On Saturday night, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead returned to Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg, New York, for the sixth and final night of this year’s Fall Ball. Returning to the venue where the band was first conceived back in 2013 as a one-off project, watching Joe Russo’s Almost Dead last night on the final night of a sold-out six-night run was truly a pleasure and highlighted how far the band has come in past years. In the time since the Grateful Dead-inspired five-piece first came together at the annual, long-running Freak’s Ball (organized by the famous Freaks List of New York), the band has knocked out over 125 shows—with Saturday’s show marking their 24th performance at the Brooklyn Bowl—and collaborated with an enviable list of musicians, including Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Oteil Burbridge, Jim James, and recently, John Mayer.John Mayer Joins Joe Russo’s Almost Dead On Night 5 Of Fall Ball [Photos/Videos]To celebrate the final night of their Fall Ball, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead was certainly in proper form, leaving nothing on the table as the sprinted toward the finish of the six-night run. Across the evening, though particularly during the second set, the band offered a number of tunes that they hadn’t played since early 2016 or before, with “Hard To Handle” making a reemergence into Almost Dead’s catalog for the first time since March 25th, 2016 at the Brooklyn Bowl (a gap of 56 songs), an “Unbroken Chain” jam returning for the first time since September 6th, 2015 at Great North Festival (a gap of 82 shows), and “Hey Bulldog” being played for the first time since July 2nd, 2016 at Aspen, Colorado’s The Belly Up (a gap of 50 shows).After a show-opening jam that landed in “Let It Grow”, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead transitioned into “Row Jimmy”, which featured teases of Paul McCartney and the Wings’ tune, “Jet.” From there, the group moved into another more formless jam, this time offering tastes of the Allman Brothers Band’s “Mountain Jam”, a song that was getting truly the royal treatment last night in New York City as Phish’s Trey Anastasio joined Tedeschi Trucks Band on a 33-minute rendition of the song inspired by Donovan’s “There Is A Mountain” at Tedeschi Trucks Band’s run-closing show at The Beacon Theatre. By way of “The Wheel”, which housed an extended “Space” before hitting “The Wheel Reprise”, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead closed out their first set with an offering of “Lost Sailor” and “Saint Of Circumstance.”Jam > “Let It Grow” “The Wheel” [Video: Tommy T]Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s second set was a particularly high-energy offering from the group already known for its energized and creative reimaginings of Grateful Dead tunes. The band kicked things off with the forever-crowdpleaser “Shakedown Street”, which saw tastes of “Feel Like A Stranger” and “Let It Grow” worked in before it transitioned into “Hard To Handle,” the first of three tunes that reemerged from year-long hiatuses of longer. An “Unbroken Chain” jam was used to transition from “Hard To Handle” to the upbeat “China Cat Sunflower,” before the band landed into “St. Stephen,” whose extended jam portion saw teases of “I Know You Rider,” “Cosmic Charlie,” and more. The Beatles’ “Hey Bulldog” came next, before Joe Russo’s Almost Dead ended the second set with “Viola Lee Blues.”“Shakedown StreetTo close out the night in full, Pete Shapiro, Brooklyn Bowl owner and legendary concert promoter, came out to thank the New York City Freaks responsible for bringing Joe Russo’s Almost Dead together back in 2013 during the Freak’s Ball and the fan group’s continued and rabid support of the band ever since. After this sweet shoutout, the band came back out, aptly finishing off the show and their six-night Fall Ball with “One More Saturday Night.” You can check out the setlist to Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s performance below, courtesy of Pete Costello.