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Re: Could Someone Please Explain...

#240803 1 year, 8 months ago
I go for the music. Plus Phil. Just luv it. Uh okay, hanging out with people is also fun. Spending time with folks who are tolerent, accepting, non judgemental and open to having good times is nice. Never had such a good time in my life before. Over the years I have been fortunate to see this music close to home. Traveling is not only fun, it broaden my horizons, which is healthy. Shows and the energy they bring is the best medicine ever. Did I mention that the bass player is pretty good?
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Re: Could Someone Please Explain...

#240809 1 year, 8 months ago
If you're here reading this, you already know the answer I reckon.

This past weekend I've given this a lot of thought and I think there's another component to the answer. Mortality.

We hoped for a spring "tour". Much to some folks dismay that's not what it is, but a "run". Much as I hate to admit it, but
Phil has stated he wants to travel less, and someone here recently indicated that due to his age he would be doing exactly that.
This made me really sad to think about. I want Phil to live to be 120 if he wants to, and be as happy as a clam. But he and Bobby are known primarily for one thing which is playing music for all us ravenous fans with an insatiable appetite. I believe
they still love doing this, and last night is proof. They know they can still pull rabbits out of a hat that are juggling fiery chain saws, and why shouldn't they do that for us, so we can all get off together? In this regard the ball lay in their court.

Not to go off topic, but these guys just did 4 shows in a row, and aside from a bit of hoarseness in Bobby's voice during Sugar Mag last night, his voice sounded very good. Matter of fact, and correct me if I'm wrong, but I"d say he did the lions share of singing on this run. As I mentioned last night, Phil was holding it down on Cumberland, playing like a guy half his age.

However you can't ignore the fact that the clock doesn't stop ticking and it seems tours, as we've known them, could become a thing of the past, and "runs" could become the norm. This spring run makes them less accessible to many around the country. So it becomes simple supply and demand, and we know there are still a lot of us that want to see as much of them as possible.

In a sort of convoluted way I guess that answers your question. If not, suffice it to say I got hooked in '81. Have never sought a cure and that jones is always there.
Last Edit: 1 year, 8 months ago by AcidTestGraduate.
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Re: Could Someone Please Explain...

#240811 1 year, 8 months ago
see you soon JR!!!!! love ya man !!!! we got the 23rd and 24th I can not friggin wait too long since red rocks !!!
Let It SHIIIINE !!!!!!!!!!
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Re: Could Someone Please Explain...

#240813 1 year, 8 months ago
Ossumpei wrote:
I think its going to be different reasons for different folks.

I definitely started seeing Furthur to continue my GD experiences. They were so much fun and such an important part in my life that I plan on continuing them for as long as I can.

For some people I believe that its more than that. The music in and of itself has an affect that draws them back, like a moth before a flame. But, there's other types of live music available, closer and more accessible.

I'm starting to think it is actually the scene, because of its uniqueness and beauty, which is inherent in all GD type shows.

I'm sure there's lots of opinions on this though.

Have fun at the Bob shows!!

I have noticed not much of a "Deadhead or Furthur following out here just a Las Vegas Jamband Society that I learned existed at a Mickey Hart band show at the Hard Rock Cafe on the strip once. So, I guess it makes me happy to be together with people that love discussing and listening to this music and all it's offshoot spin off ish things!
It's my Friday so I'm writing enthusiastically .
Love you guys and can't wait till next LEFT COAST show.
Everytime that wheel turn round
bound to cover just a little more ground
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Re: Could Someone Please Explain...

#240828 1 year, 8 months ago
FurthurFlower67 wrote:
Yes there are many different reasons why I travel. Here is my story....

Of course I love the music, the people, and lastly I love checking out new places I've never been...

Furthur has brought me all around this country. I visited places I never imagined I could have went to. They gave me the push to get out there! I love them for that! And wont stop til they stop!

I love the Grateful Dead, I love Furthur, and I love you!

As far as the travel opportunities go, it sure beats the military, don't it?
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Re: Could Someone Please Explain...

#240829 1 year, 8 months ago
Lots of excellent answers as expected.

Would you say more the music or more the scene?

Thanks to everyone for giving examples of why you love it.

And everyone thinks the more the merrier? You couldn't be happy with two or three a year.

Back in the GD days I wanted to make as many as I could. Each show was unpredictable and had a place in history. Potentially even great. The scene was unlike anything I've ever experienced before or since. Making it into a show was a bit of a personal victory.

Much the same with Furthur, though not as big in scope, and not quite the event it used to be. But still plenty fun. They are on a limited time frame unfortunately, and that has some bearing on the number to make also.

It is my chosen place to go party, have fun, be part of something bigger than myself that's positive and it fulfills something in me I don't find elsewhere.

I guess I happen to see it like this though. If I had season tickets to baseball, by the end of the season I would resent having to go to all the games. The work, parking, weather, good days, bad ones etc. I am happy going to see them infrequently and catching up on home media. Not knocking those who go all the time here ok. I just find my fun going on occasion and not to every one. Try not to be to mad at me for it. Different opinions can make for good conversation.

Ok back to the question, why so many. Lol. Is there something more that happens at 30 shows a year than 5?
Let us all look kindly on our neighbor.
Last Edit: 1 year, 8 months ago by Ossumpei.
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Re: Could Someone Please Explain...

#240832 1 year, 8 months ago
i don't know how much more fucking clear i have to be on this.

i am a fed, they pay me to go on tour. it's my job.
who else is gonna bring you, a broken arrow?
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Re: Could Someone Please Explain...

#240836 1 year, 8 months ago
Of all people I can see why with you Burt.

Studying the bass and dissecting live music can be a heck of a method to boost you're music career.

Oh yeah, and the fed thing too.
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Re: Could Someone Please Explain...

#240841 1 year, 8 months ago
It's different with everyone. Everybody has their loves, and desires. Sometimes it's the music, sometimes it's the company.
Sometimes it's the adventure. Sometimes, it's for nostalgia's sake. For me, some combination of those, plus more.
Also, it's because I can. A couple years ago, I couldn't. I'm just trying to live for the moment.
Who know's what tomorrow will bring.
I can't come down, it's plain to see.
I can't come down, I've been set free.
Who you are, and what you do,
don't make no difference to me.
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Re: Could Someone Please Explain...

#240844 1 year, 8 months ago
I've only read the first post so far.... for me it seems like I can't get enough, almost like an addiction but I always say and tell myself that I'd much rather be addicted to good live music and a great community of folks then drugs/alcohol or something like that...

I can't explain what attracts me to the music of the GD over anything else but it's there and I wont deny it.... I can't think of anything better to spend my money on then to make it to as many shows as I can... the music is enough for me and I used to just go see a show and come home but the whole sense of community makes it that much better and makes me want to be a part of as much as I could.... then there's always the sense that we don't know how long it will go on for, every show could be the last....

there is also the fact that so many shows are within 2-3 hours of me, and even if they are 5 or 6 or 7 hours away I still feel like it's to close to miss - cause for how long will I have this many chances to see them so close?

I don't share my love for the GD with anybody back home, except my mom pretty much so it just feels right and like home to be out on the road with the band and the whole community.

I still feel like I can't really explain how I feel, but I guess that's close enough for now
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