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Published: 2013/11/08

Phil Lesh & Friends, American Jubilee Take On Sticky Fingers

Yesterday we reported that Phil Lesh and Friends and American Jubilee had performed all of the songs from The Rolling Stones’ 1969 album Let It Bleed over the course of three shows at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY and the Best Buy Theatre in New York City. Now it looks like the two bands have begun working their way through the Stones’ classic 1971 release Sticky Fingers.

It all began on Wednesday night, when Phil and Friends encored with “Brown Sugar.” At the time, it just seemed like they were closing out the show with a bonus Stones tune. However, American Jubilee continued the trend last night when they performed Sticky Fingers’ second track, “Sway” during their opening set. Phil and Friends then kept it going when they opened with the album’s third tack “Wild Horses” and wrapped up their first set with a take on “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking” The band then worked the fifth and sixth songs from Sticky Fingers—“You Got To Move” and “Bitch”—into their second set.

Last night’s show also featured a few more covers, including renditions of Neil Young’s “Down By The River,” Bob Dylan’s “Mozambique,” Hambone Willie Newbern’s “Rollin’ and Tumblin’,” Bobby Bland’s “Turn on Your Lovelight” and Buddy Holly’s “Fadeaway.”

If last night’s Sticky Fingers trend continues—and there’s no reason to believe it won’t—we’ll be hearing American Jubilee and/or Phil and Friends versions of “I Got The Blues,” “Sister Morphine,” “Dead Flowers” and “Moonlight Mile” over the next couple of nights.

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

Thursday, November 7, 2013, Phil Lesh & Friends, Best Buy Theatre, New York, NY

Set I: Wild Horses > Big Railroad Blues, Down By The River, Mozambique > Rollin & Tumblin, Loose Lucy, Can’t You Hear Me Knocking

Set II: Jam > Turn On Your Lovelight > I’m A King Bee > Turn On Your Lovelight, The Wheel > You Got To Move, Hard To Handle, Bitch, St. Stephen > Unbroken Chain, Not Fade Away

Enc: Fenario



Phil Lesh
Grahame Lesh
Anders Osborne
Luther Dickinson
Jason Crosby
Tony Leone


There are 7 comments associated with this post

Scott Bernstein November 8, 2013, 16:05:15

Surprised that the reviewer didn’t think to mention that it’s not likely a coincidence that Anders Osborne is taking the lead on a lot of these Stones covers — he toured 2 years back with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe covering Sticky Fingers on each night of the tour! Check it out my recording of the NYC show here:

What November 8, 2013, 17:47:46

Next headline. ‘Phil Lesh walks down NYC street, exclusive walking rights held by Shapiro’

gramcracker November 8, 2013, 21:27:00

It is highly questionable of Phil to let Grahme sing when a PROFESSIONAL musician with a soulful voice like Andres is there. Frankly Grahme should work with his band Midnight Whores because Phil already has great guys with him. Phil and Friends is about professional musicians takes on Dead tunes. Any time Grambag gets singing or playing time is like a charity section of a song when fans aren’t donating to his career, they want to hear Luther and Andres. Midnight Whores should cover a Michael Bolton album jug band style in the kitchen of Terrapin Crossroads before people pay money to Phil’s slush fund of Nepotism.

me November 8, 2013, 22:55:08

Stop complaining right this minute! Or I will cry and scold you for bashing anything posted on a “free” website…

Dude 'O Life November 9, 2013, 09:46:55

@gramcracker: If you don’t like it, don’t go. Phil is at a point in his life that it is more important for him to share the music and time with his sons. Graham has a great voice. I agree he is by no means in the same class of musician as Anders or Luther for that matter (who happens to be a guitar god). If you don’t like Graham, don’t go. But to give Phil shit about it….Dude, you’re clueless about what is important in life.

Hey Dude November 9, 2013, 10:01:18

Dude while agreeing Gramcracker isn’t up to par you manage to unzip your pants to give Phil credit still for elevating him beyond a garage band. He has lots of time with his son by any reasonable measure. As far as I can tell he spends more time with his kid Grambag than most fathers. We get to pay see him and more importantly pay for his musical upbringing. It should happen in Midnight Whores and he should work his way up from the garage to the parking lot to the flatbed in the lot to bars and then spend the next thirty years assaulting Jerry’s legacy. Does he have a great voice like Phil? I mean Grahme lets all those years of disenfranchisement come out on stage in Robert Hunters song. May I suggest you start a petition for Grambag to sing all songs Jerry sang. Personally I would rather hear Phil sing Childhoods end 8 times a set than hear Gramsnort sing one Jerry tune. Life is about family it is also about teaching your kids hard work. Midnight Whores should open for the Wavy Gravy comedy skit in the bar at Terrapin Crossroads

Ted November 12, 2013, 09:57:29

Life is about family it is also about teaching your kids hard work. Midnight Whores should open for the Wavy Gravy comedy skit in the bar at Terrapin Crossroads Bravely spoken, anonymously, on the internet, by someone likely with the musical talent of a Justin Beiber stand-in. Graeme is a fine musician, and plying with him makes Phil happy. Phil being happy makes me happy. If Phil being happy doesn’t make you happy, than you probably never should have been following him in the first place. And thus, you not being there is benefit for all concerned. So, feel free to spend you money on lesser musical products. I just saw nine of their performances, and they were better than anything I’ve seen Furthur play, and better than more than a few of the 175 GD performances I saw…

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