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Last Night Of November, First Night Of the Beacon

December 1st, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments
Our name in lights

Our name in lights

First night at the Beacon Theater was indeed all I expected and more. Tomorrow when I get home to Hillside Farm, I’m going to do a more complete blog with some detailed thanks to all the wonderful friends who helped make this weekend happen. Many, many thanks are in order. For now, let me thank last night’s players: Of course our band… Jack Casady, Barry Mitterhoff and Skoota Warner… Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams, Steve Kimock, Bill Kirchen, G.E. Smith, Cindy Cashdollar and Lincoln Schleifer. Thanks guys… you are all the best and you will all have hypertext links tomorrow.

Classic, or what?

Classic, or what?

Yeah… what a night, from the rehearsal to the gig:

Steve Kimock examines the toys...

Steve Kimock examines the toys...

Here is our set list from last night:

Hot Tuna 52, 2012
The Beacon Theater
New York City
November 30, 2012

First Set:
1. Jack comes out and welcomes the audience with a solo
2. Candy Man with Jorma, Barry and Larry
3. Can’t Get Satisfied with Jorma, Jack, Barry and Skoota
4. Children Of Zion with the Tuna core adding Larry and
5. Serpent Of Dreams Tuna core Steve & G.E.
6. Long Gone From Kentucky with G.E.Smith
7. Bowlegged Woman Tuna Plus G.E. and Bill Kirchen and Lincoln Schleifer
8. Sugaree core Tuna with Larry And Teresa
9. Come Back Baby Tuna core with GE, Steve, Cindy et al
10. Easy Now Revisited Tuna + Larry
11. Hit Single #1 Tuna + G.E.
Second Set:
1. I See The Light with Tuna core G.E. & Steve
2. Living In The Moment with Tuna core and Cindy
3. Mama Let Me Lay It On You with Tuna, G.E. Larry & Cindy
4. Many Rivers To Cross with Steve Kimock & GE
5. Barbeque King with Tuna, Steve Kimock & Cyndy & Larry
6. Time’s They Are A Changin’ Tuna core with Bill Kirchen & GE
7. Mourning Interrupted with Tuna core and Larry
8. 99 Year Blues with Lincoln and Cyndy
9. Bar Room Crystal Ball Core Tuna with Larry and Teresa
10. Funky #7 Lincoln, Jack, Bill, GE, Steve, Barry, Cindy, Skoota, Jorma
11. Encore: Baby What You Want me To Do? With Larry, GE, Cindy

Ah... the stage... the stage

Ah... the stage... the stage

OK, lots of preparations to do for tonight’s gig… I love this life…

New York, just like I remembered it...

New York, just like I remembered it...

More anon

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  1. Tom
    December 1st, 2012 at 12:13 | #1

    Sugaree and a Barroom Crystal Ball!!! Sorry we couldn’t make both nites this year,but will be there tonite! Glad Jack is back in action! Keep on Truckin’

  2. carlo pagliano
    December 1st, 2012 at 12:35 | #2


    Wonderful Sight Your Names in Lights.
    Classic Fantastic.
    Stellar Steve indeed.
    Red Heart Throbs.
    Never saw NY, always dreamt it sO.
    Breathtaking set list. Just can’t imagine Jack’s solo.


  3. Richard
    December 1st, 2012 at 13:00 | #3

    A quick Long Island train ride,some Sushi,and some Hot Tuna..What could be better on a NY Dec. night..I am so freakin exited to see the band and their great guests tonight!!!

  4. Angelo
    December 1st, 2012 at 13:19 | #4

    RUN!! Don’t walk to see Hot Tuna tonite. Smoking show boys!

  5. carlo pagliano
    December 1st, 2012 at 13:35 | #5

    Thanks Richard!
    I identify myself with your state of mind 4000 miles far. It’s great, thanks again!

    Thanks Jorma, it’s a great ride till tonight!

  6. Hamneggs
    December 1st, 2012 at 13:37 | #6

    Thank you
    Jack I hope our thoughts and prayers touch you as much as your words and bass solo touched my heart, spirit and soul at the beginning of the show.
    Jorma, Thank you.
    To all the musicians, family and friends
    May The Great Mystery Bless you with Peace and Love.
    Oh yeah and HOT FUCKING TUNA!!!!

  7. chris mendez
    December 1st, 2012 at 13:52 | #7

    Are you kiddin me how can we keep topping ourselves Hogen and AB we tore the house down old school sugaree funky on and on need i say more 4th row cant wait till tonight thats right old school Double Dose at the Beacon!!!

