After 21 fantastic nights of music in 16 different states across the country, Tedeschi Trucks Band’s third annual “Wheels of Soul” tour is now in the rearview. The summer 2017 iteration of Tedeschi Trucks Band’s multi-band tour proved to be the biggest and most successful “Wheels of Soul” voyage to date. With support from “masters of soulful folk” The Wood Brothers and “psychedelic-blues institution” Hot Tuna, husband-and-wife bandleaders Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi and their well-oiled 12-piece outfit consistently shattered personal records throughout the tour.Over the course of their month-long run, TTB sold out shows in 10 of the 20 cities visited, brought in thousands of fans to large outdoor venues like Saratoga Performing Arts Center and Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center, and performed more than 70 different songs—from time-tested originals to covers of classics by the likes of the Derek & Eric Clapton, Miles Davis, Jefferson Airplane and beyond—continuing to affirm their stature as one of the most exciting, soulful live bands on the road today.In addition to Tedeschi Trucks Band’s ever-increasing abilities as a cohesive unit, the outfit’s third “Wheels of Soul” outing further cemented the annual tour’s reputation as a unique and unmatched collaborative summer musical experience. On multiple occasions throughout the tour, Derek and Susan welcomed their supporting bands onstage to team up on songs by everyone from B.B. King to Paul McCartney to Jefferson Airplane.The collaborations came to a peak at the band’s sold-out two-night run at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado. In addition to The Wood Brothers and Hot Tuna, Tedeschi Trucks band was joined over the course of the weekend by renowned jam scene elder statesmen like John Medeski of Medeski Martin & Wood and John Bell of Widespread Panic. You can check out never-before-seen pro-shot footage of collaborations from Tedeschi Trucks Band’s two-night Red Rocks run below:Tedeschi Trucks Band’s backstage rehearsal of Bob Dylan’s “Down Along The Cove” with Widespread Panic’s John Bell at Red Rocks:Pro-shot footage of Tedeschi Trucks Band covering The Rolling Stones’ “Sweet Virginia” at Red Rocks with help from The Wood Brothers:Along with the litany of exciting collaborations, this summer’s “Wheels of Soul” tour held a unique emotional significance for the band due the many legendary musicians who passed away earlier in the year. That list includes Dereks’ uncle Butch Trucks and Gregg Allman (both of whom Derek played for many years in the Allman Brothers Band) as well as “grandfather of the jam scene” Col. Bruce Hampton, who was sharing the stage with Trucks and scores of other musicians when he drew his final breath during the encore of his 70th birthday celebration in May. The band used the “Wheels of Soul” tour as a vehicle to cope with these losses, breaking out Allmans live staples like “Whipping Post,” “Ain’t Wastin No More Time,” and “Statesboro Blues” and dedicating a cover of Conway Twitty’s “Don’t Cry No More” to Col. Bruce during their performance at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre, where Hampton gave his now-legendary final performance.“Performing is healing, for everyone on stage,” explains Trucks, “It’s important to get out and play; there is definitely something cathartic about it. You can feel it in the audience, too. People like Bruce and Butch and Gregg, they meant a lot to a lot of people. When you acknowledge those things and play that music, it helps a lot of people in a lot of ways.”In addition to paying their respects to the fallen greats, the band also dedicated a performance of “Song For You” to their keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist Kofi Burbridge, who was on leave from the band for the extent of the tour after suffering a heart attack earlier this summer but is expected to make a full recovery.