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Jack Casady Celebrates his 70th and Rules The Beacon

December 14th, 2014 Jorma Leave a comment Go to comments
Four words we lov to see... Hot Tuna... and Sold Out

Four words we lov to see... Hot Tuna... and Sold Out

The anticipation for this year’s Beacon show… the theme of which was Jack’s 70th birthday has been building for some time. A sold out show… tickets were at a premium and even we couldn’t get more. We were so blessed on this run to have a two weeks of dates before the the Big One… so we were primed by the time we pulled into Manhattan. Indeed, we truly were, ‘Ready to rock!’

We were specially thrilled to have Marty Balin and his cohorts as special guests for this great show. We had been looking forward to this since we hosted Marty and his guys for a concert at our Fur Peace Ranch. Also on board for this show was our dear friend G.E. Smith who is always welcome when we hit the boards… you never really know what he is going to bring to the mix, but it’s always great.

The Beacon... a helluva place!

The Beacon... a helluva place!

Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams have become as integral a part of Tuna as it is possible to be. We wish they could be with us everywhere we go… but we’ll take what we can get and be grateful! Justin Guip has taken over that most important seat behind the drums… and he is certainly the last part of the cat over the fence! I could never say too much about my musical mate Barry Mitterhoff. He and I have been picking together since 2002 or thereabouts and it’s been a swell dance…

Ceilings... we're painting ceilings...

Ceilings... we're painting ceilings...

Needless to say… Jack and I have been friends who have played music together for more years than many couples stay married. What a concept! Check this set list out:

Zach and I sit stage right as Jack Casady opens the show...

Zach and I sit stage right as Jack casady opens the show...

Beacon Show
Dec. 13, 2015

First Set:
1. Jack plays as only he can… and we…
2. Segue into Hesitation Blues
3. I See The Light… enter Justin, Larry, Barry and G.E.
4. Children Of Zion… same gang with Teresa
5. Hit Single # 1… same gang
6. Three Fifths Of A Mile with Marty Balin… The gang and Teresa
7. Plastic Fantastic Lover with Marty Balin… The gang and Teresa
8. Wade In The Water with Teresa
9. Somebody To Love with Teresa
10. Rock Me Baby… The gang
11. A Little Faster… Same gang
Second Set:
1. Marty Trio
2. Marty Trio
3. Marty Trio
4. Blues with Marty Balin… and the gang
5. White Rabbit with Teresa Williams
6. Sugaree with Teresa Williams
7. Bar Room Crystal Ball… with Teresa and Larry on pedal steel…
8. Water Song… Larry on mandolin… Barry on octave mandolin
9. Long Gone From Kentucky with G.E. Smith
10. Big River with Larry Campbell
11. Bowlegged Woman
12. Candy Man… you know the deal (Larry on fiddle)
13. Deep Ellum Blues with Larry and Teresa
14. Funky # 7 … usual crew
15. Encore: Volunteers with Marty Balin and everyone
16. Encore 2: Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning with Larry & Teresa

Thanks to Jerry Sullivan for my cool tux jacket...

Thanks to Jerry Sullivan for my cool tux jacket...

And of course, since this was a birthday party… we needed a cake… and what a cake!

Very, very... nice... and tasty too!

Very, very... nice... and tasty too!

Well… this morning with the festivities over, we breakfasted at the Viand Cafe with the family and then Vanessa and I took Zach down to Penn Station to catch the bus back to Virginia… school tomorrow.

The boys, waiting for the bus

The boys, waiting for the bus

That’s about it for now. What a grand time! Tomorrow, onward and home!

  1. Steve
    December 14th, 2014 at 16:22 | #1

    This fan was somewhat disappointed in last night’s show. Thought the sound for the first set was just horrible-a muddy wash from the front row of the balcony. Is always great to see Marty, especially with Jorma and Jack for sure and enjoyed his 3 song mini set. Sound much more dialed in for the 2nd set but could have been a lot better. Watersong, Barroom, Come Back Baby and a very sweet Sugaree pulled it up a notch for me near the end. They sure had the bass dialed in and Jack seemed to have the time of his life!! Where were the “special guests to be announced”?…….Bitch bitch bitch I guess. Having seen you guys well over 30 times I know every night isn’t going to be perfect. Just feel this could have been as great as Jorma’s 70th was…..trust me though, I’ll be there to see you guys again Jorma just as long as you all keep on keeping on!!!! Still and always a solid fan for sure!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Steve
    December 14th, 2014 at 16:28 | #2

