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marye's picture
Joined: May 26 2007

So twice in the last week I've gotten into conversations with folks who were pretty intense Deadheads back in the day, and their general drift was look, the band no longer exists, they haven't played for 12 years. It is so Over. Get on with your life.

Which, of course, is a perfectly reasonable point of view.

And yet, here we are. And "we" includes people who never saw the band in the first place but definitely consider themselves on the bus now.

So what's up with this? Why are we here? Discuss...


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1EyedCheshire's picture
Joined: May 1 2009
It's the songs, stupid! (Not you Marye :)

I have come to embrace the fact that the 'Grateful Dead' is an entity that lives on in all those incredible songs. They have an enduring quality that continues to have meaning for people. They really were Built To Last!
Listening to Stu Allen rip it up at the last Jerry Day it occurred to me that Jerry's unique form of mind expanding guitar work could be thought of as a sort of spiritual or wisdom tradition wherein in a lineage of great guitar players could keep the music alive far into the future.
I think any so called Head who has decided 'it's over' probably never really went to shows for the music anyway. Not that there weren't a thousand other good reasons to go, I guess. I can understand people not wanting to look back and there's a hell of a lot of great music out there to sustain them. Hey, each to their own.

DeadGeek's picture
Joined: Dec 12 2014

I never saw Jerry.

I have a fear of buses and basically anything that resembles an "us".

A friend tells me last December "Listen to an Althea"

I was moved.

Then I came here and found a beautiful family.

I was blessed to be able to attend all 5 FTW shows.

I was changed forever.

Am I on the bus? Am I a Dead Head? I don't know but I am honored to share this earth with such a beautiful group of human beings.

iGrateful's picture
Joined: Jun 5 2007
End of the track?

I think not..for some maybe, but not me.
September will be my third straight Lockn Music Festival in VA! Great fun Great vibes Great shows!
Phil, Billy with their current bands this year...Bobby the last two as well.
Also had the opportunity to meet and converse with Sam Cuttler (former band mgr) last year. Who knows what lies ahead unless you go furthur...
Check out the 4 day many great reasons to stay on the bus!


Blue42's picture
Joined: Jun 5 2007
7-5-15 End of the track

Howdy folks,
Been a .com member for a long time, but never had much to say...until Fare The Well.
Put out for ppv for the first time for the last concert. Best 50 bucks I ever spent. It was profound for me. The Dead have been the sound track of my life since '65 and my wife and me from '72-'12. She would have liked this concert.
Wait until November for the cd/dvd release? I'll never make it!
Have some good video and instrument, but yet to find a good vocal video. The second set YouTube share of the complete second set from Zoe Alyse is the only video set I've found and the crowd sounds damp the if you were there; the vibe is like live. Got the whole soundboard audio, no vid.
YouTube is new to an old codger like me. Only Dead vids drew me in and then, not until I got a Roku Streaming Stick to access YouTube on my TV. High recommendation for a really inexpensive entertainment add-on. Just know you don't stream from your device to the TV, you get to access stuff you have "in the Cloud", which is pretty cool getting my Pandora and YouTube playlists played over good speakers and get that body feel and not just audio in my head.
You can get me at also.

Joined: Feb 21 2011
@the Fat Lady.....

....don't hear her singing yet.....

that's just Donna


marye's picture
Joined: May 26 2007

It's safe to say FTW put a different aspect on things...

mkav's picture
Joined: Jun 30 2007
life after Dead?

well, based on the phenomenal interest in Fare Thee Well before,during AND after both runs, I'd say this question is a bit premature. But if you're over it, that works for you. (the generalized "you" of course)

Drumskilz4life's picture
Joined: Mar 22 2015
It Ain't Over 'till it's Over!

It not JUST about the shows,it's a way of life.It's about Peace,Love,Harmony,Music,Family,and telling those youngsters how it was and can be again.I'm 61,seen everybody from Areosmith to Z Z Top.I have played( drums) for fun & professionally.Most of the people I hang out with are 30-40 years younger than I am.I'm the "Old Hippie" that tells stories of huge gatherings of people from all walks of life to come and hear music and dance in the isles.That there was no black,brown,yellow or white there was only US a peaceful group of like minded individuals.
I tell them we don't need no stinkin' guns.Spread the love,share the music,get involved,stand up against social injustice,Make A Difference.Pass those stories of awesome gathering and great shows on to the younger generation and have them pass it along.Is Hendrix,Janis, The Dead & Led Zeppelin still relevant? .........HELL YES
The Dude

sisterearth's picture
Joined: Nov 26 2007
thru axs account

◾Dead pre sale begins Feb 12th @ 10 a.m. CST via Dead Online Ticketing. Pre-registration is encouraged, but not required. Before checking out, all users must create an account after tickets are added and before completing the transaction.

Joined: Nov 4 2014
Fan club

I've been reading in several news articles about a fan club pre sale on feb 9-11 but there's no information confirming that on the dead50 site or the gdtstoo site. I'm a member of several GD fan clubs but am not receiving any emails or info on a presale from them. Does anyone have more info?

Thanks brothers and sisters, see you in chi town.



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