  8. chris mendez
    December 1st, 2012 at 13:53 | #8

    thats right its tuna time my friend !!!!@Angelo

  9. Barbara Jacobs
    December 1st, 2012 at 14:49 | #9

    Well, Jorma:
    I arrived late and had to leave early but enjoyed it while I was there.
    I did a lot of singing last night.
    Don’t know about you and the band but I’m exhausted!

    I can’t make it tonight, so rock on kids!

  10. Richard Cowles
    December 1st, 2012 at 15:07 | #10

    @Barbara Jacobs

    Hey Barb…Imagine how the boss feels…he’s a lot older than you and has a 2 night stint.Maybe you you should try vitamins or a supplement of some sort?Rock on Tuna…Exellent looking set list Jorma..Thanks for all the hard work!

  11. johno
    December 1st, 2012 at 15:17 | #11

    Jorma – That was one heck of show! One of the best ever! Starting with Jack’s solo that rocked the chandelier right into Candy Man – I knew it was going to be a blast – and it was! Every song in between was amazing – ending with Funky #7 – what a show! Thanks

  12. Robert
    December 1st, 2012 at 15:23 | #12

    So good to see Jack is out playing music again. Music is the great healer.

  13. Barbara Jacobs
    December 1st, 2012 at 15:26 | #13

    I’m just a middle-aged publicist and a really bad singer.
    There is no hope for me.

  14. Matt
    December 1st, 2012 at 16:33 | #14

    Darn good show last night and what a great cast of characters.
    That was one heck of a night of music with more ahead for tonight. Woo Hoo !

  15. carlo pagliano
    December 1st, 2012 at 20:18 | #15


    Just had the precious privilege of watching Jack’s steps on stage and Jack’s entry who just stroke up with his prodigious bass a holy and deep Qin melody, even if the audio is inconsistent on the device I am marveled and bow down with my spirit in front of this astonishing tune that makes me touch my little Heaven.
    Ever so grateful for revealing these supreme marvels.


  16. Bob Kelly
    December 1st, 2012 at 21:51 | #16

    Thanks Jack and Jorma.. and friends for a great evening of Music.. I was able to take my Middle son Steven to his first beacon Tuna show,, a good time had by all.. So many Highlights.. Jacks opening remarks. Solo>candy man..just the start.. big suprises all night.. Sugaree!.. a real fun BarbQ King..Living in the Moment,,Times they are a changin,Comeback baby, Hit Single.. Bar Room Crystal ball.. all well played.. Steve K. was right on,, GE ..larry on everything.. holy Geez, and and Bill Kirchen ..the whole gang.. Good healing music..still so many friends patching up there lives, Homes after the storm.. Thanks again.. Steven had a great time.. It was also nice to say hi to V. So,.be well.. always

  17. Tim from Philly
    December 2nd, 2012 at 00:36 | #17

    Wow wow wow what a show last night. Wish I was there tonight. Think I might have had the best seat in the house right in front of the SB, I got to dance all night without bothering anybody. Loved Core Tuna, REALLY loved the guests. Had never seen Cindy before, she just rocks the slide guitar, watching Jack and George watching HER was pure delight. Dueling bass on not one but two songs was mind splitting. 12 minute BBQ King, everybody got to solo was really really sweet. Jorma Jack et al thank you so much what a pleasure last night was.

  18. December 2nd, 2012 at 11:55 | #18

    NOW HERE THIS! How awesome is it to see G.E on stage with such skill & talent with Tuna. But I especially appreciate seeing G.E enjoy himself having the same truly joy filled expressions that I certainly would have if I was on stage playing with Jorma & Jack. That is awesome! Thank you Jorma & thank you G.E 🙂

  19. cyndy consentino
    December 2nd, 2012 at 13:10 | #19

    Dear Jorma,
    Thank you and the entire Tuna crew and guests for two wonderful nights at the Beacon! It was awesome. Jack’s heartfelt words on Friday were really wonderful for us East Coast folks who experienced so much devastation and loss in the last month. You guys are really the best!
    The both shows were perfect, and made us all so happy:)

    Stay well,

  20. Marty
    December 2nd, 2012 at 17:56 | #20

    I was there Friday night- I see you everytime you are in New York (Since 1976, with breaks in between)- I thought Jorma’s Birthday Concert could not be beat. But you guys just get better every year, especially with Barry. The guests are incredible, and makes it that much more fun seeing how much fun you guys are having. Repeating many commenter’s comments about Jack reaching out to New York-Thank you. deepest condolences to Jack, so sorry for his loss. When I was a kid you guys where (And still are) total Rock Stars, then true professionals. You still are the Stars and Professionals, but now I realize what good people your are too.

