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Going Furthur...

Whatever the current version of Furthur is up to, discuss it here!

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you Primus fans

we DO have a Les Claypool topic that would benefit from your input...

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Hey Critter - so you're a percussionist, eh? I think between you and me and JackStraw we could add some pretty great sounds in there. Furthur should definitely consider hiring us!

P.S. I like Primus too. Go Jay!

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Less is More

Well good, cuz I totally agree with you both that having one drummer will be special, and it's a different band and approach. I'm a percussionist as well, and I would love to see the Rythym Devils with Furthur, but I think with this band, the new "fresh" approach" really works. If you go back and listen to the single drummer approach with just Billy (I love Mickey!) it is really unique and powerful in it's own way. So in essence I'm torn between "just copying the GD sound" as jackstraw put it, which I do not at all think they are doing, with two drummers or just expanding that musical horizon with one.

I mean if you listen to the Venetta shows....listen to how stretched out and jammy it is with only a single drummer....Awesome. http://www.archive.org/details/gd72-08-27.sbd.braverman.16582.sbefail.shnf

Also, I really miss drumz/space even if it's somewhat abbreviated...I was always the one who didn't go to the bathroom at this point at a GD show. SO I think one drummer will be awesome with Furthur!

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Seems if they wanted to add another drummer that person should be more of a percussionist than what Molo would bring to the table. Not sure him and Russo would be the best pairing. One or the other sure but not together. I think Russo does great and Furthur is its own band not the Grateful Dead so in my opinion they don't always have to try to match the exact GD sound.

"Here's my half a dollar if you dare .. double twist when you hit the air. Look at Julie down below .. the levee doing the dopaso"

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lowell:)

planning to go to lowell:) looking forward indeed.......... hugs family:)

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Interesting subject you bring up, Critter. When it comes to Furthur, everyone focuses on the change in guitarist, but few comment on the changes in the rhythm section. My partner and I were lamenting the thinner sound, like the rug had been pulled out from under many songs that really require the rhythmic power that only Billy & Mickey could provide. Even with Jay, the sound of the band seemed thin compared to two drummers. That sound is so unique and a major part of what I love about the Gdead. What it lacked in consistency they made up for in sheer power. Bobby & Mickey had something really special there.

Just adding another drummer, great as Molo or Russo are, may not necessarily work. It takes time to get in synch and some guys are never gonna be able to share that role. It changes the way you approach drumming - you have to play less and intuit more. Tricky. Very few people can pull it off. And I, personally, like B&M's unconventional approach to drumming better than listening to a standard drummer. It just makes the music seem too ordinary to me which is a weird feeling!

Also, I miss the Drums>Space part. I know this is no longer the Dead, but it's good to have room for free-form improvisation that is not just jamming out a tune, especially if they're digging up such tricky compositions. Just my opinion! (Though it is a musician's opinion =)

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Can We Go Furthur?

So Jay Lane is going to Primus (wohooo in my opinion I love that band) but we are going back to the days of a single drummer here....what do you all think. I really like the idea, but also think Molo would fit perfect here.
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We may be Jumpin the Gun

But dude, Red Rocks would be awesome! Not to Mention a short stint at Alpine Valley, or even helping the folks out down south in Texas, or who knows maybe even a new outdoor venue.

I'm hoping everyone gets to see this band. Especially those who have been deprived!
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Jack! Twinz!

Jack,
Fingers crossed for Red Rocks for you!
Twinz,
See you in Lowell!
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Rosa!!!

I just noticed your comment was right above mine...Thanx for turning me on to this,Sista!!!...See you at the Ballpark!!!

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