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Watch Video Highlights From The 12/12/12 Sandy Benefit

Watch Video Highlights From The 12/12/12 Sandy Benefit 

After last night’s big Hurricane Sandy Benefit at Madison Square Garden, we figured it best to give you the afternoon to decompress. Late Wednesday evening we shared with you video of the headliner Paul McCartney teaming with Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear and Dave Grohl to perform a new song called “Cut Me Some Slack“. That video you can watch here.  Below this strong worded paragraph, we’ve place a couple of video highlights of the evenings proceedings for you to view on your own time. Check them out:

First up, everybody’s favorite pretend Grunger Edder Vedder joined Roger Waters on stage to sing a duet on Comfortably Numb


Mr. Slowhand himself also known as God, Eric Clapton came out to play a brief three song set that concluded with Crossroads

The Who slipped some F-Bombs past the censors, and that’s something everyone can enjoy. But here, some fan filmed footage by someone with a speedy internet connection. Here’s “Who Are You

Last Night, Chris Martin became just a shade less of a pussy when he brought out  R.E.M.‘s Micheal Stipe during his short set. The duo sang “Losing My Religion” and it was freaking awesome. Probably my personal highlight even though I really, really, really hate this Chris Martin guy.

Finally, here’s Paul McCartney playing “Live And Let Die”.

Is your favorite moment of last night missing from these highlights? Well here’s something that could be fun: Leave us a comment with your personal highlight of the evening and we’ll add it in for you. That’s how we roll.

Hurricane Sandy Benefit At MSG w/ Springsteen, Paul McCartney, The Who And More

So for about a week or so, Madison Square  Garden has told us they’ll be having a benefit show for Hurricane Sandy victims, and said that “big names” will be announced. Well, they weren’t lying.

On December 12th, (12/12/12) To benefit the Robin Hood Relief Fund, Jon Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band, The Who (half the Who), Paul McCartney, Roger Waters, Billy Joel, Kanye West, Alicia Keys And More will be performing at MSG in more attempts and helping folks hurt financially in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.   It’s being presented by Clear Channel’s iHeartRadio.  Learn more about the event and donate: http://www.121212concert.org/

UPDATE  As of 11/27: Some artists have been added to the festivities at Madison Square Garden for the 12/12/12 benefit. These guys are named Dave Grohl and Eddie Vedder . Head over to the official website for ticketing details.

UPDATE As of 12/03: Eric Clapton and Chris Martin have also been added to the benefit.

Brooklyn Vegan says there will be a telecast, and tickets are on sale here via Ticketmaster

SaucerfulofSecrets Top 11 Shows of 2010

Photos and words by: Bradley Darby

Anymore it seems though every average Joe has to come up with their Best Of… list for the end of the year. Well, I’m no exception! This list started at 21 shows and I was able to knock it down to 10. I then decided I couldn’t make this list without including Split Lip Rayfield. So 11 it is!

2010 was a great year for me in terms of live shows. It all started off in February where I attended shows 4 consecutive nights including State Radio, Split Lip Rayfield and back to back nights of Yonder Mountain String Band. Three nights later it was Trey Anastasio. Instrumental jam bands like STS9, Galactic, and Perpetual Groove. From The Dead Weather and Flaming Lips to the legendary Furthur, Phish, Chuck Berry, Dave Matthews, Mark Knopfler and The Eagles….it seemed like night after night it was a different show. I decided to exclude the 2010 Wakarusa Music Festival, and the first annual Yonder Mountain String Band Harvest Music Festival, otherwise shows from those two magical weekends would have taken up a majority of the list. I think I’ve seen approximately 45,256 shows this year including somethings I never thought I’d see such as Jamie Lidell and Chiddy Bang, both of which I really enjoyed.

So here it is, my Top 11 Shows of 2010.

Click on the links throughout to link to a YouTube video, some are from the show listed, some are just ridiculously good live videos from other shows. Some also feature links to full reviews for said show. And most of all support these great bands and all (good) live music.

