2 Mar

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Releases Soundboard From Colorado’s 1st Bank Center

first_img[Photo: Andrew Rios]Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | 1st Bank Center | Broomfield, CO | 4/29/2017Set One (8:39PM – 10:17PM): Shelter From The Storm @ (TH) -> Bertha > Let It Grow -> No Quarter Jam # -> Help On The Way > Slipknot! $ > Throwing Stones, Must Have Been Roses, Gonesville % (SM) -> Shakedown Street ^Set Two (10:45PM – 12:53AM)&&: Morfbeats & -> Space *-> Dark Star + -> Half Step -> Estimated Prophet -> Terrapin Suite > The Other One > Eyes Of The World @@Encore One: One More Saturday Night -> Cold Rain & Snow Jam ## -> One More Saturday Night Reprise ##, Not Fade Away $$ -> Tequila Jam -> Not Fade Away RepriseEncore Two: Ripple, Born To Run %%Notes:@ – Bob Dylan Cover, First Time Played by Almost Dead# – Not played by Almost Dead since The Belly Up, Aspen, CO, 2016-07-02, a gap of 32 shows$ – With a “Duo Jam”% – Bob Weir cover, from “Blue Mountain”, First Time Played by Almost Dead^ – With short China Cat & Cold Rain & Snow Jams (Band)& – Kind of a Drums -> Space Hybrid, with Joe, Adam Morford, Billy Martin & John Medeski, playing crazy percussion instruments created & built by Adam Morford on a riser behind Joe’s kit. Eventually Marco, Tommy, Dave & Scott joined in & the segment evolved into Space. First Time Played by Almost Dead.&& – Entire second set from Space on & encore with Stuart Bogie on Sax, flute & clarinet.* – With John Medeski on percussion & then Hammond Organ and Billy Martin & Adam Morford on Percussion+ – With John Medeski on Hammond Organ and Billy Martin & Adam Morford on [email protected]@ – With a tease of what I think was a Tears for Fears tune (TH)## – First Time Played by Almost Dead$$ – With Black Throated Wind teases (SM), Chuckles (WOLF) Teases (SM) and a “Duo Jam”%% – Played with the house lights on Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s Taper Tuesday is upon us yet again. For the 39th installment of the series, the group has just released the soundboards from the Grateful Dead ensemble’s arena debut at the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, Colorado, back at the end of April. While originally scheduled for Almost Dead’s Red Rocks debut, following dangerous weather conditions, the group had to suddenly change their plans, leading to their performance at the 1st Bank.Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Details Rescheduled Red Rocks ShowSupported by Medeski, Martin, & Wood, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead still had some special surprises planned for the night, including a massive collaborative “Drums/Space” > “Dark Star” to open the second set, which saw John Medeski, Billy Martin, Adam Morford (Morfbeats), and Stuart Bogie join the group ahead of a tight second set housing a massive “Terrapin Suite.” The night also saw the group debut covers of Bob Dylan’s “Shelter From The Storm” and Bob Weir’s “Gonesville” during their first set, and during a surprise second encore, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead closed out their show with the house lights up while debuting Bruce Springsteen’s “Born To Run” (following Joe Russo’s announcement, “Now, for something completely different”). You can check out the official soundboard from Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s 1st Bank performance below, as well as Live For Live Music’s full recap of the night.Now For Something Completely Different: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s Spectacular Arena Debut last_img read more

