Phil Lesh and friends ring in
the New Year at the Civic Auditorium
Photo(s) by Stephen Dorian
By Stephen Dorian Miner
January 12, 2006
Phil Lesh and Friends completed a very successful three-show
run with a marathon performance at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
on New Year's Eve.
After two sold out shows at the Fillmore Auditorium and Warfield
Theater Dec. 29 and 30, respectively, the former Grateful Dead
bassist brought his show to the civic center. After a set by John
Mayer, Lesh and friends Ryan Adams (guitar and vocals), Rob Barraco
(keys), Larry Campbell, (guitar) John Molo (drums), Joan Osbourne
(vocals), and Barry Sless (pedal steel and guitar), played two
lengthy sets - the 2nd beginning just after midnight - to the
delight of Deadheads and music lovers of all sorts.
Midnight featured a trapeze artist dressed, flames shooting up
from the behind the stage and the obligatory balloon drop after
After most balloons dropped, popped and dissipated, the band
played on, and on - for hours - sending gleeful fans out into
the New Year in the wee hours of the morning.