Dogs In A Pile wrote:Robert Hunter is the most musically interesting surviving member of the dead. And Bill Kreutzman, of course. He's always been my third favorite member after Garcia and Hunter and he has done some cool stuff since Garcia died.
Any time I can see ex grateful dead members playing live music without some Garcia clone on guitar, I feel as if the true spirit of what Garcia was all about is being carried on.
Originality is what made Jerry great. I don't want to hear anyone else impersonate him.
waldo041 wrote:have either of you guys (dogs in a pile/poor peter) ever see the grateful dead live?
Dogs In A Pile wrote:waldo041 wrote:have either of you guys (dogs in a pile/poor peter) ever see the grateful dead live?
Yeah. Do you now want a list of shows? Why would that even matter? Are you suggesting that I would tolerate a Jerry Garcia clone more if I have seen Garcia live?
My point was: I think Nostalgia acts and unoriginality are the antithesis of what Jerry Garcia offered. ( 90's notwithstanding). Not looking forward but backward and trying to recreate a sound that was unique and sincere (and gone forever!) is not particularly impressive. It doesn't matter that I've met Kesey or got in free on their final new years show, or that I saw all 3 nights in Hampton 1987 (plus Worcester and Philly), the last 3 of the 6 disappointing and totally overrated MSG shows in '90, the lackluster Bill Graham memorial show and a bunch of others starting in the mid 80's (I witnessed the only version of Revolutionary Hamstrung Blues to be performed live and the first "Let Phil sing" chant) before Garcia almost died and before the success of In The Dark kinda spoiled it all.
Can you imagine Garcia being alive and hiring a Phil or Bobby clone to play with him? Yeah, right.
Dogs In A Pile wrote:I get tired of people saying Hunter was just a lyricist. The man wrote songs. Garcia sometimes embellished what Hunter had written. Read his story about Friend Of The Devil.
Can you imagine Jerry Garcia adopting another man's life's work, cloning it and making his living from it? I'm not necessarily against a person doing that, I just think it's worth very little. It's worth nothing to me. That doesn't mean it's not valid. Kreutzman's played dead covers that don't feature a guitarist who clones Garcia and they kick the ass of all those copy cats. This music is/was about self expression.
Robert Hunter seems all heart to me. I'll go see him.
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