Photo by Jay Blakesberg
Phil Lesh returned to the stage at Port Chester, NY’s Capitol Theatre on Friday night to celebrate his 79th birthday with a group of Friends that included former Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench, guitarists John Scofield, Jackie Greene and Grahame Lesh, and drummer John Molo.
The evening, which marked the second of three nights the band is playing at the venue this weekend, kicked off with the Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter tune “Liberty,” which appeared on Phil Lesh & Friends’ 2002 studio album, There And Back Again (Molo was also a member of the Friends lineup for the record). The first set also included Grateful Dead favorites like “Casey Jones,” “New Minglewood Blues,” “West L.A. Fadeaway” and “Bertha.”
Set two opened with the energetic pairing of “Playing in the Band” and “Shakedown Street,” followed by the classic run of “Help On the Way” into “Slipknot!” The band then closed out the second frame with a seamless three-song run of “He’s Gone,” “The Other One” and “New Speedway Boogie.” Lesh and company later returned for a two-song encore of “Not Fade Away” and “Ripple.”
See the night’s full setlist below, along with fan-shot video from the performance courtesy of Sean Roche on YouTube. Lesh and his Friends will wrap up their Capitol Theatre run with round three this evening.
Phil Lesh & Friends
The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY
Set I: Liberty, Casey Jones, Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo> Loser, New Minglewood Blues> West L.A. Fadeaway, Bertha
Set II: Playing in the Band> Shakedown Street> Playing in the Band, Help On the Way> Slipknot!> Mountains of the Moon> Unbroken Chain, He’s Gone> The Other One> New Speedway Boogie
Enc: Not Fade Away, Ripple
Band: Phil Lesh, Benmont Tench, John Scofield, Jackie Greene, Grahame Lesh, John Molo