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The Warehouse
New Orleans, Louisiana

For our Dead of the Day we head back to the show on the eve of the Dead’s Bourbon Street bust. It also happened to not only be TC’s last show with the band, but also the opening of the famed Warehouse in New Orleans. On that evening, Casey Jones got things going as the boys warmed up through the first four tunes. These songs are all great with, for instance, a luscious run in Me And Uncle, a fine Black Peter, and a raging Hard To Handle. But the China Cat is where things really start to turn up. It contains all the joyous energy of late-60s versions, but the breezy psychedelia of those earlier years is maturing into...