Thoughts so far.....Hmmmm? Knowing that all the busniness and personal strife has largely been resolved makes this band TOTALLY different from any post-Jerry line-up! They're having fun!!! Last time I saw them they had three guitarists on stage, Joan flirting with Weir, it was all a bit too much! This band is hugging each other after sets!
At Roseland, I saw and heard a tight, rehearsed band! Vocals sounding sweet, tempos on the money,
sinature Grateful Dead licks from Bobby and Phil! They each play the GD songs so differently w/ their own bands, that it's beautiful to hear the original licks played even tighter! Back to Roseland, powerful music coming from a powerful band with the MOST powerful audience! Yes, some serious speedbumps, Clams, warts, and people falling on their faces, but that's the way it's always been! These guys are pushing it, exploring, and when they hit it, when they mine it, Oh man, they still got it! Apparently in Hartford the other night, they mangled Bertha, Row Jimmy etc.. so bad that they took a 5 minute break after Warren walked off stage? Then came out in second set and ripped it!
Nassau I heard the soundtrack of my life, Jack Straw, Brown Eyed Women, Lost Sailor>St. of Circumstance, Masterpiece, Looks Like Rain, Touch of Grey.......During the transition of Sailor to Saint is when it was painfully obvious that Jerry was missing, but then Warren just shredded on Alabama, GDTRFB etc... so it kinds eased the pain, ALOT! Saw tons of old friends, all in all a fun night!
Off to MSG i was thinking that it'll be hard to top Nassau based on song selection. Boy was I wrong! These guys came out and KILLED it! After Cosmic Charlie that is. First set was flawless! Bobby wasn't standing there scrathing his head, shaking his head, blowing lyrics, he was pumped! Busted out the pink Modulus for the occasion! It was one of the best shows I've seen in 10 years! Phil singing a really creative, new, haunting Cryptical, almost spoken word. St. Stephen had me twirling in the aisle with 100 others!!!!! I've seen Ratdog and Phil do it, this song was home tonight! Pure bliss!!!!
They did right by the Grateful Dead legacy at MSG , so much so that I'm going solo tonight to IZOD to see them w/ Branford, after all 3/29/90 was the best show I ever saw! This could be the last time, so I'm going for one more ride!
If the band is coming your way, it's worth the trip!