    Sorry Bowlegged Woman not Come Back Baby…

  3. charles newman
    December 14th, 2014 at 17:13 | #3

    Steve,I just wanted to say a couple of things about the sound. The sound is being mixed and fed to the house from many mics on instruments and vocals all at the same time. The more performers the longer it takes to find the sweet spot. Also the mix is being done by how it sounds at the board which may or may not sound good to all ears in all locations in the theater. Engineering live performances is always a work in progress as you balance the needs of performers to hear their monitors/instruments, keep the separation necessary and not have feedback issues etc. The more performers the longer it takes. Kudos to the engineering staff since they did work through the things you found objectionable. I’m never disappointed I just appreciate great performers and engineering staff working their magic for me. Myself I have just three words for last nights performance. Simply the best. Happy Birthday Jack.

  4. Art
    December 14th, 2014 at 17:14 | #4

    I wish I could have been there! Will there be a DVD like for Jorma’s 70th?

  5. Ben
    December 14th, 2014 at 17:57 | #5

    I had a great time at the show last night! From where I sat (lower level, towards the back), he sound was very good. Theresa’s singing gives me chills… Jack was very “animated”, for lack of a better word. Great job by the musicians and crew!

  6. Tony T
    December 14th, 2014 at 18:01 | #6

    Wish I could have made it. Looks fantastic. I hope it was recorded–a live album would be the bees knees!

  7. Dee
    December 14th, 2014 at 18:33 | #7

    I dont know what show steve was at, but the first set sounded amazing, probably one of the best hot tuna first sets Ive ever seen, wow what a punch to the gut! i was sitting row H on the floor, and i had such a great time, we didn’t sit down the whole show. it was an amazing night, thank you Jorma and Jack, it was definitely just as good as Jormas 70th, Ive never seen Marty and Ive never seen any of the those Airplane songs live so for me it was up there as one of the best, im still singing volunteers all over the house. and what a great job Teresa did on white rabbit! she hit it out of the park.

  8. Steve
    December 14th, 2014 at 18:49 | #8

    Glad others had a better experience simply could have been my seats (front row balcony). Not trying to dis the evening or grind any sort of axe just my 2 cents. Been seeing and following them since 1979 and sure as shit will continue to do so!!!!

  9. Steve Levenson
    December 14th, 2014 at 18:52 | #9

    (I’m a different Steve) Looks like everyone on stage had a fabulous time, and everyone I know who went said that transferred directly to the audience. They did say the jacket made you a little hard to see (cause it was camouflage).

  10. Joe in DC
    December 14th, 2014 at 18:54 | #10

    Tuna and friends. Excellent show last night. Happy bday again Jack. I was very impressed you guys played till about midnight. Great two sets; sizzle. Marty and the old airplane songs were a treat-3/5 the best. GE and Larry nailed it thru out the night. Water Song was my fav of the evening; Jorma – you picked that tune to death. As usual the beacon shows allow me to take my yearly trip to the big apple and see a tuna show with high school buddies. This year had the added benefit of catching your December 10 show at 6th and I in dc so a double dose. Thanks again Jorma, Jack and Tuna. See you on your march run. Happy holidays to all

  11. Andy K
    December 14th, 2014 at 19:46 | #11

    Amazing show!
    Almost 4 hours of Jumpin’ Jack Flash and Jorma’s finger pickin’.
    Larry’s instrumentation was superb, as usual. GE contributed some tasty licks and Teresa belted out a few tunes.
    Nice to hear a bunch of Airplane numbers as well as some old Tuna greats.
    Some great jams – Funky #7 was 20 minutes of bliss, with superb guitar licks from GE, Larry and Jorma and Jack was so fired up he was doing circles!

    Many, many thanks, Jorma for a great show and super memories.
    Having recently watched Jorma’s 70th birthday DVD, I echo the hope that last night’s gem was also recorded and will be released.

    Hey, Electric Hot Tuna…Come Back Baby real soon to NYC!!!

    P.S. The Marty Balin song about Papa John Creach was cute.

