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Re: Is Furthur losing steam??

#145344 2 years, 6 months ago
OtherOne wrote:
ecojaded wrote:
I overheard Bob and Phil saying the exact same thing in the locker room this morning.

WOW you really have your finger on the pulse

Only question I have for you is which shows were you at so far this tour?

Haven't seen any yet this tour, but have seen 20+ so far and what I've heard from this tour seems flat. Don't take it so personally, I love the band but am finding something lacking at recent shows.
TY so much for your honesty cus some on here will crucify ya if ya say 1 word negative wise but i have been to almost 20 myself in the last 2 yrs and i was in boston for those 2 and ct for wallingford the only one i got into but still been listening to the streams and i agree with you wholeheartedly i cant point it out but somethings missing i know that cus i can FEEL it.Dont have to think bout it or over analyze it just have to feel it.Stricken said maybe it was nt your night to get what ya needed maybe it was some 1 elses awesome event of the yr and they got healed or got what they needed.Soo... selfiish and self centered to the extreme i may be but i feel ya on this one!
Island Head
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Re: Is Furthur losing steam??

#145371 2 years, 6 months ago
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Wildflower seed on the sand and stone....

Re: Furthur is Steaming??

#145382 2 years, 6 months ago
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Trying to find a peacefull song

Re: Furthur is Steaming??

#146074 2 years, 6 months ago
I think the audience sing along makes the band sound flat at times. people need to learn when to sing and when to listen.

judging by this recording (second set) archive.org/details/furthur2012-04-09.119809 no steam has been lost.

But I did hear a flat/off tempo sounding truckin' on the stream a few nights ago, so I guess they have their moments. like always.

I live for those moments, and Furthur typically delivers them.
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Trying to find a peacefull song

Re: Furthur is Steaming??

#146075 2 years, 6 months ago
I also agree with the people who say to TURN JOHN UP! The growly tones that he dips into should shake the earth like a phil bomb.
Dire Wolf
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when the police knocked y'all...

Re: Is Furthur losing steam??

#146101 2 years, 6 months ago
ZenoMarx wrote:
Dire Wolf wrote:
If Furthur shit gold bricks on stage and then handed them out for free. Somebody would claim that it was the wrong shade of gold.
works both ways

What you mean like if Furthur was shoving gold bricks up their ass? Maybe its cause I was in the first five rows for each night but I can't really agree with anyone who thinks their losing steam. I'm all about letting people have their opinion's but these shows have had some damn inspired playing and great band communication so I think y'all are Crazy!
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Re: Is Furthur losing steam??

#146104 2 years, 6 months ago
Baptist wrote:
I have yet to see a show on this tour yet (hopefully Beacon on the 15th will be my first). But, I do get a little scared when I hear that the tour feels strange. The last time it felt strange to me was the year that Jerry died in 1995. But that tour was really strange with gate crashing, police shakedowns, and other weird stuff.

So, I hope this does not end in a death or a break-up of Furthur!

((((((((((LOVE< PEACE & JOY FOR FURTHUR VIBES)))))))))

Luke 10:19 Behold, I have given you authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall in any wise hurt you.
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Re: Is Furthur losing steam??

#146108 2 years, 6 months ago
Island Head wrote:

Nice piece. Good to see the mainstream media pay us a little attention.
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Island Head
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Re: Is Furthur losing steam??

#146160 2 years, 6 months ago
Review from Jambands.com


Anyone looking for evidence of Furthur’s continuing evolution as a full-fledged band in its own right, rather than Bob Weir, Phil Lesh and backup musicians, needed only attend the April 6 concert at the Wang Center in Boston. Lead guitarist John Kadlicek took the starring role that has mostly been filled by Weir to this point, singing lead vocals on about three-quarters of the evening’s setlist, while drummer Joe Russo provided a muscular, confident backbeat that helped propel the many slower numbers of the night and added punch to the more upbeat tunes.

Following a brief opening instrumental jam that allowed each musician a short solo as well as some group playing, Furthur began the show with a slew of slow tunes, starting with “Foolish Heart” from the unfairly overlooked final Grateful Dead studio album, Built to Last, which led to the Aoxomoxoa novelty “Dupree’s Diamond Blues.” Kadlicek sang both numbers with a notable comfort and confidence that has previously been absent, frequently making eye contact with and smiling at the crowd.

During the first set’s third song, the Weir-sung favorite “Estimated Prophet,” Kadlicek even began engaging in guitar heroics, adding Townshendesque flourishes to key riffs and holding his guitar at an angle so everyone could see what he was playing. “Estimated” was also where Kadlicek really started putting his numerous effects pedals to work, producing a variety of unusual sounds and a distorted guitar warble reminiscent of Jerry Garcia’s playing during the late 80s-early 90s Without a Net era of the Grateful Dead.

“Estimated Prophet” led into two more slow numbers, “It Must Have Been The Roses” and another “Built to Last” song, late Dead keyboardist Brent Mydland’s “Just a Little Light,” also sung by Kadlicek. This collection of mostly slower-tempo songs led to somewhat curious pacing for most of the first set. While Furthur first sets are often on the mellower side before the band breaks out trippier and heavier material for the second set, this first set had an unusually slow rhythm that resulted in the audience losing a lot of the balcony-shaking energy (I was sitting in the center balcony and during the intro it swayed like an amusement park ride) it displayed early in the show.

However, Furthur kicked things up a notch with the last two songs of the first set, a peppy Weir-led “Feel Like a Stranger” that wove into a freewheeling “Viola Lee Blues” which featured some seriously intense R&B jamming that set the stage for a more rocking second set.

Furthur quickly delivered on that promise by opening the second set with a soulful cover of the Traffic classic “Dear Mr. Fantasy,” Kadlicek lending his raspy vocal tones and the whole band expertly handling the song’s tempo-shifting closing jam. That jam led into the Dead classic “Jack Straw,” featuring its own marked tempo shift after a slow and easy opening.

Furthur then went into spacy mode for another Aoxomoxa nugget, Phil Lesh’s “Mountains of the Moon,” which proved to be a momentum-killer during Furthur’s show in Worcester, MA in November 2011, but on this night was an enjoyable psychedelic side trip, and of course it’s always good to see Phil take center stage.

After an upbeat take on “Mason’s Children,” Furthur unleashed one of the most potent weapons in its arsenal, the trippy epic “Dark Star.” The crowd gave an appreciative roar as soon as the band started playing the mysterious, foreboding opening chords, and as they have in previous shows Furthur wound in and out of “Dark Star,” weaving both “Let It Grow” and the best song from “In the Dark,” Weir’s social/political/environmental commentary “Throwing Stones,” into the mix. Keyboardist Jeff Chimenti heightened the altered-consciousness aspect of “Dark Star” by splashing in some eerie, cosmic sounds and special effects.

Furthur brought the set home with a powerful trifecta: a rollicking “Passenger” that led into a heartfelt “Morning Dew” (Kadlicek’s vocal emotion was evident throughout the night), and then saved the best for last, an encore of “Box of Rain.” Built around a driving rhythm from Russo and featuring some beautiful piano from Chimenti, the ode to Phil Lesh’s dying father was played in more of a rock-n-roll style than the countrified studio version found on “American Beauty.”
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