A little before 9:30 p.m. on Saturday Night, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead took the stage at New York’s Brooklyn Bowl, capping off an exciting three-night run that already featured nods to Pigpen McKernan and multiple debut covers.
Saturday was no different, with the band opening set one with a first-ever performance of the Rolling Stones’ “The Last Time,” sung by Scott Metzger. As the set rolled on, the band punctuated “Shakedown Street” with teases of Radiohead’s “Myxomatosis” and later created a new “Last Time Jam” to connect “Crazy Fingers” with “Truckin’.” (The aforementioned “Crazy Fingers” also featured a nice improvisational section between keyboardist Marco Benevento and guitarist Tom Hamilton.)
Set two opened with a freeform jam, with elements of “Scarlet Begonias” woven throughout, and then bled into an instrumental “Slipknot!” as well as a debut version of the Built To Last tune “Foolish Heart.” Interestingly, “Slipknot!” reemerged later in the set, giving the band the chance to lay down more of Radiohead’s “Myxomatosis.” The teases kept coming on the tail end of set two, with “Franklin’s Tower” bringing back elements of “Foolish Heart” and also kicking off a montage of “Throwing Stones” instrumentation. “Throwing Stones” led into a rocking debut of Led Zeppelin’s “Good Times Bad Times,” then, after a segue back into “Throwing Stones,” JRAD dipped into a partial version of The Band’s “Chest Fever.” They closed set two with one final “Throwing Stones” reprise.
As is appropriate at any mid-weekend show, JRAD encored the evening and closed out the three-night run with “One More Saturday Night.”
JRAD’s spring tour continues March 15 in Syracuse, NY. For a full list of tour dates click here.
Check Saturday night’s full setlist, and watch video of each set opener below:
Joe Russo’s Almost Dead
March 10, 2018
Brooklyn Bowl, New York
Set I: The Last Time()> Shakedown Street> The Other One> Mission In The Rain%> Crazy Fingers^> Last Time Jam&> Truckin’> The Other One Jam=
Set II: Jam+> Slipknot!()()> Foolish Heart> Help On The Way> Slipknot!$$> I Need A Miracle%%> Franklin’s Tower^^> Throwing Stones&&> Good Times Bad Times==>Throwing Stones> Chest Fever++> Throwing Stones Reprise
Enc.:One More Saturday Night
() – Rolling Stones Cover, First Time Played By Almost Dead, Sung by SM
 – Unfinished, With “Myxomatosis” (Radiohead) Teases (Band)
$ – With Myxomatosis” (Radiohead) Teases (Band) and an Estimated Prophet Tease (Band)
% – Not Played by Almost Dead since 2017-03-17 Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY, a gap of 41 shows.
^ – With a MB/TH duo Jam
& – Short Instrumental version to connect Crazy Fingers to Trucking, First Time Played By Almost Dead
= – Short Instrumental version to end Truckin, Not Played by Almost Dead since 2017-03-11 Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY, a gap of 43 shows.
+ – With a Scarlet Begonias Tease (Band)
()() – Short Instrumental version to connect Jam to Foolish Heart
 – First Time Played By Almost Dead, Sung by TH
$$ – with a short Marco Solo, more “Myxomatosis” (Radiohead) Teases (Band), a DD Bass Solo and a “Havana” (Camila Cabello) jam
%% – With an Unknown Tease (TH) and a “Fastso’s Last Stand” (WOLF) Jam,
^^ – With Foolish Heart Teases (Band) and Throwing Stones Teases (Band)
&& – With a Franklin’s Tower Jam and Foolish Heart Teases (Band)
== – Led Zeppelin Cover, First Time Played by Almost Dead, done Bustle Style (instrumentally) with no lyrics song
++ – The Band Cover, Partial version – 1st & 2nd verse I think & 2 refrains, First Time Played by Almost Dead, sung by JR, with some help from TH