Posted in music | pictures on March 31, 2009

words, by Andrew Frisicano, photos by Fresh Bread

The Dead

[The Dead's] three performances explored the various sides of the group's persona: the Angel Orensanz Society gig stripped the group down to the trio Lesh, Weir and Haynes and focused on some of Robert Hunter and Jerry Garcia's most beloved songs. Fans could both feel the group's fraternal nature and its frailties (the room was so small that when a fan screamed "we miss Jerry" Lesh shot back with "and you think we don't?").

The band's slightly larger show at the Blender Theatre showcased what happens to that chemistry when keyboards and drums are added to those skeletal song structures. In many ways, the middle gig felt the most like Weir's longtime band RatDog -- the most solidified off all The Dead's current side-projects. The 65-mintue show opened with an extended jam that segued into a continuous set of music hinged on "Playin' In The Band," "Good Lovin,'" " The Wheel," "Franklin's Tower" and the encore of "Touch of Grey." "The Wheel," in particular, symbolized the evening's theme as Weir, Lesh and Haynes sang the line "bound to cover just a little more ground" to a room of people scurrying across town to make it to all three performances.

While the night's two preceding performances were limited to a shade over an hour, the group's Roseland gig clocked in at over 100 minutes and had the feel of one of the group's trademark, exploratory second sets. Like both of The Dead's earlier performances, venue staff also let in ticketless fans as the show drew near. [Jambands.com]

As reported, the Dead played three free, ticketed shows on Monday, March 30th at three different NYC venues after starting the day by performing on The View.

The Dead tour this spring with 4 NYC-area shows, visiting Nassau Coliseum, Madison Square Garden and the IZOD Center. The tour will be their first in five years, and includes a July 4th Rothbury, MI Rothbury Music Festival

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The Dead @ Angel Orensanz Center for the Arts 03/30/09, 5pm set list
"Dire Wolf"
"Birdsong"
"Cumberland Blues"
"Pride of Cucamonga"
"Lazy River Road"
"Casey Jones"
Encore: "Ripple"

The Dead @ Gramercy Theatre 03/30/09, 8pm set list
Jam> Playin' In The Band->
Good Lovin'->
The Wheel->
Franklin's Tower
Encore: Touch Of Grey

The Dead @ Roseland Ballroom 03/30/09, 11pm set list
"Althea" ->
"Cassidy"
"Uncle John's Band"
"Eyes of the World" ->
"St. Stephen" ->
"Dark Star" ->
"Sugar Magnolia"
Encore:"Not Fade Away"

The Dead - 2009 Tour Dates
Sun 4/12 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum
Tue 4/14 Washington, DC Verizon Center
Wed 4/15 Charlottesville, VA John Paul Jones Arena
Fri 4/17 Albany, NY Times Union Center
Sat 4/18 Worcester, MA DCU Center
Sun 4/19 Worcester, MA DCU Center
Tue 4/21 Buffalo, NY HSBC Arena
Wed 4/22 Wilkes-Barre, PA Wachovia Arena @ Casey Plaza
Fri 4/24 Uniondale, NY Nassau Coliseum
Sat 4/25 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
Sun 4/26 Hartford, CT XL Center
Tue 4/28 E. Rutherford, NJ IZOD Center
Wed 4/29 E. Rutherford, NJ IZOD Center
Fri 5/1 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Spectrum
Sat 5/2 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Spectrum
Tue 5/5 Chicago, IL All State Arena
Thu 5/7 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
Sat 5/9 Los Angeles, CA The Forum
Sun 5/10 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheater
Thu 5/14 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheater
Sat 5/16 George, WA The Gorge
Sat 7/4 Rothbury, MI Rothbury Music Festival

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Comments (35)

"Like both of The Dead's earlier performances, venue staff also let in ticketless fans as the show drew near."

dude thats total bs...the contest thing specifically said no ticket, no way...were we tricked?

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2009 3:45 PM

"Like both of The Dead's earlier performances, venue staff also let in ticketless fans as the show drew near."

If this is true, I am really angry about this. This is the exact opposite of what the sweepstakes rules said would NOT happen!!

On a positive note, hope anyone who went to the shows enjoyed themselves. I'm sure it was fantastic.

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2009 3:47 PM

ugh... when are they going to take down that tacky "Blender" sign?

Posted by wembley | March 31, 2009 3:58 PM

when jerry garcia died in like 1996, my friends and i had a party.

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2009 4:02 PM

i hope this party was to celebrate his life and music and nothing evil

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2009 4:05 PM

can we all have a party when 4:02 dies? what an asshole...

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2009 4:05 PM

What..no Donna Jean :(

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2009 4:10 PM

dude...jerry passed in '95. :-)

RIP

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2009 4:10 PM

Scary.

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2009 4:10 PM

I hate anchovy pizza
Asparagus and peas
Wanting my desert
And having to say please
I hate
Well I hate everything [x2]
I hate the Grateful Dead
Their hippie fans are such a waste
Everything about them
Even Jerry's ugly face
[Chorus]
I hate working around the house
I hate mowing the lawn
I hate doing my homework
I even hate this song
[Chorus x2]

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2009 4:18 PM

i like bob weir's birkenstocks...does that make me a hippy?

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2009 4:21 PM

What? No Samba In The Rain?

