For those of us lucky enough to have Sirius/XM, last night was very special. No, not because it was Valentine's Day you love bugs! Furthur was back at Cornell University. Every Deadhead is familiar with 5/8/77. On that date, the Grateful Dead played at Cornell University. This date is famous within the scene. Many Deadheads consider this the greatest Grateful Dead concert ever played, but that is an entire different review :)
Ever since Jerry Garcia passed away in 1995, the surviving members of the Grateful Dead have been playing under different names. The Other Ones, Phil Lesh and Friends, The Dead to name a few. Now fifteen years later, the band is called Furthur and people are Excited! The band is playing inspired and Deadheads around the globe are rejoicing. Let's take a closer look at last night's show.
The band kicked the night off with a booming Midnight Hour that was as tight as could be. The Cornell crowd new it was going to be a special night. Then came a beautiful They Love Each Other. Smooth and seamless! Because it was Valentine's, the love songs would be plentiful on this epic night. Then Bobby Weir busted in to a Beat It On Down The Line. Very upbeat and got the crowd roaring. The Tennessee Jed that came next was really inspired and everyone in the house could feel Jerry. You could hear it in their cheers and roars. Then it was Phil's turn to shopw off his pipes. Peggy-O is always a treat and Phil poured his heart and soul in to this version. Bobby came back with a breathtaking Looks Like Rain. He sounded like he was 30 again! You can tell this lineup is making it fun for Bob and it shows in his playing. They came out next with a jammin Sugaree. John's voice and guitar licks were melting my face and ears. It was stunning! The first set ended with a boistrous Good Lovin'. This is such a great tune to end the set because it leaves the crowd wanting more, more, more!!
After a short break, the band opened the second set with a nice Uncle John's Band. The next tune was Peaceful Valley. This is a Ryan Adams tune and it was played to perfection. Bobby then came out with a Ratdog tune, Ashes and Glass. Unbroken Chain was next and it was a treat. Anytime you get to hear this tune, it is a treat. What happened next really blew my mind. The first notes of Moring Dew rang true and the crowd quickly got in a tizzy. John's guitar work was beyond words and it seemed to last forever. This is a tune where John can really show what he brings to the table. The Other One was really trippy! All over the place and taking you to worlds unknown. Really nice!! China Cat Sunflower was next and the crowd was groovin. Every Deadhead knows that China Cat Sunflower is usually followed by I Know You Rider but not tonight. Expect the unexpected with these boys!! China segued in to Standing On The Moon. This is one of my favorite Jerry Garcia tunes and it brings tears to my eyes every single time. Not to worry booys and girls....I Know You Rider came next and tore the roof down. WHAT A SET!
The encore was Samson and Delilia. A great tune to end a great show!
I will be in Broomfield, CO to see these guys next month. Back to back shows and I can't wait. If you get a chance, go see these guys. You will not be disappointed!
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