Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

After two stellar gigs at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco we flew to Denver to take a couple of days to try to get acclimatized to the altitude. I’ve been coming to Denver for a long time and sometimes I don’t notice the altitude… and sometimes I do. I was glad to have a couple of days to catch my breath. The weather was positively balmy for this time of year. I heard that some of my local motorcycle buddies went for a long ride the day before the show. Awesome indeed.

And right around the corner from the hotel!

Photo by Phil Jacobs

Chris isaak was here the day before us. Glad he’s still making the rounds! The classics keep on running.

We were glad that the Paramount show was a two set evening. That gives us the chance to get to know the room and extract the most from it.

A classic old theater and a rockin’ room!

Photo by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 34, 2023

Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady

& Justin Guip

The Final Electric Show

The Paramount Theater

Denver, Colorado

Thursday, December 7, 2023

First Set:

  1. Been So Long
  2. Hesitation Blues
  3. BBQ King
  4. Ode To Billy Dean
  5. Soliloquy For 2
  6. Ice Age
  7. Bowlegged Woman
  8. Sea Child
  9. I Don’t Wanna Go

Jack, Justin and I hold forth!

Photo by Phil Jacobs

 

Second Set:

  1. I See The Light
  2. I Know You Rider
  3. Come Back Baby
  4. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
  5. Highway Song
  6. Invitation
  7. Trial By Fire
  8. Good Shepherd
  9. Hit Single #1
  10. Funky #7
  11. Encore: Water Song

Eight to Eleven, a three hour show, give or take

Photo by Phil Jacobs

As mentioned in an earlier blog these are bittersweet moments. Jack and I agonized over pulling the electric configuration over to the side of the road but I think it was an amazingly cognizant move for two old musicians. When we’re on stage playing we are able to still bring the same intensity to the game that we did as much younger musicians. It’s to be able to ring down the curtain while you can still smile, and we are still smiling.

I’m going to be home for the holiday season with the family, a rare reality indeed. Jack and I have some good things lined up for the upcoming years and my solo show will bring a couple of new things to the table. Nobody’s retiring yet… we’re just evolving. The reality of being human requires evolution on a daily basis if you want to keep the joy of life at least in sight. A work in progress!

Well, like they say in the song, ‘Leaving on a jet plane!’ More to be said when I get settled back in the Buckeye.

 


Comments

  1. Comment made on December 15, 2023 by Jake Cudek

    What an incredible night! Thank you Jorma, Jack, and Justin for allowing me to cover the show!
    Here is the review and accompanying gallery for anyone who missed it and for those looking to relive it.
    Review: https://www.gratefulweb.com/articles/hot-tuna-paramount-theatre-12723
    Gallery: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.732963935521471&type=3

    • Comment made on December 15, 2023 by Jorma

      Anytime Jake… and thanks for the great review. See you somewhere, sometime!

  2. Comment made on December 13, 2023 by Hank Schultz

    I enjoyed the show to the fullest. So glad I was there. Felt like a privilege.

  3. Comment made on December 13, 2023 by Frank Lampe

    As I sit here listening to the rockin’ and rollin’ July 20, 2010, Rams Head Live show, with G.E. and Barry in tow, please, please (please?), tell us that one or more of these final three shows was recorded. Please? And thanks again for your time and engagement at the baggage claim at CMH. Yes, you were jamming out in Denver. Welcome home!

    • Comment made on December 14, 2023 by Jorma

      Hey Frank… us Buckeyes have to stay together. 🙂 The Fillmore shows were recorded (I should know this but I don’t) but I don’t know about Denver. I’m sure you’ve got stuff to do but Saturday the 16th Hurl and I at the River Of Time Boutique on Washington St. in Athens… It’s free. What’s not to like?

  4. Comment made on December 11, 2023 by Gery Herrmann

    Congrats on your anniversary! Amazing what a good woman can do for you. A group of five gathered from around the country to celebrate the life of one of your big fans who recently passed. All of us with 50 plus years of Tuna experience All agreed that you were better than ever. Good Shepard brought some tears to my eyes and Water Song was the perfect ending. If it’s truly the last electric show it was better than perfect. I’m all in on evolution but what about reincarnation? If live electric Tuna is gone forever I was glad to be part of it. Hope the show does get released in some form it was Historic!

