Joe Russo’s Almost Dead headlined Red Rocks without bassist Dave Dreiwitz, who is back on assignment with Ween. Instead, it was Dead & Company bassist Oteil Burbridge filling in for the show that included some lengthy and creative jams as the band comes off of two electric late night sets at Lockn’.
Along with a lengthy opening jam in “Here Comes Sunshine,” the band split up “New Speedway Boogie” for the first time, foraying into a number of “Music Never Stopped” jams as well as “Dancing in the Streets” before returning to the original tune. Burbridge led the charge on “Box of Rain” before the “He’s Gone” and “Truckin’” combo closed the set.
After a fiery “Jack Straw” to open the second set, JRAD once again took “Feel Like a Stranger” into a lengthy improv that included a unique jam that played on one of the sections of Phish’s “Harry Hood” as the recognizable groove found its way into the band’s Dead material.
The rest of the show proved to be quintessential JRAD as the group transitioned from “China Cat Sunflower” to “The Eleven” and an energetic “The Wheel” (which included a brief jam of Donovan’s “There Is A Mountain” as a nod to the venue) as well as “I Know You Rider” before “Greatest Story Ever Told” and an anthemic “Morning Dew” closed the set. JRAD then returned for an a capella closer of “And We Bid You Goodnight.”
Here’s a look at the setlist:
Joe Russo’s Almost Dead
Red Rocks, Morrison, CO
Set I: Here Comes Sunshine > Reuben & Cherise > Mama Tried, New Speedway Boogie > Music Never Stopped > Dancing in the Streets > New Speedway Boogie > Box of Rain, He’s Gone > Truckin’
Set II: Jack Straw > Feel Like a Stranger > China Cat Sunflower > The Eleven > The Wheel > I Know You Rider, Greatest Story Ever Told, Morning Dew
Enc: And We Bid You Goodnight