queen > Green Tea > Two Shores, Lemurs, Paper Dolls, Sweet Oblivious Antidote > Green Tea

    Encore: Space Oddity > Speed Queen

    * Gary Paulo
    # Michael Blair on guitar

    The Avett Brothers at Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro NC

    My Morning Jacket at Agganis Arena, Boston MA

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    Throughout the year when Phish webcasts were shown on, webcast viewers were shown mini-documentaries about the quartet’s touring rigs at setbreak. Each member took a turn hosting the segments and explaining how they each get the sounds that Phish fans are so familiar with. If you missed any of these segments, we’ve compiled them here for your viewing pleasure.

    Trey Anastasio Explains His Guitar Rig and Effects, Pts 1 & 2

    Mike Gordon Explains His Bass Rig and Effects, Pts. 1 & 2

    Jon Fishman Talks Beats and Drums

    Page McConnell Explains His Keyboard Rig, Pt. 1

    Page McConnell Explains His Keyboard Rig, Pt. 2

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    We’ve got to hand it to our friends at Relix and moe. who came up with an inventive contest called “I Wanna Be In moe.” in which their musically-oriented fans could upload videos to YouTube showing off their skills with the prize being an opportunity to perform with the band during their New Year’s Run. moe. garnered a number of exceptional entries and settled on two guitarists and a keyboard player.

    On Friday night guitarist Taylor Fredrick sat in with moe. on Plane Crash…

    Then, on Saturday, moe. welcomed keyboardist Joe Bellanti for Nebraska and New York City…

    Finally, guitarist Matt Mahoney lent a hand on Rebubula on Sunday…

    All three musicians did an exceptional job with their songs by adding a new dimension to each one. moe. expertly utilized social media and their connection with Relix to create excitement for the run and finished the job by getting videos of each performance, complete with soundboard audio, on YouTube hours after the shows. We have a feeling this won’t be the last “I Wanna Be In moe.” contest.

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    HT faves My Morning Jacket finished off their New Year’s Run in style last night with a blow out at Agganis Arena in Boston. MMJ were joined by old friends Preservation Hall Brass Band and filled their main set and encore with covers and “hits” from their repertoire of originals.

    For the countdown, Jim James and Co. utilized Sesame Street’s 12345678910 1112 before kicking in to One Big Holiday. See how it looked…

    Thanks to YouTuber dillsnufus we can watch a number of the covers from last night.

    Here’s My Morning Jacket covering Hungry Heart by Bruce Springsteen…

    My Morning Jacket – Hungry Heart

    Check out MMJ’s version of You Never Can Tell by Chuck Berry…

    My Morning Jacket – You Never Can Tell

    Now, take a look at Midnight Hour as performed by MMJ and Pres Hall…

    My Morning Jacket – Midnight Hour

    The Louisville band dusted off their cover of Rock The Casbah by The Clash…

    My Morning Jacket – Rock The Casbah

    Pres Hall helped out on this cover of Celebration by Kool And The Gang

    My Morning Jacket – Celebration

    Finally, watch Jim sing Rocket Man…

    My Morning Jacket – Rocket Man

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    Radiohead’s headlining set at Bonnaroo 2006 reached legendary status soon after the band left the stage. Front man Thom Yorke thought so much of his group’s performance at the Manchester, Tenn. festival that shortly after he told BBC 6 Music that he considered it “my favourite gig for years and years and years.” He went on to say that it was filmed for a video release that would “come out eventually.” Six later we’re still waiting for the Radiohead Bonnaroo ’06 DVD/Blu-Ray, but now we get to hear the soundboard recording of the 28-song set.

    A website called went live a while ago and features links to a two-track master from the soundboard. It was only recently that Radiohead fans came across the site and in the past few days the recording has started to spread. Here’s the story of the recording…

    It’s hard to believe this was over 5 years ago, but a friend of mine was running sound that night. He snagged the 2-track master from the board and handed the raw WAV over to me. I felt like I scored the mix of a lifetime. I’ve spent twenty years behind mixing consoles and mastering is one of my fortes, so I couldn’t wait to pull the best out of this one.

