By excellent suggestion, this topic is a place for the folks who are planting and cultivating the various vines to say hi and talk amongst themselves!
Last year, they were rockin, and it was funny but not everyone knew the songs....just felt the vibe. It was the closest I've come to a Dead experience that I've been to in about 4 1/2 years. ABB baby, cuz I'm always tied to the Whip Post. _____________________________________________ Will you come with me? Once in awhile you can get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right!
I was fortunate enough (thank you Rhino/Dead/Marye!!!) to have attended the "Taxi Tour" shows yesterday. The first show was at the Orensanz, an intimate former synagogue, where Bobby, Phil and Warren performed accoustically. I arrived around 415 (the show began at 5pm) and found out from my friend that I had just missed the boys hanging out with the small group of Heads outside. Oh well. The show was AWESOME! Before starting, the band asked the crowd to keep noise to a minimum and the request was heeded, so I suspect that the recordings sound great. Bobby forgot a verse in the set-opening Dire Wolf but the crowd helped him out. None of us thought we would hear a mind-blowing deep space Bird Song at 5:15 on a Monday, but that is exactly what happened. This was followed by a nice Cumberland Blues, an unexpected Pride of Cucomonga, and an equally surprising Lazy River Road, and a fun Casey Jones. At this point it was 6 pm, the band had to get to the next location, and we didn't think there would be an encore. Fortunately, we were wrong. Ripple. Perfect ending to a perfect set.
The second leg of the "Taxi Tour" was only a couple of miles away at the Gramercy Theatre and I convinced my friend to take the subway rather than a cab. We grabbed a quick bite after arriving then entered the venue, another intimate setting. I would estimate that there were about 500 people there. Unlike the Orensanz, which did not sell beverages of any kind, drinks were available at the Gramercy. Billy received the loudest cheer when he appeared onstage. The band wasted no time, opening with a Jam then segued into a long Playing in the Band. They were clearly "on." A fun Good Lovin' was next. Right before Bobby stepped to the microphone for the 3d verse or so, Phil started playing a funky bass line and the lyrics would have to wait. No complaints. Every member seemed to be enjoying themself but Phil and Billy especially; both had big grins on their faces for much of the set. After a well-played and -received Wheel, the highlight of the set appeared, a refreshing Franklin's Tower. Bobby changed the pace of the lyrics to all the Jerry songs, especially Franklin's, so we wantabe singers in the crowed were a little off with the lyrics. The band encored with an enjoyable Touch of Grey, which seemed especially poignant with Bobby's graying hair, beard and mustache. We will survive!
thanks for sharing with us. The next best thing to being there (until we get copies of the shows). If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite. William Blake
The final set of the "Taxi Tour" was performed at the Roseland Ballroom in midtown. We helped a few out of town Heads navigate the subway. Unlike the other two venues, this was not so intimate, but still held only a few thousand people. We'd already gotten our closeups of the band, so we decided to stay back and let others fight for the prime stagefront vantage points. We continued imbibing cold beverages (Guinness at Gramercy, Beck's here as it was the best they had). I figured the band would be tired at this point, having performed on The View that morning and two sets already this evening, but it didn't show. A hot Althea opened the show, followed by rocking Cassidy. Uncle John's Band and Eyes of the World were well-played, but the highlight here was the St. Stephen > Dark Star. The band really stretched out on both of these primal Dead tunes. At this point I noticed two things: (1) Warren's singing reminded me of Brent's (a VERY good thing) and (2) my friend was more than a little drunk (a not so good thing). We had had a long day, so I walked him home (he lives conveniently around the corner from Roseland) and missed the final couple songs (Sugar Magnolia, NFA I believe). All in all a highly enoyable evening, with the first two sets being the most fun, probably because of the intimate settings, and the acoustic set perhaps being the best of all. Thanks again Marye/Rhino/Dead!!!
There are some posts about the three shows on the Dead To Tour In Spring Vine. You may want to check them out and maybe re-post your comments there. I also went to all three venues and had a blast. In my opinion, I thought Warren was a little tentative and really began to open up during Eyes at the Roseland, where they finished with a flourish--Eyes>St. Stephen>Dark Star>Sugar Mag. Encore: Not Fade Away I totally agree with you about the first two venues being great, but i thought the band had more energy at Roseland. All in all a wonderful experience. "One watch by night, one watch by day If you get confused, listen to the music play"
I've got a cool compilation of the Grateful Dead singing Beatles songs. Most of you might already have these in one form or another. If anybody wants them -all together now- I could vine them. GD Grateful Dead JGB Jerry Garcia Band PLQ Phil Lesh Quartet or Phil Lesh & Friends Disc 1 Day Tripper -GD- 1985-06-25 Come Together -The Dead- 2003-07-07 Eleanor Rigby Jam -JGB - 1980-02-12 Tomorrow Never Knows -GD- 1994-11-29 Blackbird -Ratdog- 1999-11-09 Get Back -PLQ- 2000-10-16 Why Don't We Do It In The Road -GD- 1985-04-07 Hey Jude -GD - 1990-03-22 Strawberry Fields Forever -PLQ- 2002-08-03 Rain -GD- 1994-10-09 Disc 2 Revolution -GD- 1985-07-02 She Said -The Dead- 2003-07-07 Dear Prudence- Reconstruction- 1979-07-08 I Am The Walrus -PLQ- 2002-09-01 I Want To Tell You -JGB- 1987-03-08 Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds -GD- 1995-03-17 All Too Much -GD- 1995-03-26 While My Guitar Gently Weeps- PLQ- 2001-11-30
The Grateful Dead has always put an interesting twist on Beetles tunes , that would be wonderful to listen to Lopezz !! some of the songs posted I never heard the GD do , so yes vine away !! And Thank you !!!
That would be great if you could start that vine, Lopezz...You're too good to us ! Good to know you got shoes to wear when you find the floor.
Bring it on Lopezz!!!!!!! @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ May the Four Winds Blow You Safely Home... I Miss Jerry
but came across this thread ^ threads are we called it on another board - back in the day... try to ignore the title - but this is a little trip thru the vineyard history I read most of this newest to oldest - but will recommend that you read it oldest to newest but doesn't really matter Has it been 5 years? ;) Note: I have PM'd Marye to see if this can be moved to the vineyard and now notice that the title actually makes sense (it was a stray vine before).
this has been moved from the obscure corner of cyberspace where it had seemingly migrated to the Vineyard, where it belongs!
I realize it's totally unrelated to anything, but no way in hell is anything on the WA side of the Columbia a bedroom community SE of Portland. I think your compass got dosed.