  12. Hamneggs
    December 14th, 2014 at 20:16 | #12

    I was front row balcony center and my only complaint is I couldn’t see Jorma- it was like he was wearing camouflage (lol).
    Great, great show. Delighted with the nice reviews Marty is getting on the blog so far. He could have played it safe and did today, cominback and its no secret for his mini set but came on like superman. That bass on scheherazade was very trippy.
    Raise the flag for volunteers.
    Wonderful family gathering old and new.
    Thanks to all who made this possible especially Vanessa and my friend Brad. People do things behind the scenes that we may not be aware of but make us smile.
    Peace
    Love All Ways

  13. Steve
    December 14th, 2014 at 21:21 | #13

    Many thanks for your input. Helps to put it in perspective. I like the other comment from someone in seats similar to mine. It’s all good no worries…@charles newman

  14. Larry
    December 14th, 2014 at 21:49 | #14

    Amazing show. 4 hours, like the old days. The versions of Water Song, Candy Man, Bar Room Crystal Ball were sublime. A couple of comments about Marty–as Hamneggs said above, kudos to Marty for having the balls to open the 2nd set by playing 3 songs that no one ever heard before when he could have played some old Airplane or Starship tunes. And seeing him stepping out in front, literally and figuratively, on those old Airplane songs was such a treat. Finally, I saw Marty perform the Papa John song 15-20 years ago with one of the iterations of Jefferson Starship (of which Jack was also a member) and always thought that song would sound great if Jorma could play on it and add some fingerpicking. I’m glad that someone else thought of that as well.

    Just a great time last night fellas. Long may you run.

  15. JohnC
    December 15th, 2014 at 01:27 | #15

    Outstanding show all the way around. Thanks a ton, everyone. And Teresa ROCKS Grace’s vocals.

  16. jim hitchcock
    December 15th, 2014 at 02:34 | #16

    Chuck N, I really enjoy your posts, the technical input you bring to things.

    Am currently reading ‘A Long Strange Trip’, and it brings great background to what the Dead’s sound techs had had to endure.

  17. Tom K
    December 15th, 2014 at 07:58 | #17

    Another fine fall/winter NYC Tuna show. I haven’t missed many in almost 40 years. Somewhat of a tradition for my brothers and I. Always appreciate the different “tweaks” in the lineup. This year,Marty was a great addition,with Plastic Fantastic Lover being one of the(of many)highlights of the night.Jorma and Jack,while always good,seemed particularly on. The whole band complimented each other all night. Teresa’s vocals are phenomenal! Kudos for her version of White Rabbit, but everytime I hear her sing Keep Your Lamps, I am just awed! God bless her!Larry and GE always seem like they belong.Barry has been and remains consistently good for over 10 years now with the band. We Tuna fans sometimes take him for granted ,but hat’s off to him! Justin is the man! Skoota and Bob Steeler’s shoes are hard to fill,but he he’s another plus.(Loved his work on Barroom Crystal Ball)You guys know how to pick em! Happy Holidays to you and yours and see you the next time through

  18. December 15th, 2014 at 08:41 | #18

    What a show you guys put on. my wife and i were blown away. we havent seen your electric show in many years so we were looking forward to it and boy did you deliver!! highlights…. well there were so many but a few stand out. TERESA OMG!! Sugaree was amazing. in my mind she now owns that song. [move over jerry g] GE SMITH– guitar work from another planet! but the power strumming on Long gone from kentucky was POWERFUL. Larry Campell always great, went beyond anything time i have seen him. which brings up another high point — funky #7. the guitars were wailing. Jorma and Jack, thank you for what you do and the way you do it. 70 yrs old never looked better. you guys are getting better as you get older. which i think is the definition of a life well lived. you bring dedication class and experience to your profession. keep doing what you do and we will be there to listen.

  19. Bill L
    December 15th, 2014 at 10:01 | #19

    I brought my 20 year old son and a buddy of mine to the Sixth & I Synagogue show. The show was great. The venue was really nice. I grew up in DC and the synagogue is a historic building that has managed to dodge the wrecking ball in an area of town that is going through a remarkable revitalization. what tickled me the most though was that my 20 year old was turned on by a genre of music that wasn’t rap music. BTW – Theresa, Larry and Jason were superb.

  20. Paul
    December 15th, 2014 at 10:29 | #20

    Had such a fantastic time! Going to the Beacon is such a special ritual. Been seeing shows there since 1976 and have gotten to know so many people in the hot tuna family over the years. Jack is one hell of a musician and a mensch as well. He deserved the recognition and attention. The band rocked out and having Larry and GE is always a treat. Even got to see Vanessa and Hurl in the lobby. :-)

    Great job as always Captain. Hope you had as much fun playing as we did listening.

