What's he up to these days?
Check this article on dead.net written by Blair Jackson about Dose Hermanos
TC doing the Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, I can only imagine. Saw a TV show about the Big Fitz once, including a profile of Edmund himself who never got over the tragedy, so they say, and it's sort of a sob-all-the-way-through-it kind of deal. And I don't think they've ever figured out what went wrong.
In this review of the first 40th Anniversary "Heroes of Woodstock" tour, TC gets another good review. The passage about TC in the article reads:
"Constanten's brief opening solo set began with an instrumental version of The Grateful Dead's "Mountains of the Moon" from "Aoxomoxoa," one of the three albums he recorded with the band from 1968-70.
The song began with gently arpeggiated chords and bass, transitioned into a more aggressive attack and then pulled back as Constanten switched to a playful touch with his playing.
"Thank you for coming to experience this traveling time capsule from 40 years ago," he said after "Mountains of the Moon." "Some of the songs we did were revolutionary, some were classic and some were both."
He then played Chopin's Revolutionary Etude, Opus 10, No. 12, which stood out for its quick and intricate left-hand bass runs supported by right-hand chording.
Constanten closed his set with a medley of The Grateful Dead's "Dark Star" — performed as an instrumental — and Gordon Lightfoot's "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald," which featured his thin but dramatically invested singing voice.
After he coughed a few times following one verse, Constanten nearly lost his voice at the end of the song, but he used the hoarseness it now possessed to underscore the somber reality of the crew's death in the final two verses."
See entire article linked above.
to a headline, link and abstract, because posting entire copyrighted articles here without the permission of the copyright holder is a problem. Thanks to Doug for bringing the story to our attention!
Constanten’s ‘long, strange trip’ continues
By ANDREW S. HUGHES Tribune Staff Writer
Although The Grateful Dead built its reputation and fan base as a live act, Tom Constanten always felt more comfortable in the studio during his tenure with the band. “I felt better in the studio because I didn’t have the sound problems I had onstage,” he says by telephone from his home in Charlotte, N.C.
(story continues on Tribune site)
Seen TC sit in with dark star orcestra at nelsons ledges about 7 years ago, did a wicked set! Help/slipknot/franklins was exceptionally excellent.!!!
with the tricksters....they should compliment each other well
THIRD EYE ENTERTAINMENT
QUADLIBET for TENDER FEET
THE 40th ANNIVERSARY of the Grateful Dead at Fillmore West March 2, 1969
The Zen Tricksters
with special guest TOM CONSTANTEN
and Joe Chirco
will perform the entire show forty years to the day on March 2, 2009
at Mexicali Live 1409 Queen Anne Road Teaneck, NJ 07666
Show Date: MARCH 2, 2009
Tickets: $13.50 ADV $20.00 DOS
Online ticketing: www.mexicalilive.com
Venue phone 1-201-833-0011
Show end: 11:55pm
Band website: www.zentricksters.com
Promoter website: www.myspace.com/thirdeyeentprod
Promoter email: email@example.com
1. Dark Star
2. St. Stephen
3. The Eleven
4. Turn On Your Love Light
1. Doin' That Rag
2. That’s It For The Other One
3. Death Don't Have No Mercy
4. Morning Dew
4. Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks)
6. We Bid You Goodnight
does the psychedelic keyboard trio have any music out for us to hear?