Published on July 7th, 2015 | by gatsbyadmin0
Fare Thee Well – GD50
This week was filled with all types of love for America and live music. We first started following the GD50 event for Sunday at Santa Clara. As we all know, “Never miss a Sunday show,” thats what the tour life has taught us all. So we decided that Sunday of Santa Clara and Sunday of Chicago were going to be our focus. We were love/live streaming the events to Denver in our GG offices. Our viewpoint was a bit different than being on the ground but we had plenty of people at all the shows that were dropping us information, ideas, clues, pictures, and memories of the past 50 years. We all knew one thing….We are grateful.
Sunday – Santa Clara – June 28, 2015
We had a few ideas of what was coming from the set list before the members took stage but we all had a major question on the mind, “How was Trey going to mesh this evening with the band.” We heard about Friday’s rainbows. We knew about Saturday’s set list and the intense grooves they brought. We just didn’t know what to expect on this Funday from the sunshine state of the boys on stage. The first set was legend and put all the questions to rest. They kept the beats rolling steady after intermission. It all got quiet when “He’s Gone’s” got deep and many of us started up tour life stories from the good ole’ days. “Sugar Magnolia” got us all grooving before they ended the encore with “Brokedown Palace.”
Bobby’s voice was on point, Nick had his vocals and keys dialed in, Phil was moving the bass, Trey kept it together and the drums brought them all in and out of the deep trance. It was great to see them all together again. We knew this was setting the bar even higher for the Soldier Field shows the following week. How were they going to top this one?
Sunday – Chicago – July 5th, 2015
It felt like the wait was longer, the crowd was bigger, the stage was wider, the anticipation was high, and every person we knew was at the show, in our office, or watching at home. Officially, it broke the highest ticket sales ever for a 3 day event. Sunday was the last of the three and people were itching to hear the boys place their final set. Started off with “China Cat Sunflower” and got things moving very fast for the audience. And the night was off to dancing and singing. They brought more hits throughout the first set and kept it lively. “Truckin” kicked off the second set and people were getting emotional and loud. “Terrapin Station” was a salute to it all and they brought it all to an end with “Not Fade Away.” The crowd echoed their words for the entire break…”No it will not fade away…” They threw “Touch of Grey” for the first encore while Bobby sported a t-shirt that said, “Let Trey Sing.” And their final song of the entire tour was “Attics of My Life.”
The mood was happy but heavy. The songs were memorable. The images of this tour will last a life time. The Grateful Dead started it all, have seen it all through, and will never die. The positive love from this tour and all the gatherings around the world to hear their last hurray will never be met by another group in our lifetime. The godfathers of enlightened rock shall sit under their bodhi forever. May their legacy and love continue to guide us through the ages.
Salute & Respect
^^(**photo cred: Jay Blakesberg**)^^