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Published: 2013/09/27

Robert Hunter Kicks Off Solo Tour in Huntington, NY

Robert Hunter returned to the stage for the first time in years last night at The Paramount in Huntington, NY. It was the first show of the longtime Grateful Dead lyricist’s upcoming solo acoustic tour, which will take him to venues across the northeast over the course of the next few weeks.

Hunter started off his show with a string of Grateful Dead tunes—“Box of Rain, “Dire Wolf” and “Peggy O”—before going into “Cruel White Water,” a song that he recorded for his 1975 solo album Tiger Rose. The set then continued with “Ship of Fools,” “Candyman” and “Silvio,” a tune that he co-wrote with Bob Dylan for the iconic singer-songwriter’s 1988 album, Down in the Groove. The set then wrapped up with “New Speedway Boogie.”

The second set got going with “Deal,” which was followed by “Rum Runners,” a song that appears on his debut solo album, 1974’s Tales of the Great Rum Runners. “Jack Straw,” “Stella Blue” and his own “Tiger Rose” came next. The show then continued with “Brokedown Palace,” “Reuben & Cherise,” “Attics of My Life,”“Scarlet Begonias” and ,finally, a set-closing “Ripple.” Hunter then came back out for an a capella encore of the Tales of the Great Rum Runners track “Boy in the Barroom.”

Hunter will continue his tour tomorrow with a show at Symphony Hall in Allentown, PA.

Relix recently sat down with Hunter for his first published interview in six years. We’ve also got some additional tidbits that didn’t make the published version of the interview here.

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

Thursday, September 26, 2013, Robert Hunter, The Paramount, Huntington, NY

Set I: Box of Rain, Dire Wolf, Peggy-O, Cruel White Water, Ship of Fools, Candyman, Silvio, New Speedway Boogie

Set II: Deal, Tales of the Great Rum Runners, Jack Straw, Stella Blue, Tiger Rose, Days Between, Brokedown Palace, Reuben and Cherise, Attics Of My Life, Scarlet Begonias, Ripple

Enc: Boys In The Barroom*

Notes: *a cappella


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