Posted: Thu Dec 30, 2010 12:38 am Post subject: Further Spring 2011 Tour Dates
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Can't wait to see them in the spaceship again!
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Posted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 6:09 pm Post subject:
I met John K. at a cafe in San Francisco on New Years Eve, at lunch time. He and his wife were sitting at the table on one side of our table, and Sunshine Becker, one of the background singers, was sitting at the table on the other side of us.
Anyhow, I said hi and told him it was a good show the night before, and that I thought he was doing well with the band. He was friendly, and pretty laid back and well, just an average dude. Asked him to play Morning Dew for the wife NYE, and he said I'll see what I can do, but ya know... and winked.
Yeah, they didn't play it, wife was bummed, but happy I asked.
No west coast dates announced yet for spring.
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I had a chance to meet John K once at a mini festie outside of Hackettstown, NJ....right before The Tricksters took the stage I listened in on John and another fan have a conversation, part of me wanted to barge in and start asking him what kind of GD shows he's into, his favorite era to play, etc you know, talk about shit we do on this forum....but I held back. At that same place I ran into Rob Eaton, shook his hand and told him I appreciated the work he and Charlie Miller does with GD recordings, I feel bad for not telling him I also enjoy his music
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Posted: Fri Apr 15, 2011 11:15 pm Post subject: Fox Theatre experience 4/3/11
So I happened to be getting to Atlanta that same Sunday evening as the show, and I figured I'd try and scalp a cheap ticket. Got down there and found parking pretty easily, and began cruising around the parking lot scene. As usual, dirty hippies, good food, and plenty of beer. As time went on the ticket prices were going down, but I was apprehensive due to some angry people having been sold fake tickets.
Meanwhile I made the mistake of butting in a conversation about Bobby playing the Rat Dog show the night after Jerry died. I made the comment that I thought Bobby should have canceled the show, and this far-eyed Further head was so livid you would have thought I threatened his first-born child. I mean he was up in my face with the "the music must go on, man!" rap...I had forgotten how obnoxious Deadheads actually are.
Anyway I eventually convinced this guy to sell me a $30 ticket and I took a chance. In I went and it was between sets... got my Sierra Nevada and was in my seat in plenty of time for the start of Set 2.
They began with Iko Iko which was festive, then followed up with The Last Time, which I thought was a poor choice. Then Wharf Rat made an early entrance, and Bobby and Phil were both executing nicely - especially Phil. As for the keyboard and lead guitar sections however, I was very underwhelmed already. In place of what should be a blistering, in-your-face Wharf Rat solo break was instead a more melodic, pretty solo....the kind I don't like quite frankly. Also I was craving that hard-hitting Brent style organ, but instead the tinkering piano left me feeling rather empty.
After a very forgetful Born Cross Eyed (I think), it was Dark Star time, which brought some pretty good jammation and decent spaciness. Then the fun really began as the drumbeat to that Pink Floyd song kicked in right as the Dark Star jam reached a lull...great timing and great drumming. The whole crowd sang along joyously to the Floyd song (sorry I forget the name of it). I was feeling pretty good at that point as well, thanks to the generosity of the guys around me, and to this cool chick dancing in the isle having lots of fun.
Terrapin came along and that to me was the real highlight. Very well executed, and they played the full album suite. Finally I felt that I had experienced consumer surplus in my $30 purchase, and somewhat of a blissful state. After the excellent Terrapin it was all downhill, and I don't even remember what else they played. It was getting late, and when I heard the first chords to Brokedown as the encore, I was outta there with a quickness. Not interested at all in a non-Jerry Brokedown for some reason.
Overall I'm glad I went, and I guess I'm going to see Further again in late July with my mother in St. Augustine, Florida so that will be cool.
Other than Bobby and Phil, the only band member I care for is the drummer - who is outstanding. I don't care whatsoever for the keyboard/piano player and not for the lead guitarist. I didn't like him very much with Dark Star Orchestra, and still don't like him with Further. As much as he tries to emulate Jerry in some ways, he really doesn't "get" what Jerry's guitar playing was about in my opinion. He lacks Jerry's timing - especially the flurried ascending notes at the very end of a solo between beats leading up to a musical phrase, and the sheer ferocity of the guitar tones used in solos.
I could see Further being MUCH better with a straight organ player and a better lead guitarist...like how about Trey ! I'm sure there are many choices out there that would surely be an upgrade at the lead guitar, and let's face it - lead guitar is very important in a "rock" band.
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