Review by Stanley Johnston
The Warren Haynes Band started out rocking hard and heavy at The Egg on Saturday night, but finished sweet and soulful.
Haynes’ first visit to the Albany orb-shaped venue was the second area visit by his fifth or sixth band. It’s hard to keep track: the Dickey Betts Band at the Starlite Music Theatre; the first Warren Haynes eponymous band at the Saratoga County Fair; the Allman Brothers Band at SPAC, the Palace and Mountain Jam; Phil Lesh & Friends (and also the Dead) at SPAC and the TU Center; Gov’t Mule at Northern Lights, the Palace, Proctors, the Startlite and Mountain Jam; and possibly, does anybody remember if he played with David Allen Coe opening for Neil Young at RPI in the ’80s? Maybe not, but he’s been a regular visitor to this area.
This version of the Warren Haynes Band played at Mountain Jam in 2011. I remember thinking that it was a nice change of pace into soul music, although the band’s set seemed a little lightweight compared to Gov’t Mule’s set during the same weekend. (In all fairness, there aren’t too many bands that play music quite as heavy as the Mule.) Now more than a year later, this band has matured into a force to be reckoned with in comparison to all of Warren’s other projects.