Tonight was our first show with Leon Russell and his boys at the Wilbur Theater in Boston. The Wilbur is another one of these old proscenium theaters that has been modified to accept club seating. Really nice place, even in the cold weather. Anyway, Hot Tuna went on first and here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 6, 2014
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
The Wilbur Theater
Boston, Massachusetts
Thursday, January 9, 2014

1. True Religion
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Big River Blues
4. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
5. Waiting For A Train
6. I See The Light
7. Second Chances
8. Let Us Get Together right Down Here
9. Barbeque King
10. 99 Year Blues
11. Prohibition Blues
12. Nine Pound Hammer
13. Encore: Bar Room, Crystal Ball

After our set, I hung backstage for a while with family and friends and then Jack Casady and I got a ride back to the hotel with a runner… early bus cll this morning as we leave for Glenside, Pennsylvania and the good old Keswick Theater.

Yep folks… early bus call…

Back to bed and…

Onward!


Comments

  1. Comment made on January 12, 2014 by Sherm Murphy

    Rock on jorma, jack and barry, can’t please everyone. Can’t wait to see hfkn tuna in Seattle next month.

  2. Comment made on January 11, 2014 by Rich Alleger

    Hello. Been going to and listening to Hot Tuna FOREVER. First show, Cherry Hill,NJ in 1971. Never been a bad show and I can put up with anything to get me some more of that Hot Tuna Baby!!

  3. Comment made on January 11, 2014 by johno

    Maybe Jack & Jorma don’t pull the strings on a situation like this they are told where to go and when to play.
    I kinda like Barbara’s explanation

    Barbara Jacobs :Agree with you and add that, perhaps one day when Leon is no longer touring;the memory of being at that show will be sweet and satisfactory.@Charlie

  4. Comment made on January 11, 2014 by Joey Hudoklin

    I’m glad this topic has been breached. I remember vividly the Jan Hammer Band (a terrific band, if ya like that kinda stuff) being vociferously bood while opening for our beloved heroes on Long Island back in ’76.
    Flash forward to Bruce Coburn opening for the boys not too long ago at the Beacon. I walked in during his set and immediately thought to myself, uh-oh, there’s trouble brewing. Calls for HFT! were coming from every corner of the venue. Meanwhile, the Coburn fans were fuming. I know first hand that resentments linger to this day from that unfortunate split bill.
    Yes, Tuna fans are definitely intolerant of any and all things un-Tuna.
    Myself included.
    Ginny, in my opinion, you are entitled to your well deserved feelings.
    I like my Tuna straight, undiluted, with no chaser.
    That’s just the way it is.
    Unapologetic, Joey

  5. Comment made on January 10, 2014 by Carole Eastham-Shera

    Joe in DC– Excellent plan Joe!! I’d say that at some point we’d also be able to say a “How do you do” to one another as well!! This is a fabulous ‘FYI’– thankQ! AND Sunday is forecasted to be a Full-Sun day @ 50° temps– I’m ready 🙂

  6. Comment made on January 10, 2014 by Joe in Dc

    Carole. FYI. At birchmere. In bar area they usually have the show on TV. So u could see show and hear show. It will be just like u r at the show, which u will be, but not in the actual concert hall. I would also think just by hanging there the bouncers would eventually let you in. Just my thoughts.

  7. Comment made on January 10, 2014 by Barbara Jacobs

    Agree with you and add that, perhaps one day when Leon is no longer touring;
    the memory of being at that show will be sweet and satisfactory.@Charlie

  8. Comment made on January 10, 2014 by Carole Eastham-Shera

    ,,,oooops had some ‘finger stutter’ and hit the wrong key without completing my thought above! Anyhow,, the Birchmere show is Sold Out this weekend in Virginia– AND I DON’T have any tickets!! Am I disappointed?? Of COURSE I am!! Currently, after conversing with the venue, I remain optimistic that at the very least,, I’ll be able to go to the bar area which is outside the venue area if I am without tickets and at best I’ll be able to hear Tuna. I have seen Hot Tuna enough that I’ll just use the imagination of seeing them perform the tune of their voice.
    REMEMBER– ‘there is always, always, ALWAYS something to be thankful for!’

  9. Comment made on January 10, 2014 by jim hitchcock

    Johnny was due to play with Alvin Lee in Paris last April. After Lee’s passing it became a tribute concert with Johnny and Edgar, Tommy Emmanuel, And Robben Ford. Wish i would have been there.

  10. Comment made on January 10, 2014 by Carole Eastham-Shera

    Generally speaking, I have to say ‘thank the Higher Powers’ that Jorma and Jack didn’t ‘call in’ sick that night,, personally that would have been a greater disappointment on many levels! The point I am making is that sometimes there can be variables beyond one’s control which can and will cause disappointment to others– without any ill-intent intended. Many times you just have to weigh if being disappointed is really worth negative energies which you impose upon yourself? Fortunately, Jorma and Jack showed up that evening, otherwise it just ‘could’ have been a solo set of Leon, which in all due respect to Leon Russell fans would have not been so bad.
    Anyhow, I initially came here tonight was to mention that the Birchmere is solidly sold o

  11. Comment made on January 10, 2014 by Hamneggs

    Saw Johnny Winter with Leon ( each with own band and not together).
    I loved Leon having never seen him before. Everybody else loved Johnny ,who was also great but I’ve seen him many times, and am seriously looking at his 70Birthday Feb 23.2014 @ BB’s NYC.
    Cherish that Bar Room and may you shortly see pure, Hot Tuna next time.
    Looking back a few years that was some of our gripes about opening acts at the Beacon, they cut into Tuna time!
    Peace
    Love All Ways

  12. Comment made on January 10, 2014 by jim hitchcock

    Second sentence 4 above really needs to be redacted.

