On Tuesday, Digital Music News published an
article about Robert Hunter that gained the attention of many Deadheads with its
headline of "Grateful Dead Lyricist Forced to Tour to Pay Medical Bills." The article used
quotes from Hunter's 2013 chat with Rolling Stone to insinuate that Hunter is touring
strictly to pay off his medical bills, leading a number of fans within the Grateful Dead
community to start organizing Kickstarter efforts to help the lyricist. Put those wallets
away, because Hunter took to his Facebook
page to clarify his current situation.
Here's the text of Robert Hunter's statement:
It’s come to my attention that there is an article circulating [that takes] a few
quotes out of context from last year’s interview I did for a Rolling Stone profile.
Thank you all for your concern regarding my health, however I am grateful this is old news
taken out of context and has been sensationalized. I am fully recovered, and I am not in
need of any financial help or indebted, although I'm deeply touched by the immediate
concern and overwhelming response of the community. The reason I have decided to come back
to touring is to play the music I love and for the deep connection to my audiences.
I am going on stage not because I have to but because I WANT to. Reconnecting with the
fans and the music is a powerful experience and not one that I take lightly.
Meanwhile, Hunter finished off a three-night stand at City Winery in NYC last night. True to his word, