Watch “New Minglewood Blues,” thanks to LazyLightning55a:Watch John Mayer’s guitar solo for “Such A Night” below, courtesy of Dianna Hank:Check out the full gallery below, courtesy of Andrew Blackstein!Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | Brooklyn Bowl | NYC | 10/13/17Set One (9:36PM – 11:30PM)Jam @ ->Greatest Story Ever Told # >CandymanFeel Like A Stranger $Loser % ->Crazy FingersCosmic Charlie (SM/JR) ^ ->Jam ->Althea &Set Two (11:36PM – 1:24AM)Jam * ->Here Comes Sunshine + ->New Minglewood Blues @@Golden Road To Unlimited Devotion >Jam ## ->Lazy Lightning $$ ->China Doll %% (TH) ->Marco Solo ->There is a Mountain ^^ ->I Know You RiderENC:Marco Solo ->Such A Night & ->Franklin’s Tower &@ – With The Wheel Teases (Band)# – With an Unknown Tease (MB) and The Wheel Teases (TH)$ – With a “Chameleon” (Herbie Hancock) Tease (either SM or TH)% – With a “Nothing Else Matters” (Metallica) Tease (TH)^ – First Time Played by Almost Dead& – With John Mayer on Guitar* – With “Serpentine Fire (Earth, Wind & Fire) Teases & China Cat Teases (Band). With John Mayer on Guitar+ – With a Marco Solo that included a Cosmic Charlie Tease. With John Mayer on [email protected]@ – With a West LA Fadeaway Tease (MB). With John Mayer on Guitar## – With teases / jams of Uncle John’s, “Jolene” (American Babies), Ruben & Cerise, Playin in the Band & The Wheel if not more$$ – Not played by Almost Dead since 2016.02.14 at Higher Ground, Winooski, VT, a gap of 57 shows%% – First Time Played by Almost Dead, with teases of “No Quarter” (Led Zeppelin), “Run Like Hell” (Pink Floyd) & something else that I can’t read from my notes :/^^ – Donovan cover, very short, just the ChorusJoe Russo’s Almost Dead | Brooklyn Bowl | NYC | 10/13/17 | Photos by Andrew Blackstein Load remaining images On the fifth night of “Fall Ball,” Joe Russo’s Almost Dead welcomed a familiar face to the stage, the one and only John Mayer. Almost exactly a year after their first-ever collaboration, Joe Russo, Marco Benevento, Tom Hamilton, Dave Dreiwitz, and Scott Metzger welcomed the Dead & Company guitarist and vocalist to close the first set with an 18+ minute “Althea.” Appropriately, fans were giddy in shock and awe as the guitarists traded licks and smiles, but interestingly not vocals.Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Busts Out Rare Radiohead Cover During A Wild Night 4 At Brooklyn BowlJohn Mayer returned to the stage for a scorching second set, joining the band in true jam fashion that eventually segued into “Here Comes Sunshine” and “New Minglewood Blues.” Watching the guest guitarist perform alongside the Grateful Dead reinventors brought true joy to those in attendance—as the band before the audience’s eyes is, by definition, a direct result of the music-loving souls in that very room. The Fall Ball is the Autumnal cousin of the annual Freak’s Ball, organized by the famous Freaks List of New York. The Almost Dead originally formed as a one-off band for the 2013 edition of the long-running Freaks Ball, and the band holds a special relationship with the group of fans who helped mold them. It’s only appropriate that the band still successfully exists, selling out show after show, welcoming an impressive roster of Grateful Dead, and company, members along the way—and that we get to celebrate the fact together at this semi-annual shindig.The second set continued in high gear, with the rebirth of “Lazy Lightning,” which had not been played by the Almost Dead since Valentines Day of 2016 at Higher Ground, Winooski, VT. The quintet also debuted their version of “China Doll,” with teases of Led Zeppelin‘s “No Quarter” and Pink Floyd‘s “Run Like Hell.” The second set closed with an enormous “I Know You Rider,” before the band and their special guest returned for another satisfying encore. After a beautiful piano solo from Marco, the band and Mayer delivered a soul-stirring version of Dr. John‘s “Such A Night” before closing Friday night with a huge “Franklin’s Tower.” While John Mayer’s sit-in was certainly appreciated, JRAD fans agree that the core five are best influenced by their own synergy. Part of what makes the band so special is their intention to launch songs with surprise twists and turns, and their ability to do that is severely limited by an “other” on the stage. Despite that fact, we’ll welcome John Mayer’s May-RAD any time—or at the very least, once a year.Joe Russo’s Almost Dead returns to the stage tonight for their sixth and final sold-out night of Fall Ball at the Brooklyn Bowl.Watch “Althea” below, courtesy of TimeZonerTV:Thanks to Moni Hampton, you can watch “Here Comes Sunshine” and “Franklin’s Tower” below:
