If there’s one part of the live music experience that most fans don’t like, it’s buying the tickets. High profile shows often become a mad dash to the finish line on Ticketmaster, and exorbitant fees always leave us groaning. Fortunately, Amazon is coming to the rescue with a new service, Amazon Tickets.Amazon launched “Amazon Tickets” in the UK last year, selling tickets to concerts and theater performances. By explaining fees upfront and connecting to your Amazon profile, the new Amazon Tickets platform was very well received for its initial launch. However, as recode reports, Amazon has recently put out job listings in new markets and hired new people in others, including the US, Europe and Asia.The job posting reads, “[O]ur vision goes beyond just selling tickets as we aim to disrupt the entire live entertainment experience, including what happens before, during and after the show… The ticketing business is ripe for innovation and improvement, as much of the industry has not fundamentally changed since the 1970s.”Though Ticketmaster/Live Nation do have a stronghold over the US ticket market, they would certainly face major competition from an Amazon ticketing service, especially if it is particularly well received.
Last night, Tedeschi Trucks Band continued their 2018 Wheels of Soul tour with The Marcus King Band and Drive-By Truckers at Atlanta, GA’s Fox Theater. The tour’s collaborative spirit continued in full force at the Fox, with Tedeschi Trucks Band’s Kofi Burbridge and Kebbi Williams joining the Marcus King Band for a trio of tunes to round out their opening set. Drive-By Truckers followed in kind, welcoming Williams, Derek Trucks, and Susan Tedeschi of TTB, as well as frontman Patterson Hood‘s father and legendary Muscle Shoals guitarist David Hood, for a rendition of Eddie Hinton‘s “Everybody Needs Love”.Tedeschi Trucks Band also had plenty of surprises in store for their headlining set in Atlanta. First, they welcomed longtime Derek Trucks Band percussionist Yonrico Scott to add rhythmic texture to a rendition of “Leavin’ Trunk”, written by Sleepy John Estes (as “Milk Cow Blues”) and popularized by Taj Mahal on his self-titled 1968 debut album.For the final song of their set, Tedeschi Trucks Band welcomed the biggest surprise guest of the night, guitar virtuoso Jimmy Herring. In addition to Herring’s past work with Aquarium Rescue Unit, his current gig as the lead guitarist for Widespread Panic, and much more, Herring briefly spent time with the Allman Brothers Band playing alongside Trucks. At the Fox, Jimmy and Derek traded solos on an electrifying, extended rendition of Allman Brothers classic “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed”. You can listen to full audio and watch some fan-shot footage of the Jimmy Herring sit-in below:Tedeschi Trucks Band w/ Jimmy Herring – “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” [Allman Brothers Band cover][Audio: D Fries] Finally, Mike Cooley and Patterson Hood of Drive-By Truckers joined TTB onstage for an encore rendition of Bob Dylan‘s “Going, Going, Gone”. Thanks to taper D Fries, you can also listen to full audio of all three bands’ Atlanta sets below:Wheels of Soul Tour – Marcus King Band, Drive-By Truckers, Tedeschi Trucks Band – Atlanta, GA – Full AudioThe 2018 Wheels of Soul tour continues tonight with a performance in Charlotte, NC. For a full list of upcoming dates, head here.Setlist: Tedeschi Trucks Band | Fox Theater | Atlanta, GA | 7/14/18Set: Soul Serenade, Laugh About It, Do I Look Worried, Don’t Know What It Means, Shame > Afro Blue > Shame, Lord Protect My Child, Leavin’ Trunk*, Midnight In Harlem, I Pity The Fool, I Want More > In Memory of Elizabeth Reed^Encore: Going, Going, Gone***with Yonrico Scott^with Jimmy Herring**with Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley (Drive-By Truckers)[H/T JamBuzz]