Honorable Mentions: Cornmeal @ 2720 Cherokee, North Mississippi All Stars w. Hill Country Revue @ The Pageant, The Bridge @ Old Rock House & Off Broadway, Stephen Kellogg @ Old Rock House

11. Split Lip Rayfield 2/18 Blueberry Hill & 5/12 Old Rock House – St. Louis, MO

Split Lip Rayfield - Old Rock House 5/12/2010

Split Lip has become one of my favorite bands over the last few years, and their live show is a big reason why. A three piece band from Wichita, Kansas consisting of banjo, mandolin, and “Stitchgiver”, a standup bass made from the gastank of a 78 Grand Marquis, a piece of hickory and strung with one piece of weedwhacker line. They headlined at Blueberry Hill in February and opened for Reverend Horton Heat at the Old Rock House in May. Throw in a few shows at Wakarusa and Yonder Mountains Harvest Festival and I had the chance to be amazed by this band 7 times this year…..and can’t wait to see them again!  Every show is dedicated to fallen former guitar player Kirk Rundstrom who passed away in 2007.

10. Furthur 11/11 – Chaivitz Arena – St. Louis, MO

Furthur 11/11/2010 - Chaivitz Arena

Maybe it was because this was my first Phil Lesh / Bob Weir / Dead experience, or maybe it was because they did a cover of one of my favorite Ryan Adams songs of all time, “Magnolia Mountain”, but something magical was in the air on this November evening on the Saint Louis University campus. There were quite a few open seats and I went to this show ticketless, hoping to score one on the lot. No problem whatsoever thanks to a man also selling hippie crack on the open lot that was Shakedown Street. The show started with “Uncle Johns Band”, ended with “Attics of My Life” and included “Stella Blue”, “Cumberland Blues”, George Harrisons “Any Road”, and “Eyes of the World.”

9. Umphreys McGee “Monster Mashup” 10/30-10/31 – The Pageant – St. Louis, MO

Umphreys Halloween STL

Umphreys McGee as Paul Stanley Cup, Dr. Evil Knivel and Mini Me, Larry David Letterman, Yoko Bono

Halloween weekend with Chicagos best and one of my favorite jambands, Umphreys McGee. What more could I ask for? How about mash ups including Rage Against the Machines “Bulls on Parade” with “Mark on The Bus” by Beastie Boys. Guns N Roses “November Rain” mashed up with UM’s own “Cemetery Walk.” A mashup being called “The Way You Make Me Rule The World” (Tears for Fears/Michael Jackson) “Bitter Sweet Symphony” by The Verve mixed with another UM song. And you better believe, Journeys “Don’t Stop Believing” mashed up with “Spirit of Radio” by Rush. Throw in a sold out crowd full of mashed up costumes including Curious George Clinton, Alice in Wonderland in Chains, Lady GaGarth and Lil Waynes World and you have the makings of one of the best shows of the year! As for me, I was Abrahamburglar Lincoln.

8. Jackie Greene 2/6 The Pageant, 3/10 & 10/22 Old Rock House – St. Louis, MO

Jackie Greene - Old Rock House

Jackie first played in St. Louis this year opening for Gov’t Mule in February, then came back to headline an acoustic solo show at Old Rock House. But when the FULL BAND show was announced for October, I went from 6 to 12! Jackie has an amazing voice, and is a great talent. He will be around for years to come and seems to channel Jerry Garcia on his “Grateful EP” featuring covers of “Sugaree”, “New Speedway Boogie” and “Brokedown Palace” available for download here. FREE! Also, heres a video, great quality, of Jackie with Gov’t Mule from the show at The Pageant playing “Don’t Let Me Down”

7. Avett Brothers & Grace Potter & The Nocturnals 9/24 – The Pageant – St. Louis, MO (Full Review)

Avett Bros - The Pageant

Avett Brothers is a band I had been waiting to see live since I first heard them last year. Grace Potter is my make believe girlfriend. When I first heard the two were paired together for a tour, and The Pageant was on the agenda, nothing short of death would stop me from attending this show. GP&N opened the show and dominated the stage for roughly an hour, not long enough. She performed songs from all of her albums, including “Apologies.” The Avetts came out and played a killer nearly two hour set that featured 20 songs including “I and Love and You”, “Kickdrum Heart”, and a three song encore that started with my favorite song, “Murdered in the City” For a 3 (sometimes 4) piece band to do what they do, is impressive.

6. Trey Anastasio & Classic TAB – The Pageant – St. Louis, MO (note: all links are high quality audio/video, do yourself a favor and click them!)

Trey & TAB

Whats better to tide me over until the Phish summer tour than a TAB show at The Pageant? How about a Trey show that featured “Gotta Jibboo”, acoustic versions of “Kill Devil Falls”, “Bathtub Gin”, “Backwards Down the Number Line” and “Wilson.” That was just to close the first set. The second set featured a cover of Zeppelins “Black Dog”, “Liquid Time”, and ended with “First Tube.” Thanks for melting my face Trey!

5. Dirtfoot 5/13 – Ciceros – St. Louis, MO

Dirtfoot at Ciceros

Never heard of Dirtfoot? I’m sorry! You need to! Dirtfoot is the only Front Porch, Whiskey Swillin, Foot Stomping, Gypsy, Punk, Country, Grumble, Boogie band in the land. They are pretty much the Mulberry Mountain house band for Wakarusa and Harvest Music Festival, typically drawing large dedicated crowds at their infamous late night sets as well as their 9am set at the Chompdown, a free communal breakfast put together by and for the festi-folk. They claim Shrieveport, LA as home and use guitar, banjo, drums, percussion, washboard, upright bass and sax to create their sound. It’s tough to find a band similar to Dirtfoot, and even tougher to find one that can duplicate the energy of a Dirtfoot show! This marked their first trip to St. Louis as part of the Wakarusa Pre-Party Tour with Mountain Sprout. They pulled out a cover of “Folsom Prison Blues” by Johnny Cash, and played a nice mix of their own tunes, most of which involve crowd participation. Favorites of mine include “My Girl”, “Cast My Plans”, and “Little Bit of Rum.”

4. Widespread Panic 5/1  – BOK Center – Tulsa, OK

Widespread at BOK Center, Tulsa

This was my first time seeing JB & the Boys live, and well worth the commute to Tulsa to see great friends and great music. I was going to be seeing them in a month at Wakarusa and wanted to see what I was getting into. There is no surprise as to why Panic has been as successful as they have over the past 20 years when you see these southern rock / jam band giants live. The lightshow is one of the most spectacular things I have ever witnessed (see: The highlight of the night was during the second set during “Chilly Water” when the entire crowd seemed to scoop up every bottle of water in the building to make it rain. Seriously, you couldn’t find a bottle to purchase ANYWHERE. Also played were “Hatfield”, “Surprise Valley”, “Lets Get The Show On The Road” and “Impossible > Makes Sense To Me” to close it out.

3. Roger Waters 10/29 – Scott Trade Center – St. Louis, MO (Full Review)

Roger Waters - Scott Trade Center

My favorite band of all time is Pink Floyd. I have never had the opportunity to see anything other than Pink Floyd tribute bands, including Aussie Floyd, Think Floyd, and St. Louis heroes El Monstero. Roger Waters announced his “The Wall 2010’ tour and I was unable to get tickets up until a week before the show. $115 later, I was wishing I had paid $250 for floor seats. The production of this show alone was worth the ticket price, but throw in the fact I got my first actual Floyd experience and this show is damn near impossible to top. I knew it was going to be nothing but “The Wall” but I didn’t care. “Mother”, “Goodbye Blue Sky”, “Young Lust”, “Comfortably Numb” they all sounded amazing and I had goose bumps for a majority of the show. Now I just need to keep my fingers and toes crossed for a Gilmour tour next summer or a Gilmour/Waters/Mason reunion (yeah right!)

2. Phish 8/14-8/15 – Alpine Valley – East Troy, WI

Phish - Alpine Valley

Photo by : K. Soncasie

Last summer was the first time I had gotten a chance to see Phish, as I had taken their break as my chance to really get into them. Stupid, yes. Worth the wait? Also yes. Last summers Chicago stop was a great show, but was lacking something. Whatever that was, they found and brought it along for Summer 2010 tour. The weekend not only ended up being recorded and released on DVD/CD, but also was considered by many to be some of the best shows of the tour. We had lawn for the first night, and some amazing seats for night two but it didn’t matter. Set lists from both nights rival any other Phish sets I have listened to. Night one started with “Tube” and included “Fuck Your Face”, “Lawn Boy”, “Gumbo”, “Down with the Disease”, “Mikes Song”, and “Sneaking Sally” into “Weekapaug Groove”. Night two was bookended by “Tweezer” and “Tweezer Reprise” and also included “Divided Sky”, “Farmhouse”, “David Bowie”, “2001”, “You Enjoy Myself”, “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and “Character Zero.” Thank you Phish, and no matter what most say, you are back!

1. The Black Keys 6/10 – The Pageant – St. Louis, MO (Full Review)

The Black Keys - The Pageant

I have had a small obsession with The Black Keys for a few years and had been dying to see them for the same period of time. I was granted the chance twice this year, both within a week of each other. They played at Wakarusa in June, and just a few days later trekked through St. Louis to play to a sold out show at The Pageant. We had arrived early to get a premium spot. All the stars had aligned finally and I was going to get my eardrums exploded by the 2 piece monster that is The Black Keys.

The beginning of the set featured favorites like “Girl is On My Mind”, “The Breaks” and “Stack Shot Billy”. They ripped through songs off of the ‘Brothers’ album, my vote for Album of the Year, with highlights including “Next Girl” , “Howling For You”, and my personal favorite, “Ten Cent Pistol”. Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney closed the night out with “Everlasting Light” and “Till I Get My Way” before leaving the capacity crowd on their feet, and scraping their faces off of their shoes.

This show lived up the every expectation and made me forget about seeing them days earlier at Wakarusa. From “Thickfreakness” all the way through “Til I Get My Way” the energy never stopped. Not only did they release my top Album of the Year, but this show was far and away my favorite show of the year, and a show I will remember forever.

The Black Keys - The Pageant

Roger Waters 12/11/10: Tacoma Dome – Tacoma, WA

Roger Waters 12/11/10

Tacoma Dome – Tacoma, WA

Words by ebrother

When my buddy told me he would find me a ticket to the show, I was less than confident. After all, the show was two days away and had been sold out for three months. I instantly dismissed the idea as an impossibility. Once again, good fortune slapped a bullseye on my forhead and shot a “once in a lifetime opportunity arrow square in the center.

“Getting there is half the fun, right?”
When my buddy told me we were going to begin our three hundred mile trek from southeastern Washington to Tacoma at eight a.m. I think I may have laughed right in his face. That mothefucker hasn’t seen eight a.m. in a very long time. I sent him a text at eight thirty-six: “Are we still leaving at eight?” He responded with “had a bit of an evening” (no surprise here) “up and running. are you ready?”
The fact is I had been awake since five thirty. I was itching to get on the road. Like a junkie who can see his next fix just around the corner. Unfortunately my pal doesn’t take the concept of time very seriously at all. To shorten a rather long and painful story, we ran into a blizzard on the Snoqualamy pass and it took us an extra few hours to get there. We missed half the show.

“Standing in the aisles with itching feet and fading smiles”
It was a short walk to section 5A, but by the time I got there it was impossible to find my seat. I found it easier to hang out on the cat walk. the view from there was just fine. Set one ended and I found an old high school friend and his wife to spend the second set with.

I’m positive that anyone who may be reading this has already watched some youtube footage of the tour. Those people understand the fact that it is impossible to convey in words the amazing spectacle that is “The Wall”. This is a show I could watch ten times in a row and see something different every single time. It was every bit as good as I expected and, believe me when I say my expectations wereabout as high as they could be. By the end of the show the crowd at the Tacoma Dome was about as loud as I have ever known a crowd to be. I was proud to be a part of it all.
I find it funny how the extremely pleasurable and excruciatingly painful experiences can’t really be written down. You just have to feel them to form an understanding. You have to be there. This trip brought me to both of these places, but in the end, its all just bricks in the wall, right?

Roger Waters – The Wall Live 2010 – St. Louis, MO

Words and Pictures by: Bradley Darby

Friday October 29 – a day that I had been looking forward to for some time. Earlier this year, former Pink Floyd bassist and founding member Roger Waters announced he would be touring and performing the classic album / rock opera The Wall in its entirety for the albums 30th anniversary. This would mark the first time the album was played by a member of Pink Floyd in 19 years, and a St. Louis date was on the agenda. There was no way in hell I was missing this show.
The Wall, originally released in November 1979, is one of the top five best selling albums of all-time in the U.S. and has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide. It is a rock opera, a concept album, set around an artist (Pink) and his isolation from the crowd and the world as a whole. It has been said that Waters wrote much of the album based on his own life, and his own struggles with his dads death, his being bullied in school and his failed marriage.

The tickets instructed us that the show would start at 8:00 PROMPT. As we walked into the Scottrade Center, and got the first glimpse of the stage, we knew we were in for something special. The stage was set up with a small section of staggered wall on each side, covering most of the arena from about where the blue line would be back. There was a massive video screen set up and a voice came on the PA to inform us that Roger will allow photography but absolutely no flashes would be allowed as it would affect the projectors and the visuals. (Note: people didn’t listen to directions very well, a gentleman behind us found it necessary to use his flashlight on his phone while taking video a few times)

