katie mae wrote:
I enjoy shows as much as the next person, but I feel like these guys need to slow the hell down right now. Where's the fire and why the frenzy to be on tour nearly all the time? At their ages, it can't be easy because it's not easy for me to be AT the show, and I'm younger than they are, so being at the show and being THE show has to be harder. I got the impression that much of the problems I heard were from guys who were trying to give the people what they want, but in the end they seem to be burning themselves out from both ends. No artist - musical or otherwise - can continue to create unless they stop and re charge their creative batteries from time to time. One month off - which will no doubt be filled with rehearsals for the next tour - is not 'time off'. What I'm saying is this - there's a lot of nice things about the Dead community, but there is and always has been a certain element of pressure for more, more more! For some folks it's never enough. I'd be happy if we got a Spring Tour, a Fall Tour, and a NYE run. That's it. A string of shows twice a year - that were filled with energy and excellently played music - with plenty of time in between for the Boys to relax, re charge their creative batteries, and enjoy life. I'd rather have less shows, but of better quality, than shows all the time.
i think you hit the nail on the head. at this stage of the game less is more. while Phil and Bobby are doing shorter tours than the GD used to do, they are still doing multiple tours per year (spring, summer, fall x2, and NYE). heck, even for people half their age that's a lot of touring. while i'd love to see more, more, more, i'd much rather have quality over quantity.