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LIVE DEAD ‘69 celebrating Grateful Dead lyricist ROBERT HUNTER with Cleveland area performance at Beachland Ballroom. PHIL LESH drummer EZRA LIPP joins tour featuring ‘GRATEFUL DEAD at Woodstock’ set. All-Star band features members of Grateful Dead RatDog, Phil Lesh, Jefferson Starship, David Crosby
Marin County, CA (Oct. 1, 2019) — LIVE DEAD ‘69, channeling the musical gestalt of classic era Grateful Dead, are set to perform 30 shows in the US & UK … celebrating the poetry & music of Grateful Dead lyricist ROBERT HUNTER, recently passed.
The All-Star ensemble was formed in 2016 … their entire ‘attack,’ pivoted to 1969 vintage Good ‘ol Grateful Dead – who came into their psychedelic flavored, improvisational own that same heady year Apollo 11 landed on the moon and Woodstock landed upon the culture
Their repertoire, squarely centered on originals through Hunter’s epoch (prior John Barlow’s ascendance), when he alone wrote all the words to ‘songs to fill the air’ composed by Garcia, Weir & Lesh.
Live Dead ’69 drop their first release at the end of October, coinciding with the commencement of 30 shows in the U.S and UK where they have established a unique and ardent following. Titled ‘Phantom Ships with Phantom Sails’ – the release is especially poignant, coming days after the passing of cherished friend Bob Hunter. The album’s moniker is a lyric from “Days Between,” a late song in the Robert Hunter / Jerry Garcia songbook, perhaps their last collaboration on a big, significant song. It has come to be associated with the week in August between the days of Jerry’s birth and his passing. The All-Star, legacy ensemble, spiritually led by Grateful Dead’s original, Hall of Fame, pianist Tom Constanten (Pigpen’s roommate in the 1960s), recalls: “The studio was not the place were Grateful Dead congealed new material or re imagined for the stage, previous compositions. We were a live band.” Playing to that very paradigm, Live Dead’s first release is entirely comprised of live performances.
Included is the capture of ‘Morning Dew’ – one of the 2 or 3 most revered of all Grateful Dead songs. Notably, composer Bonnie Dobson made here first ever appearance with any members of Grateful Dead at Live Dead’s Mar. performance in London - an unimaginably high & emotional moment to be certain.
Comprised of: Tom Constanten, original Grateful Dead pianist, who played all the keyboards on the original “Live Dead” recording, inducted into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and was essential to Grateful Dead’s first 2 ambitious/ experimental studio recordings “Anthem of The Sun” and “Aoxomoxoa.” Mark Karan, 15 years as lead guitarist with Bob Weir’s Rat Dog and The Other Ones, as well as tours & appearances with Phil Lesh & Friends, Mickey Hart’s Planet Drum & other ‘Dead Family’ projects. Slick Aguilar who played lead guitar in Jefferson Starship & KBC for 26 years and with David Crosby Band before that. RatDog’s Robin Sylvester plays bass, and Phil Lesh, ALO drummer Ezra Lipp rounds out the ensemble.
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