Ed & Lerry’s Grateful Dead Tour Journal: 2/22/74
February 25, 2014 Leave a comment
February 22, 1974
Lerry: Context is fucking me up man! I’m so into this show, but is it because the last time I listened to the dead was two months ago (for 40th anniversary of the 12/19/73 show), or is it because it is good?!?!?… Must have been the roses!! First performance ever! Phil clearly didn’t know it very well as he stopped playing during parts but maybe that’s me being too refined. Great to get some new blood in the set. As much as I loved the last tour, by the end I was starting to hope for new songs. I love that they are mixing it up a bit here.
Ed: If for some reason someone asked me for the definitive version of Bobby’s cowboy tunes, I would point him/her to this show. Jerry is tight with his pseudo-lap steel vibe, shredding from the get-go… The band sounds practiced – given the new tunes introduced in this show, I’m going to guess that they were actually writing/rehearsing/practicing on their time off in Jan/Feb ’74. Tight show all around… Slipknot lick is dropped in various places throughout show, which brings up philosophical problem Lerry discussed with me once while baked: can you go back in time and name it slipknot, just because you know in the future it will be called slipknot? Duuude.
Lerry’s favorite quote from internet about this show:
“you are the reason the democrats cannot get elected to office.”
Ed’s favorite quote from internet, not quite about this show, but written about the Dead for the January 1974 issue of Creem Magazine (by none other than Cameron Crowe):
“Their hardcore San Francisco audience may still be locked into a 1967 consciousness, but the Grateful Dead operation is Big Business and strictly 1974. Why, Weir and Garcia have even been known to sport Nudie suits on stage every now and then.”
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