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Published: 2012/04/21

Bob Weir Joins The Allman Brothers on "The Weight" at Wanee

Photo by Matt Busch

The 2012 Wanee Festival continued yesterday at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL with performances by Furthur, The Allman Brothers Band, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Buddy Guy, Mickey Hart Band, Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers and more.

Furthur performed shortly after 5:30 PM on the Peach Stage, and offered a single-set affair that began with “Not Fade Away.” The group nodded to their surroundings with “Alligator” before performing the recently revived tune “My Brother Esau.” The song was first dusted off by Bob Weir at The Bridge Session Benefit and then again during Furthur’s recent run at New York City’s Beacon Theatre.

Later in the evening, Gregg Allman made his return to the stage with The Allman Brothers Band following a few missed shows as a result of a slipped disc in his back. Throughout the performance, Bruce Katz from Gregg Allman & Friends along with Danny Louis from Gov’t Mule helped out on keys, while the Tedeschi Trucks Band’s Kofi Burbridge helped out on Hammond B3. Celebrating the Year of the Peach, fittingly on the Peach Stage, the Brothers performed “Blue Sky,” which appears to be back in semi-regular rotation. The group also paid tribute to the recently passed Levon Helm by performing two tunes by The Band, “It Makes No Difference” and “The Weight,” the latter of which featured guest appearances by Bob Weir and Susan Tedeschi (watch “The Weight” in the video below). Both songs also featured the Tedeschi Trucks horn section of Kebbi Williams on sax, Dave Matthews Band’s Rashawn Ross on trumpet, and Lemar Guillary on trombone. In addition, The Allman Brothers Band performed Bob Dylan’s “Blind Willie McTell,” a song Helm regularly performed with The Band and his own group.

The festival continues today with performances by The Allman Brothers Band, Furthur, Gov’t Mule, Leftover Salmon, Trigger Hippy, EOTO and more.


There are 27 comments associated with this post

Midnight April 21, 2012, 15:45:23

Considering the vocal talent on stage, Bobby might have been better suited to sit this one out. Just sayin’

peachhead April 21, 2012, 16:30:42

He probably did it because the grateful dead used to do it as well, and bobby took the same verse he always did. Not that it was all that great back then, but you know. . .

Slick Tyler April 21, 2012, 16:34:11

Love all of ‘em.Like to have seen Jimmy Herring,Dylan and TonyTyler and Sean and Devon Allman.Tired of wishong for Dickie, but that would have been a perfect time for him to,just for the heck of it.Was that Mr Whitlock on Piano?Great Job and fitting tribute.

SursumCor April 21, 2012, 17:28:03

I don’t know who played the trombone starting at 4:36 – but this message is for him: Thank you for your beautiful musicality and for bringing a fitting tribute to Levon to the stage – a man so sorely missed by so many . ..

Gregg fan April 21, 2012, 17:41:25

It is sad that gregg only plays a half of an allman show now. I wish the best for him.

joe April 21, 2012, 19:02:44

susan, is by far the best vocalist on stage, but bobby did a great job. why should he sit out a tribute to fallen friend?

Lou Dobbs April 21, 2012, 21:45:29

Take a load off, Levon…

Shaun April 21, 2012, 22:10:24

F*** off, Bobby-bashers… Weir’s great, and he always has been. Look, we all loved Jerry… But to pretend that he was a great vocalist? Please. Especially in the Dead’s later years, he was barely croaking his songs out, but Weir was still going strong. This isn’t a knock on Jerry, it’s a fact. Bobby’s lost something on his vocals over the years too (he’s “talk-singing” more now), so it happens. But he was a better singer than most of the guys in the GD.

tom April 21, 2012, 22:24:01

joe your sayin susan is a better singer than warren?

tom April 21, 2012, 22:24:02

joe your sayin susan is a better singer than warren?

Bear April 21, 2012, 23:35:12

Thank you for this great video. It was great to hear a special version as tonight passes into tomorrow. Bobby great embrace with the vocals. Warren and the rest very nice loving ride. Hard to see an old friend go on. Peace.

whitemonie April 22, 2012, 00:36:37

Bobby fans are people too!

