Whatever the current version of Furthur is up to, discuss it here!
Lowell show June 30
Boy, I told my Daughter and wife that the show started at 6 and darned if they were not like "they never start on time" as we find the lot (finally, good 7 block walk) and I say to them, "that must be an old tape of the dead, I can hear Jerry singing??". Well, smack my bottom if I didn't miss a good chunk of the 1st set but it weren't Jerry, but the dude had some real shades of the smokey voice of Jerry after the 80s..and the guitar was pretty Charlie Brownish too....you know Wop do Wop wop wop wop bwa wop--when the parents talk. So we get in for tail of 1st set...a mile away since he field was closed and only the youngens' could handle that pack up front....but it was freaking great! Then the second set rolls in, I know I should name the songs but I am sure the set list is around...so Bobby was a bit laid back for a while but in the second set he came into his own...so let's just say I have not hear the Wheel since Radio City in 1980 sittin in the 12th row with Peter Paul and Mary (RIP Mary Travers)....well baby, I duuno if it was a gift for me but MAN, they nailed that mother.....still think it may be just the top of my list ever....and then, they finish with Ripple! If I gotta leave the planet without seeing Jerry another time (of course I have seen him in dreams at various "dreaming" concerts dozens of times, and I know he is coaching my horn playing as a silent tutor)...but this would leave me with enough to go with a smile! Thanks Phil, Bobby, and the rest of the Further boys for a real good time. My daughter (16 now) sez to me, "these people are the coolest people I have ever seen"--this after she has been to oh, 3 Dead shows, 7 Rat Dog shows and the first Further--it finally dawned on her that she is a chip off the old man block! Really nice way to end June on the nicest Day of the Year in MA. And the new Hunter tune, yeah, I could not catch all the words but it got my tear ducts flowing just cuz I knew it was something that he wrote.....Jerry was smiling down on us....man, the whippit vendors after the show were brazen and the cops in Lowell were strategically stationed to only direct trafffic and not bust a single souls chops...boy now to go back to a Nassau show and have cops like that. Great day in Lowell, and only 10 mins. from home. Hey now! "if the Thunder don't get ya then the lightning will!"- The Wheel "Gonna find out something only dead men know" - Silvio Class of Red Rocks '79... Life without the Dead is not life...and so we carry on...
Columbo sez, just one more thing! on June 30
The main beer line on the top right, Geez Louise. I looked to head there in the 1st set and had to see the single longest beer line in the history of humanity... i mean those people must have watched the whole 1st set waiting for a Coors. (I found the short one fortunately and made it back to my seat by next song)...just a funny side note... "we used to play for silver, now we play for Coors?" "if the Thunder don't get ya then the lightning will!"- The Wheel "Gonna find out something only dead men know" - Silvio Class of Red Rocks '79... Life without the Dead is not life...and so we carry on...
Did anyone here go to the last 2 shows in NY??
If so ... please post a review. I heard the first night Weir was embarrasingly jacked up? The second night was better but not great? That reminds me of the RatDog tour last year about this time when Bobby looked like death. Take care of yourself Bobby, please!! "Lazy lightning you say you never strike the same place. I want a double dose in any case" ... "You got to hear my supplication. Got to hear me now. A little bolt of inspiration"
Reach out your hand
if your cup is empty...If your cup is full may it be again
Didn't go, but I heard from an Old Head that Bobby had a really really bad night Wednesday. Mary, it wasn't the usual forget the lyrics and mumble something that we grew to accept, but he couldn't even get started. I am concerned that the pace is too great for these guys. Slow down guys, you can't need the money that badly. Your no longer in your 20s and 30s, or even 50s. "That path is for, your steps alone."
I agree with ya Pomo
I really appreciate that Bob loves what he does (how many people can truely say that?) and that he (must) in some way feel obligated to keep the torch constantly lit. However Bob in general runs himself ragged. I mean I just go on one week-long road trip and I am wiped out for a couple of days afterward. I couldn't imagine constantly feeling tired like he must. Plus when he is in a funk I think he's up to more than just over-working. Smoke some pot and stay away from that other crap! I know its none of my business but we care about you Bobby! "The dire wolf collects his due while the boys sing round the fire"
What they said
At 54 I'm a few years younger than Bobby but going to one show takes a lot more recovery time that it used too! Can't imagine if I were traveling for days at a time, playing almost every night and trying to keep all those fans happy! Take care of your self, Bob. Please!
