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Posted 03 March 2018 - 05:53 PM

I was a bit surprised my search of the forum didn't find a dedicated thread for this incredible instrumental fusion band - though I would imagine most musicians on this board would be familiar with their greatness (you'll find plenty of references in several threads on Fusion/Dream Theater/Deep Purple, etc.)  They just kicked-off their reunion tour "Dawn of the Dregs" and I had the opportunity to see them opening night this past Wednesday.  Back in the early 80's when I was getting into Rush, I had an uncle that also got me into some fusion bands - including The Dixie Dregs.  Certainly they're not for everyone, but for me, as a young drummer, the instrumental mayhem was so inspiring - Rod Morgenstein ignited my drumming passion nearly as much as Neil.  Imagine my surprise when The Steve Morse Band (a legacy band of the original Dregs) opened for Rush on the Power Windows tour.  It was clearly evident the appreciation the bands had for each other.  I'd seen them 3-4 times back in the 90's and in 2000 (opened for Dream Theater on one occasion, special guests at G3 another time; as well as their own tour.)  I met Rod a few times (once at Thoroughbred drum show) - always a super nice guy and easy to engage in drum talk with!

Anyway, the opening night show was great - the original line-up from Stand Up is back; though I do miss Jerry Goodman (Mahavishnu) on electric violin (he is superhuman) and Dave LaRue (bass virtuoso), it was great to see Allen Sloan and Andy West back with them - and they are no slouches!  While there were some opening night jitters all around, Rod has not missed a step - and is very sharp behind the kit.  Steve is just unreal - a true master and possibly the greatest guitarist on the planet.  Though I will say, his arthritis is clearly affecting his picking and you have to wonder if some of his grimaces are from pain.  Word was he almost had to withdraw from the last Deep Purple tour due to severe arthritic pain (reminds me of Alex on the R40 tour; though Steve was still hitting every note!)  If you have a chance to see them, don't miss it!

For the un-initiated:

http://dixiedregs.com/about/

A small article with Steve Morse, describing the tour - I also can't help but feel a strong connection in tone to the reasons for Rush's retirement

http://thezebra.org/...ving-the-dregs/

Tour dates:

Wed 2/28 Clearwater, FL – Capitol Theatre
Thu 3/1 Ponte Vedra Beach, FL – Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
Fri 3/2 Augusta, GA – Bell Auditorium
Sat 3/3 Atlanta, GA – Center Stage
Mon 3/5 Charleston, SC – Charleston Music Hall
Tue 3/6 Durham, NC – Carolina Theater
Wed 3/7 Washington, DC – Lincoln Theater
Thu 3/8 Wilmington, DE – The Grand Opera House
Fri 3/9 Collingswood, NJ – Scottish Rite Auditorium
Sat 3/10 Newton, NJ – Newton Theater
Mon 3/12 Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theatre
Wed 3/14 Ridgefield, CT – Ridgefield Playhouse
Thu 3/15 Huntington, NY – The Paramount
Fri 3/16 New York, NY – The Town Hall
Sat 3/17 Woodstock, NY – Bearsville Theater
Sun 3/18 Derry, NH – Tupelo Music Hall
Mon 3/19 Boston, MA – Wilbur Theater
Wed 3/21 Albany, NY – The Egg
Thu 3/22 Pittsburgh, PA – Carnegie Music Hall
Fri 3/23 Cleveland, OH – Kent Stage
Sat 3/24 Chicago, IL – The Vic Theater
Wed 4/11 Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theater
Thu 4/12 Des Moines, IA – Hoyt Sherman Place
Sat 4/14 Boulder, CO – Boulder Theatre
Tue 4/17 Santa Cruz, CA – Rio Theater
Wed 4/18 Sacramento, CA – Crest Theatre
Thu 4/19 Fresno, CA – The Tower Theater
Fri 4/20 San Juan Capistrano, CA – The Coach House
Sat 4/21 Agoura Hills, CA – The Canyon Club
Sun 4/22 Phoenix, AZ – Scottsdale Center for the Perf. Arts
Wed 4/25 Dallas, TX – House of Blues
Thu 4/26 New Orleans, LA – House of blues
Sat 4/28 Atlanta, GA – Center Stage

A few pictures I took opening night


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Steve Morse's opening night setlist (They didn't play the last song, Gina Lola Breakdown)

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A couple videos I took on my phone (partial songs)

Odyssey


Cruise Control (with drum solo)


Assembly Line


Wages of Weirdness



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Posted 03 March 2018 - 06:05 PM

Easily one of my favorite bands of all time. I heard the Unsung Heroes version of Cruise Control on the radio and I was hooked. Seeing Allen Sloan and Andy West in the lineup has me looking for tickets.

