Just two weeks ago, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead had the pleasure of hosting Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir in Oakland, CA. The Furthur reunion saw Almost Dead strip down to an acoustic setup, accompanying Weir on a series of Grateful Dead classics, with a few Bob Dylan covers slipped in as well.Fortunately for us, the band has shared a full soundboard recording of the performance, with the help of Eric McRoberts. Tune in to the full show below, and enjoy!Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | Fox Theater | Oakland, CA | 11/12/16(as annotated by manager Peter Costello)Set 1 (8:00PM – 10:13PM):01. Jam ->02. Good Lovin’ (SM) ->03. Cumberland Blues (All) ->04. Help On The Way (TH) @ ->05. Slipknot! ->06. The Music Never Stopped (SM)07. He’s Gone (TH) >08. The Wheel # (All) >09. Jack Straw $ (SM & TH)Acoustic Set ^ (No Set Break):10. Must Have Been The Roses % (TH)11. Hard Rain Is Gonna Fall + (BW)12. Black Throated Wind + (BW)13. When I Paint My Masterpiece + (BW)14. Cassidy + (BW) ->15. Let It Grow Jam + ->16. Cassidy + (BW)Set 2 (10:33PM – 11:59PM):01. intro/crowd02. King Solomon’s Marbles03. Row Jimmy (TH)04. Estimated Prophet (SM) ->05. Uncle John’s Band (All)06. Eyes Of The World && (TH) ->07. Jam *->08. Throwing Stones (SM) ->09. Deal Jam & ->10. Throwing Stones (SM) ->11. Hey Bulldog Jam ^ ->12. Throwing Stones (SM)Encore:13. One More Saturday Night (SM)@ – Proceeded by an emphatic “Shakedown Street” Tease# – With an “Head Over Heels” (Tears for Fears) Tease (MB)$ – During the jam before the final “We can share the women…” lyrics, the stage was transformed seamlessly for the acoustic set. MB’s piano was moved (while he was still playing it), a small kit for Joe rolled out on a riser, mics & stools were placed for SM, TH & BW.^ – All songs with MB on Upright Piano & Vocals, TH & SM on Acoustic Guitars & Vocals, DD on Upright Bass & JR on 3 piece kit – Kick, Snare & Hi Hat – & Vocals.% – Almost Dead only+ – With Bob Weir on Acoustic Guitar & Vocals as indicated&& – With a DD Bass Solo & an MB piano solo* – Contained elements of Throwing Stones& – First Time Played By Almost Dead^ – Beatles cover, first Time Played By Almost Dead as an instrumental. (The full song was played on 2016.07.02.)This was probably the longest show Almost Dead has played, at about 3:39.
BELLS, Texas (March 9) – IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars return to weekly race programs at the longest IMCA-sanctioned track in Texas this season.The full-bodied class joins IMCA Modifieds and Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods on Saturday nights at Grayson County Speedway.“We had the I-Stocks here for one race last season and the fans loved them. We made the announcement late last year that we would sanction the division this year,” said promoter Mark Weiss. “What I personally like best about the class is that they keep the competition fair. No one has an advantage other than skill set. That’s what makes it exciting for the fans and what keeps the drivers coming back.”A business president in the Dallas metroplex, Weiss got his introduction to dirt track racing as a spectator at Grayson County. He helped sponsor a race car, traveling to various events across the South, before buying the track in December of 2016.“Grayson County was the shortest quarter-mile track I’d seen,” said Weiss. “The first thing we did was make it 40 feet longer and 25 feet wider, and added banking.”A new concrete guardrail, catch fence and flag stand, as well as new lighting, wiring and restrooms were installed and the pit area moved to the northeast side of the track before it re-opened last May.“My vision would be for Grayson County to be one of the best quarter-mile tracks in North Texas,” Weiss said. “I’ll start with that and see where it goes.”Grayson County has sanctioned its Modified division with IMCA since 1985, longer than any other track in Texas, and its Southern SportMods since 2005. Stock Cars ran their single previous season at Bells that year.A friend who works at a track in Oklahoma suggested bringing the class back. The IMCA division takes the place of an outlaw street stock class.“I talked to drivers and they told me they’d race here in a heartbeat,” Weiss said. “We’re extremely pumped about the Stock Cars. We can’t wait to bring them back.”The IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing season at Bells runs from March 31 to Sept. 29.Stock Car points earned at Grayson County figure toward EQ Cylinder Heads Southern Region standings. Modified points count in the Razor Chassis South Central Region. read more
Facebook just escalated its ongoing tension with President Trump.On Wednesday, the social media company said it had removed a post from the president’s page for containing false claims about the coronavirus.The post was comprised of a video of an interview the president gave to Fox News on Wednesday morning.“This video includes false claims that a group of people is immune from COVID-19 which is a violation of our policies around harmful COVID misinformation,” Facebook spokesperson Andy Stone said in a statement Wednesday evening.pic.twitter.com/wxCTuk4GdP— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 5, 2020 He added that the specific comments that went against Facebook’s rules were Trump’s false claims about children being nearly immune to the virus.The same clip was posted to Twitter by the Trump campaign, which was then shared from the president’s main account.Although this is not the first time that Facebook has removed content from the president’s page, it is the first time a removal has been due to its COVID-19 misinformation rules.Neither the president nor the White House have issued a response yet to Facebook’s action. read more