Bob is going on 64
Phil is 70. It is actually amazing they are still touring. Slow down would seem to be the operative advice, if they really need to keep going. They don't need to tour until they drop. I'm so grateful for the music they've been making. A good, organic retirement would be so much more satisfying then the alternative.
Well I think...
They need to take a break. I love Furthur and the music but Bob is scaring me!Rest up boys! Come back fresh :)
Years not Months~Slow down...
Personally I'd like to see them over then next 5 years not 30 times in 3 months...Bobby was scaring me too the first set @ Vibes was a little rough while he was recovering. Second set he found his voice and seemed to feel alot better, although tired the whole time. Take a Break guys, then when you feel refreshed, don't let the person who made the tour schedule do it again...Town's so far back and forth, the route was really whacked with no dates in between for rest, just funky travel. Make it a few days here and a few days up the road. Chill it out a bit and give more breaks. Please Bobby take care of yourself, we want to see you rockin for another 20 years. ♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥
New Tour Dates Announced!
And new Furthur site...awesome you can turn off the annoying blaring music now! Mon, Nov 8th - Minneapolis, MN @ Northrop Auditorium Tue, Nov 9th - Ames, IA @ Stephens Auditorium Thu, Nov 11th - Saint Louis, MO @ Chaifetz Arena Fri, Nov 12th - Chicago, IL @ UIC Pavilion Sat, Nov 13th - Chicago, IL @ UIC Pavilion Sun, Nov 14th - Cincinnati, OH @ U.S. Bank Arena Tue, Nov 16th - Reading, PA @ Sovereign Center Wed, Nov 17th - Baltimore, MD @ 1st Mariner Arena Fri, Nov 19th - Worcester, MA @ DCU Center Sat, Nov 20th - New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden Sun, Nov 21st - New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden Sweet Midwest shows ;-) ♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥
New Furthur site??
Is it still furthur.net? Cuz it still looks the same to me.. "The dire wolf collects his due while the boys sing round the fire"
Alot of people are having trouble
Yes http://www.furthur.net Getting on the new site, it has something to do with the new coding me thinks. Try this and it works for some (just got off the phone with someone here on dead.net that it didn't work for but another it did) 1. Clear your internet Browser cache and Cookies (everything) a. Firefox- Tools>Clear Recent History select all (check marks) and press clear now b. Internet Explorer- Tools>Internet Options>General>Browsing History>Delete Make sure all are selected and delete. 2. Close Browser 3. Restart computer Should pop up when you go to the site now....if not you'll have to wait till the bug for (I think it's different operating systems) this is fixed....otherwise PM me for help. Scotty~CC ♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥
New Tour Dates
Wow, that is the exact opposite of slowing down. Eleven shows in thirteen days. I hope they make it. While I am glad they are touring, I am truly worried about their sanity and health. Is it possible they are doing this as a last hurrah thing? Also, two shows at MSG, will they sell that out? "That path is for, your steps alone."
