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  • My DSO Shows
    12/29/2011 - philadelphia
    12/29/2013 - philadelphia
    7/29/2014 - atlantic city
    8/14 - Kempton arena
    12/14 - philly electric factory Nye run
    8/14 - Dewey beach
    not keeping track anymore
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    Too difficult to figure out where I've been
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  1. Interesting link. Thanks Rude. Brought back many old feelings, sensations, and memories from those days. I guess by nature of the fact that my first show was in 1988, I would be considered a "touch head". There has always been lots of negativity associated with the increased popularity the Dead found in the late 80's and I am sure much of it is well-deserved. I can't speak to what the scene was like before I showed-up, but I am sure the influx of young people in the late 80's changed things considerably. The HS and college kids of the late 60's and 70's had a completely different sensibility than the attitude and culture that came with the young kids of the 80's. However, I don't think the culture change that came with the "touch heads" represented a death sentence for the Grateful Dead scene. Many may disagree. I saw something markedly different infiltrate the scene by 1993. The Dead lot was being taken over by homeless young people. Many of them were beggars, ticketless, and strung-out. This phenomena was not unique to the Dead scene. At the time, I was going to Drexel University in Center City Philadelphia. Quite a few abandoned houses were taken over by young, voluntary homeless who spent their days begging around campus. I also traveled the West Coast quite a bit and the same thing was going on in other cities. Most notably, Portland had a huge young, homeless population. The highest concentration of this phenomena could be found at Grateful Dead shows. Touring with the Grateful Dead held much of the same allure to these folks that it had to millions of young people before them. However, the previous generations of tour heads brought happy positive people who loved music, traveling, and selling their wares within a like-minded community. The new generation of homeless, young tour heads were strung-out beggars, who emoted negativity and misery. I have no idea if those people had any sense of what our music and community was all about. Also of note, there was a huge uptick in heroin use at the time. Available in a cheap powder form, heroin was fast became a drug of choice to young people who had not really seen it before.......and there's not much positive that comes along with that. To me, this is the undercurrent of the conversations in the link Rude sent. These people did not respect the scene or bring any of the same culture and sensibilities that had always been associated with Deadheads. Whether or not Jerry died, I think at least a temporary break was in order. The scene needed some purging.
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    Look who’s copying DSO...

    Look who’s copying DSO... Very circular logic when one considers it. Phil Lesh is copying DSO, but DSO is copying Phil Lesh. It's like a snake eating itself. I say that in jest because the irony is that I generally consider Dead and Company, Phil and Friends, etc to be cover bands.......even though they are the originators. How can you think anything but when Bobby sings West LA Fadeaway or Stella? When DSO is recreating Grateful Dead concerts, they don't feel anything like a cover or tribute band.
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    Milwaukee (9/28)

    Thank you rob.
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    1st Ave Minneapolis, Minnesota

    Or......they could save those rare songs for fillers?
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    Milwaukee (9/28)

    Rob - just curious if you have a second to answer a question regarding your post. In reviewing the original setlsit versus what you guys played, it looks like the only difference is that you played All Over Now instead of Cassidy. What is it about the bare bones stage that made All Over Now the song to play rather than Cassidy?
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    I don’t want to know the show!

    in their "tour dates" section, there are 5 shows that pre-announce "recreation" (nov-dec)
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    I don’t want to know the show!

