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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.

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Joined: May 26 2007
the preceding has been edited

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!

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Joined: Jun 5 2007

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)

Joined: Jan 11 2009

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.!!!

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Joined: Dec 26 2007

with the tricksters....they should compliment each other well

Joined: Jun 4 2007
THE 40th ANNIVERSARY Grateful Dead at Fillmore West 3.2.69


THE 40th ANNIVERSARY of the Grateful Dead at Fillmore West March 2, 1969

The Zen Tricksters
with special guest TOM CONSTANTEN
(Grateful Dead)
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:
Venue phone 1-201-833-0011
Doors: 7:00pm
Show: 8:00pm
Show end: 11:55pm

Band website:
Promoter website:
Promoter email:


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

1. Alligator
2. Drums
3. Jam
4. Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks)
5. Feedback
6. We Bid You Goodnight

Joined: Nov 20 2008

does the psychedelic keyboard trio have any music out for us to hear?

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Joined: Jun 5 2007
Upcoming shows w/TC

Please join us at Reggie’s (22nd & State in Chicago) for a very special post-Phil Lesh & Friends show with one time Grateful Dead keyboardist Tom Constanten and Chicago’s Terrapin Flyer...The Phil Lesh show will be just down the street at the Charter One Pavillion and we will be taking the Reggie’s bus to and from the show. Just park at Reggie’s and we will take you to the show and drive you back for the show with Tom Constanten. Save yourself the cost of paying for parking and get on the bus! Please call Reggie’s for the bus schedule and to reserve a space.

For the past 8 years, Terrapin Flyer has drawn from a revolving cast of the Chicago local music scene and includes current and former members of The Dark Star Orchestra, Cornmeal, Jack Straw and other prominent local musicians. Frequently the band pairs up with legends in the world of music. Previous tours have included fomer Grateful Dead keyboardist Vince Welnick and with Jerry Garcia Band organist Melvin Seals. Terrapin Flyer has been performing with Tom Constanten since June of 2006.

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Joined: Jun 5 2007
3/20/08 Video

The genius that is TC:

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Joined: May 26 2007
and many more!

Happy Beatle birthday...


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