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Posted 03 March 2018 - 07:38 PM

Loves me some Dregs but I'm having cataract surgery at the time they're in my area. :banghead:

Towards the end of the tour, they're playing 6 nights in a row. That's brutal for some old guys.

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Posted 03 March 2018 - 09:35 PM

View Postcygnify, on 03 March 2018 - 05:53 PM, said:

I was a bit surprised my search of the forum didn't find a dedicated thread for this incredible instrumental fusion band - though I would imagine most musicians on this board would be familiar with their greatness (you'll find plenty of references in several threads on Fusion/Dream Theater/Deep Purple, etc.)  They just kicked-off their reunion tour "Dawn of the Dregs" and I had the opportunity to see them opening night this past Wednesday.  Back in the early 80's when I was getting into Rush, I had an uncle that also got me into some fusion bands - including The Dixie Dregs.  Certainly they're not for everyone, but for me, as a young drummer, the instrumental mayhem was so inspiring - Rod Morgenstein ignited my drumming passion nearly as much as Neil.  Imagine my surprise when The Steve Morse Band (a legacy band of the original Dregs) opened for Rush on the Power Windows tour.  It was clearly evident the appreciation the bands had for each other.  I'd seen them 3-4 times back in the 90's and in 2000 (opened for Dream Theater on one occasion, special guests at G3 another time; as well as their own tour.)  I met Rod a few times (once at Thoroughbred drum show) - always a super nice guy and easy to engage in drum talk with!

Anyway, the opening night show was great - the original line-up from Stand Up is back; though I do miss Jerry Goodman (Mahavishnu) on electric violin (he is superhuman) and Dave LaRue (bass virtuoso), it was great to see Allen Sloan and Andy West back with them - and they are no slouches!  While there were some opening night jitters all around, Rod has not missed a step - and is very sharp behind the kit.  Steve is just unreal - a true master and possibly the greatest guitarist on the planet.  Though I will say, his arthritis is clearly affecting his picking and you have to wonder if some of his grimaces are from pain.  Word was he almost had to withdraw from the last Deep Purple tour due to severe arthritic pain (reminds me of Alex on the R40 tour; though Steve was still hitting every note!)  If you have a chance to see them, don't miss it!

For the un-initiated:

http://dixiedregs.com/about/

A small article with Steve Morse, describing the tour - I also can't help but feel a strong connection in tone to the reasons for Rush's retirement

http://thezebra.org/...ving-the-dregs/

Tour dates:

Wed 2/28 Clearwater, FL – Capitol Theatre
Thu 3/1 Ponte Vedra Beach, FL – Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
Fri 3/2 Augusta, GA – Bell Auditorium
Sat 3/3 Atlanta, GA – Center Stage
Mon 3/5 Charleston, SC – Charleston Music Hall
Tue 3/6 Durham, NC – Carolina Theater
Wed 3/7 Washington, DC – Lincoln Theater
Thu 3/8 Wilmington, DE – The Grand Opera House
Fri 3/9 Collingswood, NJ – Scottish Rite Auditorium
Sat 3/10 Newton, NJ – Newton Theater
Mon 3/12 Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theatre
Wed 3/14 Ridgefield, CT – Ridgefield Playhouse
Thu 3/15 Huntington, NY – The Paramount
Fri 3/16 New York, NY – The Town Hall
Sat 3/17 Woodstock, NY – Bearsville Theater
Sun 3/18 Derry, NH – Tupelo Music Hall
Mon 3/19 Boston, MA – Wilbur Theater
Wed 3/21 Albany, NY – The Egg
Thu 3/22 Pittsburgh, PA – Carnegie Music Hall
Fri 3/23 Cleveland, OH – Kent Stage
Sat 3/24 Chicago, IL – The Vic Theater
Wed 4/11 Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theater
Thu 4/12 Des Moines, IA – Hoyt Sherman Place
Sat 4/14 Boulder, CO – Boulder Theatre
Tue 4/17 Santa Cruz, CA – Rio Theater
Wed 4/18 Sacramento, CA – Crest Theatre
Thu 4/19 Fresno, CA – The Tower Theater
Fri 4/20 San Juan Capistrano, CA – The Coach House
Sat 4/21 Agoura Hills, CA – The Canyon Club
Sun 4/22 Phoenix, AZ – Scottsdale Center for the Perf. Arts
Wed 4/25 Dallas, TX – House of Blues
Thu 4/26 New Orleans, LA – House of blues
Sat 4/28 Atlanta, GA – Center Stage

