Still Takin it Weirder wrote:
Really good article, I knew most of the info but damn... is Rob Eaton bitter!
Eaton and the others in D.S.O., though professedly happier playing with Mattson, are also bitter over Kadlecik’s departure. “I haven’t gone to see Furthur,” Eaton said. “It’s like going to see your ex-girlfriend fucking your best friend.” Eaton, who is fifty-one and grew up in Vermont, treats the band (or its remnants) that has given him a living, a body of work, a style, and some measure of transcendence as a kind of adversary. “If you want to get off, you come see us,” he said. “We have a bigger repertoire than the Dead ever had, at any one time.” They have the whole career in rotation. “We’re showing the kids what it was like.”
Someone has a lil ego problem just sayin.
i know nothing about Rob Eaton and almost nothing about DSO... but yes, based on that quote he comes across as very bitter. to tout your GD cover band by saying that you have a bigger repertior than the GD ever had and claim that you're showing the kids what it was like is in very bad taste. Rob might want to wait until all the original members of the GD leave this earth to start talking smack like that.
i've just been given one more reason not to go see DSO. i've never seen them and won't be buying tickets anytime soon.
Your loss..... if you like to dance and enjoyed the energy of the GD, they are fun fun fun and half of the reason is because "the kids" who didn't get a chance to see it are having a ball.... including mine. ... please don't judge the band or Eaton by one quote.
There is much to like about this story but my impression is that Nick Paumgarten pulled together quotes from interviews done more than a year apart from each other to write this story as if it were in the current context....which ain't exactly kosher.
Another problem I have is his "tapers are more pure deadheads because they appreciate the music more than the lot crowd," take.
And another issue...No mention of Charlie Miller. How do you write a 12,000 word article on archiving the dead without mentioning Charlie Miller.
And not to mention Scar>Fire....... Scar>Fire ...really? He and his boys at St. Paul's Prep School (the type he later makes fun of) might have called it that. But no one I know of did. Know wonder Lesh looked at him odd.