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The SupplierIn between juggling nonstop phone calls, eating breakfast at his desk and barking out orders to his assistant, Spider, tattoo tycoon Carlo Fodera, recalls how after he helped lobby New York City to legalize tattooing in 1997, he launched his tattoo supply company to help the influx of new artists. “All the talented guys and ladies could not find equipment on their own,” says Fodera, better known as Coney Island Carlo, who also has a line of spirits of the same name. Back when the 49-year-old started tattooing in ’77, the old timers made scoring needles, ink and other gear tricky. So once the industry went mainstream, he set up Technical Tattoo Supply 15 years ago in West Babylon. He now counts customers worldwide among his clientele, who mostly buy more than 100,000 bottles of ink a year, much of it made on Long Island. He also owns Studio Enigma, a chain of tattoo shops in New York City. “We take pride in making a quality product,” he says. “We have a lot of fun here, but we’re also a serious business.”The ArtistFainters. Requests for massive tattoos shrunk to the size of a quarter. Customers taking off more clothes than required. Covering up homemade tattoos gone bad. After nearly 20 years of tattooing hundreds, if not thousands of people with Brooklyn-style flash at Lone Wolf Tattoo in Bellmore, Ron Bianco, who bought the shop three years ago, has seen it all. “With what we have at our fingertips now, the amount of research you can do while riding an elevator, there’s no reason for someone to get a crappy tattoo,” Bianco says while inking a black griffin across this reporter’s chest. “They should research and know where they’re going and who they’re going to and everyone should have beautiful tattoos.” But, as Bianco puts it: “People get, like, really weird when it’s tattoo time.” There are no-shows. Reality TV fans who think big tattoos only take a half hour. And the guy who requested his then-girlfriend’s name while planning for the inevitable breakup by also bringing a sketch of a car that Bianco later covered it with. Despite his unconventional line of work, he’s living the American dream. “I got two kids, two cats, a wife and a house,” he says between dabs. “They call me ‘Regular Ron.’”The AficionadoShortly after she turned 20, Gigi Becker of Huntington got the itch for her first tattoo, a little red heart on her shoulder. Twenty more tats followed two years later. And, after a lull, an all-out ink-fest broke out five years ago, with work on her legs, arms, neck, abdomen and a large tree reaching from her side to across her back. “I can’t even draw a stick figure,” she jokes. “I pay people to be artistic for me.” A few, like a pink cupcake on her hand, match her friends’. She has a tattoo key to a tattoo heart that is painted on her husband—his only body art. While most people compliment her on her stars, rainbows, fish and owls—often getting more touchy feely than she’d prefer—the 39-year-old office manager still faces the occasional critic. “Oh my God, I can’t believe you did this to your body!” she recalls one woman yelling. “What does your mother think? What are you going to do when you get older!?” As taking thousands of electrically charged needle pricks gives tattoo aficionados thick skin, Becker brushes it off. As for the cost, she echoes signs often found hanging in tattoo shops: “Good tattoos aren’t cheap and cheap tattoos aren’t good.”The RemoverFor someone who owns a tattoo removal shop, perhaps the most striking thing about Bethany Cirlin is how many she has of her own—including one on her arm she’s also having lightened with lasers to prep for a new cover-up tat. “I’ve always been obsessed with tattoos, and anyone who’s had a tattoo has had a bad one,” she says while sitting in the Zen-inspired waiting room of #cleancanvasmoreart at The Laser Spa, formerly a medi-spa before she switched it to tattoo removal full-time this spring. “The fact that it can be taken off is a phenomenon. It used to be permanent.” The lightening process can take up to two years, depending upon immunities, skin tone, placement and ink; blue and green, for example, are tougher. Among the most common tattoos removed are names either misspelled or of ex-lovers. There’s also the occasional regretted racist tattoo. She thinks of her work as therapeutic, but she doesn’t pry. She also offers free removal of radiation-mapping tattoos for cancer survivors—dot-sized markers sometimes required to assist therapists in aiming the radiation. Although the laser is painful, she notes the payoff is worthwhile. “Living with something on your body that you hate—that never goes away,” she says.