“Wheels of Soul” 2017 was also successful in its charitable efforts throughout the summer. As part of an initiative with the tour’s nonprofit partner, Craft for Causes, local craft brewers created a limited edition “Wheels of Soul”-themed beer in their taprooms for each of the tour’s stops. Proceeds from the sale of these local brews benefitted the Mr. Hollands Opus Foundation, a national nonprofit that works to promote and preserve music education and provide musical instruments to underprivileged youths. 40 different breweries hosted launch parties for their special “Wheels of Soul” brew in the month leading up to the performances, sporting clever names like “Butch’s Brown Ale,” “All That I Need,” and “Harmonious.” The Crafts for Causes van followed behind the tour busses throughout the run, driving 14,500 miles and covering 42 states, visiting 39 different breweries along the way.Tedeschi Trucks Band will now take a brief hiatus from the road before heading back out for their 2017 Fall Tour beginning on September 15th in Birmingham, AL. The tour encompasses the band’s annual residency at the Beacon Theatre, which will include their milestone 25th performance at the storied Manhattan venue on Wednesday, October 11th. The rest of the band’s remaining schedule for the year includes performances in L.A., San Diego, Phoenix, and Portland, as well as a 2-night run in Seattle and a 3-night stand in Susan’s native Boston to cap a busy 2017. The band is also currently in the studio working on material for their next studio album, the follow-up to their acclaimed 2016 studio release, Let Me Get By, which Live For Live Music ranked among the best albums of 2016 in a year-end poll.You can see a list of upcoming Tedeschi Trucks Band tour dates below. For more information, or to purchase tickets, head to the band’s website.Upcoming 2017 Tedeschi Trucks Band Tour Dates:9/15 Birmingham, AL Alabama Theatre +9/16 New Orleans, LA Saenger Theatre9/17 Little Rock, AR Robinson Center Music Hall +9/21 Houston, TX Hobby Center #9/22 Dallas, TX Music Hall at Fair Park #9/23 Austin, TX ACL Moody Theater # sold out10/6 New York, NY Beacon Theatre +10/7 New York, NY Beacon Theatre10/10 New York, NY Beacon Theatre %10/11 New York, NY Beacon Theatre @10/13 New York, NY Beacon Theatre10/14 New York, NY Beacon Theatre11/3 Portland, OR Keller Auditorium #11/4 Seattle, WA Paramount Theatre #11/5 Seattle, WA Paramount Theater11/7 Santa Barbara, CA Arlington Theatre &11/9 San Diego, CA San Diego Civic Theatre #11/10 Los Angeles, CA Orpheum Theatre #11/11 Los Angeles, CA Orpheum Theatre &11/14 Phoenix, AZ Orpheum Theatre +11/15 Phoenix, AZ Orpheum Theatre +11/17 Oakland, CA Fox Theater #11/18 Oakland, CA Fox Theater11/30 Boston, MA Orpheum Theatre @12/1 Boston, MA Orpheum Theatre12/2 Boston, MA Orpheum Theatre+ with Greyhounds# with Hard Working Americans% with The Wood [email protected] with North Mississippi Allstars& with David Luning[Cover photo via Bill McAlaine]
The Foxes went into this game second in the table and with their boss Claudio Ranieri having promised to buy them pizza if they kept the first clean sheet of their impressive campaign. They showed little appetite for that in a poor first-half performance before once again producing a comeback to salvage something from the game – just as they have done in their last three league fixtures. Stoke, meanwhile, must reflect on a great opportunity missed to get a monkey off their back as they remain winless and in the relegation zone. They had settled into the game quickly and went 1-0 up when Marko Arnautovic deftly turned away from Ritchie De Laet on the left flank, cut inside and delivered a wonderful through ball for Bojan. The Spaniard stroked home his first goal of the season gleefully, his celebration showing his relief at being back on the scoresheet after the nightmare he has endured since sustaining a serious knee injury in January. Soon after, Stoke had another goal. Ex-Potters man Robert Huth allowed Jack Butland’s long kick upfield to bounce past him and Morgan then made a complete hash of an attempt to play the ball back to his goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel. Walters, who had dashed past Huth, seized on the loose ball