As the show began at around 8:15, a scraggly looking man was spotlighted in the crowd and made his way towards the stage. He tossed what appeared to be a doll on stage, and out came a line of guards complete with the iconic crossed hammers on their flags. As they took their places, they were lifted up and fireworks exploded as Roger Waters took the stage. They breezed through the first five songs, including opener “In the Flesh?” and “Another Brick in the Wall” before Waters acknowledged the roaring crowd “No, thank you….I love you kids from St. Louis!” he proclaimed. Waters then started talking about performing the album 30 years ago, and how different it was now, “particularly in a great music city like St. Louis. Is the Fox Theater still standing? I hope it is” he asked. While the show was going on, song by song the wall was being assembled piece by piece like a puzzle, as each piece went into place, less of the band was visible but the images being displayed on the wall were getting more intense.
During “Mother”, we were treated to a 30 year old video of Waters performing the song in Germany as he sang over the video. During the song, when Waters asked “Mother should I trust the government?” The crowd reacted by screaming back at him NO! While the Wall displayed the words NO FUCKING WAY in red scribble…. message received Mr. Waters.
One of my personal favorite tunes was up next, “Goodbye Blue Sky.” At this point, the wall was nearly complete and there were some animations and visuals being projected onto the wall that would give anyone 70’s style acid flashbacks. If you have seen the movie, The Wall, than you have a good idea of what I’m talking about. Crazy cartoons with lots of color….flowers turning into creatures, creatures turning into genitalia, and of course marching hammers. As the first set came to a close following “Goodbye Cruel World” the wall was completed.
After a brief intermission of about fifteen or twenty minutes, the second set began with “Hey You.”  During “Nobody Home” a section of the wall broke down to show a hotel room scene, similar to the film, including a TV and Waters sitting in the chair. During “Vera” a video was displayed that showed soldiers reuniting with their families, including a little girl in a classroom in tears as her father walked in to see her. It was hard to not get chills watching some of the clips that were being displayed. The clips of soldiers continued through “Bring the Boys Back Home” including images of deceased soldiers from many wars, past and present, another rather emotional moment.
During “Comfortably Numb”, one of the most infamous songs from the album, Roger Waters was standing solo in front of the wall as the man playing the David Gilmour role stood on top of the wall shredding the guitar solos. A giant inflatable pig with corporate logos was unleashed over the crowd for “In the Flesh” and “Run Like Hell.” Finally during “The Trial” the wall was destroyed, leaving a pile of rubble. For the final song of the night, “Outside the Wall”, Waters and company came out and performed the song acoustic. Following that, the group left the stage one by one as Waters introduced each member of the band, including former SNL band leader G.E. Smith on guitar.

Even knowing what songs were coming next, the element of surprise was still there as I had no idea how Roger Waters’ vision of The Wall would be carried out live. Overall, the show was without a doubt the most intense show I’ve ever witnessed. There was a very heavy emphasis on the anti-war message that Waters wanted to get across to his fans.
I was finally given the chance to see one of my favorite musicians of all time in concert, and there is not much that could have been done better in my opinion. All I could ask for at this point is David Gilmour touring next year and performing all of Wish You Were Here or Meddle.
Set one:
In The Flesh?
The Thin Ice
Another Brick In The Wall, Part 1
The Happiest Days Of Our Lives
Another Brick In The Wall, Part 2
Goodbye Blue Sky
Empty Spaces
Young Lust
One Of My Turns
Don’t Leave Me Now
Another Brick In The Wall, Part 3
Goodbye Cruel World
Set Two
Hey You
Is There Anybody Out There?
Nobody Home
Bring The Boys Back Home
Comfortably Numb
The Show Must Go On
In The Flesh
Run Like Hell
Waiting For The Worms
The Trial
Outside The Wall

David Gilmour & Roger Waters Join Forces in the United Kingdom

David Gilmour & Roger Waters Unite in the United Kingdom


I received a text late yesterday from our very own TheNaturalStoner.  It simply said:

“David Gilmour and Roger Waters reunited last night.  4 songs at some benefit!”

Indeed, the famously feuding duo came together and performed some classics in front of an audience of 200 well off music lovers at Kidlington in Oxfordshire, England.  Per various websites including Rock It Out! Blog – the event raised £350,000 for the charity


Accoding to PinkFloydz.com – no recordings of the set are available.  With Waters about to hit the road performing “The Wall” from front to back, perhaps Gilmour will join Waters on a date or two?  That said who has my extras (I need like 6 tickets) for the Nov 26th gig in Las Vegas?Oh, and of course, if you want to donate to Hoping Foundation which brought these two together again, please click here.


To Know Him Is To Love Him

Wish You Were Here

Comfortably Numb

Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)

(Photos courtesy of DavidGilmour.com)

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