  13. Comment made on January 10, 2014 by Ginny

    Thank you

  14. Comment made on January 10, 2014 by Tom in St. Louis

    I can see why the people who expected a “co-headlining” show could be disappointed…13 songs is a little bit short!
    The show list on the website says “also Leon Russell” when it apparently should say “opening for Leon Russell”.
    C’est la vie, and long may you run!

  15. Comment made on January 10, 2014 by joe in DC

    I will be seeing tuna; HFT that is, this sunday at the birchmere here in the republic of VA.

    I understand where Ginny is coming from. I was uncertain if it would be a tuna set then a leon set, or 2 tuna sets w/ leon sitting in on select numbers. Based on the many tuna shows i have seen since 1971 i figured it was 2 different artists w/ 2 different sets. Of course i want to see just a tuna night with the band playing 2 sets, but as we know we will take our tuna anyway we can get it, hot being the preferred choice…so HFT

    I could also bi-ch about the venue – the Birchmere…. such a stuck up and straight place and crowd (dont get mad at me Virginia folks)…those of you that have visited this place know what I am talking about; but once again i am back to the same conclusion as above; “we will take our tuna anyway we can get it, hot being the preferred choice…so HFT”

    so there u go

  16. Comment made on January 10, 2014 by Ginny

    Any true Hot Tuna fan was disappointed, not at all what was expected. You’re all just sucking up to Jorma. I’m keeping it real. I went in pumped left deflated and feeling cheated. A first for me after 30 yrs of amazing Hot Tuna shows.

  17. Comment made on January 10, 2014 by jim hitchcock

    Reading a blog named Worst opening acts ever I came upon this gem:

    “KISS opening for Camel and Wishbone Ash. No one had heard of them at the time. They went over very badly. I’d say about half the crowd walked out and hung out in the lobby until they were finished.”

    I saw the same show at the Long Beach Arena many years ago. I was 2nd row center and I tried, to no avail, convince the other screaming with joy 13,999 audience members that that no, we really did not want Kiss back for a encore.

  18. Comment made on January 10, 2014 by Jesse H

    Jorma,
    Looking forward to the Keswick show tonight! I’ve been coming to shows for many years, and tonight my wife and I are bringing our oldest daughter to her first Tuna show for her 8th birthday! We have a big crew with us as well, including some friends we met in Jamaica last year when we went down to see you guys at the FeatFest.

  19. Comment made on January 10, 2014 by Cyndy Consentino

    Dear Jorma,
    A lot of traveling for you guys in tough weather!
    Wishing I was going to see you at Keswick!
    Definitely hoping to see you soon!

    As for you guys opening for Leon, like others have voiced, as long
    As I see Tuna I am happy! Leon is a nice plus!

    Travel safely,
    Cyndy

  20. Comment made on January 10, 2014 by Barbara

    A Hot Tuna fan is a fan under any circumstance. It’s the emotions their music elicit…. and that is the best reward. As a fan way back in the early 70’s at an impressionable age of 18, the experience has never changed. I’m still impressed… even if they had only performed “I see the Light”.

  21. Comment made on January 10, 2014 by jim hitchcock

    Doug, another show from way way back at McCabe’s that will always stand out im my memory was Doc & Merle Watson. Doc used strings as thick as telephone wires, amazing show.

  22. Comment made on January 10, 2014 by doug mlyn

    I’ll take Tuna any way I can get ’em

  23. Comment made on January 10, 2014 by Charlie

    Whoa…Ginny…C’mon!!! Let’s put that in perspective. What if that was the last Hot F’ing Tuna show to ever be played??? You would be happy as hell that you saw them. There will be more shows and there is no such thing as a bad Hot Tuna show. Let’s hope the well never runs dry!!!@Ginny

  24. Comment made on January 10, 2014 by Ginny

    Great encore with Bar Room Crystal ball acrostic !

  25. Comment made on January 10, 2014 by Ginny

    I gotta say I’m disappointed with last nights show,1 set 13 songs! I thought I paid to see Hot Tuna WITH Leon Russel not Leon Russel with Hot tuna!! I’ve been following your diary with the set lists for other shows with “guests” and they’ve all been rockin with 2 sets of Hot F’ing tuna. Had I known it was a Leon Russell show going in I wouldn’t have gone in! First show that’s left me wanting. False radio advertising. Wish I went to the Northampton or Ridgefield shows that was the hot Tuna I was expecting. Nice to see you and Jack smiling and happy though. Next time I’ll have to read the fine print!

  26. Comment made on January 10, 2014 by carlo pagliano

    It’s always a great rockin’ dream to wonder when holding Jorma’s pics. No pics no party?
    It’s Double Dose rock party singing out loud along with Bar Room Crystal Ball.
    Rock Them All real Hot tonight Jorma!

  27. Comment made on January 10, 2014 by gary

    Great show last night Jorma. The sound in the Wilbur is fantastic. Would love to see you come back for a full Tuna show.

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