how symbolic is it to see the resurrected grateful dead kick off the 2009 reunion tour on easter sunday? spiritually inspired or cosmically ironic? aside from a very quick surprise glimpse from the 3 shows the dead played in one day here in new york city, here they are in full concert mode!
i couldn't wait to read about the first show of the tour this morning (and still keeping my fingers crossed that i can get tickets for one of the nyc area shows next week). the discussion thread at philzone had some less than enthusiastic posts about the show last night :(
my quick take on the setlist: "music never stopped" is the obvious start to show... and a first set "he's gone" tribute to jerry, a must... and "touch of grey" their 80's chart topper was another predictable first set choice.
but then things got strange... mixing together the 60's vintage "caution > new potato caboose" with 70's "help> slipknot> franklin's tower" certainly didn't come out of any dead show i've listened to over the years. i can't wait to hear how that stretch played out live. and samson and delilah as the sole encore - what's that all about?
so the jury, for me, is still way out on this one - hope it sounded better than it looks on paper :(
music never stopped
touch of grey
i need a miracle
all along the watchtower>
spacey jam >
caution (do not stop on the tracks)>
new potato caboose>
help on the way>
samson and delilah
i hope the tapes of the show make it on to live music archive, but it's already available for download from the dead.