THE FURTHUR FESTIVAL
Mountain View, CA.
Playing in the Band
Look who's back, Billy Kreutzmann has decided to leave his island paradise and return to the mainland for a taste of the road. Billy K. has come around and will be playing in the band for the entirety of the The Other Ones tour as they headline this Summer's Furthur Festival. Unfortunately, Phil Lesh has reportedly decided that irreconcilable differences amongst band members have forced him to refrain from playing with the Other Ones. His spot will be filled by a bassist from the popular bay area band Jazz is Dead, Alphonso Johnson. The crowd here in the Bay Area was quite excited to see Billy Kreutzmann back behind his kit next to Mickey. Billy has only performed here a couple of times since this death of the legendary singer/songwriter visionary extrordinaire, the beloved Jerry Garcia. Billy has been keeping his cuts and chops alive with his own band "Backbone," which is now defunct. The rest of the country is even more expectantly awaiting his return to the stage; for he has returned to gallivant the open country with his former band mates, the living members of the Grateful Dead. These beings from the light fantastic, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Billy Kreutzmann, and Bruce Hornsby are joined by the original two guitarists from The Other Ones first tour and their ensuing live CD release. I'm talking about, of course, the magic created when mighty Mark Karan and smiling Steve Kimoch set to enveloping the crowd in their volleys of psychedelic riffs and licks. Their every emotion intent on sending them out for a trip on the bus to never never land, a kind place in our minds where the music never stopped.
This year's Furthur festival was structured in a one set by each band manner, this is normal for festival gigs. But, this particular concert fan did expect to see The Other Ones perform two sets, as this is traditional of the GD style. However, this is not the case out on tour this time around. I suggest to anyone attending Furthur this year to not dally in the parking lot as the opening band plays only a short set and then the Other Ones are right up to bat after that. The Furthur Festival is only two bands this year, and the show is opened by Ziggy Marley. The The Other Ones came on the stage around 8:20, and the smiles were grinning from ear to ear when familiar faces cheered the band on as they keyed up their instruments. Bobby took the lead and delivered a very nice "Playing in the Band" that slowed down into a sweet rendition of Bob Dylan's "She Belongs to Me." This blended with a "Playing" jam that went whipping right into "Jack Straw." The high energy and sweet song transitions at this point in time were feeling very traditional of the GD style.
This was pleasing the Deadhead fans alot, but the arrival of the Queen of the Slide blues, beautiful Bonnie Raitt quite stirred up this crowd. They did "West L.A. Fadeway" and the music was great, the lyrics seemed to get lost there for a moment and Bob Weir couldn't keep from laughing as he was trying to feed Bonnie the words. I guess they needed another sound check on this one, but still a stellar guest appearance from Bonnie Raitt. She also returned to the stage a couple of different times later in the show to jam on "Rainbow Cadillac" with Bruce and for the encore song of "Black Muddy River." The entire band sang the whole encore and it sounded definitely like something wonderful, music to my ears and tears to my eyes. It will never ever sound quite like Jerry G. ever again, but, if you can get over that, and just listen to the music play. Indeed, the music sounded pretty spectacular on this musical and magical night. The Furthur Festival is traveling hand in hand with the Antique Hippie Roadshow (AKA--the Deadheads) and will soon be coming to a town near you, don't miss it folks! Thanks for reading and we'll see ya at the shows.
COUNTING CROWS DEF LEPPARD CHER THE OTHER ONES AEROSMITH TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS PAUL McCARTNEY SANTANA SHERYL CROW TESLA JAY-Z AND 311 OZZFEST 2000 OZZFEST 2001 OZZFEST 2002 DAVID BOWIE AND MOBY AT AREA2 THE WHO JACKSON
PAPA ROACH, P.O.D.,CYPRESS HILL, & ROB ZOMBIE MORNING SPRING RAIN FESTIVAL JUNE 2002 THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND MIDNIGHT OIL MT. AIRE 2002 BIG HEAD TODD CROSBY, STILLS, NASH AND YOUNG BUSH AND DEFAULT INCUBUS BLUES TRAVELER LINKIN PARK IN
BRYAN ADAMS AT THE FILLMORE LINKIN PARK & P.O.D. CROSBY, STILLS, AND NASH STRING CHEESE INCIDENT
FUEL & SALIVA AEROSMITH 2002 STEVIE NICKS THE
AEROSMITH 2001 BLINK 182 THE STRINGCHEESE INCIDENT OZZFEST 2001 BAD COMPANY LINKIN PARK OZZFEST 2000 MARILYN
MEGADETH TED NUGENT
NEW YEAR'S EVE 2000-2001
THIRD EYE BLINDSUMMER
YES THE FURTHUR FESTIVAL 2000 THE B.B. KING
THE STRING CHEESE INCIDENT JOE WALSH
CROSBY, STILLS, NASH, AND YOUNGREUNION TOUR 2000 NYE
WITH THE STRING CHEESE INCIDENT
MILLENIUM TOUR 2000
ZZ TOP & LYNYRD SKYNYRD TOM PETTY
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