A few pictures I took opening night


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Steve Morse's opening night setlist (They didn't play the last song, Gina Lola Breakdown)

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A couple videos I took on my phone (partial songs)

Odyssey


Cruise Control (with drum solo)


Assembly Line


Wages of Weirdness



OMG!  You made my night!  I have the fuckking flu and couldn't make it to that Bowie Tribute tonight in SF but this is incredible news!!  This is also one of my all time favorite bands!!!  Seen them many years ago.  They RULE!!!!

Rod is one of the greatest drummers on the planet.

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Posted 03 March 2018 - 11:02 PM

I was planning on Collingswood but a fallen tree has scuttled that luxury.

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Posted 03 March 2018 - 11:29 PM

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I was planning on Collingswood but a fallen tree has scuttled that luxury.

I am sorry to hear that!!!  Hope you pull through!  Hope there isn't much damage.

The weather is nasty everywhere.  It hailed golf balls here for 30 minutes!

Be safe!

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Posted 04 March 2018 - 09:38 AM

I keep asking them for a date in toronto on their Facebook page, but no luck so far...it would be awesome to see them here. I honestly don´t know their material in detail, but everything I heard so far, I liked A LOT.

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Posted 04 March 2018 - 08:33 PM

What is the best release?  A starting point,perhaps.

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Posted 04 March 2018 - 09:18 PM

View Postcanadianice, on 04 March 2018 - 08:33 PM, said:

What is the best release?  A starting point,perhaps.

You absolutely must get:

Free Fall
What If
Night Of The Living Dregs

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Posted 04 March 2018 - 10:43 PM

View PostRUSHHEAD666, on 04 March 2018 - 09:18 PM, said:

View Postcanadianice, on 04 March 2018 - 08:33 PM, said:

What is the best release?  A starting point,perhaps.

You absolutely must get:

Free Fall
What If
Night Of The Living Dregs

I'd also add:

Unsung Heroes - incredible studio effort packed with great tracks
Bring 'Em Back Alive - Live album; excellent overview of eras and they kill it live

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Posted 04 March 2018 - 11:01 PM

View Postcygnify, on 04 March 2018 - 10:43 PM, said:

View PostRUSHHEAD666, on 04 March 2018 - 09:18 PM, said:

View Postcanadianice, on 04 March 2018 - 08:33 PM, said:

What is the best release?  A starting point,perhaps.

You absolutely must get:

Free Fall
What If
Night Of The Living Dregs

I'd also add:

Unsung Heroes - incredible studio effort packed with great tracks
Bring 'Em Back Alive - Live album; excellent overview of eras and they kill it live

Agreed!

"Modern Industry" is an odd one.  Eric Johnson is on a track.  Some Doobies too.

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Posted 05 March 2018 - 06:36 PM

View PostRUSHHEAD666, on 04 March 2018 - 11:01 PM, said:

View Postcygnify, on 04 March 2018 - 10:43 PM, said:

View PostRUSHHEAD666, on 04 March 2018 - 09:18 PM, said:

View Postcanadianice, on 04 March 2018 - 08:33 PM, said:

What is the best release?  A starting point,perhaps.

You absolutely must get:

Free Fall
What If
Night Of The Living Dregs

I'd also add:

Unsung Heroes - incredible studio effort packed with great tracks
Bring 'Em Back Alive - Live album; excellent overview of eras and they kill it live

Agreed!

"Modern Industry" is an odd one.  Eric Johnson is on a track.  Some Doobies too.