[Photo: Andrew Blackstein]Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | Brooklyn Bowl | New York, NY | 10/14/2017Set One: Jam @ -> Let It Grow # -> Row Jimmy $ > Jam % -> The Wheel ^ -> Space -> The Wheel Reprise -> Lost Sailor & -> Saint Of Circumstance *Set Two: Shakedown Street + -> Hard To Handle @@ -> Unbroken Chain Jam ## -> China Cat Sunflower -> Saint Stephen $$ -> Hey Bulldog %% -> Viola Lee BluesEncore: One More Saturday [email protected] – With “In A Silent Way” (Joe Zawinul & Miles Davis) Teases (MB)# – With a Slipknot! Tease (JR & TH)$ – With a “Jet” (Paul McCartney and Wings) Tease (MB)% – With a “Mountain Jam” (Donovan/Allman Brothers Band) Tease (Band)^ – With a “Riders On The Storm” (The Doors) Tease (MB)& – With a St. Stephen Tease (TH)* – With a Terrapin Station Tease (MB) & The Wheel Tease (Band)+ – With a Feel Like A Stranger Tease (Band) and a Let It Grow Tease (Band). [email protected]@ – With Unbroken Chain Teases (TH) and Let It Grow Teases (Band). Not played by since 2016.03.25 at Brooklyn Bowl. Brooklyn, NY, a gap of 56 shows## – Not played since 2015-09-06 at Great North Festival, Last Breath Farm, Norridgewock, ME, a gap of 82 shows. With a Here Comes Sunshine Tease (Band)$$ – With multiple teases including Cosmic Charlie & I Know You Rider, I think%% – Not played since 2016-07-02 at The Belly Up, Aspen, CO, a gap of 50 shows
lacking ‘spread’ JAMAICA’S Kaliese Spencer, one of the most dominant female athletes in the 400-metre hurdles at Diamond League meets over the past three years, appears set to make that big step up to World Championships glory. While her Diamond League form has been very good the 2004 Commonwealth Games champion is yet to transfer that winning form to a major meet. Spencer has been unbeaten all season and she is one of two who will carry that tag to Beijing. The United States’ Shamier Little who is the world leader with 53.73 seconds is also unbeaten. A year ago, Spencer was the most dominant athlete in the event and posted eight of the top ten times last year with a 2014 best of 53.41. With a season best of 54.15 in winning in Oslo this season, Spencer who is at number seven on the IAAF’s world list will definitely need to go faster if she hopes to get her first medal in the event at the IAAF World Championships. She will also have fresh in her mind an incident two years ago when she was disqualified in Moscow after looking to be in the best shape of her career. Unlike previous years, the 2015 entries seem to lack the deep spread of past championships. Defending champion, Zuzana Hejnov· of the Czech Republic is just nearing her best form after recovering from injuries and after a slow start this season she has a season’s best of 53.76 – a time she did in winning at the Paris Diamond League. She will be hoping to make back to back victories and with her experience, she is dangerous. Little who won the World Junior title a year ago is improving rapidly. She appears to like to compete at the Eugene track in Oregon as she has won the World Junior, NCAA Division 1 and the United States National senior titles on the same track. She will need to show that she can run fast outside of Eugene. A few weeks ago, she won the Pan American Games title in Toronto, Canada. Beijing will definitely bring back good memories for Spencer who nine years ago became the first Jamaican to win the 400-metre hurdles title at the World Junior Championship and she will be hoping that it will be another title on Chinese territory for her and improved on her Berlin (2009) fourth place finish. In Berlin, Jamaica’s Melaine Walker won gold in a Championships record 52.42 while Spencer was fourth in 53.56. Hejnov· won two years ago in 52.83 but it is unlikely that sub-53 seconds will win at this year’s championships as no one is showing that type of form. That will give Spencer hope as anywhere in the 53.5 range will be in her zone. The defending champion and Little will be big threats along with the likes of Denmark’s Sara Slett Petersen who ran a season’s best 53.99 in placing second to Hejnov·. TOP THREE: 1. Zuzana Hejnov· (Czech Republic), 2. Kaliese Spencer (Jamaica) 3. Shamier Little (USA).
Raheem Sterling and Phil Neville have put their millionaire mansions are up for sale, and they’re both a sight to behold…Following his £49million move to Manchester City, Sterling is moving from his palace in Liverpool, which boasts a decorated swimming pool, a barbershop, and Liverpool themed cinema and…wait for it…a Michael Jackson themed private bar.Neville’s, meanwhile, is grey – so much grey – with a personalized Everton shirt pool table.But which is worse? Cast your votes now… 1 Poll: Which footballers house is worse Sterlings or Nevilles?