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We Be Jammin'

Robinson_chris_02lJaded Insider knew what he was getting into by attending a Black Crowes, Robert Randolph and Drive-By Truckers show, but my goodness were there a lot of "jams" flying across the sparsely populated Jones Beach last night. Randolph and his Family Band were as jaw-droppingly tight as usual but it quickly became impossible to tell where one song ended and the other began. The instrumental cover of Michael Jackson's "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" was a nice touch though, and it's hard to think of a better new-fangled funk tune than Randolph's "I Need More Love."

Likewise, the Crowes spent much of their set in outer space, particularly during an epic jam in the middle of "Soul Singing" that was brought back from the dead more than once. Chris Robinson went off the deep end during the "Hard to Handle" jam, prompting the 14-year-old kid next to us to exclaim, "What the hell is this?" to no one in particular.

Luckily there were some unusual moments to keep everybody interested, like Rich Robinson taking the mic for the Who's "The Seeker," Marc Ford singing Neil Young's "L.A." and a surprisingly concise, show-closing run through "Can't You Hear Me Knocking." The Crowes even tested out a new song, the dubiously titled "Magic Rooster Blues," which sounded pretty good but was only met with a smattering of applause. Rock on, and on, and on...

July 20, 2006 | Permalink


Crowes are amazing. The 14 year old should stick to top 40 radio.

Posted by: Paul | Jul 20, 2006 7:30:31 PM

consider that many of the jams will become Crowes songs on the next new studio record.
i've seen my fav's and not so fav crowes shows - no matter what, they do it right.

Posted by: Greg | Jul 21, 2006 3:55:25 PM

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