You mean "Industry Standard"

Yeah, that's a good disc - Assembly line is one of my favorite Rod drum tracks.  They experimented with a couple vocalists for a couple tunes though, so it kinda breaks the instrumental vibe.

I still think the Live album is the best introduction - sort of a greatest hits and has extended solos, etc.

Here's a live video from 2001 - they played mostly Dregs but also a couple solo efforts (including a Mahavishnu tune from Jerry Goodman!)  Unfortunately the guitar was way too low in the mix on this one - but it's still alot of fun



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Posted 05 March 2018 - 08:31 PM

View Postcygnify, on 05 March 2018 - 06:36 PM, said:

View PostRUSHHEAD666, on 04 March 2018 - 11:01 PM, said:

View Postcygnify, on 04 March 2018 - 10:43 PM, said:

View PostRUSHHEAD666, on 04 March 2018 - 09:18 PM, said:

View Postcanadianice, on 04 March 2018 - 08:33 PM, said:

What is the best release?  A starting point,perhaps.

You absolutely must get:

Free Fall
What If
Night Of The Living Dregs

I'd also add:

Unsung Heroes - incredible studio effort packed with great tracks
Bring 'Em Back Alive - Live album; excellent overview of eras and they kill it live

Agreed!

"Modern Industry" is an odd one.  Eric Johnson is on a track.  Some Doobies too.

You mean "Industry Standard"

Yeah, that's a good disc - Assembly line is one of my favorite Rod drum tracks.  They experimented with a couple vocalists for a couple tunes though, so it kinda breaks the instrumental vibe.

I still think the Live album is the best introduction - sort of a greatest hits and has extended solos, etc.

Here's a live video from 2001 - they played mostly Dregs but also a couple solo efforts (including a Mahavishnu tune from Jerry Goodman!)  Unfortunately the guitar was way too low in the mix on this one - but it's still alot of fun



Hahaha!  That is so funny!  Yes!  "Industry Standard."  I had a senior moment last night.  "Modern Industry" is a great tune by Fishbone!

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Posted 05 March 2018 - 08:36 PM

View Postcygnify, on 05 March 2018 - 06:36 PM, said:

View PostRUSHHEAD666, on 04 March 2018 - 11:01 PM, said:

View Postcygnify, on 04 March 2018 - 10:43 PM, said:

View PostRUSHHEAD666, on 04 March 2018 - 09:18 PM, said:

View Postcanadianice, on 04 March 2018 - 08:33 PM, said:

What is the best release?  A starting point,perhaps.

You absolutely must get:

Free Fall
What If
Night Of The Living Dregs

I'd also add:

Unsung Heroes - incredible studio effort packed with great tracks
Bring 'Em Back Alive - Live album; excellent overview of eras and they kill it live

Agreed!

"Modern Industry" is an odd one.  Eric Johnson is on a track.  Some Doobies too.

You mean "Industry Standard"

Yeah, that's a good disc - Assembly line is one of my favorite Rod drum tracks.  They experimented with a couple vocalists for a couple tunes though, so it kinda breaks the instrumental vibe.

I still think the Live album is the best introduction - sort of a greatest hits and has extended solos, etc.

Here's a live video from 2001 - they played mostly Dregs but also a couple solo efforts (including a Mahavishnu tune from Jerry Goodman!)  Unfortunately the guitar was way too low in the mix on this one - but it's still alot of fun



Maybe you can help me out.  I saw the Dixie Dregs at The Edge in Palo Alto.  They were off the charts!  Literally!  I can't remember the year.  It could be this tour!  Anyway they were amazing!  I can't wait for Santa Cruz!!  Thank you for posting this thread!!!!
Sadly I missed the VIP Platinum upgrade.  

It's ok I'll live!  I have their autographs on a very rare cd I bought off of their website decades ago!!!  Steve even did his "guitar" doodle under his name!

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Posted 05 March 2018 - 09:36 PM

Listened to Free Fall today... it's brilliant!!!!

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Posted 06 March 2018 - 08:14 AM

View PostRUSHHEAD666, on 04 March 2018 - 11:01 PM, said:

"Modern Industry" is an odd one.  Eric Johnson is on a track.  Some Doobies too.


Eric Johnson isn't on 'Industry Standard'. The credits are listed here.

