On tour

Posted on Saturday, July 5th, 2008 - 9:18 pm
The Grateful Dead was at their absolute "post-coma" peak from the summer of 1989 through the summer of 1990. They had never been more popular, playing at consistently sold out venues and even selling out some huge arenas. Jerry Garcia was by all reports clean and sober, and his playing and singing...
Posted on Friday, June 27th, 2008 - 10:37 pm
"If you wish to forget anything on the spot, make a note that this thing is to be remembered." -Edgar Allan Poe As Eddie Vedder quickly pointed out, there was something special in the air on this night in Camden, NJ. Most people equate Camden with their recent memories of crime and race riots. On...
Posted on Friday, June 27th, 2008 - 12:56 pm
When I walked into the Fox Theatre last Tuesday night through the crowd of longhaired, indignant teenagers, would-be revolutionaries and otherwise strongly opinionated young people, the building fairly stank of angst and attitude.  The cause: Rose Hill Drive was celebrating the release of...
Posted on Sunday, June 22nd, 2008 - 9:25 pm
Grateful Web's Aaron Dietrich was in attendance at Friday night's Ratdog/Gov't Mule show in Eugene, Oregon. Here are some pictures from the show. Aaron also was at Saturday night's Seattle show, so check back soon for those pictures. Once again, we cannot thank Dennis McNally enough for...
Posted on Tuesday, June 17th, 2008 - 9:13 pm
For classical composer Lee Johnson, tackling the work of the Grateful Dead was like discovering the musical foundations of a new foreign country. Johnson is known for his concert pieces, choral works, short operas and musicals, planetarium soundtracks, and solo/ensemble pieces that cross into jazz...
Posted on Monday, June 16th, 2008 - 9:41 am
Today's review is a show readily available for download at the Live Music Archive, 7/29/88, at the Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey California. This was the first of a three show run at Laguna Seca, and in my opinion the best of the three. I chose this show mainly because of the extremely high...
Posted on Sunday, June 15th, 2008 - 11:54 am
Sure, the bands may be old and the music not quite up to date by the standards of today's young teens and adults, but Chicago and The Doobie Brothers showed that even in the millennium they can still draw in a crowd. Wednesday nights show at Fiddler's Green Amphitheater didn't quite sell out,...
Posted on Saturday, June 7th, 2008 - 11:32 am
If there is a better party band than Ozomatli out there, then I would love to hear them.  I wasn't invited to the party at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas on May 30th, so I had to crash it.  I openly admit to not paying for a big name concert in about 5 years.  I got spoiled being a...
Posted on Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008 - 4:09 pm
Culture, like nature, evolves. Old ideas are made better, and become new ideas. Splits are made between schools of thought, and each side develops into something distinct from the other, even though both are the recognizable progeny of the previous generations. The growth of music over the last...
Posted on Saturday, May 31st, 2008 - 11:17 am
It may not have been quite the British invasion like those of the Sex Pistols, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, or The Who, but The Kooks made quite an appearance at Thursday night's show in downtown Denver at the Ogden Theatre. Presented by 97.3 KBCO, the station of "World Class Rock," an older...