|As Pat Simmons said himself, "Like Father, Like Son"|
His set was honestly fairly lackluster, made up of acoustic songs with simple chord progressions. His father joined him for the last song, the Doobie Brothers hit "Texas Lullaby". It reminded me of a CSN show I saw at the Beacon two years ago, when David Crosby's son Raymond joined the band.
Gregg played a similar set list with only a few changes. Just as in Peach, he opened up with "Statesboro Blues" into "I'm no Angel." Later on he played the same chain of songs "Aint Wastin' Time No More", "Melissa", "It's Not my Cross to Bear", "Midnight Rider", "Love Like Kerosene" and "Whipping Post". Gregg played guitar for about half the songs and had a nice voice, showing that he is in good health. Allman Brothers Band Marc Quinones had fewer toys than normal without his gong drum; however he did chime in with a lot of upbeats.
Gregg's band gradually found more energy as the night went on. It was interesting seeing how his music director/lead guitarist Scott Sharrard differs from Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks. He played some slide like Derek, but mostly played faster paced, jangly solos and contributed vocals on "Soulshine" like Warren.
I do wish Gregg varied his set list a little more from his Peach Festival show. Part of the fun of a typical Allman Brothers show is you never know what the songs the band is going to play or who's going to come on as a guest. This show was fairly predictable.
I went into the Doobie Brothers cold, not knowing any of the band's music like when I saw Phish for the first time at Madison Square Garden in December 2013. Before both shows, I heard rumors that the bands were great, but walking into the venues, I could count more fingers on either of my hands than names of songs that the respective bands play.
As the set began with "Jesus is Just Alright", I took a glance at the set lists of previous shows in the 2015 tour. I noticed the band was playing the same one each night. As I stated early in this post, I'm not a big of fan of a lack of variety in set lists; however, not knowing the band's songs, it kind of worked in my favor as I was able to follow along.
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