The Last Waltz Tour 2019 started on Tuesday night at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York featuring Warren Haynes, John Medeski, Lukas Nelson and more. The all-star ensemble presented a tribute to The Band’s legendary Thanksgiving Day 1976 farewell concert in San Francisco over the course of two sets and an encore at The Cap.
Haynes, Medeski and Nelson were joined by guitarist Jamey Johnson, bassist Don Was, drummer Terence Higgins as the core band for the evening. Dave Malone of The Radiators, legendary New Orleans percussionist Cyril Neville, acclaimed guitarist Bob Margolin and Mark Mullins & The Levee Horns all made appearances at different points of the concert.
Tuesday’s show began with “Up On Cripple Creek” sung by Jamey Johnson. Lukas then had a turn in the spotlight on “The Shape I’m In.” Vocal duties were split between Johnson, Nelson, Haynes and Malone throughout the concert, while Cyril Neville fronted the group on an extended “Who Do You Love” that nearly reached the 10-minute mark. The first set came to a close with a rendition of “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” featuring Jamey Johnson singing lead with Warren and Lukas providing backing vocals.
Medeski came out by himself to start the second set with a keyboard solo ala Garth Hudson’s “Genetic Method” before the rest of the band emerged for “Chest Fever.” Haynes and Nelson engaged in a guitar duel towards the end of the song after Lukas, Jamey and Warren capably harmonized on vocals. Warren also shined in the Van Morrison role during “Caravan,” while Lukas honored his boss, Neil Young, on “Helpless.” Another highlight was Margolin’s work on “Further On Up The Road.” Bob Margolin was the only member of the ensemble who actually performed at The Last Waltz in 1976. Last night’s second set concluded with a run of “Forever Young,” “The Weight” and “I Shall Be Released” ahead of a “Such A Night”/”Don’t Do It” encore.
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