    Paul

  21. Leslie
    December 15th, 2014 at 10:54 | #21

    Flew in from South Florida for the show on 1213. Love Hot Tuna! Jormas voice soothes my soul, has been doing that for 30 years. Having said that I do have to say that when those first notes of Keep your Lamps Trimmed and Burning are played I get so thrilled. But it’s Jormas voice I long to hear, not Theresa’s . I like her voice when harmonizing with the guys, or when she is doing Grace songs, but when she sings what clearly should be Jorma singing, not so much. Makes me feel the same way I used to feel when Donnas voice overpowered Jerrys voice. Kind of pissed. But…the show was great and I’m glad I made the trip.

  22. gregg
    December 15th, 2014 at 11:59 | #22

    could not be at show cause of work, but wanted to hear tuna being they are town so I rang up youtube vitalpartsjorma/asburypark. ah that was my fix, ah the way it was Gregg s.i.n.y.

  23. Joey Hudoklin
    December 15th, 2014 at 13:07 | #23

    I was sitting next to Ham n Eggs. It sounded real good. I loved the freak flag during Volunteers. (swinging from the balcony). Very appropriate. This one goes up there near the top of my all time fav Tuna shows.
    I’m about 225 in about now.
    Thank you, Hot Tuna. You guys have come full circle. I am so proud of you. Amazing.

  24. Letitgro
    December 15th, 2014 at 13:45 | #24

    Jorma, I caught the 12/07 show at The Egg and truly enjoyed it. It seemed like you let Larry take over in many tunes, and he came through in spades. Jack seemed to take a few songs to ‘wake up’, and he certainly did. A fine show overall. BTW, after you commented about “That’s my name and don’t where it out”, I was the one who said “Happy 26th, Jorma”, and you responded “Yeah, Buddy”. :-)

    Then there’s the Beacon. Wow…a real nice celebration for Jack’s 70th year. (A side note here…12/13 is actually my birthday, so I felt you guys were playing the show for me. :-) I was real happy about the setlist and it had a totally different feel than the show in Albany. I’m all for ‘mixing it up’, and to start the show with a Jack solo put me in heaven and certainly set the tone for the rest of the evening. I’ve never seen Jack more ‘animated’ in the 44 years I’ve been seeing you guys! Everybody seemed to chip in for this show and there were many highlights. I hope to see you at the Beacon for Jack’s 80th and many more shows in between. Thanks Jorma!!!

  25. johno
    December 15th, 2014 at 14:36 | #25

    From Jacks opening bass runs to Teresa’s incredible final note the show blew me away – I was wiped out yesterday – it was like a friggin hurricane went through the Beacon. Through the early hiccups to that classic Jack Casady standard Candy Man it was amazing. Marty was a little overdressed for the show – it was great to see him – esp on Volunteers. Larry and GE were like old west gunslingers at their very best. And Jack has to be the best rock bassist that ever walked the planet. And Jorma you never sounded better.

  26. December 15th, 2014 at 15:10 | #26

    What a great show, I’ve been on a Hot Tuna high since returning. Always a surprise, always unique, always a great mix of amazing guests and old gems. History in the making with Marty. Everyone rocked, nobody does it like the “Big Dog”… Jack in awesome form (happy birthday brother), love GE, Larry, Teresa (wow!), Barry. Justin played a strong rock style kit and fit right in. Great vibe in the crowd, all soldiers in the Hot Tuna Army and fun to unite. Keep it up lads, Hot Tuna can do no wrong!

  27. caren mitchel
    December 15th, 2014 at 15:20 | #27

    not just one of the best hot tuna shows i’ve seen but also one of the best concerts i’ve had the privilege to be at. thank you so much. so sad that you won’t be in jamaica this march but at least we’ll have larry and teresa.

  28. Todd E
    December 15th, 2014 at 17:01 | #28

    The show was outstanding! So glad I made the trek from Miami for a family visit and some fine Tuna. Everyone was in superb form — and Jack, the b-day boy, was nothing less than astounding. When I saw my first Tuna show in 1972, I never dreamt I’d be going to your shows 40+ years later — and it’d still be so great!

    Thanks, and happy holidays to you and yours!

