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Furthur Concert Review

Updated on November 2, 2013

Rocking On Furthur !

On the East Coast USA swing of their Fall 2011 Tour, the rock band Furthur played an outstanding show at the UMASS Mullins Center in Amherst MA on November 6th 2011. Having never seen them before I traveled to UMASS to check out this show. Being a bit warmer than usual, this sunny autumn afternoon turned into a very nice early evening. In the parking lot was the typical set up of folks selling T-Shirts, posters as well as a whole lot of tailgating going on. The vibe was downright friendly.
The band members on stage that night were; Phil Lesh and Bob Weir, John Kadlecik, Jeff Chimenti, Joe Russo, Sunshine Becker and Jeff Pehrson. Being billed as “As Evening With Furthur ” here is the set list from this over 3 hour long concert;
Foolish Heart
Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
Loose Lucy
Doin’ That Rag
Looks Like Rain
They Love Each Other
Next Time You See Me
Sittin On Top Of The World
Golden Slumbers
Golden Road
Scarlet Begonias
Colors Of The Rain
Lost Sailor
Saint Of Circumstance
New Potato Caboose
Terrapin Station
Samson And Delilah
Starting with Foolish Heart the band was trying to find it’s groove. By the time they played Loose Lucy everyone was singing along. Timing and tempo was everything this evening. Furthur has the ability to play songs not to fast, but just at that speed that had you waiting for more, and when it was delivered it was delicious. Other personal highlights included; They Love Each Other, Golden Road and New Potato Caboose. Having been to many concerts in my life it was during the 17 minute playing of Lost Sailor / Saint Of Circumstance that my unchemically altered mind began to wander. Part dream, part rock and roll party, the lead guitar performance of John Kadlecik on this song that evening, along with Bob Weir’s vocals was a song that sprawled the space time continuum. It was music that you could touch as well as hear. How can you follow up a long song with another long song and have it work ? That night Furthur did by then playing Terrapin Station. A classic super tune from the 1970's, that evening's rendition got you below the waist. For an encore Furthur played Samson And Delilah, a song that is so old that it is in public domain. In my nearly 40 years of going to concerts I’ve only seen the entire crowd sing a song with the band a handful of times. This was one of them; “IF I HAD MY WAY I’D TEAR THIS WHOLE BUILDING DOWN....” And Furthur did that and more. Some shows promise to deliver, some shows you hope deliver, this show did both. Rock on Furthur !


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