Via the kind folks @ GDTSTOO
Furthur featuring: Phil Lesh * Bob Weir *Jeff Chimenti *John Kadlecik * Joe Russo * Sunshine Becker * Jeff Pehrson will perform at the following shows: Monday, November 8, 2010 at the Northrop Auditorium in Minneapolis, MN. Doors open at 6:00 PM. Showtime is at 7:30 PM. Reserved tickets are available via mail order for $63.50/$53.50/$43.50 per ticket and available via credit card for $69.50/$59.50/$49.50 per ticket (for a better chance to receive tickets, please note that you will accept any price range). The first mail-in dates for Minneapolis, MN are Saturday & Monday, August 14 & 16, 2010. Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at Stephens Auditorium in Ames, IA. Doors open at 6:00 PM. Showtime is at 7:30 PM. Reserved tickets are available via mail order for $63.50 per ticket. Credit card orders will not be accepted for this performance. The first mail-in dates for Ames, IA are Saturday & Monday, August 14 & 16, 2010. Thursday, November 11, 2010 at Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, MO. Doors open at 6:00 PM. Showtime is at 7:30 PM. Reserved tickets are available via mail order for $63.50/$53.50/$43.50 per ticket and available via credit card for $69.50/$59.50/$49.50 per ticket (for a better chance to receive tickets, please note that you will accept any price range). The first mail-in dates for St. Louis, MO are Saturday & Monday, August 14 & 16, 2010. Friday & Saturday, November 12 & 13, 2010 at UIC Pavilion in Chicago, IL. Doors open at 6:00 PM. Showtime is at 7:30 PM. Reserved tickets are available via mail order for $63.50 per ticket. Credit card orders will not be accepted for these performances. The first mail-in date for Chicago, IL is Saturday, August 14, 2010. Sunday, November 14, 2010 at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, OH. Doors open at 6:00 PM. Showtime is at 7:30 PM. Reserved tickets are available via mail order for $63.50 per ticket and available via credit card for $69.50 per ticket. The first mail-in dates for Cincinnati, OH are Saturday & Monday, August 14 & 16, 2010. Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at Sovereign Center in Reading, PA. Doors open at 6:00 PM. Showtime is at 7:30 PM. Reserved tickets are available via mail order for $63.50 per ticket and available via credit card for $69.50 per ticket. The first mail-in dates for Reading, PA are Saturday & Monday, August 14 & 16, 2010. Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore, MD. Doors open at 6:00 PM. Showtime is at 7:30 PM. Reserved tickets are available via mail order for $63.50 per ticket and available via credit card for $69.50 per ticket. The first mail-in dates for Baltimore, MD are Saturday & Monday, August 14 & 16, 2010. Friday, November 19, 2010 at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA. Doors open at 6:00 PM. Showtime is at 7:30 PM. Reserved tickets are available via mail order for $63.50 per ticket. Credit card orders will not be accepted for this show. The first mail-in dates for Worcester, MA are Saturday & Monday, August 14 & 16, 2010. Saturday & Sunday, November 20 & 21, 2010 at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY. Doors open at 6:30 PM. Showtime is at 7:30 PM. Reserved tickets are available via mail order for $63.50 per ticket. Credit card orders will not be accepted for these performances. The first mail-in date for New York, NY is Saturday, August 14, 2010. ---------------------------------------------------------- Check gdtstoo.com for Bob Weir & The Marin Symphony Orchestra ticket information, the latest update (which includes Furthur September tour ticketing status), mail order instructions, our credit card form and our fabulous envelopes. The Crew of GDTS TOO 8.13.10 "All I wanna do, fly up, fly home Fly on those wings of love, fly up, fly home" Ron McKernan ♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥
Scored Furthur Tix for Worcester 11/19!
The ticket gods were very, very good to me! I grabbed Floor Section 2: Row Q, seats 11 and 12. "When it comes to humility, I'm the greatest!" - Bullwinkle Moose
Kind Taper Request: Furthur/Golden Gate
Please post-up on archive. We're all very grateful for your efforts. Some stellar recordings on the recent tour.
I wish Phil and Bobby (Furthur) would stay out of partisan politics altogether. I mean, I can't imagine Jerry doing a benefit for Barbara Boxer. If they would take a minute and think back I bet they, themselves (Phil and Bobby) couldn't imagine the Grateful Dead doing such a divisive thing. It used to be practically an anathema for these guys to tell people for whom they should vote. I'm traveling from Florida to see all three Red Rocks shows and this has taken the edge off of my buzz of anticipation.
It's Not the Grateful Dead
Bob and Mickey played at an event for Al Gore in early '00 and Phil and Mickey played at a John Kerry rally in the spring of '04. And don't forget the two concerts in '08 for Obama. We're now 15 years into the post-Grateful Dead era. A lot has changed and the boys have felt more comfortable over the past 10 years to express their political opinions. I don't see anything wrong with that. After all, even Jerry did benefits in the 1970's for the anti-nuclear movement. "When it comes to humility, I'm the greatest!" - Bullwinkle Moose
Paraphrasing Jerry: Choosing the lesser of two evils, is still choosing evil. In my opinion, if Jerry were still alive, I doubt the boys would be endorsing candidates. We will never know. However, the big guy has been gone for over 15 years, and the rest of the band is certainly free to do as they choose. There is no Grateful Dead anymore. The Grateful Dead vibe has been long gone. Personally, I would prefer that they stay out of the political arena, but I know that it is not the Grateful Dead, but rather Phil and Bobby and Mickey and Bill expressing themselves. It doesn't change things for me. "That path is for, your steps alone."
