Last weekend I made annual trip to see Electric Hot Tuna in a new venue for me.The State Theater of New Brunswick,on the same vain as the Count Basie maybe a bit larger.The 1st thing I notice ia that they were using old school stacked P.A. on the sidesof the stage instead of the omnipresent Line Arrays that hang from the trusses.Opening was Leon Russell who I haven't seen in literally 43 years since the big weekend at New Paltz w/ on Saturday Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee,The Young Bloods and Hot Tuna.Sunday was the original Jefferson Airplane then headlining was Joe Cocker and the Mad Englishmen w/ Leon Russell as band leader, piano player and 2nd lead guitarist on a black beauty LP Standard.
Leon a bit frail comes on w/ a cane but nothing wrong w/ his voice or fingers and starts off a bunch of 40ish songs like Swinging In My Sweet Babys Arms and things like that.Mid set he did a nice medley of Delta Lady>Jumping Jack Flash>Papa Was A Rolling Stone>Kansas City after 40 minutes gone w/ standing O.For me the sound was muddy and only hoped it got better and it did.
Tuna comes out a bit stripped downw/o G.E.Smith but Barry was there on mandolin various other minature wacky looking guitars playing through a single speaker Louis Co.amp. Jorma both used an electrified Taylorand a beautiful avocadoe green LP he's been using for a few years noe and a larger 4x Louis Co.amp.They started w/ True Religion then I Can See The Light and full bore searing electric from then on.Jack actually stole the show this nightw/ booming solos and giving the volume pedai a work out.
My likeness can be seen on the rear cover of the Young Bloods album Rock Festival,they were doing adience shots and ther I am, if you look about 12 o'clock from the media box you will see a tall blond dude about 3 people to the right is me w/ an acid grin a mile wide opened collared shirt and longish hair .Have fun find WALDO or me