    After two months of wrangling, I finally came up with a mix that I loved. Everything is crystal clear. I have heard every “official” Radiohead live release and none of them sound this clear. After 5 years of keeping this to myself, I had a talk with my friend — and he gave me to the OK to go ahead and release this to the public on the 5th anniversary of this awesome show. Of course, they could tell me to take it down any moment, so I would download the files below as soon as possible.

    The recording sounds fantastic and is worthy of the performance. Head over to RadioheadBonnaroo ASAP and grab this crystal clear recording of a historic set both for the band and the festival.

    UPDATE: FLAC files of this super-crispy recording of Radiohead’s Bonnaroo ’06 set are now available through Dime A Dozen (Registration Required). [Hat Tip - @funkitblog]

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    Street preacher Buddy Fisher went to the Widespread Panic concert last night at the Time-Warner Center in Charlotte, but he wasn’t looking to watch Jimmy Herring tear up Tall Boy. Fisher’s aim was to show “the light” to concert attendees by preaching outside of the venue. The street preacher and his co-hort Jeremiah kept those lining up to enter the vemue entertained by trying to “save” then.

    Fisher didn’t hold back in condemning the Spreadnecks’ behavior. He yelled such gems as “I’m getting tipsy from the vapors coming from you mouth,” “your saliva is getting me drunk,” “I’m warning you that alcohol is flammable, if you get thrown into hell with a belly full of Jack Daniels you’ll go up in flames pretty fast,” “you’re not my brother, you’re a child of the devil,” “it’s not even 8:30 and you guys are already wasted and violent…I can’t even imagine what you guys will be like at midnight (crowd cheers),” “I think there’s some women who are going to sleep with some men who otherwise they would never sleep with (crowd goes wild),” as well as our personal favorite “that woman who you never met before tonight, who was drunk and stupid enough to sleep with you, most likely has an STD. You are most likely playing Russian roulette with your genitalia.”

    As you can imagine, some of the “drunker revelers” had no qualms confronting Fisher and while a handful argued with him others mocked him. A few even tried to derail Fisher’s efforts though it doesn’t appear anyone got violent despite the preacher’s claims otherwise.

    Buddy Fisher posted a video of his street sermon. Watch what happened…

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    As part of their year-end coverage, the good folks at Stereogum put together another installment of their Oscar parody montage of bands who called it quits this year. In 2012, the music world suffered some tough losses like Ween, the Books, and Das Racist; some young bands with promise like WU LYF and Air France decided to hang it up; and even some old standbys like INXS and Jet moved on to bigger and better. So long Chumbawamba, we hardly knew ye.

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    Our favorite event of Grammy weekend is the MusicCares Person Of The Year Gala in which organizers put together a jaw-dropping lineup of performers to pay tribute to a musical legend. The 2013 MusicCares Person Of The Year is Bruce Springsteen and today the event’s producers have revealed the ridiculous list of mainly HT faves that will honor The Boss on Friday, February 8th in L.A.

    Springsteen’s pal Jon Stewart will host the event which will feature performances of Bruce songs by Alabama Shakes, Jackson Browne, Kenny Chesney, Ben Harper, Emmylou Harris,Faith Hill, Jim James, Elton John, Juanes, John Legend, Natalie Maines, Tim McGraw, Tom Morello, Mumford & Sons, Patti Smith, Mavis Staples, Sting, Eddie Vedder and Neil Young.

