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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

You’ve all heard of the Grateful Dead. If you haven’t, please stop reading this. This post is meant for the Deadheads among us.

Last night, Furthur, a new kind of Dead cover band, performed a stellar show at the Stabler Arena in Bethlehem, PA. I say ‘new kind of Dead cover band’ because well, they’re not really a full cover band. You see, the new group is comprised of two original members of the Grateful Dead, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir. The other members of the band include Dark Star Orchestra front man John Kadlecik as the voice and guitar of Jerry, Jeff Chimenti, Jay Lane, and Joe Russo.

Photo by Kate Langenburg

The arena was a good size, but not too big. Fans packed themselves onto the floor, in the upper decks, and sides of the venue, but left enough room between each other for dancing, of course. The vibe among the fans was a very positive one. Even the fact that the arena served no alcohol didn’t dampen the spirits of the Furthur fans. (See, you don’t need alcohol to have fun, kids.)

The band ripped off one Dead song after another, leaving room for improvisation and long spirited jams. Accompanied by a trippy light show, the music swirled around the venue, bringing fans of all ages together as one.

I have to stop right here and just mention that they played the ULTIMATE Dead song — Terrapin Station. Seeing the orignial members of the Dead play this song together is really something special. You can feel the bond between the musicians and hear the effects they create. I’ve seen both of these musicians play this song individually, but this was by far the best live version I have heard. People were dancing with arms held high in the air as they sang every single word to the much loved song.

Here’s the complete set list from the show:

Set 1: Golden Road (to Unlimited Devotion)>Gloria>Good Morning Little Schoolgirl>Ramble On Rose>Magnolia Mountain>Black Peter>Passenger>Next Time You See Me

Set 2: Bertha>Row Jimmy>Reuben and Cherise>No More I Do>Eyes of the World>Terrapin Station>The Wheel>Touch of Grey>Donor Rap

Encore: Brokedown Palace

Here’s a snippet from last night’s Eyes of the World. Check out the awesome piano jam:

I must say that John Kadlecik fits in quite nicely with the original Dead members. His voice is eerily like Jerry’s, but in a good way. I heard a few fans in the crowd commenting on how much they thought he sounded like the original frontman.

Good news for all you Furthur fans — the band has just announced that they will be playing the 14th annual All Good Festival in West Virginia. If you’re a jam band lover, this festival is for you.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Okay, so what did everybody think of the Who at the Superbowl Halftime show last night? I think they did an alright job, all things considered.

The performance started out a little shaky. Roger Daltrey has clearly aged and his voice sounds it. At the beginning of the show, his raspy and often out of tune notes pierced my brain, but just about midway through ‘Teenage Wastland,’ he seemed to finally warm up a bit and sparked some life back into those old songs.

As for Pete Townshend, it was exciting to see him try to relive his past by doing his trademark windmill strumming, but I secretly feared for his shoulder. I bet that’s sore today. Townshend’s voice has held up better than Daltrey’s by far, but of course, his age still shown through.

Zak Starkey, Ringo Starr’s son, did a fantastic job rocking the drums. He was most definitely the most energetic performer of the night. I guess it might be kind of difficult to lend that title to the aging members of the Who.

It was interesting that the cameras did not, but for one time, take the shot off Daltrey, Townshend, and Starkey. Obviously, they were the most famous out of the bunch, but what a way to kick the other musicians out of the picture. It wasn’t right and I wanted to see more of the whole stage setup.

But the true thing that I think saved this performance were the lights and visual effects. Without the bright lasers whipping around the performers and computerized images of Townshend strumming his guitar, I don’t think this medley would have gone over very well.

However, it is true that many, many Superbowl fans were disappointed in the performance. Most of those fans agreed that the Who has exceeded their prime and that was the main reason for the let-down. But some have said that the Who’s setlist was ‘the worst performance at the halftime in a while.’

Either way you look at it, I have to give them credit. They have not played together in quite a long time, still had the gusto to come out on stage and rock as best they could, and even did the show for free. That’s right, they didn’t get paid a cent for the performance.

Haven’t had enough of the Who at the Superbowl? Here’s a video of their acoustic performance from that night:

Kudos to the Who, but it’s definitely time to retire those chops.

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