May 15, 2014

Concert #101 - The Allman Brothers Band at the Pacific Amphitheatre (July 17, 1992)

The first thing that comes to mind when I think back about this 1992 concert is my auspicious introduction to Warren Haynes, the brilliant guitarist who had  joined the band a few years earlier. His playing stood out as one of the highlights of the band's two-hour performance at the Pacific Amphitheatre, on the grounds of the Orange County Fair in Costa Mesa.

I went to the show with my good friend Jim, who had made a believer out of me by simply forcing me to give a good listen to his copy of "Eat A Peach". We had decent seats, about fifteen rows back, not too far from the center.

Band line-up
Gregg Allman (keyboards, vocals)
Dickey Betts (guitar, vocals)
Warren Haynes (guitars)
Butch Trucks (drums)
Jaimoe (Jai Johanny Johanson) (drums)
Allen Woody (bass)
Marc Quinones (percussion)

The show had many more high points than just Warren's guitar playing. Dickey Betts' interplay with Warren Haynes was something to behold and so were the renditions of the songs I knew the best, the ones from "Eat A Peach". The newer songs weren't bad either.

Gregg Allman spent most of his time behind his keyboards - his voice wasn't too far off from his studio recordings.

About half-way through the concert, the audience was treated to a five-song acoustic interlude. Seated on three chairs placed near the front edge of the stage, Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts and Warren Haynes played an acoustic set that was at least as good as their electric output. Dickey's stellar guitar playing on "Melissa" was the highlight of their acoustic mini-set.

The Set List
Don't Want You No More
It's Not My Cross To Bear
Statesboro Blues
Blue Sky
Don't Keep Me Wonderin'
Nobody Knows
Black Hearted Woman
Seven Turns
Midnight Rider
Pony Boy
Hoochie Coochie Man
Get On With Your Life
In Memory of Elizabeth Reed
One Way Out
Whipping Post

Blues Traveler kicked off the evening with a bluesy set that revolved around John Popper's vocals and harmonica playing. Not bad, but not earth-shattering either.

Blues Traveler in 1992

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