Volume #26, Issue #1


     Keeping a magazine on deadline is tough-I always seem to be living several months ahead of myself. Here I am writing an editorial in mid-December that you won't read until February. Things are destined to change between now and then and the same goes for much of the editorial in every issue. So many things are undetermined at this time! Is Phil Lesh going to be okay? Who and what went down on New Year's Eve? Blah, blah, blah. Of course, this dilemma is not going to make me consider making Relix a weekly publication, but it does force me to ponder how quickly I can get news to you, the reader. I have to actually consider the magnificence of the cyber world. Maybe little news briefs from our office to you…let me know if you'd be interested and what you'd like to know. It would be time-consuming for me, but it would help us share concert dates, important information and fun stuff in a timely manner.

    It irks me to present Phish's Lemonwheel in February when it happened in August. But thus is our time frame and editorial calling. I think back to the early years of Relix when it was embarrassing to present reviews six months after the fact (it's gotten a bit better since then), but we always did our best to get the word to you. So cyberland is an alternative. Save up for a computer 'cause you're gonna want one!

     Thanks to Enis Moran for his intensive electronic involvement with Relix. I don't know where we'd be without him and I apologize for my resistance in having to learn "just one more thing".

     I want to thank all of the wonderfully kinds folks I've been running into at the many shows I've been to. Your words of encouragement and even the fact that you recognize me means so much. It helps me feel a little less isolated. It's a lonely world and being able to connect is so electric! I'm glad to see you all out there shaking your bones and being part of the incredible music evolution. Ratdog rocks and if you haven't seen Mickey Hart's Planet Drum, don't miss any future shows. Wow!

     I have been partial to Hot Tuna since the early '70s and I do believe it's never sounded better. Jorma Kaukonen's Fur Peace Ranch has been open on a trial basis to rave reviews. It officially opens in April, so stay alert for classes that may be of interest to you musicians out there. You can call 740-992-6228 for more information. By the way, Jorma's new signature Epiphone guitar is currently in production. He showcased the prototype during the late fall Tuna tour. Jack Cassidy's signature Epiphone bass is now available and he makes that thing sing. (We'll be featuring Hot Tuna in the April issue of Relix.)

In This Issue

     Merl Saunders is celebrating his 65th birthday on February 14th, 1999. Having a Valentine's Day birthday is appropriate for this sweetheart of a man. Merl is a mentor to all the people he touches.

     Phish appears on our cover and throughout this issue. The band has been keeping busy and, in spite of itself, has achieved commercial notoriety-its fan base is as strong as ever. Tickets for its New Year's Eve run in New York sold out in record time. More next issue.

     Vince Welnick is currently in Mexico with Missing Man Formation. They are rehearsing and getting ready to do a new album.

     Just about the time you read this, I'll be working on a new album with my band. We've had a great year of touring and have gotten to play with so many cool artists! All this personal musical activity has me distracted and I'm very spaced, but I guess you wouldn't have me any other way!

     We'll give you all the news that's fit to print next issue.

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

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