Furthur Setlists year 1~Complete
Hey now all, I compiled a setlist document which is easy to read (and search) of all the setlists so far (including rehearsals) that the boys have played. Complete Setlists PDF And I agree the boys should stay out of the political arena, but they do have the choice to do it. Also, Gonzo, the show is really good, too short due to curfew, just listened to it...don't know if it's up on archives yet but pm me and I'll tell you where to get it. ♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥
politics of the grateful dead
It's really a drag hearing folks hype apolitical. Just read the notes in Dead Base and you'll see where the boys sympathies lie (benefits for the Black Panthers to the Cambodians) . Want more evidence? Look at the RT 3.3 to see the the fist symbol on the drum, representing the SDS student movement, I believe. It is questionable if Jerry would have allowed endorsing a candidate and I agree that the rest of them should do as they please. The cognitive dissonance was too much seeing them play in tuxs at Obama's Inaugural Ball, though...
Jerry On Bad Politics
“Constantly choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil.” This is the direct quote and I don't feel it was meant to discourage people from voting or getting involved in the political process. I do agree that he meant to disparage picking weak or inadequate leaders from a flawed pool. It's up to the voters to discard poor leadership and to present their leaders with the ultimatum that mediocre or poor performance is unacceptable. "When it comes to humility, I'm the greatest!" - Bullwinkle Moose
The sad thing
Is that there rarely is a politician out there who is worth endorsing unless, as Jerry said, your goal is to minimize the damage but even then I have a hard time getting too excited about any government official, sorry but that goes for you too Obama! "The dire wolf collects his due while the boys sing round the fire"
colors of the rain
colors of the rain was also played on 07-28-2010 nokia theater
The compass always points to
The compass always points to Terrapin.... Ahhhhhhh, Red Rocks bound next week! :D See ya there
Yes Red Rocks!
I've got a question for all of you....Who's going? And where are we meeting up? We are going to all three nights...I'm sure JackStrawfromcolorado is going, IhopeDonnaJean, and GratefulRa....who else? Also a new dead.netter named Bub. We are driving too. Can't wait! ♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥
Happy Birthday Furthur 1 Year !
Happy Birthday Furthur ! One year ago,Furthur played their first 3 shows in Oakland, California at The Fox Theater. I recall everyone being so excited and happy to be seeing Bobby and Phil play together again... anticipation, about John Kadlecik and what would be next. I think we all were thrilled to see how Furthur ended up touring all over the country for more than 40 shows, bringing back all the wonders of the music and magic of taking the Bus Furthur... a little bit Furthur than youve gone before ! I ended up going to 28 shows and they were all so good, its amazing to see Bobby and Phil on tour after 40 years ! Theres a whole bunch more coming up too ! have a blast in Colorado you guys ! its been a great year ! I hope to see you a little Furthur, what a long strange trip its been , Liz Kempf OO play on- KEEP LISTENING
Sweet pic Critter
Sunrise on an Easter morning with the Stealie on top of the sun .. awesome! 6 days till Furthur!! I'd like to get a meeting spot inside somewhere.. up top or down by the stage ... "The dire wolf collects his due while the boys sing round the fire"
You went to Eugene?
Soooo jealous GCers...I would have love those shows, I'm listening right now. Wow. Wish you were going to Red Rocks too!mwa miss you ♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥
but how are u going to answer the Furthurmore Friday question if you're going to a show?
I guess Just use Technology
Seems Phil and Bob now use twitter and FB now to post setlists and pics...I could go the IPHONE route too. Finally they got on the technology bandwagon, so I will answer Furthurmore Friday question with technology. Now just hope they have Cell Service LOL ♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥
3 Days till Red Rocks!
Have fun all those going to LA and Vegas!!!!!!! I'm so excited that I just might do a jig all the way across country to Colorado! ♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥
See you all at RR!!
Make sure to bring a coat with you, it gets chilly when the sun goes down! But the music and the scene will be smoking hot!! "The dire wolf collects his due while the boys sing round the fire"
Red Rocks Smoked!
