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Published: 2008/09/23

Phil Lesh & Friends Sweetwater Sessions

Last night, Phil Lesh & Friends offered a surprise, public dress rehearsal for their upcoming tour in front of 150 fans at Larkspur, CAs Sweetwater Station. The low-profile gig found Lesh backed by bandmates Larry Campbell, Jackie Greene and Steve Molitz, as well as occasional collaborator Barry Sless. Throughout the night, Leshs agent Jonathan Levine subbed for drummer John Molo, who was unable to attend the rehearsal. Like most of Leshs recent setlists, the show offered a mix of material traditionally sung by Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir, including Alabama Getaway, West L.A. Fadeaway, The Music Never Stopped and Cassidy. Lesh also revived his cover of Ryan Adams Let it Ride and offered some tracks from Greenes catalogue, including Mexican Girl. According to reports, the band appeared loose and relaxed, fine-tuning its songs throughout the night.

Phil Lesh & Friends are expected to perform at the Sweetwater Station tonight through Thursday. The group will then kick off a tour at Columbia, MDs Merriweather Post Pavilion on September 30.

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