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Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Tears This Old Building Down In Madison [Photos/Video]


On Sunday, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead brought their weekend run to a close with a performance at The Sylvee in Madison, Wisconsin. Following a Valentine’s Day show full of “good lovin’”, and a smoking-hot two-night run in St. Louis, JRAD continued their trend of providing the warmth, on a cold, snowy Sunday night in Madison.

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead opened up the first set with “Feel Like A Stranger”, with guitarist Tom Hamilton and Scott Metzger trading off tenacious solos out of the gate. JRAD continued with the traditional pairing of “Help On The Way” > “Slipknot!”, which was followed up by a ripping take on “Dancing In The Streets” rather than the customary “Franklin’s Tower”. Joe Russo and Dave Dreiwitz locked into a tight-knit groove, allowing Marco Benevento, Hamilton, and Metzger to take the jam deep into improvisational land. “Brown-Eyed Women” followed “Dancing” before Joe Russo’s Almost Dead brought their first set to a close with “Truckin’”.

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead – “Feel Like A Stranger” > “Help On The Way”

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The quintet came back out to open their second set with Sonny Boy Williamson‘s “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl”—sung by Ron “Pigpen” McKernan in the early days of the Dead—after which Joe Russo led his bandmates into “Shakedown Street”. Hamilton and Metzger continued to dazzle the crowd with their dueling electric guitar work, backed by their fearless bandleader and octopus-like drummer. A tender rendition of “He’s Gone” came next, followed by a lengthy take on “Playing In The Band”. JRAD kept on chuggin’ with “Row Jimmy” and a cover of Bob Dylan‘s “Tell Me, Momma” before bringing their second set to an end with “Deal”. “Samson and Delilah” served as the evening’s encore, highlighted by Russo’s impeccable work behind the drum kit.

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead – “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl”

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Next up for Joe Russo’s Almost Dead is a three-night New England run, with a performance at Albany’s Palace Theatre on March 1st, followed by a two-night jaunt at Portland, ME’s State Theatre on March 2nd and 3rd.

For ticketing information and a full list of Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s upcoming tour dates, head to the band’s website.

Below, you can check out a gallery of photos from the performance courtesy of photographer Daniel Ojeda.

Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | The Sylvee | Madison, WI | 2/17/2019

Set One: Feel Like A Stranger > Help On The Way > Slipknot! > Dancing In The Street, Brown-Eyed Women, Truckin’

Set Two: Good Morning Little Schoolgirl > Shakedown Street, He’s Gone > Playing In The Band, Row Jimmy, Tell Me, Momma, Deal

Encore: Samson and Delilah

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