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Published: 2013/02/11

moe. Perform Without Rob Derhak On Vocals, Salute "Casey Jones"

Photo by Chris Paul

Bassist Rob Derhak, who doubles as one of moe.’s lead vocalists, is currently suffering from vocal problems. Though he performed with moe. over the weekend, he did not sing for the majority of Saturday night’s performance at Chicago’s The Riviera. moe. focused on songs featuring the other members of the band on lead vocals for most of the night, but also switched things up at several points during the show.

The group opened their set with a cover of Pink Floyd’s “Money” featuring guitarist Chuck Garvey on lead vocals. Then, guitarist Al Schnier sang Derhak’s lead vocal parts on the originals “St. Augustine” and “Haze.” Later in the set, Schnier also dusted off his ‘90s tune “Again & Again” for the first time since March 4, 2012.

The group’s second set started with a surprise as well. moe. kicked things off with a cover of the Grateful Dead’s “Casey Jones” featuring drummer Vinnie Amico on lead vocals. The only other time moe. covered the song was on August 18, 2005 during a stealth show in Troy, NY billed as The Vinnie Amico Experience. Later, the group opened their encore with a version of “Farmer Ben” that referenced “Paper Dragon” and “New York City” during the song’s jam sections and moved into “Rebubula.” After refraining for singing for the entire night, Derhak stepped up to the microphone during ““Rebubula” to sing the classic moe. number.

Derhak only sang one song last at Lafayette, IN’s Lafayette Theater: Near the start of the show he and Garvey split vocal duties on “Blue Jeans Pizza,” a song they usually sing together. The rest of the evening also featured several songs which feature lead vocals by other members of the band. Of note, at the start of their second set, moe. busted out a cover of Sublime’s “What I Got” that featured Amico on lead vocals. moe. has not played Sublime cover since the same The Vinnie Amico Experience show where they introduced “Casey Jones.”

Here’s a look at this weekend’s setlists as they appear in our Box Scores section

Saturday, February 9, The Riviera, Chicago, IL

Set I: Money > St. Augustine*, Haze*, Shoot First, Gone, Again & Again# > Puebla, Akimbo

Set II: Casey Jones##, Silver Sun, Tailspin > Kids, Where Does the Time Go?, Head. > The Road > Head.

E: Farmer Ben > Rebubula > Farmer Ben

(*)with Al Schnier on vocals
(#)last time played March 4, 2012
(##)Last time played August 18, 2005

Sunday, February 10, Lafayette Theater, Lafayette, IN

Set I: Skrunk > Y.O.Y., Blue Jeans Pizza, Lost Along The Way, Chromatic Nightmare, Rainshine, Mexico > Seat Of My Pants

Set II: What I Got* >Hi N Lo > Moth> Interstellar Overdrive > Moth > Assfinger > 32 things

E: One Life, I Wanna Be Sedated

(*)Last time played August 18, 2005


There are 14 comments associated with this post

Dan February 11, 2013, 13:05:50

You guys need to check your facts. . .02.09 was indeed the 40th anniversary of several Grateful Dead tunes, though Casey Jones wasn’t one of them. February 11, 2013, 13:10:27

thanks so much for the correction

Al February 11, 2013, 13:24:35

Hey guys,
Rob is not our primary lead vocalist. He is one of 3 lead vocalists in moe. Also, is Lafayette, he sang 1 song – blue jeans pizza – which chuck always sings with him. Thx,

john February 11, 2013, 14:13:53

Yo, What I Got was debuted at the Belly Up in Solana Beach in 2/14/03.

GKWoodward February 11, 2013, 15:23:08

Corrected by Al himself? Boom.

dankerator February 11, 2013, 15:59:48

yes what i got was at belly up i was there what a great run of shows those were!!! Especially the Wiltern show the night before still my fav. moe. show by far!!! Solana beach show was great too!!! February 11, 2013, 21:28:02

Thanks for the correction everyone If you see anything in the future please email

Giles February 11, 2013, 21:09:59

whoever is singing lead vocals at any particular time in Moe. really isn’t relevant. The fact that they fucking suck musically, sing horribly, and will forever be the locked in the D list Jamband circuit is the important stuff to know.

Jason Fusco February 12, 2013, 00:12:34

Gotta love Giles – hates the band but takes time to post how much he hates the band. If you don’t like it don’t go, but don’t bash on someone else’s good time. I’m not a big STS9 fan but if people go to the shows and have fun and that’s their thing more power to them. There’s enough hate in the world – keep it out of music Giles

Mark Rosenberg February 12, 2013, 02:18:00

Thanks for the video. Awesome cover!

Tom Hannafin June 28, 2013, 10:48:12

Giles, I read this on an off day. Go fuc* yourself.

jen Kinghorn February 12, 2014, 00:09:35

And the lifetime achievement award in ultra couch bag very goes to Giles! Way to gho! Let me guess, you are a phish fan… Easy to spot and smell em!

jen Kinghorn February 12, 2014, 00:13:30

Wow that’s some autocorrect! That should say ultra douchebaggery and way to go… But you get my point.

cozmik charlie June 12, 2014, 17:30:55

what’s a “couch” bag??....a cushion?....a pillow?.....what the eff?

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