Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Further or Backwards?

I went to the Further show at UMass Amherst last Friday night.  Further is Bob Weir and Phil Lesh from the Grateful Dead, 2 new drummers, a piano player, and a guitarist and singer from the Dark Star Orchestra, a Dead clone band.  There were many fine moments musically and I enjoyed the show but I could not help but feeling that maybe the time was past for this scene, at least for me.  The vending scene was very small and a shadow of what is used to be.  While musically very good, Jerry's presence is sorely missed.  Listening to some of Dick's picks after the show, I felt that the magic and energy of a Dead show can never be recreated with different people today. 

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