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First Night At The Beacon, 2011

December 10th, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Our Name In Lights

Our Name In Lights

Well, last night was our opening night of our two day Beacon run. Good stuff, as always… we love this venue, we love these people. We had spent some time up in Woodstock rehearsing with Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams and you know, rehearsing pays off.

How Many Hands Does Larry Have?

How Many Hands Does Larry Have?

When we got into the gig, the magnificence of it all just washed over me again!

The Glory That Was Rome

The Glory That Was Rome

Yes indeedy…

Here is our set list:

Beacon Nights
December 9th , 2011

Guests First Night:
Charlie Musselwhite
Larry Campbell
Theresa Williams

December 9, 2011
First Set:
1. Hesitation Blues (Jack & Jorma Acoustic)
2. New Song For The Morning (Jack, Jorma, Barry & Charlie Acoustic)
3. Can’t Get Satisfied (electric with G.E. & Charlie)
4. Where Highway 61 Runs (with Charlie & G.E.)
5. Angel Of Darkness (with Larry & Theresa)
6. A Little Faster (With Larry & Theresa)
7. Long Gone From Kentucky (With G.E. and Charlie and Larry)
8. Children Of Zion (With Larry & Theresa and GE)
9. Bowlegged Woman (with G.E. & Larry)
10. Smokerise Journey (with Larry & Theresa)
11. Rock Me Baby (with G.E., Charlie & Larry
12. Hit Single #1 (with G.E. and Larry)
Second Set:
1. I See The Light (with GE)
2. Talkin’ Bout You GE and Larry
3. Easy Now Revisited (Larry)
4. Mama Let Me Lay It On You (Larry on fiddle and GE on guitar and GE)
5. Second Chances (Larry)
6. If I Have Bad Luck (Charlie & GE)
7. Mourning Interrupted (Larry on guitar
8. GE Sings Eyesight To The Blind (with Larry and Charlie)
9. Christo Redentor (Charlie, GE and Larry)
10. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning (Teresa and Laryry with GE
11. Funky #7 (Gang TwanG)
12. Encore: Bar Room Chrystal Ball (Larry on pedal steel, Teresa background vocals

What a night… by the way, special thanks to our friends at Telefunken Microphones who provided all the onstage mikes for this Hot Tuna show!

Great Mikes... Affordable mAnd Shiny Too

Great Mikes... Affordable And Shiny Too

I loved singing through this one!

Source For The Voice

Source For The Voice

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  1. Steve
    December 10th, 2011 at 13:28 | #1

    WOW sounds like an awesome show cannot wait until tonight! Can I request Bar Room Crystal Ball for this evening as well? Hint hint hint………..Jack continues to be the man………….

  2. Richard
    December 10th, 2011 at 13:40 | #2

    Great show last night…Everyone rocked the house..As always Jorma gives it 110% everytime..How does he do it?…Tonight will be just as good Im sure!!!!!

  3. Cyndy Consentino
    December 10th, 2011 at 14:22 | #3

    Can’t wait to see you guys tonight at Beacon, and also at Rex Benefit:)

  4. December 10th, 2011 at 15:04 | #4

    I’ve been blessed to enjoy your music for most of my concert-going life. I’m very psyched for tonight, when I’ll be bringing my son for his first taste of Hot Tuna, and at the historic Beacon, no less!

  5. brotherbill
    December 10th, 2011 at 15:57 | #5

    Hey Steve, hope you guys have a great show tonite !

  6. Adam
    December 10th, 2011 at 19:19 | #6

    Wish I could get a recording of last nights show! Hot tasty Blues!

  7. December 10th, 2011 at 20:00 | #7

    I’ll be there in spirit, was there last year.

  8. Dan
    December 11th, 2011 at 10:29 | #8

    Had a great time Friday night…thanks!

  9. kathy
    December 11th, 2011 at 11:48 | #9

    Steady as she goes! Just got home from the Beacon. Wonderful show. Jack was kickin’, Jorma was hot. Skoota rockin’, Barry in fine form. And the guests were great. I could write pages….Charlie Musselwhite, GE, David Bromberg, Larry, Theresa, Steve all rocked. I love the Beacon poster for this show, will FPR be selling these?? I hope so. Thanks for the music. You all warm the soul. Keep on truckin’, truck my blues away.

  10. Kevin Knox
    December 11th, 2011 at 14:08 | #10

    Saturday night at the Beacon with Tuna. It was a great show and all had a good time. First saw the boys in 1973 at the Acadamy of Music. Thirty eight years later still one of the best shows and talent by far. It was great seeing Bromberg, still one of the greatest. Caught many a show with him at MFP. Jack was really moving last night and is still one of the tightest bassist ever. Jorma, well what can I say, “The Best”.

