Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Approach of The Dead

So it looks like I'm going to both the Nausea Mausoleum Nassau Coliseum and Madison Square Garden shows this weekend, Friday and Saturday. Never seen a show at either venue, so I pick up a little East Coast deadheadcred.

I'm looking forward to seeing some old friends (people with whom I saw Grateful Dead shows as far back as 1980) and enjoying some improvised music and well-crafted songs. The setlists have been interesting and wholly unpredictable so far, eight shows and only I think 3 repeated songs, so that's fun. I'd love to hear certain tunes, of course (Here Comes Sunshine, Morning Dew, Crazy Fingers, etc.) but whatever.

It's a different band, and there's nothing wrong w/ that. *shrug* Nothin left to do but smile, smile, smile...

Monday, April 6, 2009

Heroes #5

I quote from Blair Jackson's excellent liner notes to the recent archival Grateful Dead release, recorded in Feb. 1968:
...hipster hero and Merry Prankster Neal Cassady, of On the Road and Acid Test fame, driver of Kesey's psychedelic bus and one-man living conceptual art piece....[Bob Weir:]"He was the guy who was the most completely in-the-moment of anyone I've ever met."