Volume #24, Issue #4

EDITORIAL

     I've had some major problems trying to decide which concerts to go to this summer. There is so much going on! Last year, there were only a handful of options, but now, I sit and ponder which direction to head off in and I'm grateful for the many alternatives. We've forged ahead and the inspiration is boundless.

     It's also time to document the very first holiday that belongs solely to Deadheads. I need feedback on which day is appropriate to celebrate "Jerry Day"-August 1st (Jerry's birthday) or August 9th (the day of his departure). Most holidays celebrate people's birthdays, but in Jerry's case, many commemorations fall on the day he passed to the next realm. Please write me and let me know what you think.

     In preparation for this issue, I had the privilege to interview Donna Jean Godchaux MacKay. I really enjoyed getting to know this warm and wonderful person. She has an album out and is doing a few shows this summer. Also, Government Mule is sounding great-Warren Haynes and Allen Woody's departure from the Allman Brothers Band has given them the energy to kick it into overdrive. The new Blues Traveler album, Straight On Till Morning, is its best yet. Catch the band on tour. John Popper and company will be featured next issue.

In peace, love and light,
Toni A. Brown, Publisher

P.S. It has come to my attention that the absurd war on drugs is still targeting Deadheads. The Furthur Festival, as well as a number of other events, has resulted in a record number of arrests. As always, be careful. Not everyone around you is your friend.

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