Top Ten Moments, Allman Brothers Band, Beacon Theatre 2007
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1. March 24: “Dazed and Confused” during “Mountain Jam.” This was one of the most surprising song choices in Allman Brothers history, and brilliantly executed.
2. March 22: For the first public show of the Beacon run, the band opened with “In a Silent Way” by Miles Davis, a sign this night and this run would be different. The band segued from “Don’t Want You No More” into “Desdemona” instead of “Not My Cross to Bear,” and debuted an extended jam outro on “No One to Run With”
3. April 6: Guitar legend Peter Frampton showed he can still get the job done on “Key to the Highway,” “Born under a Bad Sign,” and “Southbound.”
4. March 26: The night belonged to the Asbury Juke Horns, who added brassy firepower to the Brothers already huge sound.
5. March 30: A nice adjustment by the band, with Warren Haynes ill. Susan Tedeschi carried the show she was nothing less than brilliant on “Loving You is Sweeter than Ever,” Lost Lover Blues,” “The Weight” and “Anyday.” Guitarist Eric Krasno of Soulive also contributed nicely on “Les Brers,” “The Weight” and “Mountain Jam.”
6. April 8: The one and only Johnny Winter playing the blues on “Mojo Boogie,” “Blackjack,” and “All Tore Down.”
7. April 5: Young guitarist Vince Esquire distinguished himself on “One Way Out” and “Statesboro Blues.”
8. April 7: N.Y. Yankee legend Bernie Williams played guitar on “Who’s Been Talking,” and Gov’t Mule came out with Leo Nocentelli and Cyril Neville of the Meters for “Fire on the Bayou” and “Hey Pocky Way.” The highlight may have been Robert Randolph’s scorching contributions to the “Lovelight” encore.
9. March 23: Opening with a ferocious version of “Les Brers,” this show also saw bassist Oteil Burbridge taking the lead vocal on Hendrix’s “Manic Depression.”
10. March 27: Col. Bruce Hampton on “Spoonful,” Susan Tedeschi and Kevn Kinney on “I Shall Be Released”