Bruce, Boz and Brecker Among Beacon Guests
The Allman Brothers Band closed out their first week of shows at the Beacon Theatre this past Friday and Saturday. As with the prior nights, the group drew in a series of guest players to sit in with the band. Friday saw the Asbury Jukes Horns contribute to multiple songs, including ‘Into The Mystic,’ ‘Southbound’ and ‘The Same Thing.’ In addition, Boz Scaggs, whose 1969 self-titled release features Duane Allman, appeared during the second set for ‘Loan Me A Dime,’ (a tune animated by Allman in the original recording) as well as ‘It’s Takes A Lot To Laugh (It Takes A Train To Cry),’ ‘Sick and Tired of Fooling Around With You,’ and ‘Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City.’ Earlier in the night, actor Bruce Willis, stepped out on harp for ‘One Way Out’ and ‘Smokestack Lightning.’
The Saturday show featured a number of jazz-infused moments, as Randy Brecker, Lenny White and Stanley Clarke all appeared. Brecker and White guested on a version of ‘Dreams’ that closed out the first set and later returned for a take on ‘In Memory of Elizabeth Reed’ that eventually led into a drum and percussion jam with Clarke participating as well. Brecker also contributed to a cover of the Joe Zawinul composition, ‘In A Silent Way,’ which serves as the title track of the celebrated Miles Davis album. Robert Randolph also was on hand and appeared early in the second set for versions of ‘Lovelight’ and ‘One Way Out’ with Adam Nussbaum appearing on Jaimoe’s drum kit.
For more on the first week of ABB performances, check our out ‘Beacon Scorecard: Week One.’ The Allman Brothers Band will return to the Beacon Theatre this evening to begin their second week of shows.