    We can’t wait to see what each of those artists comes up with for their Springsteen cover. If the past is a guide, perhaps Kenny Chesney will play I’m On Fire, Ben Harper will tackle Atlantic City, Emmylou Harris will offer Racing In The Streets, Faith Hill will choose If I Should Fall Behind, Jim James will handle vocals on Hungry Heart, Elton John will take on Streets of Philadelphia, John Legend will show off his beautiful version of Dancing In The Dark, Tom Morello will cover The Ghost Of Tom Joad maybe with Mumford and Sons in tow, you’d think Patti Smith will sing Because The Night, Sting will give The River a go, Eddie Vedder will tackle My City Of Ruins while your guess is as good as our as to what Neil Young will cover.

    Tickets for the event are sold out.

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    As part of Phish’s outstanding New Year’s Eve performance at Madison Square Garden this past Monday night, the band performed two covers in their entirety that they had played portions of in the past. For this edition of “Then and Now” we’ll look at the first time Phish tackled bits of Steve Miller Band’s Fly Like An Eagle and Iron Man by Black Sabbath and then show you the versions that took place on New Year’s Eve at The Garden.

    On October 7th, 1989 Phish performed at a Bates College dining hall in Lewiston, Maine. Towards the end of the second set Jon Fishman started the David Bowie cymbal intro. A few seconds in you hear guitarist Trey Anastasio say the words “Fly Like An Eagle” in falsetto. Right away bassist Mike Gordon played the bass line for the main section of Fly Like An Eagle and his band mates seized on the opportunity to jam a bit on the Steve Miller Band classic.

    Here’s the minute-long Fly Like An Eagle jam from 10/07/89…

    And here’s how Fly Like An Eagle sounded/looked on New Year’s Eve…

    As for Iron Man, Phish jammed the Black Sabbath tune “by request” at Nectar’s on June 19th, 1988:

    Gordon quickly teased Iron Man during a version of Wilson at Phish’s famed February 20th, 1993 show at The Roxy in Atlanta, but we want to point your attention towards the quartet’s New Year’s Eve performance in Miami on December 31, 2003. The “gag” that year involved a marching band and cheerleading squad from a local high school. Following the countdown and Auld Lang Syne on that night Trey, Mike and Jon offered a 90-second romp through Iron Man…

    And here’s how the full version of Iron Man sounded/looked on Monday night…

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    Wang Chung might be best known to our readers for their self-referencing #2 hit from 1986 Everybody Have Fun Tonight, but the British new wave act weren’t a one hit wonder. They also scored commercial success with Let’s Go! in 1986, Hypnotize Me in 1987 and Dance Hall Days in 1984. Dance Hall Days was the rare track that charted high on both the dance/disco charts AND the mainstream rock charts making it the perfect cover candidate for another band that has elements of rock and dance/disco in their sound – Umphrey’s McGee backed by Mad Dog’s Filthy Little Secret Horns.

    You can always count on UM to deliver a batch of killer covers on New Year’s Eve and the group alternates between material most fans are familiar with such as Chicago’s 25 or 6 to 4, Bruce Springsteen’s Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out and Stevie Wonder’s Sir Duke with a bit more obscure covers including Tower of Power’s The Skunk, The Goose and The Fly, The Kinks’ Black Messiah and Herbie Mann’s Memphis Underground. In that spirit comes the sextet’s take on Dance Hall Days which they debuted in Atlanta on New Year’s Eve. As per usual, Umphrey’s delivered a spot-on rendition of the cover. Take a listen to Umphrey’s McGee’s version of Dance Hall Days…


    • Purchase The Official Audio of UM’s NYE Show:
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    This past weekend longtime HT faves the Felice Brothers completed a three-night New Year’s run that included two intimate sold-out shows at Maxwell’s in Hoboken and a New Year’s Eve gig at New York City’s Mercury Lounge. The upstate New York-based band - whose choice in covers typically leans towards the likes of Townes Van Zandt, Woody Guthrie, Bruce Springsteen or traditional folk tunes – played a handful of unexpected new ones over the course of the run.

