There’s a six part Grateful Dead documentary on Amazon Prime called Long Strange Trip. It was interesting (and I say this as someone who doesn’t like their music).
I know you’re dead and all, but you are probably my favourite guitarist. You would only have been 74 today as well. What a waste.
If not you might be pleased to learn they are releasing an 80 (that’s not a typo, that’s eighty) disc set of live gigs.
I’m flabbergasted. Will anyone actually listen to 80 discs? It beggars belief, but Deadheads are known to be obsessive.
I know we have some Deadheads hereabouts. Are any of you thinking “Why yes!. There is a gap in my Dead collection and it’s about 80 discs long” and shell out for this?
Over two days of trying (first day: VIP and Travel packages, second day: Ticketmaster), I failed to score any tickets for the Grateful Dead’s farewell shows in Chicago. There were well over 300,000 mail order application, over 500,000 trying via Ticketmaster, apparently, so I’m not really surprised, and it was obviously going to get even more expensive with flights and hotels. I’m still disappointed.
Of course, a lot of the tickets are now on the secondary market, via StubHub, for example. My favourite offer is the one for seats behind the stage, with no view whatsoever. The cost to you, for three consecutive nights of looking at a giant screen from Row 9 of Section “Middle 249, No View”: $1,160,004.99. Makes the GA Pit tickets (right in front of the stage) at $1,160,004.09 look reasonable by comparison. Of course, there are better value offers out there: GA Pit tickets start at $15,000… the lowest price out of the 750 3 day passes on offer is $1,339.25, the lowest with a view(!) are $1,899.99 each.
Somehow I’m glad I’m not going to be part of this disgusting circus. A sad way for a band to end their career.
It’s been a long time folks – what’ve you been listening to, reading, watching since we last met .
Bargepole keenly awaits King Crimson dates later this year, and more rereleases from the likes of Tull, Yes etc.
Just a pity the farewell Dead shows are (unsurprisingly) all in the Chicago.