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27 Aug

Packers’ excuses for Mike McCarthy firing don’t suffice — they simply panicked

first_imgI have always considered the Packers a first-class organization, but in firing Mike McCarthy with four games remaining this season, Green Bay’s current leadership, in my eyes, has lowered itself by not treating its longtime, successful coach with the respect he deserves.Yes, McCarthy’s firing was inevitable after consecutive losses to Seattle, Minnesota and, most damaging, at home to lowly Arizona. His record of nine playoff appearances in 13 seasons was impressive, but the last two years have been difficult, and at 4-7-1 this season, the Packers are not going to make a playoff run. The main issues in Green Bay over the last couple years have been Aaron Rodgers’ broken collarbone last season and several injuries to key defensive starters this season, plus a need for more talent and quality depth overall. That falls on the scouting department, not the coach.There also might be some truth to rumors of McCarthy and Rodgers not always being on the same page, but again, that’s not a reason for the coach’s early release. Let’s also remember it was McCarthy (along with former GM Ted Thompson) who made the call to elevate Rodgers over Brett Favre in 2008. McCarthy played a major role in cultivating Rodgers’ immense talent.Murphy’s most recent jobs prior to joining the Packers were athletic director positions at Colgate and Northwestern. The practice of firing coaches midseason is much more prevalent in college sports, so perhaps that played a role in his action.As for Gutekunst, a rookie GM, I have a strong feeling Thompson would have opposed such a move with four games to play. Of course, Murphy still could have pulled it off since he’s in charge, but Thompson would have been a voice of reason to delay the process.WATCH: Rodgers addresses McCarthy firingHall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman said on his Fox broadcast Sunday, “Mike McCarthy deserves better.” Aikman then expanded his thoughts on Twitter: “Two losing seasons in 12 years (one of those without Rodgers for 9 games); took the Packers to the playoffs in 9 of the last 11 seasons; 4 NFC Championship Games, 1 Super Bowl. Yes he deserved better than to be fired mid-season.”McCarthy’s biggest rival in the NFC North, Mike Zimmer of the Vikings, called the Packers’ move “sad and a mistake,” and said, “He’s a fine coach. … Just one man’s opinion.” I agree with both of them. Ultimately, 13 years is a long time for any coach to be in one place. But such a tenure should not end in this undignified way.It clearly was a panic move after a bad loss.Jeff Diamond is a former president of the Titans and former vice president/general manager of the Vikings. He was selected NFL Executive of the Year in 1998. Diamond is currently a business and sports consultant who also does broadcast and online media work. He makes speaking appearances to corporate/civic groups and college classes on negotiation and sports business/sports management. He is the former chairman and CEO of The Ingram Group. Follow Jeff on Twitter: @jeffdiamondNFL.center_img While I have a hard time believing McCarthy is a coach whose message and strategies have gone stale, I can understand the push for change in Green Bay after so many years. Just wait four weeks to do it.Unless my coach had done something truly egregious, or if it was early and obvious the team had quit on him, I would never fire a coach during the season.MORE: 11 candidates for Packers head coachOn Monday, after saying in a dismissive fashion that “Mike’s tenure had run its course,” Packers president Mark Murphy told media that making the change now gives himself and general manager Brian Gutekunst an opportunity to start the coaching search immediately instead of waiting until the end of the season.To that, I say hogwash.I was involved in several head coaching searches and hirings during my NFL management career. If a coaching change appeared imminent, I assembled my list of candidates, quietly did my research and was ready to set the coach firing and hiring process in motion on Black Monday (the day after the regular-season finale when these unfortunate events should and most often do take place).The Packers will not be able to interview coaching candidates who are currently working for other NFL teams until after the regular season. Most often, the top prospective NFL coaches are with playoff teams, so the wait extends into January or even February. Perhaps Green Bay can talk to college coaches now, but those coaches would still be accessible in January.Then Murphy made another bogus statement, saying the move gives McCarthy a chance to find a new job quicker.As if Murphy is doing McCarthy a favor.IYER: How McCarthy breaking point arrivedMcCarthy said he was shocked by the timing, indicating he hardly viewed it as a blessing. If let go after the regular-season finale, McCarthy would have been one of five or six coaches getting pink slips on the same day. All the coaching carousel attention would not have been on him as it has been this week.He may be saying all the right things, such as being proud to have been part of the Packers organization, but deep down, McCarthy has to feel betrayed and somewhat humiliated by the organization to which he gave his heart and soul, not to mention so many late nights working on game plans.McCarthy is smart, and he surely would have seen the handwriting on the wall even while employed over the last month of the season. He could have had his agent quietly scoping out potential landing spots without talking directly to those teams. He would have felt confident a team like Cleveland would not hire another coach without first interviewing him.The Browns, after all, now employ several ex-Packers staff members, including GM John Dorsey.last_img read more

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