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I love the Grateful Dead, they are the best…

A lot of people can’t see it but yes, I am a huge fan of the Grateful Dead. Always have been. I don’t know if you’ll consider me a true Deadhead or not ’cause what a true Deadhead is a Grateful Dead fan who has owned all of their studio albums, owned a lot of their live albums and has seen them in concert many times. A true Deadhead is someone who owns a lot of the band’s merchandise like T-shirts, posters and other types of memorabilia. A true Deadhead is someone who wears tie-dye shirts and looking like a hippie and stuff, ya know? I don’t really look like that… but I do consider myself a huge Dead fan if that makes any sense.

I’ve always had a huge interest in the band. I’ve had other cousins in my life who were true Deadheads and my interest in the band grew from them. That’s how I got turned on into listening to the Grateful Dead ’cause family and friends were obsessive fans. More obsessive than I was.

I bought a few of their albums in the past before and bought a few of their live albums on CD but I either got rid of them or family members borrowed them from me and never gave them back. Thanks for the Ipod and Itunes, I’m now starting to collect all Grateful Dead studio albums. The Grateful Dead has a total of 13 studio albums and so far, I have 9 on my Ipod Touch.

The Grateful Dead studio albums I own by them so far are: “American Beauty”, “Anthem of the Sun”, “Aoxomoxoa”, “Blues For Allah”, “Grateful Dead” (self-titled debut), “In the Dark”, “Shakedown Street”, “Wake of the Flood” and “Workingman’s Dead”.

The only Grateful Dead albums that I need to get left are: “Built To Last”, “Go To Heaven”, “Terrapin Station” and “From The Mars Hotel”. I’ll buy those from Itunes pretty soon.

I have also read a few books on Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia in the past before so my interest in the band is pretty immense. I don’t need to look like a hippie and don’t need to do drugs to enjoy the music. I listen to them ’cause I enjoy the music. End of story.

My only regret is never being able to see the band live back when Jerry was alive. I still want to get a chance to see the Dead & Company w/ John Mayer, though.

The Grateful Dead are one of my favorite bands in the history of music. Honestly, they’re one of reasons I became a musician. Other than Led Zeppelin, the Grateful Dead also helped sparked my interest in guitar playing. They helped sparked my interest in improvisational music ’cause I love improv jams. That’s just me.

Yeah, I do love the jam band genre too. I do love the Allman Brothers and I do love Phish too.

Back to the Grateful Dead though, even though the band’s been gone for so long since Jerry died, they’re still extremely popular, though. We will always love the Grateful Dead and we will never forget the band ever. I guess that’s why Bob Weir wanted to bring Grateful Dead music back with the Dead & Company ’cause he knows the fans still love Grateful Dead music after all these years.

The Dead were an amazing band and I’m a huge fan too.

Kev

John Mayer joins the surviving members of the Dead for Madison Square Garden show…

The surviving members of the Grateful Dead has formed a new band but under a different name called, “Dead and Company”. They are booked for one show at Madison Square Garden for Halloween night of this year. When the Grateful Dead used to be around, they used to play MSG all the time. John Mayer, guitarist & singer/songwriter will be joining the Dead for that night.

It looks like Phil Lesh isn’t gonna participate for this show

http://deadandcompany.com/

I may not be a big fan of John Mayer but the only thing I like about him is his lead guitar playing. His lead guitar playing cannot be denied. I’m just not a big fan of his songwriting ’cause he’s too pop for me. He is a great blues guitar player, though, I’ll give him that.

Kev

The Grateful Dead’s “Fare thee Well” tour begins and here is night no. 1…

The Grateful Dead’s “Fare thee Well” tour begins with night no. 1 that just happened last night. The surviving members of the Grateful Dead jammed with special guests Trey Anastasio and Bruce Hornsby to play a night of well-known Grateful Dead songs.

Here is the set/list from night 1:

Set One:

Truckin’
Uncle John’s Band
Alligator
Cumberland Blues
Born Cross-Eyed
Cream Puff War
Viola Lee Blues

Set Two:

Cryptical Envelopment
Dark Star
St. Stephen
The Eleven
Turn On Your Love Light
Drums/Space
What’s Become Of The Baby
The Other One
Morning Dew

Encore:

Casey Jones

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/earshot/grateful-dead-fare-thee-well-805593

I’ve heard most of those songs too. I’m trying to search youtube for some of the performances but they aren’t in youtube yet. I would love to watch the live stream but of course, you have to pay money in order to watch it.

I’ve read somewhere that these concerts will be released on CD/DVD later this year so I’ll hear it then.

Of course, you can expect there will be plenty of arrests and a lot of cops will be around ’cause police officers love going to jam band shows as it keeps them busy. A lot of drugs and hippies will be around for sure. I know ’cause I’ve seen Phish a couple of times and been to jam band concerts before. Hippies are nice people though… of course they are ’cause hippies are all about “peace and love”.

