• June 28, 2007
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    A Message From Ratdog

    As many of you know, RatDog’s sterling lead guitarist, Mark Karan, is experiencing a health problem. Said Chief Dog Bob Weir, “The docs want to have a close look at our brother Mark over the next few weeks, and we're gonna have to go with that. Our old friend Steve Kimock has graciously offered to cover for him for this tour, and so we're thinking we should go with this. We'll be in touch with Mark daily, and if his docs cut him loose, we'll bring him out. The show must go on, I think, in everyone's best interest. Here’s to Healing…”

    Steve chipped in. “First, I'd like to wish Mark a speedy recovery, and secondly, I'd like to thank Bob Weir & RatDog for this opportunity to serve our music, family, friends and community during Mark's absence. Love is a service done. Gratefully, SK."

    Finally, we checked in with Mark. “I really appreciate all the love and good vibes I’ve received since announcing my need to take a ‘healing break.’ I’ll be very sorry to miss all these great summer shows this July, but I’ll be back ASAP and I’m sure my ol’ TOO-mate Senor Kimock will do his best to add something special to this run. Keep me in your prayers, and meantime…”Hey, hey…come right away…come and join the party everyday.”

    Hmm, good thinking. See you down the road, Milwaukee first.

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As many of you know, RatDog’s sterling lead guitarist, Mark Karan, is experiencing a health problem. Said Chief Dog Bob Weir, “The docs want to have a close look at our brother Mark over the next few weeks, and we're gonna have to go with that. Our old friend Steve Kimock has graciously offered to cover for him for this tour, and so we're thinking we should go with this. We'll be in touch with Mark daily, and if his docs cut him loose, we'll bring him out. The show must go on, I think, in everyone's best interest. Here’s to Healing…”

Steve chipped in. “First, I'd like to wish Mark a speedy recovery, and secondly, I'd like to thank Bob Weir & RatDog for this opportunity to serve our music, family, friends and community during Mark's absence. Love is a service done. Gratefully, SK."

Finally, we checked in with Mark. “I really appreciate all the love and good vibes I’ve received since announcing my need to take a ‘healing break.’ I’ll be very sorry to miss all these great summer shows this July, but I’ll be back ASAP and I’m sure my ol’ TOO-mate Senor Kimock will do his best to add something special to this run. Keep me in your prayers, and meantime…”Hey, hey…come right away…come and join the party everyday.”

Hmm, good thinking. See you down the road, Milwaukee first.

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Take care of yourself, Mark. We'll be here when you're ready!
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Get better soon Mark. Do what you need to do to stay healthy. Steve, thank you for coming through once again.. Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes.) Walt Whitman-Song of Myself
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You will be missed this summer but get that overhaul (r&r) get heathly and we'll see you down the road
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Healing vibes to you, m'man.
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Mega beams of healing heading your way, Mark>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
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II am sad that you are going through health issues right now. That part sucks. But I am glad you have an ocean of DeadHeads wish you healing and send their love your way. Take the time you need to heal and we will look forward to your return. UncleDead.
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thanks to the DEAD family and all the heads for providing so many years of great times and fantastic memories! I'm trying to aquire a bootleg of every show I've been to which is around 120 and hope any taper/traders out there can help out. Glad to be
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Dear Mark- We are all keeping you in our prayers and wish that you enjoy a speedy, 100% recovery ASAP. Please relax and take care of yourself and you'll be in our thoughts at each and every RatDog show this Summer. Hoping to see/hear you soon, With Peace, Big Boss Man Chicago
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.may i add my best wishes to Mark and my hopes for your speedy recovery .................................may your dog be with you.................
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and thanks for jumping in kimrock! great summer ahead.. peace
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peace through musicmay all the beautiful music that you've ever experience ripple thruogh your cells like rainbow light, healing you of any and all afflictions. Sending much Love, as Love will see you through
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Mark, I wish you all the best, get well soon, see you down the road.
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Hey Man, I talked to you for a couple minutes after the show in Rome in 2002. I was with my daughter Shannon. We both wish you the best. Take care, Greg
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Hey, sorry to hear Mark is not well, but THRILLED to hear Kimock will play in his stead...This should be a Ratdog tour to write home about ! *********************************************************** "Those who refuse military service are the pioneers of a warless world." --Albert Einstein
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Mark, our brother: may the four winds, the thunder, and spirit of the white buffalo bring you a speedy recovery; may the love you've shared with others return a karma of healing to you in this time of need something new is waiting; rock on Senor Kimock, may you and Mark jam together soon btw to all of Ratdog: while your show at the Palace in Albany last November may have received poor audience ratings, I for one thought that was one of the most masterful renditions of Hard Rain's agonna fall that I've ever seen live to EVERYONE: cease negative criticisms unless you've really got something to say one way or another, this darkness got to give ERW
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Goooood Vibrations! Roller Skates and Lollie Pops!
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Mark- Good luck-good health is the most important aspect of life
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May this time of recovery help you in your healing process. My prayers go out to you to get better and healthier. You are such an awesome guitarist!! Keep smilin'!
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The guitar part is fabulous! What is better is seeing your smile. Your positive mental attitude will conquer that which seeks to silence you. Shine on, live on, heal on! Even without fans or guitar you are a real great human being. Know this in your heart and turn it loose on your ailment. Lots of love Hogs and kisses from all of us! We will survive!
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  • Skjellyfetti
    12 years 4 months ago
    Special magic mojo beaming in on that singing spot
    The guitar part is fabulous! What is better is seeing your smile. Your positive mental attitude will conquer that which seeks to silence you. Shine on, live on, heal on! Even without fans or guitar you are a real great human being. Know this in your heart and turn it loose on your ailment. Lots of love Hogs and kisses from all of us! We will survive!
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    Little Wing
    12 years 4 months ago
    Prayers for the Healing
    May this time of recovery help you in your healing process. My prayers go out to you to get better and healthier. You are such an awesome guitarist!! Keep smilin'!
  • nez
    12 years 5 months ago
    Looking Forward to Ratdog at the Greek Theatre, Peace...
    Sorry to hear that Mark won't make the gig at the Concerts this scene. Particularly, The Greek Theatre this July 2007. Looking forward to a Jammin Good Time. Get Well Soon Mark. Peace, nezerkhan