  21. Barbara Jacobs
    December 2nd, 2012 at 18:06 | #21

    cyndy is certainly cyndified!

  22. joe in dC
    December 2nd, 2012 at 19:59 | #22

    Jorma, Tuna and Tuna friends;
    Got to see both shows
    Great time
    Good tunes, friends, food and nYC…
    It was worth the effort to make my annual trek to nYC from the Old Dominion VA to the Beacon. As long as tuna plays there I will go along on the ride.

    Great to see Jack back…his talk was a surprise. So out of character, so it meant a lot to hear him.
    GE wailed.
    Tuna is still tuna.

    In my view; first set of second night was the best run. Lasted longer then the norm….and lots of old tuna tunes to boot.
    Hey it is so easy to be a second guesser… so here goes…just cant contain myself…I was surprised there was no encore on the second night. whats up with that? just asking.

    Once again thanks for the treat…keep it going cause your fans just love there Tuna Hot.

  23. December 2nd, 2012 at 20:53 | #23

    Played right up to the minute brother… doing the best we can. Nice night though, wasn’t it?

  24. Neil Tiger
    December 2nd, 2012 at 21:16 | #24

    A great great show. More fantastic guitar players than Carter made Little Liver Pills. Tuesday night we were at the Garden with Patti Smith opening for Neil Young and Crazy Horse two tough acts to follow, but last night at the Beacon there was an additional presence that of Levon Helm looking down with that big Arkansan grin. It sure would be nice if you all released these shows on CD or DVD. As for the lack of an encore, man you all gave us enough music last night to last right through New Years. Thanks for an evening of pure musical ecstasy.

  25. Larry Petrillo
    December 2nd, 2012 at 21:17 | #25

    It was a grand night Jorma – plenty of music. Thank you!

  26. Max Bernheimer
    December 2nd, 2012 at 21:20 | #26

    Thank you all so much for an amazing evening of great music!

  27. joe in dC
    December 3rd, 2012 at 06:11 | #27

    Jorma- got it now….about mid nite and buisness etc. Who woulda thought? Great nite..great weekend. thx

  28. Joey hudoklin
    December 3rd, 2012 at 22:47 | #28

    Thank you Jorma & Jack. Hot Tuna baby! I think I’ve seen every Tuna holliday show in NY going back to Irving Plaza ’94. I really liked Times are a changin’. Barroom Crystal Ball has become a wonderful adventure, with Larry on the pedal steel. G.E was great. I’m in love w/Cindi. Living in the moment left me with chills. Come Back Baby rocked! My god, I could go on & on. I am so grateful to be able to see my favorite band, still, after all these years. And you know what? In my humble opinion Hot Tuna has grown to be better than ever. I’m truly trying to be objective here. Both nights were equally as hot. Having said that, I can’t wait to see-hear the next acoustic Tuna shows in the NYC area. I love you guys. Thank you again for being the music of my life. Joey

  29. John B
    December 4th, 2012 at 15:50 | #29

    Jorma :Played right up to the minute brother… doing the best we can. Nice night though, wasn’t it?

  30. John B
    December 4th, 2012 at 15:55 | #30

    Joey i agree with you that Times They are a Changin was terrific. As for no encore we are all so used to Tuna encores ; remember the old days when the “encore” at the academy would go on for 90 minutes! I had a feeling there would be no encore sat night though; because of the intensity of the way they were playing and the time. They were soaring right up until the very last minute weren’t they! I left there completely satisfied and exhausted shaking my head at the continued wonder of it all. Beautiful music for all of us to enjoy.

  31. Jerry T
    December 4th, 2012 at 17:33 | #31

    Jorma and Team did another great job this year. I never saw The Airplane but closed my eyes and heard them on Saturday night with Larry fiddling like Papa John and Teresa sounding like Grace. Thx for the good times and good luck abroad….

  32. Thom
    December 13th, 2012 at 13:00 | #32

    Hey Barbara, nice meeting you at the Stones show on the 8th. Detroit Boy @Barbara Jacobs

  33. John B
    January 4th, 2013 at 21:32 | #33

    Yes it was a very nice night indeed . I am very happy to have been able to make that show. For me it was Hot Tuna at it’s very best. From the start it was clear that it would be a special night and indeed it was. A month later and i still smile at the memory of that show .