  29. Craig K
    December 15th, 2014 at 20:58 | #29

    Woulda-Shoulda-Coulda, how you read this drek is beyond me! Hands down another fantastic show at the Beacon! Keep coming back. We love you in NYC! Great to see the gang and catch up with some old friends. As long as you feel like playing, I will keep showing up! Get some rest and I can’t wait for the new CD! To infiniti and beyond!

  30. Kenny L
    December 15th, 2014 at 21:16 | #30

    I posted here a few years back, because I was disappointed with what I considered to be a very short set list at the Beacon. My message got a very thoughtful, heartfelt reply from Jorma.

    This time…..WOW! No opening act (thank you!), just pure, unadulterated TUNA. The went on and on, getting better and better. Marty, GE, Larry and Theresa added so much. Rather than blather, I’ll just say that all the comments above about their performances were SPOT ON.

    I would much rather see Tuna in NJ — going to the city is such a hassle and so expensive…but for HT, I’m there. I crawled into bed at 2:30 AM, tired but happy.

    Happy birthday, Jack! See you at the Beacon next year (but stop by the Count Basie and say hello to us Jersey guys and gals!)

  31. Tim from Philly
    December 15th, 2014 at 21:17 | #31

    Great show Jorma! George (GE) always brings it. Jack was on FIRE. Loved Larry’s fiddle, and the dueling mandolins w Barry. Awesome picking as always from you Jorma. strongest most heartfelt kudos to Teresa, her take on Grace’s vocals was superb, I’ve had White Rabbit running all around my brain for days (since Thursday at the Scottish Rite!). And it was great to see Hurl in the audience, you and Teresa did a fantastic version of his A Little Faster.

    Rock on, Brother Jorma.

  32. Hamneggs
    December 16th, 2014 at 10:31 | #32

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/jimclash/2014/12/15/how-i-spent-my-weekend-with-jefferson-airplanehot-tuna-royalty/
    I think a few fact are wrong about Jefferson Starship and is Larry from Brooklyn?
    Happy Chanukah while I’m on again. May everyone be blessed with love and jot and Light.
    Peace
    Love All Ways

  33. HOGAN
    December 16th, 2014 at 10:41 | #33

    Dear Jorma,

    Just when I think it can’t get any better you guys do it again, had an outstanding time, you guys rocked it from the electric shows to the Beacon..everything was “Firmer than Firm”….Love the jacket and great picture of you and Zach before going on. Happy Holidays and enjoy your beautiful family.
    Looking forward to the new CD
    Keep Smilin
    Hogan
    :)

  34. Rich
    December 16th, 2014 at 10:57 | #34

    Greetings… What a night of fine music to which I thank everyone on stage, behind the scenes and to Marty, who I was lucky to meet before the show. Jack was on FIRE ! Jorma played GREAT! Larry, Teresa, AWESOME ! Justin also GREAT ! GE on FIRE, Barry as always EXCELLENT ! BTW, I thought Marty brought back some fine memories of seeing JA and his new Band was GREAT! Seriously… thanks for creating what is , to me, the finest music that has touched me in so many ways !!

  35. Rich
    December 16th, 2014 at 10:58 | #35

    @Rich
    YIKES !!! Teresa !! Brought it down !!!

  36. eaglesteve
    December 16th, 2014 at 14:19 | #36

    I dug the show.
    Thanks.
    Happy Holidays Tuna fans.
    Stay safe.

  37. StillRock
    December 16th, 2014 at 20:34 | #37

    I have seen every Hot Tuna Beacon show since 2009 and this might have been the best. Jorma’s 70th in 2010 was over the top with special guests, but the focus and intensity with the core crew made this year’s show the tightest in terms of musicianship. GE, Larry and Teresa are honorary members of New York Tuna as far as I’m concerned and I’m always happy to see them. Justin Guip was great, but I loved Skoota and hope he’s got a new gig worthy of his talent. Barry always blows me away with his mandolin and Jack was in rare form (loved his comment “see you all back here for my 80th”). Don’t know about Marty Balin, but Jack can have anyone he wants for his birthday. Biggest surprise was Jorma. With so much firepower on stage in previous years (David Bromberg, Steve Kimock, Warren Haynes, Bob Margolin), Jorma sometimes laid back and shared the spotlight, but he absolutely tore it up this time in honor his dear friend Jack. Thank you for a fabulous show. The only reason I say it “might” have been the best is because it has some pretty stiff competition from all the great Beacon shows of the past.

