Spring guitar madness continued on Wednesday, April 15, when my wife Victoria and I saw the Derek Trucks Band in San Francisco at the Grand Ballroom of the Regency Center.
Derek and his band seem to be on tour almost constantly, and it shows in the quality of their playing - it seems as if anyone can have an idea and they all pick it up immediately like they all share the same nervous system.
What can I say about Derek Trucks? He's still in his twenties and he's been one of the world's best guitar players for about ten years already. His playing is as distinctive and recognizable as – oh, say, maybe Carlos Santana – who just so happened to show up and play the last two songs or so before the encore along with the band (his Dumble amp was on the stage from the start so it was no surprise).
The highlight of the night for me was the fifteen or twenty minute version of "My Favorite Things" patterned after the Coltrane version.
The Grand Ballroom of the Regency Center used to be the Avalon Ballroom back in the late 60's, a large part of the San Francisco music scene. It closed in '68 when they lost their lease, and then for years it was a movie theater, until 2001. I remember seeing The Nightmare Before Christmas there many years ago.