Summer Tour 2001
We got the announcement that there were 2 Saturday shows within 3 hours driving distance from Toronto and we would
definitely make both of these. Detroit and Buffalo here we come!
August 18. Pine Knob Detroit...it will always be Pine Knob to me. We tried to meet the gang at the preshow but it never
materialized due to the fact the drive took longer than we had expected and the gig had changed to an earlier start date
because of the addition of Ekoostic Hooka. For reasons I'm stil unsure of, I thought it was great to get a last minute add
of Ekoostic Hooka. I had never seen them before but had heard stories. They lived up to those stories as I enjoyed their
I'm never one for missing any opening band. Susan Tedeschi took the stage and completely blew me away. We
had never seen her and didn't know what to expect. I loved her renditions of Don't Think Twice and Get Up Stand Up. For
people who have never seen her, do yourself a favour, go and see her. You will not be disappointed. And about the
comment about her doing too many covers...I like bands that do covers AND originals.
The Allmans took the stage with yet another different tune as an opener(Hot Lanta). Let's see 4 shows and no repeats
of the opening song...ya I'll admit I'm VERY KOOL with that concept!! Highlight for sure had to be the MTN JAM.
Completely twisted into perfection. Greg was ON and the band was clearly having a great time. Rocking Horse was still
being played and I was definitely still ok with that! A nice extended jam found its way into the middle of that song that
made it a nice centerpiece to the show. It poured rain but the weather never affected our spirits.
August 25. Darien Lake Buffalo. We scored tickets via ticketbastard that were in the 7th row dead center. Unbeleivable.
There were 6 of us. A couple of rookies to keep things interesting and us VETS. Susan opened when a lot of people
were still in the parking lot...get it together folks!
The highlight to Susan's set was the addition of Angel From Montgomery. Which is a very moving song(IMHO). For
reasons, we all know about, it was truly not the happiest day of the year. I found myself falling for Susan AND her
music/style. I'm now officially hooked! Anyone who can play/sing like that and give the VERY FEMININE "thank-you's"
is tops in my book ;
The Brothers took the stage for what would be the last show of this year, for me. My friend and I were still on the tour.
Surprise a new opening song(5 for 5). Revival in the opening slot is very OK with this fan. Same Thing with Otiel's scat
had me reflectin on just how dam good this band is. MTN JAM and Sky Is Crying were the highlights without a doubt.
Special mention to the 4+ minute intro to Hoochie Coochie. The show closed rather strangely with You Don't Love Me.
There were some BAD drunks behind us that were complete jerks. But I sure wasn't gonna let that get in the way of
ruining my last show of the year.
Overall it has been a great year of music from ABB and the extended family. DBB, DTB and The Mule have all blown me
away in other gigs I have attended this year. The scene is thrivin'. The talk around the town is good news for music fans.
We will continue on THE TOUR, in hopes of topping what was all said and done this year. But At this moment all I can
say is.... WHAT A YEAR!
See you on tour.....
P.S. I don't post often but while I'm at it I just want to say that, as Canadians, our hearts and prayers are with all of you
that have been affected by this tragedy of terrorism.