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2009 4:22 PM

I like Bobby's beard

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2009 4:31 PM

That guy says it reminded him of Ratdog and he means it as a compliment??? Lord have mercy.

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2009 4:45 PM

4:02?

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2009 4:48 PM

early show was nice. missed blender. roseland was filled with folks who won thru q104.3 band should have given away more thru philzone, ratdog, deadnet etc. roseland was filled with folks who sit around trying to win giveaways on the radio all day, not the longtime fans who would appreciate the small venue (just a biased opinion). thought show was good. i think the whole idea behind the shows was to help fill the IZOD. anyone notice the big IZOD DEAD billboard across from roseland? what a great way to promote a pair of shows (play some free ones). dont see that very often for sure

Posted by ed | March 31, 2009 4:58 PM

4:02 - you and your friends are terrible people.

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2009 5:02 PM

I showed up to Roseland about two songs in. Walked right in, no questions asked. How often can you say that in this city?! It was great!

Posted by Joe | March 31, 2009 5:32 PM

I like space/jam/drone/doom lots of minimalistic tripped out stuff. Flying saucer attack, spacemen 3, etc. I even enjoy the second record of Ummagumma. I have no idea why the 'dead' are considered psychedelic. I even went to a dead show with jerry in the bay area.. so here's my point. this is really just a country/blues band. sure when i was tripping out it sounded nice.. but you know what.. my friends and i watched madonna-vogue tour on mushrooms when it came on HBO and that was a major trip too. you can't imagine how tripy those dancers arms coming around madonnas body could be. the Chinese noodle dish we ordered was trippy too. Out of all things in the world that could be psychedelic, the dead are pretty low on the list. plus the fans smell and are idiots. and to 4:02 who partied when jerry died. I'm with you. I lived in the haight(lower) and hated every time the dead came to town.

Posted by bob cock | March 31, 2009 7:03 PM

but, how were the nuuuuugz, brah???

Posted by Tyler | March 31, 2009 7:06 PM

Well, to me it's obvious why they didn't announce it was free for anyone to show up, and instead said ticket holders only.

Imagine if they had said it was free for everyone. Thousands of people would have showed up and it would have been a mess.

They announced it the way they did to keep things under control numbers wise.

Understandable and smart, not BS as someone earlier said.

Posted by Lennon | March 31, 2009 8:22 PM

I heard the FREE kool-aid at these shows was electric.

Any confirmation on this?

After all, Owsley was there working the soundboard.

Posted by Lennon | March 31, 2009 8:25 PM

Anybody know who the hot blonde was on stage left for the entire Roseland show?

Posted by cravenm | March 31, 2009 9:48 PM

Is that Dr. Drew in the audience wearing tie dye and pointing to Bobby Weird?

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2009 9:13 AM

Ha..yeah looks like him! Anyone confirm?

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2009 9:34 AM

I agree with lennon. Although now Im kicking myself for not showing up.

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2009 9:34 AM

Is that a six-string bass?

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2009 12:28 PM

who fist pumps at the dead?

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2009 1:04 PM

Comment to Ed regarding the fans at Roseland. You don't know what you are talking about regarding the fans there. There were plenty of long time fans there probably fans a lot longer than you.

Posted by matt | April 1, 2009 5:05 PM

there is no way they could have just said "come on down, everyone will get in!", it would have been a disaster...back in the GD days, they used to send out letters requesting that people without tickets stay home, due to the massive problems ticketless crowds caused when the GD rolled into town...each venue was handled differently last night, and the people in charge assessed the crowd waiting outside and let a certain amount of people in to each show based on capacity limits after the shows started and they determined what the scene was inside...relatively few got into the first two shows, and more at roseland...nobody was "tricked" and it's actually quite amazing that they let additional people in...it could have been you if you made the effort...thanks to the band and NYC for a great night of music!

Posted by john | April 1, 2009 9:57 PM

Owsley was not there and certainly not working the soundboard...

Posted by john | April 1, 2009 10:03 PM

The Dead are one of the most amazing bands to have ever existed and the fact that they are still touring at their age only reasserts this. Those who posted negative comments about them on this board wouldn't know greatness if it slapped them in the face and they obviously haven't been witness to what the dead is really all about. I have seen Shakedown Street and I have felt the love of the dead family firsthand. I have followed them all around the country and I'm looking forward to seeing them at MSG later this month and at Rothbury later this year. Long live the DEAD!

Posted by Anonymous | April 3, 2009 3:34 PM

ive been out there since 79 matt. how bout you?

Posted by ed | April 3, 2009 6:20 PM

"Well, to me it's obvious why they didn't announce it was free for anyone to show up, and instead said ticket holders only.

Imagine if they had said it was free for everyone. Thousands of people would have showed up and it would have been a mess.

They announced it the way they did to keep things under control numbers wise.

Understandable and smart, not BS as someone earlier said."

True for all of that, plus the rules were in place to prevent scalping. Also accomplished by letting some people in without tickets.

Posted by anon | April 6, 2009 11:23 PM

Blond was Phil's wife, Jill.

Awsome time at Roseland. Did not have a ticket, but got in anyway.
New York - Got the ways and Means.

On to Nassau & MSG

See ya'll there

Posted by Kev | April 18, 2009 12:15 AM

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