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Published: 2012/12/21

Bob Weir, Jonathan Wilson, Jackson Browne, Heartbreakers Duo Share the Stage at LA Benefit

Bob Weir, Jackson Browne, Jeff Lynne, longtime Heartbreakers members Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench and others participated in Jonathan Wilson’s Merry Minstrel Musical Circus at Los Angeles’ Troubadour last night. Organized by Wilson and Campbell, the show was a benefit for Little Kids Rock and the Tazzy Animal Rescue Fund. The evening was modeled after the loose jam sessions Wilson hosted at his Laurel Canyon home for many years. According to Rolling Stone, during the show, Browne even described Wilson as “the jam king.”

The concert featured several mini-sets and numerous sit ins. Campbell and his band the Dirty Knobs offered a set that included JJ Cale’s “Humdinger,” “I Wanna Blow Up My Stereo,” John Lennon’s “Working Class Hero” and The Beatles’ “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away.” Jeff Lynne’s brief set consisted of Del Shannon’s ‘60s hit “Runaway” featuring Tench and ELO’s arrangement of Chuck Berry’s “Roll Over Beethoven.”

Wilson and his solo group served the show’s house band for the evening second set. They were joined by Campbell and Tench for George Harrison’s “Isn’t It a Pity, “J Cale’s “Call Me the Breeze” and Lennon’s “Well Well Well.” Later, they backed Browne and Weir for their mini-sets. Wilson and Browne offered an acoustic duet of “These Days” and the electric Jonathan Wilson band joined Browne for “Play It All Night Long.” Then, Campbell joined the musicians for Warren Zevon’s “Lawyers, Guns and Money” and both members of the Heatbreakers appeared on “Take It Easy.”

Weir—who first collaborated with Wilson at a TRI tribute to Jerry Garcia in August—joined Wilson for a series of Grateful Dead classics: “Bertha,” “Dark Star” and a version of “Truckin’” that featured Campbell. The segment closed with an acoustic version of “Friend of the Devil” featuring Weir, Wilson, Campbell and Browne. The night closed with an extended encore led by Wilson and his band. During the finale, Weir emerged for versions of “Deal” and The Beatles’ “Get Back” that also featured Campbell. Browne, Weir, Wilson, Campbell and many of the evening’s other performers closed things out with “Going Down The Road Feelin’ Bad.”

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