i have been a deadhead for over 25 years. i can never let go. i go see whats left of the Dead, Phil and friends, Ratdog. The reason being is its as close as I can get to what I have loved for so long. I caught the 04 Dead tour, loved it.
The thing about Ratdog I have noticed since they formed is the music is getting slower and jazzier as time goes by.It doesnt do it for me.Im not going to no more RD shows this year.Maybe next year.
I have heard that Phil wont share the stage with Bob again.Im not sure of the whole story ,but would like to see the Dead get back together again.
Billy wont you come out and play!!!!!
Yeah, I was kind of thinking of a similar thing.
It would be neat to take some of the video on tape, have a computer generate a hologram image of Jerry, then have the Dead do a tour with Jerry actually on stage in the form of a hologram. Obviously the guitar tracks would have to be isolated from the many multi-track recordings in the vault. But it would be pretty wild. Even if he just came out for the second set, or something like that.
The problem I guess is that for some reason the "Dead" are no longer touring. I caught them in Charlotte in August '04, and couldn't understand why they called it quits. They were great.
I think the best thing out there is this website and David Gan's radio show of the Grateful Dead. There will never be another band like the Grateful Dead, but the psychedelic aspect will always be present in somebody's music. I recently went to see the police and walking in my footsteps was very psychedelic in my opinions, sure it wasn't drums/space but Sting and the sidemen knew what they're doing in taking the music somewhere. I really got dis-enfranchised with the scene by 1995. I got tired of all the folks who attended shows NOT for the music but for everything else, frat boys, activists, dealers both legal and illegal. I simply wanted to go to a concert, not really a festival. Sure, there were lots of good folks there , but it was getting out of hand, and if Garcia didn't pass there probably would have to be a hiatus at some point. I really wanted to hear a studio album, beucase there was going to be so much good music on that album. I really would like some audio engineers to try to isolate some of jerry's tracks from any multi-track live recording and try to make that last album with the rest of the band. Sure , everybody would call it a sell out, but I'll buy it; oops I forgot about vince, they'll have to do it with "long way to go home" . That was a great song becuase Garcia got to do the role that he hasn't done since the days of pig pen, accompanyment striaght forward...I think my fav is deer creek 93 for long way to go home. Garcia's guitar playing was really good on that tune.
I wish that for just one time, You could stand inside my shoes, and for just that one moment, I could be you - Bob Dylan, Positively 4th St.
Mozart is also not actually around now either, and yet you rarely hear people suggest that those who like Mozart (Powdered-Wig Heads?) "get over it". The point is to try and be happy and help others do the same during the brief moment in the sun that we have. If something makes you happy and hurts no one else, it is in my opinion a good thing. If someone doesn't want to be part of that well I wish them luck on their chosen path.
At 10,000 Lakes Festival there is one band whose t- shirts you see everywhere you look. Old shirts, brand new shirts on young and old alike. The Good Old Grateful Dead. Lots of the folks wearing them were too young to have seen them. The spirit lives on; the tradition continues. Jamming, dancing, the sound of sweet guitars, smiles and joy in the air.
Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)
Walt Whitman-Song of Myself
what were we talking about again?
at least your paying attention. besides i copied it because we ARE thinking the exact same thing. who are these supposed "heads' that are telling us to move on. apparently EMPTY heads. the dead is just too deep to leave behind.
nothing left to do but smile, smile, smile
you totally freaked me out... (in a good way)
I'm reading what you wrote, thinking, damn, this sounds familiar?? (confused look, the wheels in my head turning) wow, I think EXACTLY the same thing...
then I realized you cut and pasted it.
(heart beats / pulse slowing down...)
it ain't over till we say its over!
get on with which part of my life??
with all due respect to a 'former' deadhead, fuck that.
what am I going to do? put on a fucking suit and tie and become the MAN?
what am I going to do? change my philosophy of life? -- which, ironically, includes respect for how others choose to live their lives...
so if one wishes to tell another to 'get on with their life', I'll politely listen and after I politely listen, I'll say, "fuck that" that is the NYC deadhead in me. ( -:
but it ain't none of my business how others choose to be or what they choose to do... it is called freedom of personal choice.
I really don't get their opinion... I really don't understand their point. what is over? the shows with Jerry? the shows with Brent? Vince? well shit, the shows with Keith and Donna, and Pig Pen were over long ago, too. What is over? the Grateful Dead as we once knew it?
as long as the music exists to sooth my soul, I will always be a deadhead and always be on the bus.
and it ain't like I don't listen to other music, I certainly do, always have always will. and it ain't like I don't go listen to other bands play, always have always will.
marye, what is their point? I really don't get it.
I would submit that some people who have left the dead in their wake, may never have really saw the light, or perhaps never really 'got it' . case by case, of course.
here hear. my sentiments exactly, especially the nyc head portion known as fuck that!!!!!!
nothing left to do but smile, smile, smile
i have listened to the dead most of my 26 years but i never experienced a dead show. i have experienced the sense of community, love, people looking out for one another, and thousands of people dancing to the same music in the middle of the woods or the middle of a city. that's what it's all about and it's not ever going to be over for me....