My ears are still smoldering from how hot that was. With the most spiritual venue in the world, I think Furthur really made each night their own. Ohhh and new songs??? We got tons of them...my favorite being the new Bobby tune Big Bad Blues. Thanks to all who helped make our Dead.netter feel welcome and home when we came out there. I danced with a ton of you Dead.netters! Thanks for a wonderful birthday weekend! CC~ ♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥
Sorry I missed you Critter. So for starters the whole "mountain" theme for the weekend was brilliant! Plus I love the new songs and I think they pretty much played them all. Then for Friday you just cannot beat the Scarlet>Big bad blues>Mnts of the moon>Prophet>Eyes>Fire, holy sheet that was good. But what really got me that night was the Death Don't Have No Mercy, Bobby nailed it and nailed it hard! I still get goosebumps thinking of it. Who says he can't sing? Baloney! For Saturday, well this was a night I personally will never forget, I had the privilege to meet Phil and hang out on the stage, that right there was a dream come true on many levels. This was the single best Furthur show I have seen. Not a dull moment the whole night, I can't even pick a moment that was the best of the night because every song they played was off the hook. But going in and out of Viola Lee and the Terrapin Suite made me feel like the "old days" again. Just spectacular! For Sunday the He's Gone left the whole place in tears, I could barely hold them back! I was just tickled to hear Big RR Blues, man it was awesome. The only negative musically was the Days Between, sorry but it kind of deflated the rest of the night and weekend for me but over all this was one of the best weekends of my life. "The dire wolf collects his due while the boys sing round the fire"
Yes, Marye, we did get some wonderul shows, and then some.
First off, there is NO place like Red Rocks (take a look at their site http://www.redrocksonline.com/pages/concerts/detail.asp?id=3970 ) to get a peek at their peak. Temps were high 70's during the day (except at those higher elevations;o} ) and low 50's for the shows. And we got to see the (harvest) moon rising over Denver as we waited for Furthur to start playing was just icing on the cake. A tremendous combination of natural visuals and Furthur aural delights that night. I enjoyed this version of post Dead offerings quite a bit. Phil is the mystro and really runs the show. He had numerous incidents of fantasic bass runs especially during Friday's Scarlet Begonias through that densely packed group of songs until Fire on the Mountain. And he was raining Phil bombs mercilously on us during Saturday's the Other One. Friday, Bob had pulled out that pink guitar he used in the '80s and the sound was way too trebley and faint for the Rocks, but then on Saturday he switched back to another guitar and it all sounded much better. Shimmering rhthym chops cascading up to us in the crowd. Jeff Chimenti on keys is a star, a monster, a force to be reconded with, and more than willing to assert himself and his vision so very well. That was welcome especially with his tickling the ivorys on the baby grand on Friday's Eyes and then pounding that Hammond on Death Don't have No Mercy. John Kadlecik's guitar playing included has some tasty chops but the added treat was his voice. Great vocals every time he sang. Much of his guitar tone is reminiscent of Garcia, but not really a copy in any way. I must rave about Joe Russo who takes a back seat to no one with his drumming abilities. He is a beast! Having one drummer also made Futher's transitions quite a bit quicker than sometimes the duo drummers can achieve. Like back in the 60's Grateful Dead with just Billy, the band could 'turn on a dime' and they usually did. Actually these shows were the best that I have ever heard Phil's voice. Really, and those 'back-up/harmony singers Jeff Pehrson & Sunshine Becker are truly are a fantastic addition to this group,... wraping their sweet voices around the other singer's voices. They added much to those harmonys and their contribution on the acappella finish to UJB was one of the nicest I have heard. Friday was a joy and then Saturday was an extravaganza, and embarrasment of riches with much jamming, riffing, and fantastic arrangements- the whole enchilata: the complete Terrapin Suite > the Eleven > Unbroken Chain(!) > Darkstar > Stella Blue> The Other One shook the Rocks. And I agree with JSFC, that first half with the Help > Slip > Franklins right out of the gate. No rules anymore for when they play what. The old stuff is getting great treatment esp. that Viola Lee Blues triple decker club sandwich. Wasn't