    I wish you all a Merry and Healthy Christmas.

  11. Jim Fitzpatrick
    December 11th, 2011 at 15:07 | #11

    two incredible nights of music … best was the interplay between Jorma and G.E. Smith at the end of Come Back Baby on Saturday night. Also enjoyed hearing Things That Might Have Been – about Jorma and his brother … have always loved Jorma’s expressive, heart-felt songs as well as the music that accompanies them. hope he and his brother find the right road again.
    thanks for the music … peace and happy holidays to the band.

  12. Hamneggs
    December 11th, 2011 at 19:09 | #12

    Bar Room need I say more. Thank you just a beautiful night. Peace Love

  13. Cyndy Consentino
    December 11th, 2011 at 19:57 | #13

    Saturday night at the Beacon was awesome! Great show:)
    Glad I had the chance to say hi at the Rex Benefit!

  14. joe in DC
    December 11th, 2011 at 20:20 | #14

    Tuna Hot
    Saw you guys both nights in NYC
    Great shows, more or less like Beacon 2010 shows; a few less folks this year I believe.
    My 22 year old son attended w/ me night one..he had a blast and was exposed to a different type of music.
    Crowd was a lil rowdier Saturday.
    Attended Rex beni Saturday. Very glad I did…got to chat, albeit briefly w/ Jorma.. well worth it. Grateful Dead wine; whats up w/ that and where can I get some more?
    Now am looking forward to Tuna Feb/March acoustic tour; VA and PA….
    Great time..keep it going

  15. December 11th, 2011 at 21:58 | #15

    Attended both shows this weekend. Everybody was on fire. I love the energy that GE brought, Charlie’s great harmonica playing, Larry and Theresa, what a treat seeing some absolutely stellar musicians on The same stage. Kimock’s solos absolutely blew me away. Thanks jorma and jack for putting together another awesome beacon experience.

  16. Bob Kelly
    December 12th, 2011 at 10:51 | #16

    So it was a weekend of stellar music, played with passion and serious fun for all. I could easily write a short story to review the events.The Hot Tuna ‘Review” put forth two great nights of real fine music,, sharing the stage with greta musicians, singers, and more important good friends, great chemistry all weekend. So many highlites,, Tuna gave Charlie plenty of room to do his thing, his songs were all played so well,,electric harp fits real nice.. G. E. pushing the envelope with every solo and exchange with Jorma and co.Big Ole David , memories of old days for sure,, he had his A game going both nights,, no one can tell those blues “stories” quite like bromberg 50 dollar wig indeed..Larry and Theresa were a special glue both nights,, as good an album as steady as she goes is,, played live with Theresas vox and Larrysmusicianship took the tunes to a special place..Steve Kimock was a great treat, and his featured piece on saturday wasfantastic,, again the interplay was awsome,,so many highlites.. of special note off the top was the re worked gem Bar room crystal ball,, Larry on pedal steel Thersa was sweet on back up vox.worth hearing again,, speaking of vox… Lamps!! yikes indeed Thersa taking us to a good ole southern gospel church while the band wailed on..Jack Casady!opening up the show sat solo bass>manns fate,Jack was thumpin like a young kid all weekend way too much fun… Jorma directed this ship giving our guests plenty of space but also playing his best. great jams, and some real heartfelt ballads(things that might have been, always hits home) So..thanks for some great music, two special nights..good health to all of you, happy holidays.. till next time…

  17. Sandy Ferber
    December 12th, 2011 at 11:39 | #17

    Here’s an e-mail that I just sent to my crew of old-time Tuna fans:

    ” Hi, guys. Hope the attached photo comes out OK, as I am on a new Mac here at work and am used to working only on PCs. I’ve had PCs for the last 17 years and Macs are kinda new to me. Anyway, hope you can see the attached shot of the marquee of the Beacon Theatre the other night; the second (Saturday) night of a two-day Tuna residence. I was at this show and have to tell you that it was one of the best shows I’ve seen J&J give in this modern era (dating from 1996, when Tuna started playing annually at the Beacon). This show was just superb, a four-hour affair with many guest stars. Those guest stars included David Bromberg, G.E. Smith, Larry Campbell, Steve Kimock (all four of them incredible guitar slingers), Charlie Musselwhite on harp and Teresa Williams on vocals (a good singer and also real easy on the ol’ blinkers!).
    From the opening moments, it was clear that this was to be an unusual show. The first set opened with Jack coming out by himself and doing a five-minute bass solo, which segued into him, Uncle Jorma and Barry Mitterhoff doing “Mann’s Fate”! Have you EVER seen a Tuna show open with a Jack solo OR “Mann’s Fate”?!?! It was pretty awesome. This led right into “Candyman,” if memory serves, and then the guitar slingers were brought out. How great it was to see David Bromberg again, after all these years! The guy must weigh around 300 pounds now but still plays wonderfully and was the best showman of the night. Anyway, you can go to Jorma’s website to see the set list for this evening (it hasn’t been put up yet, as of this AM), but it was NOT your typical Tuna set. During this four-hour show (the longest in recent memory), the band only did perhaps six or seven “classic Tuna” songs. The rest were from their new album or were songs that I had never heard before; lots of blues songs, too. And many of the tunes were not even sung by Jorma; G.E., Bromberg and Musselwhite got to sing around three or four songs EACH! And you should have seen Teresa scream out the lyrics for “Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning”; what a belter! Other “classic Tuna” tunes that night included “Been So Long,” “Ode to Billy Dean,” “Hit Single #1” and “Bar Room Crystal Ball” (when was the last time you saw the band do THAT one?!?!?!).
    Anyway, highlights of the evening, for me, included “I Wish You Would,” which was one of the best versions ever of this tune; that new song featuring the lyrics “It was all smoke and mirrors” (I forget the title), on which Uncle Jorma took his best guitar solo of the night; and an astoundingly good “Funky #7” (the last song of the evening), during which Kimock, Bromberg and Jorma each took a solo. The one that Kimock took was so extraordinary that even Bromberg and Jorma were gaping at him in amazement. You were right, Rich; this guy really IS a remarkable player! By midnight, I was getting the feeling that I used to get at old Hot Tuna shows in the ’70s: Are these guys ever gonna get off the stage? Not that I really wanted them to, but four hours IS a long show, these days, especially when you are NOT chemically enhanced. I might add that Jack went on to take two more bass solos during the evening, and that he was in fine spirits and dancing around a lot. Jorma dedicated the show to the memory of Hubert Sumlin, who everybody seems to revere but who did not impress me overly much the one time I saw him in concert (maybe he was having an off night). I might also add that before the show, my buddy Jack and I ate at a Cuban restaurant a few blocks from the theatre and met an older guy from France at the next table who was also going to the concert. This guy had flown in from Paris on Thursday for the Friday and Saturday shows and was going back on Sunday. Now THAT’S what I call a fan! Fortunately for him–and for all of us–he was treated to one of the best Tuna shows in many years. “

  18. Ed W
    December 12th, 2011 at 13:12 | #18

    LOVED the show. You guys keep expanding and exploring, way to go. Haven’t seen Bromberg in years, he’s got the goods. So does Charlie, man is he growing. Steve Kimock is stellar, GE is part of the band, Larry and Theresa consumate pros, Jack is, well, Jack; who is better? Kudos to Scooter; and of course Jorma for making this happen. See you soon and thanks.

  19. December 12th, 2011 at 14:26 | #19

    I just can’t express what powerful shows both Fri. and Sat. – there just isn’t anybody doing what these guys do. I’m finding those special hard rocking moments, where the guitar gods were in the groove, becoming a lost art. Everyone just ON FIRE! Theresa belting out “Little Faster” was as close to Jefferson Airplane as I’ll ever get. Larry freaking rules, seasoned on too many instruments to mention… GE… powerhouse, ripping, doesn’t miss a lick…. way fun to watch, Skoota is the man, grooves, funky, heavy at all the right times. Barry always tasty and you had to look twice to realize the guy’s playing a mando, Charlie the ultimate bluesman at his best, Steve took everyone into space, and of course Jack the weight behind it all, thumping and (literally) jumping! …and when Jorma would fire up his sound is like no other. Real Magic stuff as always… I could go on and on, did I miss anyone? wow… make sure you see the next Beacon show if you haven’t caught one yet. And thank you Everyone involved, you are all the best.

  20. Robert Mennella
    December 16th, 2011 at 18:55 | #20

    Incredible weekend it was. After friday’s show I couldn’t imagine another burner,
    but you guys came back on saturday and tore up the place. It was great time with fellow FPR friends and made some new ones as well. Got to play some tunes with none other than John Hurlbut and Bob Doherty on thursday night to kick off a memorable weekend. Good friends good food great music, and my wife by my side, all in all, what can be better.
    Love you guys…… Rob

  21. Mike
    December 17th, 2011 at 15:31 | #21

    We traveled up to NYC and met up with some friends specifically for the Friday show at the Beacon. My friend Marc and I grew un in northern NJ and are no strangers to Hot Tuna in concert, but our wives went for the first time. We were all blown away. What an incredible mix of talent for one show. Thanks for giving us a great performance.