    I wanted to start a thread on this very topic as soon as the schedule came out, but have been feeling a little persona non grata since offending Eaton and Barraco after the McCarter theater show in spring 2018. I LOVE that they are giving some information about the show. I wish they would do it every time. I am not a tour head. I take my fixes when I can get them. It's not easy to get out that much with two little ones and a full and fulfilling life at home. I am not a fan of DSO original setlists. Seen a half dozen or so now and none have turned the trick. It's hard to get out. When I am able to make the commitment and my hopes and dreams of transcendence are dashed by an original setlist (or even worse a '69 recreation)....it just HURTS so bad. I realize that many say that I am not remaining open-minded or open-hearted. There is an element of truth to that for sure. I have listened to enough early Dead to know what that is about, and have seen and read through enough DSO original setlists to know what those are about. I love what I love..... I am eyeing up the New Year's Run, as always. If I knew which would be original vs a recreation.....Oh BOY that would be amazing. Who needs the guess work? A guaranteed night of transcendence (yes.....DSO is that good when they are recreating that I am comfortable using the word guarantee)....versus a night of letdown. Please, Please, Please........provide this type of information for every show of every tour. I understand why this is not appealing to others. For me, while there are some treasured shows that I know and love as well as the lines on my hands.......I cannot guess at least 90% of the shows. I am just not that type of person. I drink it up and stay in the moment as best I can. Stats, dates, and cities just don't stick that well with me. I've been seeing, playing, and listening to this music my whole life and I can talk about every nuance of every song with the best of them. But when you put it in the context of a specific show or date, I wish I was better at that. That's my long winded way of saying that teasing original vs recreation will not ruin the element of surprise for me. I would say to keep the element of surprise for those of you who know the content of every show very well.....they should leave out the region of the original show. I suggested that they do this on an earlier post of mine and could not be happier to see it. I have been convinced that they shy away from doing this out of fear that ticket sales for recreations would far outweigh originals. I disagree a little with SVT's post. This move shows me that they are not driven solely by ticket sales and are not afraid to let the recreations outsell the prospect of originals. It shows that they are thinking of us all, and perhaps looking to make sure that those of us who are looking for a certain experience are guaranteed to get it. CHEERS to DSO. I'll take it a step further.......give us an an era also from time to time. I know that I am well in the minority on this forum. However, in the larger community, I am not the only one who prefers to hear 1971 through 1991. Tell us the era also. What's the matter with ensuring everyone who buys a ticket is satisfied and feels like their money, time, and sacrifice is well spent. If DSO were to announce a show as 80's recreation......is that really enough information to ruin the night for anyone? I suppose for some it it is and I understand. For me....announcing era and original vs recreation is the way to go.
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    Thanks. I'll have to take you up on that!
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    6.11.93 - recreation at Jubilee

    Oh boy was I there! Summer of 1992 was the time of my life and this day may have been the pinnacle. The show was pretty average on tape....but this was the day to end all days!. I was having the summer of my life with a great group of friends and falling in love for the first time as well. All my best buddies and my soon to be "first love" went to this show. We went in early to see Steve Miller band. The grass at RFK was so lush and green. I'll never forget. We got up close for Steve Miller and held the spot (stage left) for the entire Dead show. Lots of dance space. It was so hot. The only way I can describe the euphoria when we all heard that train whistle and the first notes of Casey Jones is a giant "rainbow full of sound". Everybody was so over the moon. Casey Jones was never a very meaningful song to me before, nor has it become one since. But the Casey Jones at RFK was just so special. Never been in such a colorful mass of euphoria. It was amazing! Some of you may remember the bathrooms at RFK were hell. Long, long lines....always. There were not enough restrooms. Well my friend and I waited during set break in the longest, hottest, smelliest, muggiest, most horrible line you could ever imagine. It was not made easier by the fact that we were under the influence of a wonderful vial that kept us going all summer long. Finally, we made it to the urinals and away we went. When back down on the grass, my friend told me he had to return the line from hell because he got stage fright. I always laugh when thinking of that. Poor guy. One of many memories I have from that glorious day. And then on to Burgettstown PA for a day at Star Lake that is only rivaled by RFK 1992.
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    Sorry. That would be me. I have only posted live-time twice. Most shows I am way too busy dancing for this. However.......since this setlist was further away from my wheelhouse than a Cher concert.....I was looking for something to do. I left early or I would have posted the whole thing. Only because I love what this band can do and I expect so much from them, will I say that this was as disappointed as I have ever been at a concert. Lots of people complaining at the break about the first set song selection. I go to dance my brains out, not see a novelty set of early covers that was put together by the crew. Refer to my previous post about setlist formation being an art form unto itself. Nope. No one punched in the face or even nudged with an elbow. Besides center stage, most everyone was sitting down with very few smiling faces. I spent the first set in the balcony and half of the second downstairs. Very little energy in either area. People wanted to dance.......but that first set of early covers sucked all the energy right out of the room. My last 5 DSO shows; 5/14/18 Princeton - elective with all early dead. 12/28/17 Montclair - elective with a setlist that also left the room dead. no stellar reviews from anyone here. many let early. 8/14/17 Dewey- smoking recreation from 1971. A big sweaty dance fest. The pinnacle of dead music played at its best. 5/23/17 Wilmington - a recreation with lots of rarities from 6/6/70. Also not in my wheelhouse. Again, not too much energy in the room. (Not helped by Eaton playing Frozen Logger 3-4 times because they kept flubbing it. If it didn't work the first time, why remind me of that by trying it two more times. Good thing the audience was polite.) 12/30/16 Philly - another elective with some song selection that left the room flat. Great Dead music has the room jumping out of control. Last night was a lot of polite golf clapping. Definitely not a room full of people going nuts. I am not overly selective when it comes to my Grateful Dead. I will find euphoria in most setlists from 1971 thru 1992. They are playing too much early dead and too many electives. They have underwhelmed the crowds in most of the shows I mention above. It is hard for me to find a night out. Last night may have been my last DSO show, which is a shame because I love their upside so much. But if this band continues to stray too far from what makes them great....I can't spend the time or money. Not for 1 good night out of 5. This is just me and I know I won't be missed. But do realize, if they played 1971-1991 Grateful Dead recreations every night of the year, they would sell out forever to packed houses of sweaty dancers. If they played early recreations or early electives every night of the year, they would be gone quick. If the early Dead did not evolve, the band would have died. DSO should not focus on that time period as much as they do. I have heard Kadlecek would not do that era...good move. Lots of pointless non-melodic jamming, shredding, weak covers, overly complicated originals, etc. To me, their setlists are becoming a little self-interested. I don't go to see DSO to see their creativity come through. By the nature of what they are doing, creativity is not a necessity or hallmark. I go to see them because they can channel the greatness of Grateful Dead music. Stop trying to get fancy with it. I don't want a set of early Dead covers, nor do I want Pride of Cucamunga mixed with Corrina. Last night was just so bad. He Was a Friend of Mine and Green Grass of Home! UGH. Rarity does not make a song great. In fact, quite the opposite. It is likely rare because it didn't work. Such a boring first set. It is a shame that they play a show like that, knowing most of the room will not respond.....when all they have to do is stick to the basics and the place will go ape shit every time. I am not saying you always have to play to the masses......but they are playing for the minority and themselves a little too much lately. Bias.....I am not a fan of early Dead. IMHO, they became a great band in 1971 and beyond. I believe that their cover selection during that time period was nothing special, Pigpen was an average bluesman, and their originals were written before they matured as song writers. Not an interesting melody or crescendo in the first set last night. Did we really need all those covers together in the first set? sorry for the negative post again. But if they are going to have a forum on the website, then I assume feedback is welcome. I am sure I will go again and pray as I always do that they stay away from early Dead or a disjointed elective. However, their percentage of great concerts has been pretty low for me lately.
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    Dupree’s Green green grass of home mointains of the moon dark star
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    Alligator Set 1
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    Hard to handle Dancin old school hurts me.too Lisa sings he was a friend of mine its a mans world sittin on top of the world
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    Elective Setlist Generator

