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Lifeless & Firm at The Gorge in George, WA on June 7 and eight, 2019 ~ Live performance Pictures Journal


Right here Comes Sunshine

When Lifeless and Firm introduced their summer time tour it was shocking there have been no Canadian dates. Simply kidding; it could be a shock if there have been. Lifeless and Firm contains among the Grateful Lifeless unique members: Bob Weir, Invoice Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart; becoming a member of them are John Mayer, Jeff Chimenti and Oteil Burbridge.

Being a Pacific Northwest resident (from Canada), it was a simple resolution to attend the Gorge Amphitheater in George, Washington for the Friday June seventh and Saturday June eighth exhibits, though the Pacific Northwest is understood for chilly rain and typically snow. We bought fortunate with heat days and funky nights.


Prankster Alert! Strolling down Shakedown Road, earlier than the primary present, one of the vital fascinating cubicles was the one with Zane Kesey, son of Ken Kesey – writer of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Zane, sporting tremendous enjoyable tie dyed coveralls, and manning his sales space of tie dyed t-shirts, bathroom seats, (Sure! Tie dyed bathroom seats! As you’ll hear Deadheads say, “It’s not simply in regards to the music.” He additionally gave me some cartoon artwork blotter paper, which he mentioned was a medicinal placebo. Zane gave some to my pal Justin too, who popped all of it in his mouth. Nobody has seen Justin since. Rumor is he’s on a ranch someplace in La Honda, sporting a bushy beard and a jean jacket with the sleeves minimize off, blowing bubbles, banging on a drum and enjoying the finger cymbals 24 hours a day.

Whereas ready for the Friday present to begin, there was a candy second when Oteil’s lovable son Nigel waved to the group a number of occasions; in fact all of us waved again to him. The Boys had been in tremendous kind and ready for the chilly wind. John Mayer got here out sporting a classy trench sort coat with camouflage pants, Invoice Kreutzmann wore a Lifeless and Firm bolt hoodie and he truly pulled the hood half over high of his hat for additional heat, Mickey Hart was bundled up in a full zipped up jacket, Bob Weir had a white cowboy hat with a feather in it that threatened to blow away within the fierce wind and Oteil wore his intricate face paint. John tucked his face into the highest of his jacket a pair occasions to maintain heat. They opened the present with “Really feel Like A Stranger” and continued with favorites: “Cumberland Blues”, “Dire Wolf”, “Unfastened Lucy” and debuted a wonderful rendition of “It Should Have Been The Roses”, which was positively a spotlight of the two day venue. Throughout set break there was a surprising Gorge sundown on the best way to the restroom.

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Wow! What an incredible backdrop to the Lifeless and Firm concert events!  

The second set opened with” Right here Comes Sunshine”, “Darkish Star” and one other favourite, the vigorous “Scarlet Begonias.” We’ll all get previous earlier than Scarlet. The second set closed with “Casey Jones”; Bobby’s rowdy vocals bought the group all riled up, and there was a young “Ripple” encore.

The Saturday evening was hotter and The Boys dressed accordingly: John, Mickey and Billy sporting sun shades, Bobby sporting a hat once more, trying like an increasing number of like Crambone.

We bought a “Bertha” opener full with an lively and bouncy Mayer. The second music “Me and My Uncle” (a John Phillips cowl) had a western cowboy really feel, becoming in properly on the Gorge. YEE-HAW! “I Want a Miracle” was a reminder of the Miracle Seekers on Shakedown earlier that day, strolling by means of the group with a pointer finger within the air, the signal that they’re on the lookout for a miracle ticket to the present that evening. Hope they bought that ticket as a result of the present was actually epic.

We bought to listen to Oteil’s honey easy vocals on “Comes a Time”; the group seemed peaceable and pleased listening and watching intently. How will you not love Oteil! (Is that this the place I can brag about discovering Oteil’s guitar choose within the pit after the present ended?) Nobody had to make use of any STFU (Shut The F*** Up) playing cards throughout this music.

The Boys got here again after a brief break; Weir hatless and exhibiting off his splendidly wild hair (Insert 10 hearth emojis right here). The second set opener was “Enjoying within the Band” the place John and Jeff continued their bromance with some cute PDA (Public Show of Affection).

The second music was “Uncle John’s Band” the place Jeff actually blew the mud off his keys, with a “Enjoying within the Band” reprise. Throughout “Enjoying within the Band” a drone appeared above the group and Weir gave us a Drone Rap, “Uh, so there’s a… there’s a drone. Any individual’s working a drone and it’s getting dangerously near the group, and near the blokes right here, and for those who don’t knock it off, we’ve got to give up the present, okay. So, whoever you might be, park that factor, okay.” Sure, Bobby!

“Deal” was among the best Offers they’ve ever performed. Throughout Drums/Area Mickey picked one thing out of the air. Magic. Subsequent was an incredible model of “The Wheel”; Jeff’s cool voice and John’s and Bob’s delicate falsetto harmonies had been an ideal match with the Nineteen Fifties/Mexican/Reggae vibe close to the top. We bought a Dylan cowl of a “Onerous Rain’s A-Gonna Fall”; Bobby Weir singing Bobby Dylan is at all times a deal with. Weir’s voice is robust and regular, considerate and melodic. Weir has been figuring out and sharing his photographs on Instagram with picture credit score to the Gymnasium Security Advisor. You possibly can see his sturdy guitar weapons when he’s on stage and his voice has a brand new power. The Bobby Howl and his exceptional voice management gives you shivers. Somebody within the crowd yelled, “Bust out the brief shorts, Bobby!” Okay, perhaps that was me.

Mayer’s fiery guitar licks and elegant, mellow vocals have received him many Deadhead followers.

Michael from Portland mentioned, “He’s killin’ it!” about John Mayer and referring to Eyes of the World within the second set, Michael mentioned “I can’t consider what I simply heard! Mayer and Chimenti grabbed that music and BLEW IT UP!”

The Boys performed “One Extra Saturday Evening” and we bought a “Contact of Gray” encore; the favored music that introduced the Grateful Lifeless into the tie-dyed limelight in 1987 with the MTV video, a lot to the chagrin of some Deadheads.

It was a wonderful finish to a wonderful weekend and the reminiscences might be treasured eternally.

The weekend was filled with enjoyable. Love the stuff you hear at a Lifeless present; these are among the remarks heard at The Gorge:

1) When did Bobby begin rising his beard?

2) Oh My God! When did Billy flip his hat backwards?

3) Did you see John’s face? (Heard many occasions throughout a present)

4) Benefit from the magical afterglow (We nonetheless are.)

It’s positively greater than the music within the Deadhead tradition. The camaraderie the band has created with and throughout the followers over the previous 50+ years is extraordinary. Watching the group and seeing the pure pleasure on their faces as they sing and smile; and you know the way the music goes…”Nothin’ left to do however smile, smile, smile.”

Evaluate by Ann Horvat

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