  38. Mike
    December 16th, 2014 at 21:40 | #38

    Epic show!! Big River was a very nice surprise. Teresa’s voice just rips the emotions right out of me on Sugaree, every time. This show is the ONLY reason I come back to NYC!! Jack was…..Jack!! He definitely stepped out of his shell :)
    I’ll catch you again real soon.
    Take Care, give my best to the family!!

  39. kathy liny
    December 16th, 2014 at 22:20 | #39

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY JACK!!!! AND A HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY TO JORMA!!!! You all were on fire Saturday night. Jack was dancin’ and hoofin’ it up all night. Watersong brought tears to my eyes. While I missed Skooota-the drummer was so in sync with you all-especially Jack.
    He rocked. Marty and Lemoncello(?) and the JA songs, shake it shake it Sugaree… it was all a treat. Great view from the lower balcony, love the Beacon. Kudos of course to Barry, GE, Larry and Teresa. Thank you all for a great show.
    JORMA PLEASE BOOK HOT TUNA AT THE GREAT SOUTH BAY FESTIVAL JULY 17-19 IN PATCHOGUE NY THIS SUMMER!!!!!!! Missed u guys last July! What’s that smell like fish o baby I really would like to know….! Thanks for all the joy you bring to so many of us. -Hesta

  40. Joey Hudoklin
    December 16th, 2014 at 23:14 | #40

    Hot Tuna for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

  41. Jim Mckeon
    December 17th, 2014 at 16:19 | #41

    Hard to believe that Hot Tuna is not already in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame!

  42. December 17th, 2014 at 16:43 | #42

    what a great freakin show. I loved every minute of it. First time hearing Justin live, he was spot-on for only being with Tuna for a little while. Perfect mix of hot tuna classics with some airplane and dead thrown in ..A lot of goose bump moments again.

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  44. StillRock
    December 18th, 2014 at 09:56 | #44

    I have seen every Hot Tuna Beacon show since 2009 and this might have been the best. Jorma’s 70th in 2010 was over the top with special guests, but the focus and intensity with the core crew made this year’s show the tightest in terms of musicianship. GE, Larry and Teresa are honorary members of New York Tuna as far as I’m concerned and I’m always happy to see them. Justin Guip was great, but I loved Skoota and hope he’s got a new gig worthy of his talent. Barry always blows me away with his mandolin and Jack was in rare form (loved his comment “see you all back here for my 80th”). Don’t know about Marty Balin, but Jack can have anyone he wants for his birthday. Biggest surprise was Jorma. With so much firepower on stage in previous years (David Bromberg, Steve Kimock, Warren Haynes, Bob Margolin), Jorma sometimes laid back and shared the spotlight, but he absolutely tore it up this time in honor of his dear friend Jack. Thank you for a fabulous show. The only reason I say it “might” have been the best is because it has some pretty stiff competition from all the great Beacon shows of the past. Happy Birthday, Jack!

  45. Joey Hudoklin
    December 18th, 2014 at 11:39 | #45

    @Jim Mckeon
    Hi Jim. Within 3 weeks, I’m moving to Santa Cruz. At some point, I’ll be visiting SB. Maybe I’ll seeya at the farmers. Yah. Email me. Joey

  46. Jim H.
    December 18th, 2014 at 12:08 | #46

    Just two words for last Saturday’s show:

    F#*$ing Jack!!!

  47. Brett
    December 29th, 2014 at 07:36 | #47

    Although I’ve seen Hot Tuna and or Jorma solo at least 50 times this was my first NY show at the Beacon. Great venue and great energy. Jack was fantastic! Enjoyed Marty and all the Airplane songs. Teresa did a great job singing. And Jorma rocked as always. Hope they have a DVD like Jorma’s 70th. Next year – Jorma’s 75th?

  48. Mr.Clumpy
    December 29th, 2014 at 15:10 | #48

    @Tom K

    I saw the show in Ithaca, which was terrific, but I’d have to disagree about Teresa singing “Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning.” I hadn’t seen the band in about twenty years, and if there was one thing I wanted in an encore, it was to hear Jorma sing one more time. I was excited when the song started, great song choice, but felt robbed that they didn’t at least trade verses, given that it was the last song (and how important Jorma’s singing had been on it all these years).