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‘Fare Thee Well’ Grateful Dead 50th Anniversary Shows Here We Come!

25 Jun

June 19, 1995 that was the first and last time I would see the Grateful Dead. Bob Dylan opened, I was with my childhood best friend and his Father (who took us) and what an experience it was…..at 13! Thanks Mom and Dad for letting me go to the show!

Fast forward 20 years and one week later and after losing count of the amount of The Dead, Furthur, Rat Dog, Phil & Friends, Mickey Hart Band, Dark Star Orchestra, etc. shows I’ve been to, it’s just shy of 24 hours until I board a plane to San Francisco to catch the two Fare Thee Well shows at Levi’s Stadium. While it won’t be the Chicago experience, it will be an amazing experience that I can’t wait to be a part of and perhaps even better given that it’s a short distance from the origin of the Grateful Dead.

Peace + Love + Music

Where are you going to be 4th of July Weekend? CHICAGO for the Grateful Dead

16 Jan

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Music fans unite! July 3-5 Soldier Field, Chicago, be there. The four remaining members of the Grateful Dead (Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann) will get the band back together with a little help from some mighty talented friends including Trey Anastasio sitting on guitar and Bruce Hornsby and Jeff Chimenti on keys. It was July 9, 1995 the scene of what would be Jerry Garcia’s final show before passing and fitting that they return to that very place for these final three shows. Read more HERE from Billboard.

For me, it was June 19, 1995, Giants Stadium. My one and only Grateful Dead show. Bob Dylan opened. That memory has been with me ever since and at every The Dead, Furthur, Phil & Friends, Ratdog, Bob Weir, Dark Star Orchestra, Mickey Hart Band show I’ve attended since. I just hope I’m lucky enough to make it back for these final three shows.

Furthur – 9 22 10 – The Joint – Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas – Set List and Recap

23 Sep

Furthur - The Joint - Hard Rock Hotel - Las Vegas

Last night I had the opportunity to catch Furthur at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas and what a show it was.  Sure the guys are showing their age (and not just by using teleprompters) but they can still jam and put on one heck of a performance.  Opening with “Feel Like A Stranger” and hearing “Brown Eyed Women” were my highlights of the first set while the second set was just amazing.  Hard to pick just a couple favorites but “St. Stephen” and a cover of Pink Floyd’s “Time” rise to the top for me. 

Gone are the days of bands making an evening out of a concert and performing two sets so every time it happens I relish those shows and wish it was a staple of every show. 

Set 1
Feel Like a Stranger
After Midnight
Brown-Eyed Women
Colors of the Rain
Deal
I Need a Miracle
Black-Throated Wind
Loose Lucy

Set 2
Jack Straw
Bertha
Shakedown
Wharf Rat
Time
Dark Star 1
St. Stephen
Wheel
Standing Down the Moon
Going Down the Road

Encore:
Midnite Hour

It was a packed house and a great evening for jamming mixed in with a Bill Walton sighting and man how much John Kadlecik sounds like Jerry.