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Published: 2013/08/11

Phil Lesh & Friends Celebrate the "Cycle of Life" with Plenty of Covers

Phil Lesh was once again joined by Anders Osborne, Larry Campbell, Neal Casal, Marco Benevento, Tony Leone and Teresa Williams for the second and final performance of their “Cycle of Life” series at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, CA last night.

The show began with the nine member Take Jack choral group joining Williams for a take on Pete Seeger’s classic “Turn, Turn, Turn” before Casal came out to sing The Beatles’ “Let It Be.” The band then played “Eyes of the World” into a jam that segued into “Uncle John’s Band.” Next came takes on Elton John’s “Blessed” and Rod Stewart’s “Forever Young.” The set the came to a close as “The Wheel” went into a stellar jam that became an almost a cappella rendition of Mumford and Sons’ “Timshel.”

The second set began with a jam that segued into an appropriately psychedelic take on The Beatles’ “Within You Without You” before going into Ike & Tina Turner’s “River Deep Mountain High.” Next came covers of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Simple Man,” The Band’s and The Band’s ‘Endless Highway,” before the group went into the classic “Help on the Way” > “Slipknot!” > “Franklin’s Tower” trifecta. The set then wrapped up with The Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love.”

Without saying a word, the band then led everyone to the new fire pit for another outdoor encore. Larry Campbell played his acoustic guitar while Lesh sang “Box of Rain” before Casal joined the Take Jack choral group for a show closing rendition of John Lennon’s “Imagine.

Here’s a look at last night’s setlist via our Box Scores page

Set I: Turn Turn Turn*, Let It Be*, Eyes of the World > Jam > Uncle John’s Band, Blessed, Forever Young > The Wheel > Jam > Timshel

Set II: Jam > Within You Without You > River Deep Mountain High, Simple Man, Comes a Time, Endless Highway, Help on the Way > Slipknot! > Franklin’s Tower, All You Need is Love

Enc: (Outside at fire pit) Box of Rain, Imagine*

Notes: (*) with Take Jack (9 member Choral group)

Phil Lesh – bass, vocals
Anders Osborne – guitar, vocals
Larry Campbell – guitar, pedal steel guitar, cittern, violin, vocals
Neal Casal – guitar, vocals
Marco Benevento – keyboards, vocals
Tony Leone – drums
Teresa Williams – vocals



There are 9 comments associated with this post

Dirk Weiss August 11, 2013, 16:05:00

I believe that “Forever Young” was written by Bob Dylan though it may have been covered by Rod Stewart

Funky 415 August 11, 2013, 16:05:21

Comes a Time was the Grateful Dead version NOT Neil Young’s version

Cloudy Knight August 11, 2013, 17:35:48

Rod Stewart has a version and Bob Dylan has a version. They’re not the same song. I don’t know which they played, but my guess would be the Dylan version.

funkyriddims August 11, 2013, 18:13:09

Jerry used to cover the Dylan version. Check out 11/26/88 Wiltern Theater for a real nice version:)

Funky 415 August 11, 2013, 21:07:59

They played the Rod Stewart version of Forever Young

dk70 August 12, 2013, 09:40:22

Rod Stewart? This is too easy.

Bob digi August 12, 2013, 09:45:32

Whomever wrote it the show still looked lame as hell.only one band song. Elizabeth dank I just passed

Derpa August 12, 2013, 10:43:52

@Bob digi….uh, what? Elizabeth Danko dies and you expect a show of all Band songs? Is that what you’re trying to say?

Marc August 12, 2013, 17:41:26

Bob digi is an instigator and should be ignored, but first, let me say we all hope you feel better soon and get over your spiritual illness Bob

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