and side-footed in – a moment for him to savour, coming on his return to the matchday squad after a second bid for him from Norwich was rejected. Stoke were almost in again as Walters and Marco van Ginkel just failed to touch in a Geoff Cameron cross, before Butland produced a great save to turn N’Golo Kante’s shot around the post. High-flying Leicester maintained their unbeaten start to the season as a second-half fightback secured them a 2-2 draw at Stoke, denying the Potters their first 2015-16 Barclays Premier League win. Things suddenly became less comfortable for Stoke shortly after the restart as Arnautovic bundled over Danny Drinkwater and Mahrez fired in the resulting penalty, his fifth goal of the season. The in-form Butland then pulled off another fine stop to keep out Vardy’s shot before Xherdan Shaqiri fired across Schmeichel’s goal. Vardy then drew things level with his fourth goal of the season, holding off Erik Pieters and scuffing a shot beyond Butland. Stoke threatened again as Cameron headed wide and Schmiechel kept out a Shaqiri free-kick. Vardy then almost won it at the death but his shot went narrowly wide. TWEET OF THE MATCH “Is this really happening again? Leicester 2 down at halftime are back on level terms.” – Gary Lineker, as always, is left surprised by Leicester, one way or another. PLAYER RATINGS Stoke Jack Butland: 8 (out of 10) Glen Johnson: 6 Erik Pieters: 6 Geoff Cameron: 6 Marc Wilson: 6 Glenn Whelan: 6 Marco van Ginkel: 6 Marko Arnautovic: 6 Xherdan Shaqiri: 6 Bojan Krkic: 7 Jonathan Walters: 6 Subs Peter Crouch: 6 Stephen Ireland: 6 Peter Odemwingie: 6 Leicester Kasper Schmeichel: 7 Ritchie De Laet: 6 Robert Huth: 6 Wes Morgan: 6 Jeff Schlupp: 6 N’Golo Kante: 6 Danny Drinkwater: 6 Gokhan Inler: 5 Riyad Mahrez: 7 Jamie Vardy: 8 Shinji Okazaki: 6 Subs Marc Albrighton: 6 Leonardo Ulloa: 6 Andy King: 6 STAR PLAYER Jamie Vardy: The England forward continues to impress. Was a key man in Leicester’s second-half comeback, and almost added to his equaliser with a late winner, shooting just wide. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Bojan Krkic: Hands on head and smiling broadly, the playmaker had a look of pure joy – mixed with a fair degree of relief – as he celebrated after scoring. Will be hoping his injury problems are now well and truly behind him. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Stoke boss Mark Hughes appeared furious at his team not getting a free-kick in the build-up to Leicester’s leveller, but will surely be most livid at the Potters throwing away the opportunity to chalk up their first league win of 2015-16. Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri, while pleased to come away with a point and keep the momentum going, may be annoyed that again his men had to come from behind to get a result. A consolation on that front is that he will not have to act on his pre-match promise of buying his players pizza if they kept a clean sheet. MOAN OF THE MATCH Leicester are yet to register a shut-out this term and had the added incentive going into this contest of the reward of food – but you would not know it judging by the way Robert Huth, a former Stoke player no less, and Foxes captain Wes Morgan conducted themselves in the build-up to Stoke’s second goal. Sloppy. WHO’S UP NEXT Fulham v Stoke (Capital One Cup, September 22) Leicester v West Ham (Capital One Cup, September 22) The hosts had been firmly in control, taking the lead in the 13th minute when the fit-again Bojan Krkic – making his first league start in eight months – slotted home, before Jonathan Walters pounced on a Wes Morgan error to make it 2-0 seven minutes later. But Leicester reduced the deficit in the 51st minute through Riyad Mahrez’s penalty and Jamie Vardy then notched the equaliser in the 69th. Press Association
Ciara Everard finished last in her heat for 800 metre heats – while in the men’s 110 metre hurdles Ben Reynolds came 7th in his his heat which wasn’t enough to qualify.Later today Waterford’s Kelly Proper will compete in the Women’s 200 metre heats shortly after noon, Irish time.