    To close Saturday night’s show, Ian embraced his inner crooner tackling the Elvis classic Can’t Help Falling In Love, putting his unmistakable, ragged, whiskey-soaked vocal stamp on the tender ballad…

    Can’t Help Falling In Love

    On Sunday night, the ramshackle folk-rock act upped the ante during their encore, opening up with the one-two punch of Golden Slumbers -> Carry That Weight from The Beatles’ Abbey Road medley, before turning the shoebox-sized club into a full-on mosh pit with a cover of Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit, a tune that Kurt Cobain probably never envisioned would be covered by a band with a fiddle player in it. Let’s check them out…

    Golden Slumbers > Carry That Weight

    Smells Like Teen Spirit

    Next up for the Felice Brothers are a pair of high profile shows opening for Mumford & Sons on February 5th and 6th, which will be followed by a string of dates with singer-songwriter Josh Ritter.

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    Disco Biscuits @ Theater at Madison Square Garden – December 31

    Words: Carla Danca
    Photos: Jeremy Gordon

    For the past few years the Disco Biscuits have chosen to go against the grain by avoiding New York City on New Year’s Eve. Instead of competing with the huge draw of Phish at Madison Square Garden this year, the band used it to their advantage by performing at the theater adjacent to MSG. By starting the show just before midnight, they drew both die-hard fans and those looking for a late-night option after the ball dropped in Times Square or Phish finished their round of golf at The Garden.

    From the behemoth screens in front of the venue flashing the hottest acts, to the throngs of fans surrounding the venue looking for a ticket long after the first notes of the show had rung out, the excitement was felt throughout Penn Plaza. While New Year’s Eve wasn’t the first time that tDB have played at the Theater, this was their debut headlining performance at the former Felt Forum and an occasion that made Biscuits bassist Marc “Brownie” Brownstein proud. Brownie mentioned that  he attended Blues Traveler’s New Year’s Eve show at the same venue in 1992, where he promised himself  he would be on that stage one day.

    The inside of the venue couldn’t have been more beautiful. With a laser glowing brightly from the stage and the LEDs bouncing through the smoke, the ceiling grid created prisms of light all over the room and a magical atmosphere that glittered like the inside of a jewelry box. While the much smaller room of the theater couldn’t compare to the energy felt by the tens of thousands upstairs, the room wasn’t lacking enthusiasm when the band took the stage around 11:30. However, while we did get the obligatory drops of confetti and balloons, the countdown seemed underwhelming and almost an afterthought with a medley similar to years past.

    Luckily things really picked up in the second set. With the theater now filled from the post-Phish crowd,  tDB started the second set strong with Little Shimmy In A Conga Line. The M.E.M.P.H.I.S. that came later in the seamless start to the set wasn’t the strongest version, but the song is always a crowd pleaser and energized many in the audience who might have needed a boost after five shows in six nights.

    The third set, which started around 3:30, was a completely different animal. From the initial jam, which is now being dubbed “Poo in the Pit” (after an unfortunate incident) the closing stanza took on a dreamy, ethereal feel. It was the Above The Waves > Spaga > Above The Waves section that followed the set-opening jam which turned out to be the highlight of the evening. With the accompanying visuals of an enveloping ocean wave that drew you deeper and deeper into the groove, this was the late night set that the tDB built their career on.

    Set One: Stone > The Devils Waltz, Story Of The World > Spectacle > Countdown Medley, Basis For A Day> Ladies(><) > Helicopters(completes 12/27)

    Set Two: Little Shimmy In A Conga Line(dyslexic completion of 12/28) > Tempest > Bernstein & Chasnoff (><) > Aceetobee(ending only), MEMPHIS > Story Of The World, Munchkin Invasion.

    Set Three: Jam> Above The Waves> Spaga > Above The Waves, Magellan, Down To The Bottom > Basis For A Day

    Encore: Once The Fiddler Paid

    [via PT Bisco]

    Curiously, unlike years past, no announcements were made for Camp Bisco 12. However, after the Disco Biscuits’ hugely successful events in the past, it’s hard to imagine not spending another hot, sweaty (and probably a bit rainy) weekend hosted by the band this summer. The Disco Biscuits kick off 2013 with a winter edition of Bisco Inferno out in Colorado later this month and given how the New Year’s Run sounded,  it’s definitely a great time to catch them.

