Volume #26, Issue #4
I’d like to thank everyone for the response to my latest editorial. We heard from so many people, it was a nice break in the void. We got some good ideas and some criticism, but the overall reaction was very positive. Thanks for your input and feel free to write us any time.
This is a special issue for me—it features an in-depth interview with Phil Lesh, which is a milestone of sorts, as it is the first comprehensive piece he’s ever done with us. Kudos to J.C. Juanis for this great story. Soon after the interview, Lesh did another Phil and Friends run, this time with Jorma Kaukonen, Pete Sears, Steve Kimock and Prairie Prince. Word has it that the shows were spectacular. Jorma’s “Good Shepherd” was a special highlight. David Nelson is slated to appear in the Phil and Friends line-up in July. More on these and other Phil Lesh activities next issue.
Rave reviews followed the recent RD3 appearance of Bob Weir, Rob Wasserman and Jay Lane at New York City’s South Street Seaport. Some of the highlights of the sold-out performance included “Black-Throated Wind”, “El Paso”, “Friend of the Devil” and several new tunes. The encores of “Throwing Stones” and “Touch of Grey” were very well-received. Gary Lucas, who opened the show, sat in with RD3, along with an unknown accordionist, for several songs. Johnny Winter also warmed the audience with a short, but powerful set before Weir & Co. took the stage.
On another note, I am thrilled with the return of the Flying Burrito Brothers. Having been a tremendous fan of the band through its many, many incarnations during the ’70s, I am happy to introduce the latest line-up of these country-rock pioneers. John Beland and the Flying Burrito Brothers have just release a new project, Sons of the Golden West, through Grateful Dead Records/Arista. The musicianship is impressive and the guest performances are stellar.
By the time you read this, summer will be in full swing. The musical offerings this season are incredible. So many festivals, so many tours—get out there, take off your shoes and kick up your heels. Don’t forget your sunscreen and be aware that not everyone around you is a friend. But with that in mind, smile and revel in the fact that we’re together once again. The road does go on forever—it’s just up to us to follow the dream.
I’ll be out there and am looking forward to seeing you all!
In peace, love and light,
Toni Brown, Publisher