Kev

The Grateful Dead, Phish and the Allman Brothers are three of the greatest jam bands…

On Spotify, I’ve been listening to quite a lot of Grateful Dead. So far, I’ve listened to 5 albums by them. They are: The Grateful Dead (Self titled), Aoxomoxoa, Workingman’s Dead, Blues For Allah and Go To Heaven.

I’m trying to listen to all of the Dead’s studio albums. I’ve always been a Dead fan for years. In the past though, I wasn’t much of a Deadhead. I didn’t buy much of their albums. I just listened to the dead when friends & family members listened to them. I think I wanna start buying some Grateful Dead music myself and soon I’ll start collecting all of their studio albums from Itunes.

I wanna start listening to Phish a lot more too ’cause I’ve been listening to Phish for a long time and even saw them in concert a couple of times. I really like PHish a lot.

As for the Allman Brothers, I’m a huge fan of that band and have most of their albums.

I like jam band and hippie music, sure. It’s just that I would listen to the Dead, Phish and the Allman Bros. ’cause those three bands are my favorite. I don’t have to be a stoner or a drug addict to listen to that music. I listen to it ’cause I enjoy it. I just think that kind of music is fun to listen to. I don’t have to be a hippie to enjoy it which I’m not a hippie at all. I listen to these bands ’cause I just love the improvisational jams which is what I listen to them for. I know jam band music isn’t for everybody but I happen to enjoy this stuff.

I don’t know why the jam band industry gets so much hatred and disrespect. I understand that the drugs is part of the problem but I just love ’em for the music, ya know? That’s what it should have been about. It’s just fun music to listen to. I just love to listen to that kind of guitar playing. Plus the songwriting can get really good and some of these bands can come up with very good vocal melodies.

All three of these bands are inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame except for Phish, though. Phish absolutely deserves an induction in the Hall of Fame. Love Phish or hate ’em, they accomplished a lot in the industry and that band continues to be very successful. Phish should be respected. I like improv jams and I listen to this stuff for my own inspiration of guitar playing.

Kev

Report: Grateful Dead Spring tour could lead to new studio album with all new songs…

The surviving members of the Dead are thinking about going back into the studio again after their tour to record new original songs for a new album.

The Dead hasn’t recorded a new studio album since 1989’s “Built to Last”. The last Grateful Dead studio record before Jerry Garcia’s death.

Billboard reports:

http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/news/dead-tour-may-lead-to-new-music-recordings-1003961488.story

A new Grateful Dead album would ROCK! I hope it happens. Bring it on.

Kev

BREAKING NEWS: The Grateful Dead confirm reunion tour, and will make a stop in Albany, N.Y.!!!!!!! :-)

Led Zeppelin refuses to give us a reunion tour, but the Grateful Dead is willing to give the dead heads one!!! After performing a few concerts for the Barack Obama rallies during the election, the Grateful Dead confirm the rumours and speculation that there will be a Grateful Dead tour in 2009. The tour begins in April in North Carolina and the Dead will make a stop at the Times Union Center in Albany, N.Y. on April 17th.

I’m sure more dates will be booked for the summer and expect the band to book a concert at SPAC in Saratoga Springs also.

The current band line up is Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzman, and Mickey Hart…plus a few new members, keyboardist Jeff Chimenti and Warren Haynes from Allman Bros./Gov’t Mule will front the band replacing Jerry Garcia.

See the rest of the tour listings at this article here:

http://www.guitarworld.com/article/grateful_dead_announce_2009_arena_tour

Sweet! As a dead head, I would love to see the Dead in Albany when they come. I know I said I gave up national concerts, but going to the Dead show in Albany would be worth going to, in my opinion. I believe this is the band’s first concert in Albany since when they played here for their “Dozin’ at the Knick” recording back in 1990 when Jerry was alive.

Kev

Report: Jerry Garcia biopic coming to the big screen…

Truckin’ got my chips cashed in, keep truckin’ like the do dah man, together, more in less in line, just keep truckin’ on. Yes, a Jerry Garcia biopic, legendary main frontman of the Grateful Dead, is heading his way to the big screen. Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa and Eric Eisner will be producing and writer Topper Lillien has been signed to pen the script.

The film will focus on Garcia’s life in the Bay Area before he officially joined the Grateful Dead. The film will focus on his stint in the military, his life changing car accident and his music life before the Grateful Dead including when he first met Phil Lesh the bassist. Of course, the film will probably focus on his heavy drug use I would imagine.

The film will be adapted from the book “Dark Star” which is about the life of Jerry Garcia. Jerry Garcia died of a heart attack on Aug. 9th 1995.

The Hollywood Reporter Reports:

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3ie9098baec9eb95cd6cd37af7dd383e0f

Glad a Jerry Garcia biopic is finally happening. He deserves one.

Get Jeff Bridges to play Jerry Garcia!!!! Bridges would be perfect for Jerry! 🙂

Kev