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    Each day in December we posted a must-hear track from Grateful Dead history that was selected by Ed Martin for a project dubbed “Unofficial 31 Days of Dead.” Martin started putting these compilations together in 2010 and was kind enough to let us present his picks this time around.

    [Artwork by Brian Martin]

    For those who were waiting for the whole compilation to be uploaded so you didn’t have to download it piecemeal, today is the day. We’ve got all 31 segments plus the bonus track available for your listening pleasure. Click on the links below to read Ed’s write ups on each one.

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    For this edition of The Number Line we take a look at the attendance figures as well as the total gross from each headlining gig Phish played in 2012. All figures within this post were sourced from Billboard’s Box Scores with the exception of the quartet’s three-night stand at Bader Field in Atlantic City.

    Whatever you think of the music Phish delivered in 2012, the figures below show it was a successful year at box offices when the band came to town. Bear in mind that the financial figures provided are gross sales and do not represent what Phish took home from each gig. For the just-completed New Year’s Run, we used last year’s figures to give you an idea of what we can expect when Billboard posts the 2012 numbers.

    Summer Tour Leg One (Date(s), Venue, Tickets Sold, Capacity, Total Gross):

    6/7 and 6/8 @ DCU Center, Worcester MA = 25,346 / 28,666 / $1,520,760

    6/15, 6/16 and 6/17 @ Bader Field, Atlantic City NJ = 58,990 / Unavailable / Unavailable

    6/19 and 6/20 @ nTelos Wireless Pavilion, Portsmouth VA = 13,780 / 13,780 / $827,400

    6/22 @ Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati OH = 11,075 / 20,500 / $581,400

    6/23 @ First Niagara Pavilion, Burgettstown PA = 12,925 / 23,085 / $683,220

    6/24 @ Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls OH = 11,220 / 20,551 / $595,305

    6/28 – 6/29 @ Klipsch Music Center, Noblesville IN = 25,759 / 50,000 / $1,343,265

    6/30 – 7/1 @ Alpine Valley, East Troy WI = 35,223 / 71,200 / $1,811,415

    7/3 – 7/4 @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh NY = 28,556 / 28,556 / $1,713,360

    7/6 – 7/8 @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs NY = 62,354 / 75,000 / $3,040,815

    Summer Tour Leg Two (Date(s), Venue, Tickets Sold, Capacity, Total Gross):

    8/15 @ Long Beach Arena, Long Beach CA = 13,121 / 13,121 / $787,260

    8/17-8/19 @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco CA = 26,259 / 26,259 / $1,575,540

    8/22 @ Starlight Theater, Kansas City MO = 7,414 / 7,414 / $444,840

    8/24 @ Oak Mountain Amphitheatre, Pelham AL = 10,345 / 10,345 / $567,630

    8/25 @ Aaron’s Amphitheatre, Atlanta GA = 18,793 / 18,793 / $950,565

    8/26 @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Charlotte NC = 13,296 / 18,812 / $711,915

    8/28 @ Chaifetz Arena, St. Louis MO = 7,425 / 9,978 / $445,500

    8/29 @ Zoo Amphitheatre, Oklahoma City OK = 6,474 / 9,500 / $388,505

    8/31 – 9/2 @ Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City CO = 60,124 / 73,533 / $3,355,628

    New Year’s Run (Date(s), Venue, Tickets Sold, Capacity, Total Gross):

    12/28 – 12/31 (2011) @ Madison Square Garden, New York NY = 75,707 / 75,707 / $4,387,679

    These figures are from last year’s four-night New Year’s Run at the same venue. 

    [via The Barn Presents]


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    As has become custom, Phish has posted their professionally-shot footage of the New Year’s Eve gag along with behind-the-scenes footage from their rehearsals. Check it out…

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