    Words cannot express the appreciation I have for Rob Eaton and how grateful I am for all that he is done. Not to mention my admiration for him as a musician. I am a guitarist and a Bobby freak. I still can't play Bob Weir after 20 years of toiling away as a semi-professional musician. Through Rob Eaton (and DSO) I have come to realize that Grateful Dead Music floats around in the universe, and when approached with the right spirit and the requisite amount of musicianship....the magic transcends the identity of the men on stage. Whatever their names (Weir or Eaton), these musicians are conduits of a powerful force called Grateful Dead music. Jerry expressed a similar sentiment one time, and DSO has made me believe it. That being said.....I do feel a bit different about his approach to generating setlists. I am a purist. To me, DSO is magical when they are recreating from the pick of the litter. When they do original setlists ....it often doesn't work. I believe each concert originally played on stage by the Grateful Dead is a singular piece of art. DSO separated themselves from the multitude of cover bands by honoring each individual piece of art and re-creating it with the same level of musicianship as the Grateful Dead. When Eaton mixes generations with his setlist song selection, incorporates songs that the Dead never played live, plays songs that 95% of us feel are buzzkills, plays songs that were retired because they didn't work live, etc.....It is not my cup of tea. Creating a setlist is an art form, in and of itself. I am not too crazy about his approach to the library. I guess that I don't feel his setlist creation is as good as the Grateful Dead as when they were at the top of their game, and the ups and downs within the set truly affect my enjoyment of the concert.
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    Elective Setlist Generator

    and for night two. Lots of songs in first set like a ‘73. Help on the Way> Slipknot> Franklin’s Tower Feel Like a Stranger Bird Song Beat it on Down the Line Comes a Time Lazy Lightning> Supplication Half Step Weather Report Suite Let it Grow China Cat Sunflower> I Know You Rider Estimated Prophet Eyes of the World d/s St Stephen Stella Blue Throwin Stones Goin’ Down the Road Feeling Bad E: So Many Roads