Re: Furthur / Bob Weir's stage fall
posted at 5/2/2013 3:31 PM EDT
In response to BassFishingII's comment:
I didn't hear about this. He must have fallen and hurt it to the point it's uncomfortabel with the shoulder strap. I am still waiting for the Bobby Weir "short shorts" shorts line to come out. lol
He's proud of those nuthuggers. haha
I had to delete the pic to respond -- laughing too hard. SEXY. He dressed like that? Really?
They didn't have any details about the fall in the article I read. I mostly noticed it because it was the announcement that Furthur had dropped out of the festival in Napa Valley in May.
Yeah, all the offshoot incarnations are very good, IMO. Furthur just includes all the remaining and alive members, while Weir's Ratdog and Lesh's Phil and Friends are their own personal Dead projects, which are both very good, IMO.
Weir surrounds himseilf with top notch musicians, as does Lesh, so the shows are more about how those musicians play off one another behind the Dead tunes and covers.
Phil's thing is to bring in a guest singer as the feature for each tour, play some of that person's tunes, mixed in with the Dead tunes.
I rememebr when they first started to try to figure out how to do it, they were touring as the Dead with people like Warren Haynes (not the best fit, IMO) and then Joan Osbourne (pretty good, I thought), but then they decides to do separate projects for the guest singer concept (which only Phil really adopted).
I haven't seen Ratdog in about 5 years, same with Phil and Friends, mainly because Bob and Phil have been trotting out Furthur instead.
As a side note, if you want a live Dead experience, check out Dark Star. They're a cover band, based out of Chicago, but seriously, if you're younger and want a fun experience, they bring the goods and it's only like $25 as opposed to $75 for a Furthur show. Literally each player does a nice job channeling the sounds of each original Dead member (for the most part).
In fact, the lead player and singer, the guy who channeled Jerry Garcia in Dark Star (John Kaledcik), was hired for Furthur. It's no joke. No one will ever replace the heart and soul of Garcia, but it's not offensive at all, IMO.
His replacement in Dark Star, is a chubby guy who kind of looks like Garcia a bit (more like Dave Schools from WSP), and is also very good, IMO.
Hope that helps break it down.
Hey, thanks. I'd have nothing against seeing a Dead tribute band; I didn't know Dark Star was a tribute band. The best tribute bands, as you said, are good $$ deals, you hear the music played the way the band would have, and you have fun. Nothing wrong with that.
It looks like they are trying to keep Further alive for the time being, just based on the article, and they're having great success with it, even after all these years. I find it hard to believe that the fans still come out, but apparently they do. It's incredible.
I had to laugh in the "Playlist" thread at the comment that if you put on an old Grateful Dead bootleg / concert, 3-hours on the road will go by in no time flat. Hahahaha.