After spending two nights in Brooklyn – one scheduled, and the other impromptu – Joe Russo’s Almost Dead made their way out to Port Chester, NY for two nights at The Capitol Theatre to close out 2016. The December 30th performance saw the band take more liberties with the Grateful Dead catalog and work outside the box for a great show.Half way through the first set, and after some “Space” jamming, the band slid into a “Bird Song” jam that segued into the debut of The Beatles’ “Day Tripper.” They returned to play “Bird Song” proper, before going into “King Solomon’s Marbles.” Finally, they closed the set with a reprise of “Bird Song”, putting a cap on a great set of music at The Cap.Thanks to the band, you can watch pro-shot footage of “Bird Song” > “Day Tripper” > “Bird Song” > “King Solomon’s Marbles” > “Bird Song Reprise” below:Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | The Capitol Theatre | Port Chester, NY | 12/30/16Set 1 (8:45PM – 10:12PM)King Bee Jam + ->The Eleven @ (All) >BIODTL # (SM) >Feel Like A Stranger (SM) >Cumberland Blues $ (All) ->The Stranger (Two Souls In Communion) (AC)Estimated Prophet (SM) ->Space ->Bird Song Jam + ->Day Tripper % (TH) ->Bird Song ^ (TH) ->King Solomon’s Marbles & ->Bird Song Reprise + (TH)Set 2 (10:49PM – 12:??AM)Til The Morning Comes + (All + AC) ->Passenger + (SM & AC) ->Viola Lee Blues * (All) ->Jam ->Uncle John’s Band (All) ->Becky @@ ->Uncle John’s Band Reprise (All) ->Viola Lee Blues Reprise (All) ->Hoo Doo Voo Doo ++ (SM) ->Lovelight * (AC) ->Shakedown Street ## (TH) >Throwing Stones $$ (SM)ENC: The Weight (All + AC)AC is Alecia Chakour (Tedeschi Trucks Band) on Vocals+ – First Time Played by Almost [email protected] – With at Throwin’ Stones Tease (TH)# – 30 Beat BIODTL for Dec 30th$ – With Feel Like A Stranger & Hoedown (Aaron Copeland) Teases (MB) & a Lovelight Jam (Band)% – First Time Played by Almost Dead, Beatles Cover, Unfinished, 2 verses were sung^ – With a Day Tripper (The Beatles) Tease (MB)& – Unfinished* – With Cochemea Gastelum (Dap Kings) on Bari [email protected]@ – Benevento Russo Duo Cover, not played since 2015-10-03, a gap of 46 shows. Basically only Joe & Marco played on this song.++ – Wilco/Billy Bragg/Woody Guthrie Cover, First Time Played by Almost Dead.## – With a MB Piano Solo, an On The Road Again Tease (Band), a “That’s All” (Phil Collins) Tease – I think, it might be something else (Band) & an unknown jam (Band) that I may be able to figure out.$$ – With an Unknown Tease (TH)[Setlist via Peter Costello // Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Facebook]For fans of Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, you can catch them at the 2nd annual Fool’s Paradise March 31& April 1 in St. Augustine, FL alongside Lettuce x2, The Motet, The Floozies, a special Manic Science set featuring Manic Focus and Break Science, The Main Squeeze, Organ Freeman, alongside Oteil Burbridge and Antwaun Stanley as Artists at Large. Head here for more information.
Arsene Wenger believes Remi Garde has taken a gamble by going to Aston Villa – but believes it was an opportunity his fellow Frenchman could not turn down. “That is why I say it is important we focus straight away on the Premier League after Wednesday night and that we recover physically and mentally. “We have showed we have the maturity to focus on both competitions. They need the points, we need the points. So that means it will be again a physical battle. “The luck we had last week, first of all we won a game that could have gone the other way and that all the results went for us. “We need now consistency in results because the three games before we took two points out of nine without being away from people – if you want to stay up there you have to take points.” Wenger spoke to Garde recommending he took the hot-seat but admits the 49-year-old has rolled the dice on his managerial career in England. “I think, in his position when you have an opportunity you take it,” he said. “At his age, do you want the ideal opportunity? You might never get it so you have to take a gamble and what you want is to have chance to show you have the quality at his age, so you don’t think too much. “In the Premier League you make a phone call now and in an hour I’d have 500 candidates so when you have an opportunity, take it. “It is a big club, it is a big potential and at the moment expectation is not too high, they do not want him to win the Premier League, so he might be given time to show he has the quality and that is most important.” While Arsenal look to build on their unexpected progress to the Champions League last 16 after winning away to Olympiacos on Wednesday, Wenger’s side have won just one of their last four leagues games. Despite that, they remain in the hunt for the title and Wenger knows the importance of three points on Sunday to both sides. “It will be a tough game at Villa,” he added. Former Lyon coach Garde took over at Villa Park in November after the sacking of Tim Sherwood but has so far been unable to guide them off the foot of the Barclays Premier League table. They welcome title-chasing Arsenal to Birmingham on Sunday as Wenger comes up against the first player he signed after taking charge of the Gunners in 1996. Press Association