  5. Comment made on December 11, 2023 by Ed

    “The reality of being human requires evolution on a daily basis if you want to keep the joy of life at least in sight.”
    Those are truly words to live by, Jorma. Aging does suck in some ways, but it has made me wiser.

  6. Comment made on December 10, 2023 by Thomas McCormack

    First I would like to say congratulation to you and Vanessa.
    Have you ever thought of taking a couple of these Electric Hot Tuna final shows and releasing them on a CD?
    Just a thought.

  7. Comment made on December 9, 2023 by carey georgas

    I’ll tell you one thing. If I was gonna write a set list I wished to hear at your last show, that one came so close it’s kinda psychiatric. What a good time must have been had by all. Was that last time walking off the electric stage different, or was it just “That’s all, folks. On to the next iteration”?

  8. Comment made on December 9, 2023 by Bill from Wisconsin

    Hoping there will be some music from the SF and/or Denver shows to commemorate the last live ride of the electric Tuna. Enjoy the holidays. We look forward to seeing you in at the Stoughton Opera House in May. Thanks, Jorma!

  9. Comment made on December 9, 2023 by Tom

    When will we be able to purchase the last electric show? Preservation of historical events is a good thing.

  10. Comment made on December 9, 2023 by David Lucas

    “Soliloquy For Two” has been one of my all-time favorites since 1974. I remember listening to it on my 8 track in my ’66 Volvo 122 while watching the “fog roll in from the ocean” in Bodega Bay. Thursday’s rendition had me simultaneously in tears and howling. It’s amazing that after seeing so many shows, Hot Tuna Electric got me again !!!

    THANK YOU !

    Hope to see you “on down the road !”

  11. Comment made on December 9, 2023 by John

    You guys done good. Real good.
    Many thanks for the music made.
    Should a release of electric Tuna with Horns get released, I wouldn’t complain.
    Happy holidays to each and all.
    Rock n Roll!

  12. Comment made on December 9, 2023 by Martha Smith

    🎶🎶🎶I Know You RIDER🎶🎶🎶 Jorma and Jack, the joy you bring me is empyrean! I had to use the thesaurus on that one, cuz normal words cannot express my love and gratitude for Hot Tuna. Almost 50 years of shows for me, YIKES. 🎶🎶🎶 Rollin down the highway, livin in the spring, rain somewhere down the road, that don’t mean a thing…” What an honor to be in Denver for December 7 show!!! You guys were off the charts.

  13. Comment made on December 8, 2023 by Michael Spak

    Whose dog was hanging out on Jack’s side of the stage? Seemed pretty relaxed, considering all that activity.

  14. Comment made on December 8, 2023 by Tom in St. Louis

    Finished up with Water Song… how appropriate.
    We will miss the electric shows, but there’s plenty of music left to be mined from the acoustic duo.
    See you down the road!

  15. Comment made on December 8, 2023 by Alan R.

    Last night at the Paramount fully lived up to its billing as the Last Time Around. You are right, the two sets gave the trio a chance to grow into the music and the room. The first set was good, with highlights being Hesitation Blues, Bowlegged Woman, Sea Child (oh was I happy!) and I Don’t Wanna Go. But the second set soared from beginning to end. The group’s playing was simply magnificent. The Good Shepherd was Jack as his improvisational finest and took me to places I didn’t know still existed. I Know You Rider was as tight as it possibly could be. Invitation took us straight back to the cosmic long jamming of the 1970’s. How do you guys keep being so magical? Thank you for an experience I will not soon forget. I would buy this show in a second if it gets released as a download. Have a great trip back home for the holidays!

  16. Comment made on December 8, 2023 by alexander pepiak

    A work in progress indeed!!!

    You and Jack are truly inspiring!!!

    Hope our paths cross again…

  17. Comment made on December 8, 2023 by Jim

    Going out on top of the electric game. Awesome show and energy last night! Almost 50 years of electric Hot Tuna for me and it went by in the wink of an eye. Thanks! Keep coming to Denver!

  18. Comment made on December 8, 2023 by Tom

    History to live on!

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