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House of Blues, New Orleans

14 March 2000 2,080 views No Comment

The set list at New Orleans was the same as Orlando,Fl with the addition of a “Ramble On” bass line in “Bass ‘n Drums”. The sound was a B+-its still hard to hear Nick, who is brilliant. The Stick is a VERY hard instrument to amplify and capture through th P.A. I reckon that it is the wide spectrum of very low notes to very high notes that is the culprit. Who knows? At any rate-WOW! What a show! Jonesy mentioned-after the opening numbers-that it had been 25 years since he had played New Orleans. No one-including myself-had the balls to request “Royal Orleans”-apparently he didn’t want to mention the famous incident which inspired the song-WHISKERS!-OUCH! There were a few hardcore fans-most in the audience were unfamiliar with the new material, but everybody really dug it. I was directly in front of Jonesy at center stage. There was one hardcore fan in front of me that had a great story. During Jonesy’s introduction to “Spaghetti Junction” he seemed to fumble for the name of the Scream For Help movie and this fan held up the CD insert cover of the soundtrack. Jonesy, with his characteristic wit, said “Yes,that’s it, Scream For Help…GET A LIFE,BUDDY!” Then Jonesy kept giving this fan a few winks and nods of appreciation as he tore into the song. We obsessed fans can take a few jokes and this one said he was more than honored to be the target of one of Jonesys zingers. Hilarious! “Nobody’s Fault But Mine” was clearly the showstopper, “When the Levee Breaks”-amazing- and ,of course, “Tidal” blew everybody’s mind with Jonesy playing lead utilizing the DigiTech Whammy Pedal. “Black Dog” pounded everybody to close the show. An amazing show! After the show he was typically gracious with the small crowd of 15 or so fans gathered. I shook his hand and told him how my first band in High School used to play a note-for-note We’re Gonna Groove” from the Royal Albert Hall 1970 bootleg video. I think he appreciated my dedication. I then told him that I played at the club he would be playing the following night in Houston-Fitzgerald’s- and I advised him of how horrible it was! He said “Thanks a lot”! with typical sarcasm> He’s very funny-it’s already been said-but it bears repeating! He signed my ticket stub and my copy of “Live on Blueberry Hill” on the Cobla Premium Series label! He didn’t know what he was signing until I explained it to him. I think he has a great deal of appreciation for the true fans and we were all very grateful. A wonderful experience I will treasure forever!
Allen Garber

Same setlist as the other shows except the teases in “Bass n drums” were Heartbreaker & Ramble on!, An excellent show!! HOB seemed filled up. Crowd was way into it. Jonesy seemed very humbled by the response he was getting! I was right near the front, right by the bass pedal steel. Cool stand, has his symbol on each side! The exciting news was that it was being filmed/recorded for a future webcast! some feedback troubles during “California”, but he pulled through. Jonesy was joking with the crowd. While he was introducing “Spaghetti Junction” some dude held up the cd cover to which Jonesy jokingly replied “Get a life buddy!”. also during that intro he called the Eighties the decade music forgot! – then looked at the stick player! (whilst us in the crowd started singing “too shy”!) Jonesy said “Now we done it, he won’t play another note!”. Jonesy and band really seemed to be enjoying themselves and they were on! I enjoyed hearing Zooma live, especially ‘B Fingers”. Zep highlights were NFBM and Levee. Sorry I’m jumping all over the place! All I can say is you must see it!!!
Frank King

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