BlobWeird wrote:I cant say ive ever listened to Gov't mule but I really didnt enjoy haynes with the dead. I thought he did a very poor job and he throws a totally different (mostly dull) feel on all the songs he sings. he did one song good when i saw him and that was built to last
There is little to argue that Warren Haynes is one of the best guitar players out there today. As far as playing with "The Dead" I can understand your opinion and proably agree with you on some of the material. The last time I seen the Allman Brothers play, Warren was unable to play, so someone playing a strat filled in (can't remember his name, Please help) and it was a great show. I thought I would miss him, but I was pleasently surprised.
With The Dead, I believe Bobby and crew were looking to sound just a little different, you know what I mean? They didn't want to recruit a guitar player that sounded like Jerry (Not that anyone could ever replace Jerry). They wanted it same but different. Haynes was a good fit, but on some songs, you are correct, that Jerry sound was missing and nothing else could work.
If The Dead ever tour as The Dead again, I tell you the guitar player they should pick up, is Matt Hartle. I tell you, this guy can rip....and its almost like Garcia is playing through him, yet Matt puts his own feel in it also. If this were to happen, I have to feel that with a well rested Dead, They could put out some of the best post Grateful Dead shows thus far.
My feelings are screw it, don't replace Jerry, Just place someone who plays in his spirit and lets get it going once again before the Boys get older. Again, Matt Hartle is the answer as far as I can tell. Check out some of his live stuff on Archive.org, you will be amazed.
I sure would love to see a classic rendition of "Fire" live instead of that reggae drum version they did live while touring as The Dead. I know its Mickeys song and all, but hell, lets get back to the vibe we all love.