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Filling the Big Shoes...

By suggestion: so, the surviving members reunite. Who should be on lead guitar and why?

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as for the movie - I was

as for the movie - I was reminded visually of the energy Jerry once had that was so sadly lacking in the final days - it actually made me sad --what a waste

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don't replace, just embrace

Nothing can replace Jerry. Period. Instead, the remaining members should embrace the sound in their own light in moving forward, perhaps celebrating the sound that Jerry created, not so much duplicating him with a 'replacement'. Yet, the remaining members are just the passionate creative types to actually not give in to finding a 'replacement' but someone who is a creative extension of their sound.

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one more thing...

i too saw the movie last night. man, those ARE big shoes to fill. what is it about jerry that turned on so many? i think that what made jerry such an amazing artist, was not just his talent, lots of people have talent, but how you felt like you knew jerry, and i mean personally, just by hearing him play. that might be every artists goal, but oh so few can really do it. do you ever just sit back and wonder how lucky we were!

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surviving members...

mary's question is good, but the thing is, when may they get back together? also, i wonder why this band doesn't have mickey and billy. were they not asked, or were they asked but they were busy doing their own thing, or just didn't want to commit the time that this band is putting in. i don't know. someone does. what's the REAL story. (speaking of REAL stories, i never heard why kimock split with phil)
i haven't had the chance to see this band, but the reviews have been splendid. i did get to see jk play with dso on a few occasions, and that really left me empty. i saw one show in particular that i was very familiar with, so that was kind of a bummer. everyone around me loved it, but i knew the real show, and their version was just weak. i know it's an unfair comparison, but that's what we heads love to talk about. i haven't heard dso with mattson yet, but people i know who really like dso say jeff plays circles around jk, but i want to check it out myself. i've seen almost every version of phil, my favorite SHOW being one with warren/jimmy, but i won't say that was my favorite group. i really got into the variety phil kept coming up with. the most resent version of the dead, w/warren, had everyone saying, just like now, that THIS incarnation is the best yet. we seem to hear that a lot over the years, the most recent is the best. SO, IF the survivors do get back together, who would i want??? i can't vote for jk just yet cause i haven't seen him with phil and bobby, so i'm kind of still wondering. i did see a new years show with the survivors plus jimmy, it was great, but jimmy bores me to tears with widespread, so i have to think it just might be the band, not just him.

everyone seems to love jk, is there anyone out there who isn't???

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true enough

and honestly (having seen the movie last night too) I think John K. would be at the front of the line saying the same. The thing that really struck me at his first Furthur show was not so much how he was a Jerry clone as how he was someone who spoke the Jerry idiom, though, and that was a GREAT thing to have in that band.

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Those Are Pretty Big Shoes

I went to see the showing of the Grateful Dead Movie last night.

Seeing Jerry in his prime reminded me that no one can fill his shoes, period. I happen to enjoy this version of Furthur, but it simply is unfair to compare John K. to Jerry. However, that doesn't prevent me from getting into Furthur and appreciating John's contributions, as well as seeing Phil and Bobby still playing the music that we all love.

"Sometimes the songs that we hear are just songs of our own."

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Do your self a favor..

The music is all right I just think this band Furthur is way better than what were getting.

Go to archives.org and seek out the DSO show with Jeff Mattson from April 15, 2011 now stream Slipknot, that is what it's supposed to sound like.

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JK is the man for the job

saw many many g-dead shows over the years, saw rat dog many times, Phil and friends many times, saw dead with Warren and after evaluating it all Furthur is the best since Gerry left us.
I've been to at least one show on every tour and they just keep getting tighter and tighter playing together. Saw them twice in March and folks if you never saw the Grateful Dead this is as close as you can get to the "Music" JK is the man for the job. Can't wait to see them this summer!

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YMMV

I don't think it's fair to compare Furthur to the Dead. JK is doing a fantastic job. The music is vibrant and energized. BUt JK is an artist in his own right; even though he maybe started as a Jerry clone, he is developing his own voice. Personally I think it's a great thing to see (hear).

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