Sunday, July 29, 2012

21 Years Furthur

The first Grateful Dead song I ever heard was Friend of the Devil played by my college roommate a few years after the release of American Beauty. While, I do not possess a tie-dye shirt nor am I a self-described "dead head," I've enjoyed both the music, the people and the colorful "scene" since my early twenties. Over the years, I've seen several shows, the last one at Chicago's Soldier Field on Saturday, June 22, 1991 (see set list below). Jerry Garcia passed away in August of 1995, the day after our daughter was born.

Fast forward to 21 years to July 17, 2012 and I am once again near Soldier Field, Northerly Island to see Furthur, a band featuring Phil Lesh and Bob Weir, who are still touring, still helping to create the colorful scene that began in San Francisco when the Grateful Dead formed in 1965.

While much has changed in the world and within myself, it was a completely wonderful evening with friends and great music (see set list below). And, I brought back a set of the colorful "souvenir" photographs below. Each of these "dead heads" were incredibly kind and graciously accepted my request to take their photograph.
Grateful Dead Raft
Roses Let the music set you free Sunshine Rose Keep it green

Soldier Field Set List - 6/22/91 
Set 1
Hell in a Bucket
Shakedown Street
Wang Dang Doodle
Friend of the Devil
Brown Eyed Women
Let It Grow

Set 2
Foolish Heart
Looks Like Rain
Crazy Fingers
Playin' in the Band
Terrapin Station> 
Playin' Reprise
Black Peter
One More Saturday Night

The Weight

Northerly Island Set List - 7/17/12
Set 1
Here Comes Sunshine
Mississippi Half-Step
Cumberland Blues
Doin' that Rag
Lost Sailor
Saint of Circumstance

Set 2
Feel Like a Stranger
Viola Lee Blues
Mountains of the Moon
Morning Dew
Throwin' Stones

Attics of My Life

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