THE FURTHUR FESTIVAL
AT

Mountain View, CA.
8/25/2000

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.
                                                          Nick Running








 
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
BROWNE
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
LAS VEGAS
BRYAN ADAMS AT THE FILLMORE
LINKIN PARK & P.O.D.
CROSBY, STILLS, AND NASH
STRING CHEESE INCIDENT 
NYE 2001-2002
FUEL & SALIVA
AEROSMITH 2002
STEVIE NICKS
THE
BLACK CROWES
AEROSMITH 2001
BLINK 182
THE STRING
CHEESE INCIDENT
 OZZFEST 2001
BAD COMPANY
LINKIN PARK
 OZZFEST 2000
MARILYN
MANSON
MEGADETH
TED NUGENT
AND TESLA
THE OTHER
ONES
NEW YEAR'S EVE 2000-2001
 THE
COUNTING
CROWS AND
LIVE
THIRD EYE BLIND
      SUMMER
    TOUR 2000
YES
THE FURTHUR FESTIVAL 2000
THE B.B. KING
  BLUES FEST
2000
THE B-52'S
AND THE
GO-GO'S
THE STRING CHEESE INCIDENT
JOE WALSH
2000
  ELTON JOHN
2000
CROSBY, STILLS, NASH, AND YOUNG
REUNION TOUR 2000
NYE
1999-2000
WITH THE STRING CHEESE INCIDENT
THE EAGLES
MILLENIUM TOUR 2000
LAS VEGAS
ZZ TOP & LYNYRD SKYNYRD
TOM PETTY
  HOLLYWOOD
BOWL
PEARL JAM
 HALLOWEEN
WIDESPREAD
PANIC
BONNIE
RAITT
'99
BONNIE
RAITT
'98
METALLICA
H.O.R.D.E.
'98
THE
B-52's
FURTHUR
'98
VAN
HALEN
 311
JERRY
CANTRELL
   BARENAKED
LADIES
COUNTING
CROWS

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