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If one considers how Grateful St. Louis is for The Kind, The Shwag and Jake's Leg, there's no doubt that this city certainly knows how to honor its Dead. Truckin' into town are two of the ultimate Dead cover bands. Straight out of the kennel comes RatDog. Led by former Grateful guitarist Bob Weir, the band plays a repertoire of Bob's solo material, Dead favorites and, of course, select tracks from RatDog's premier 10 track CD, Evening Mood.

This a story about my own first mystical experience with the band.  I can't remember exactly what year...82 or 83, I believe.  It was Friday the 13th and we were at the Greek Theater in Berkley Cal.  It was a gorgeous day...mid 70s and not a cloud in the sky.  This was back in the day when sold out shows were simulcast outside the facility so you were assured of a good time even without a ticket.  I was selling and trading painters hats with the steal your face stamped on top and was gifted a set of berkeley community theater stubs to get me in the shows.

Well, I did not go to any of Trey Anastasio's summer tour.  I  saw him during his fall tour.  Needless to say I was not impressed.  I had a chance to catch him in Charlotte, NC this summer, but decided to catch Panic in Myrtle Beach, SC instead.  The songs that they played during the fall tour were ok at best.  Trey needs to reunite with Phish.  The way Phish used to play off of each other was what made Phish so talented.  He is planning to stop doing a lot of covers during his shows.  I would suggest he keep doing a few covers because if he comp

I was born in 1965, the same year The Grateful Dead was born and the year that the songs that would land on the Beatles' landmark album "Rubber Soul" were probably starting to gel in the minds of the newly turned-on Fab Four.  I grew up about as big of a Beatle fan as anyone ever could meet, especially when one considers that I was not even five years old when the band reached the end of their long and winding road.

Songs that have asterisks are ones that Susan Tedeski joined in on.  I don't even think they announced her at the show, b/c the whole time we all kept saying, who is that???  and she really didn't do much for the songs.  i would have at least expected her to stand out a bit during estimated prophet, but she didn't do the donna-back ups the way you'd expect.

Driving down from Boulder on HWY 93, our VW Bus and every one coming from the north were treated to a wicked lightning show.  It’s funny, but my friends and I often joke about leaving our little bubble in Boulder,  driving into Jefferson County, seeing the factories and sprawl instead of our lovely open space.  Most of the drive is really pretty though. But the city council in Golden hasn’t a clue, they have some of the loveliest geography in America, and instead preserving it, they have turned much of into cookie cutter America.  But I digress…

Phil Lesh will be at Bonfils Blood Center's Lowry Donor Center on Saturday, June 19, 2004 to increase awareness about the importance of giving blood. Lesh received a liver transplant and is an advocate for blood, organ and tissue donation. He dedicates much of his time at similar events across the country to promote blood donation and express his gratitude to donors. Lesh will be at the Lowry Donor Center for a portion of the blood drive.

The Dead just played the Bonnaoo Music Festival in Manchester, TN.  We just got news of the setlist, check it out here:

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June 12, 2004 | Bonnaroo Music Festival | Manchester, TN

Set 1:
Tennessee Jed>
Good Lovin'>
Self Defense
The Weight
Me & Bobby McGee
Mr. Charlie>
Jack Straw>
Casey Jones

Grateful Web interviewed Billy Martin as part of an early webconference back in 2001.  We are woking to transcribe this interview -- we have also managed to salvage the audio portion (see attached). Thanks for your interest.

As we wind down the Phish career, it is done with both great joy and great sadness. The joy comes from remembering the incredibly good times we've experienced, the successes we've enjoyed, and knowing that even in our closing we are honoring the band. The sadness is obviously driven by the fact that something I love will not be a part of my life anymore. To me, we have been the greatest band in the world and have had the greatest fans ever.

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