Last night I saw the Dixie Dregs at the Park West in Chicago. Everyone got a double-dose of Morse as it was the Steve Morse Band opening for the Dregs. Both shows were great! They aren't promoting a new album, so there weren't many surprises. However, the Dregs played Mahavishnu's "Celestial Terrestrial Commuters" which was a big surprise, and very cool. Morse plays on that tune for the upcoming Mahanishnu tribute album. "Rising Power" was the highlight of the SMB set for me. They always stretch that tune out live. In the Dregs set, "Kat Food", "Ice Cakes", "Celestial Terrestrial Commuters", and "Kashmir" were all particularly awesome. Morse played a purple sunburst Ernie Ball with white trim and white pickups on a couple of tunes as well. For the Dregs encore, Van Romaine (drums with SMB) came out and did a drum duet with Rod Morgenstein.Very cool! The rest of the band then came out and they did "Bloodsucking Leeches" with both drummers. They've done that before when SMB has opened for the Dregs; it was awesome as always.
It was great to see Morse and the Dregs again. They haven't been through Chicago in a few years if I'm not mistaken. The official Steve Morse website has lots of pictures and setlists covering practically every Morse and Dregs tour ever. All Morse fans need to check it out. They will get some submissions regarding this show I'm sure.