The Grateful Dead [dead.net] are back, minus Jerry Garcia. The band has gotten together at various points over the years under the moniker The Other Ones. Now they’ve launched a U.S. tour for the first time since Jerry’s death.
Last night they played in Washington D.C. – a 3+ hour show including an intermission set played by Robert Hunter.
I guess it’s no surprise that if I’ll travel from Austin to London to meet you guys in a pub that I have no problem flying to D.C. for one night for a concert!
I grew up in D.C., and I spent my early adult years as a fan of the Dead; friends and I saw them play probably two dozen times. So when we heard about the new tour we decided to meet in D.C. for a show. Tickets went on sale the day of PubConference – so while I was deep in some of the best SEO conversations I’ve ever had, my friend was in line for Other Ones tickets.
I flew up to D.C. yesterday, saw the show, closed out our favorite old bar after the show, and flew back today. Fabulous!
Msg#: 3659 posted 12:06 pm on Nov 17, 2002 (gmt 0)
Never was a huge fan, but came to at least appreciate them during college. The only show I ever saw was at Madison Square Garden. My friend worked for a big bank, and we got their sky box...champagne and expensive hors d'oeuvres all on the company ticket...;) Probably not the proper way to see the Dead, but fun nonetheless.
They sounded pretty good, although it seemed like they were still working out the kinks. Musically they were great; technically they had a few glitches. Phil was not pleased with the levels on his guitar (he kept motioning to someone offstage) and they could've turned up the treble a bit on the vocals.
A majority of the songs they played were ones that would have Bob on the vocals ... they didn't avoid all of Jerry's songs, but they definitely favored Bob's.
It was amusing to look at the crowd; nearly 10 years older and an average of 10 lbs heavier. I guess everyone got jobs and started eating. ;)
Msg#: 3659 posted 10:14 pm on Nov 17, 2002 (gmt 0)
I guess everyone got jobs and started eating.
Naw... all the younger Deadhead set hopped off the bus in the Pacific Northwest to sell recreational substances, panhandle, and boycott the hairbrush industry. ;) (Nice thing about Alaska: too cold to attract many neo-hippie panhandlers.)