JDUB April 22, 2012, 05:20:08

i’m sorry but anyone posting on here not thinking of, talking about, or thanking levon should be ashamed…no one cares about your stupid opinions – this is a tribute to one of the greatest musicians and voices of all time and people are talking about who’s a better singer…shame on you…....thank-you levon for all the memories and all songs…you shall be missed…

Ron Farmer April 22, 2012, 10:54:58

Hey who cares burn a fatty and enjoy the day. could be some’s first and other’s last.

Ron Farmer April 22, 2012, 11:24:24

Love the tunes . great way to start the day thank you…...................

David April 22, 2012, 12:14:06

I was devastated by the loss of Levon. I was also devastated by this performance. Fail to see how anyone can stand behind Weir on this. My goodness, the pain, the pain.

wednesday April 22, 2012, 17:56:41

dude, the audience was singing that lyric, can’t you tell Bobby was deferring to them?

jpenney April 22, 2012, 18:25:42

I believe on the second verse he took Weir was trying to channel Danko’s voice a bit. Overall, this was really nice, like the way they capped “It Makes No Difference.” Oh, and for the record, I think Weir detractors are pretty much nuts.

Matt April 22, 2012, 18:27:42

All you critics, I suggest you put in your dues, go onstage and sing for 20,000 people to honor a fallen friend and give a gift to the audience, and then be ready for comments and opinions from the likes of Bobby, Warren, Gregg, Susan n Derek and the rest of the performers there. Think you’d cut the mustard??? Where’s the gratitude??
Without these artists, we would not be who we are in life. Humbly Grateful

fredlinker April 22, 2012, 20:36:25

Loved By All Even Clinton misses Him

fred April 22, 2012, 20:41:43

LEvon Helms What More Do You Want

Debbie Downer April 23, 2012, 11:20:25

I was there. Friday was a let down. Furthur put on an amazing show, and the Allman Brothers could not top it. The show was not smooth and Gregg simply could not perform. At one point they turned his organ all the way down. The tribute to Levon, was the highlight of the night. While Bobby had his usuall mistakes, what was evident was that for the first time that night, everyone was having fun. Susan, Warren, Derek, and Bobby sent that energy into th crowd and while the show was the worst I have seen from the Brothers, Bobby and Susan salvaged it so that we are at least able to take away a few highlights. I could not have been happier with their tribute to Levon, abd I cant believe some of you would use this forum to discuss the performance value of a great musician paying tribute to one of his contemporaries. Poor taste. For the record, the Brothers put on one of the best shows I have ever seen on Saturday. While Gregg sat the night out, the show was hot. gregg came out at the end and sang needle and the damage done, and I have never seen a crowd so moved. I can safely say that was probably the last time I will ever see the Allman Brothers (at least with Gregg) and the weekend could not have been better. We were celebrating more than just Levon last weekend, we were celebrating an entire generation of music that we now realize will not be around forever. HOLD YOUR THOUGHTLESS COMMENTS TO YOURSELF.

carolinaphil April 23, 2012, 17:49:43

Thanks Debbie Downer, was also at Wanee and your post hit the nail on the head .

Wanee vet April 24, 2012, 15:12:59

The fact is simply this- if you were there, you caught an amazing tribute. The truth about Gregg and the brothers is the all too often truth that a band can’t always have “the magic.” Everyone has off nights, but Furthur had it all weekend. I’m just glad to be able to say I was there, man. I was there.

GuardrailHead April 24, 2012, 15:44:37

I was there, what happened? Ah I missed it. Was looking for my tent or something at the time. Dam!

Chuck B May 1, 2012, 20:51:15

I remember well the horn section that was assembled on new year’s eve ’70 at The Band’s
show in NYC at the Academy of Music. Check out the later released version that include’s a rather lightheaded Dylan introduced during the encores bungling the lyrics on Like a Rollin’ Stone. Still one of the greatest if not the greatest show I’ve ever seen.

wannie girl May 10, 2012, 20:26:31

I love love love gregg. read his new interview, on his book,...he is in love again. yes,

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