Mind you, Eric Johnson did make a guest guitar and vocal appearance on the song 'Distant Star' from the Steve Morse Band's 1985 album 'Stand Up' here.

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Posted 06 March 2018 - 03:07 PM

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Maybe you can help me out.  I saw the Dixie Dregs at The Edge in Palo Alto.  They were off the charts!  Literally!  I can't remember the year.  It could be this tour!  Anyway they were amazing!  I can't wait for Santa Cruz!!  Thank you for posting this thread!!!!
Sadly I missed the VIP Platinum upgrade.  

It's ok I'll live!  I have their autographs on a very rare cd I bought off of their website decades ago!!!  Steve even did his "guitar" doodle under his name!

That's a tough one, man.  The internet archives for old Dregs information is pretty sparse!  Though my search did find Dregs dates at the Edge in Palo Alto on the 1994 (September 25, 1994) and 1999/2000 tours (exact date not mentioned).  Those would have been the tours with Dave LaRue on bass, T Lavitz on keys and Jerry Goodman (Mahavishnu) on violin (incredible!). They played the Icon in Palo Alto in 2002 and again in 2003.  I read that Steve Morse Band also played at the Edge a couple times.

I was also searching for an old Dregs show I saw in Orlando in 1994 - at "Jani Lane's Sunset Strip".  A gig as sweet as cherry pie; RIP Jani.

The first time I met Rod Morgenstein was at the Thoroughbred drum expo in 1994 (Tampa, FL).  At some point I was caught in the middle of a discussion between Rod, Steve Smith, Mike Portnoy, and Sheila E.  It was unreal.  Second time I met him, the Dregs were opening for Dream Theater (2000) (this was also the second time I met Portnoy.)  Anyway, both times, Rod was very easy to relate to and just talk drums.  Super cool dude.  He's teaching at Berklee now.

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Posted 08 March 2018 - 10:02 PM

View Postcygnify, on 06 March 2018 - 03:07 PM, said:

View PostRUSHHEAD666, on 05 March 2018 - 08:36 PM, said:

Maybe you can help me out.  I saw the Dixie Dregs at The Edge in Palo Alto.  They were off the charts!  Literally!  I can't remember the year.  It could be this tour!  Anyway they were amazing!  I can't wait for Santa Cruz!!  Thank you for posting this thread!!!!
Sadly I missed the VIP Platinum upgrade.  

It's ok I'll live!  I have their autographs on a very rare cd I bought off of their website decades ago!!!  Steve even did his "guitar" doodle under his name!

That's a tough one, man.  The internet archives for old Dregs information is pretty sparse!  Though my search did find Dregs dates at the Edge in Palo Alto on the 1994 (September 25, 1994) and 1999/2000 tours (exact date not mentioned).  Those would have been the tours with Dave LaRue on bass, T Lavitz on keys and Jerry Goodman (Mahavishnu) on violin (incredible!). They played the Icon in Palo Alto in 2002 and again in 2003.  I read that Steve Morse Band also played at the Edge a couple times.

I was also searching for an old Dregs show I saw in Orlando in 1994 - at "Jani Lane's Sunset Strip".  A gig as sweet as cherry pie; RIP Jani.

The first time I met Rod Morgenstein was at the Thoroughbred drum expo in 1994 (Tampa, FL).  At some point I was caught in the middle of a discussion between Rod, Steve Smith, Mike Portnoy, and Sheila E.  It was unreal.  Second time I met him, the Dregs were opening for Dream Theater (2000) (this was also the second time I met Portnoy.)  Anyway, both times, Rod was very easy to relate to and just talk drums.  Super cool dude.  He's teaching at Berklee now.

Amazing post!!

Sorry I've been under the weather.  Great work dude.  It was surely 2000!  I know Dave was on bass for that show!  Incredible!!!

ROD RULES!!!!

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Posted 09 March 2018 - 01:43 AM

I saw them back when Andy West first played with them. Love The Dregs.  I had no idea they were touring. This might draw me out to my first concert since R40.

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Posted 09 March 2018 - 12:53 PM

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I saw them back when Andy West first played with them. Love The Dregs.  I had no idea they were touring. This might draw me out to my first concert since R40.

Andy West Is playing with them on this tour!!  (See the pictures above)  Don't miss them!!




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