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Published: 2010/12/04

Warren Haynes, Bruce Hornsby, Larry Campbell Help Jorma Celebrate 70

Last night, Electric Hot Tuna opened a two night stand at New York City’s Beacon Theatre. The weekend’s shows also double as a 70th birthday celebration for Jorma Kaukonen and a number of guest musicians joined in to mark the occasion. Acoustic guitarist Happy Traum was the first bonus player, as he appeared on “Sportin’ Life Blues” five songs into the first set. A bit later John Hammond joined in for “I Can Tell.” The set eventually closed out in climactic fashion as Warren Haynes, Larry Campbell and former Commander Cody bandmate Bill Kirchen guested on “Come Back Baby.” Hot Tuna is currently working on a new studio album with Campbell in Levon Helm’s Woodstock stuido.

“As I said last night at the show, a long, long time ago in a parallel universe when I was in the Jefferson Airplane Bill Kirchen was in Commander Cody’s Lost Planet Airmen,” Jorma wrote on his blog. “Bill is such a good friend and of course he teaches frequently at the Fur Peace Ranch. The cat was really out of the bag now. Larry Campbell came up for Bill’s ‘Talkin’ ‘Bout Chicken and stayed up for ‘Come Back Baby’ joined by the master musician, Warren Haynes. This first set was over but the evening had just begun.”

The second set opened with Byron House addeing bass to “Water Song” and “99 Year Blues.” Larry Campbell then stepped back out for “Genesis” before Haynes returned for “Bowlegged Woman.” Campbell next moved from guitar to fiddle as Bruce Hornsby appeared on dulcimer during “Children of Zion.” Hornsby then switched to piano for “I Know You Rider.” Chris Smither later appeared for ““Step It Up And Go,” before the set closed out with Haynes, Campbell and Kirchen lending hands during “Rock Me Baby,” and Hornsby joining these players for “Funky # 7.”

Night two of the birthday celebration is set for this evening.


There are 5 comments associated with this post

makersandh2o December 6, 2010, 10:58:53

Wow. That’s fucking awesome. Happy B-Day Jorma. You da man.

Shmerl December 6, 2010, 20:41:23

Great performance indeed. But I got bone to pick with the author of this article. You rightfully mention the guests, but not a word about Jack Casady? The closest you got was mentioning the overall band’s name, Hot Tuna. Jack was the thundering force behind the Airplane and of course Hot Tuna. To my mind and ears, he’s one of the best rock/blues/pop bassists in rockdom and deserves mention by name along side his long time band mate, Jorma. Nuff said.

anthony coco December 6, 2010, 22:07:49

were is the whole setlist!please post

Paul Burke - Author Journey Home December 7, 2010, 10:50:31

Chris Smither too….well damn

sean December 7, 2010, 12:15:41

I was there!!!! One hellova show, really crossed over from great into magic at times. for 70 he looked fantastic, looked more like 50 and played like he did back in the day. Cambell, Haynes, Kirchen, and jorma were rockin, and really flowed well togther. None really overpowered anybody else, they flowed from one into the next and it was just beautiful. Cassidy was as energetic as ever dancin around shakin the foundation with his bass. Great great show wish it lasted longer

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