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Published: 2016/10/07

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Go Acoustic at Brooklyn Bowl Opener

Dave Vann

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead kicked off their three night run at the Brooklyn Bowl last night, returning to the venue that birthed them for another weekend run.

Among the highlights, an opening Almost Dead debut of “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl” as well as a first set that also saw them debut their take on The Who/Allen Toussaint’s “Fortune Teller” that led into a “Morning Dew” jam. The first set closed with another debut, this time in the form of Ween’s ode to Jerry Garcia, dubbed “So Long Jerry.”

Almost Dead surprised the sold out crowd by shifting to a mini-stage by the bowling lanes for an acoustic mini-set that included the first acoustic rendition of “Candyman” as well as “The Race is On,” “It Must Have Been the Roses” and “Uncle John’s Band” before departing for a proper setbreak.

The band would return about 20 minutes later to kick off their second set with the debut of a Hunter/Dylan composition, “Silvio.” The set would also find the band dusting off tunes like “Wharf Rat,” “Loser,” “King Bee” and “Unbroken Chain” before a seasonally appropriate encore of “Werewolves of London” led by Marco Benevento.

Almost Dead returns to the Brooklyn Bowl tonight.

Here’s a look at the setlist:

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead
Brooklyn Bowl, October 7, 2016

Set I: Jam > Good Morning Little Schoolgirl > Birdsong > St. Stephen > Fortune Teller > Morning Dew (jam) > I Know You Rider > Jack Straw, So Long Jerry

Acoustic Set: Candyman, The Race is On, It Must Have Been the Roses, Uncle John’s Band

Set II: Silvio > Wharf Rat > Loser > King Bee, Unbroken Chain > Here Comes Sunshine > Playing in the Band

Enc: Werewolves of London

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