it tasty, Jack? Mary and I were out to Colorado as our 30th anniversary gift to one another. We went out into the mountains each day, the Aspens have turn a spanking yellow, contrasted against the bright green of the Evergreens, with an occasional Oak a burning red orange that jumps up to you. When we went up to drive on the highest highway in the USA, those vistas were outstanding and then we toured back to some familar spots we have been to 32 years earlier on the first visit to Red Rocks (er, and then remember the 1979 'Fire on the Mountain story' -from Stories Told Round the Campfire thread?.. no, then never mind). Those shows were head shakin', laugh out loud, falling down, crying, unbefuckinliveable. We had to be back to work on Monday so we left on Sunday. In the old days, I couldn't have left without attending that next Sunday show. But I left that one for another Deadhead to relish. Furthur really filled my cup with those shows. And the Rocks sure rocked last weekend. Red Rocks Setlists Friday Set 1 Truckin' > New Speedway Boogie > Cosmic Charlie > West LA Fadeaway > Deep Elem Blues Friend of the Devil > Ashes and Glass Casey Jones Set 2 Scarlet Begonias > Big Bad Blues > Mountains of the Moon > Estimated Prophet > Eyes of the World > Fire on the Mountain Death Don't Have No Mercy Uncle John's Band > Not Fade Away E: Just Like Tom Thumb Blues Saturday Set 1 Help on the Way > Slipknot > Franklin's Tower Alabama Get Away Sittin' on top of the World > High on a Mountain > Viola Lee Blues > Bertha > Violoa Lee Blues (instrumental) > Cumberland Blues > Violoa Lee Blues Set 2 Mountain Song > I Know You Rider > Terrapin Station Suite (complete) > The Eleven > Unbroken Chain> Dark Star > Stella Blue > The Other One E:One More Saturday Night I wonder if I am too old for an Iowa road trip in November ;o} The Truth is realized in an instant, the act is practiced step by step.
That's really cool you guys had a grate time celebrating your anniversay in Colorado with our favorite band. I'm going out on a limb and saying that you are NOT too old to make another road trip to Iowa =) My wife has been hinting at us heading to Iowa (and beyond). I just checked, there are some really good seats left ... hmmmm ... don't tempt me I told her ... "The dire wolf collects his due while the boys sing round the fire"
Another time of my life
My first GD concert was in Utica NY 3-22-73, and I have always regarded that as one of the very peak experiences I've ever had. I live on the east coast, but fly out to Denver annually to visit my son. I went later than usual this year because I saw there were tickets available for Furthur at Red Rocks on 9-26. Sometimes it has seemed like, at 62, peak experiences were to be no more - not true! I had another time of my life last Sunday! Red Rocks is beyond a perfect place for a concert; it's what the gods would arrange if they were promoting a show - a natural bowl surrounded by towering rock monoliths with a view out to Denver and beyond. The sound is great, and the benches are arranged so that one can sit down (the air is a little thin out there) or have room to stand up and boogie. That night a golden, just-past-full moon rose right over Denver just as the band was flowing into St. Stephen. And the crowd is so joyous and together and just having a great time. The show itself was way better than I had hoped. Opening with Golden Road into Cassidy, I had tears in my eyes as I danced. 37 years fell away. Throwing Stones got very intense, and the set ended with a Big Railroad Blues that was just a headlong rush. The second set began with Samson & D, which I've been digging lately for some reason, followed by Mr. Fantasy, one of my favorite alltime songs. St. Stephen was a highlight for me since I've long identified with that song, and Furthur really hit it hard. They cranked into an intense Wheel into a joyous full length Sugar Mag. Touch of Grey and Brokedown Palace were enchor. Palace was especially poignant on the bands last night here. They played hard, tight and right, charging ahead and turning on a dime. Bob and Phil were both in fine voice, and if I hear any bitching about JK on lead guitar and vocals you're gonna have to fight me. The keyboard and drumming are also awesome. It was such a thrill to be able to share that with my son, who has very wide ranging and adventurous taste in music, but was totally into the Grateful Dead universe thanks to Furthur at Red Rocks. All my life the Grateful Dead have meant so much to me. I know this isn't them, but Phil and Bob and the band are keeping that music, that spirit, that vibe alive and more - they're moving it...Furthur! ~ I'll meet you some morning in the sweet by and by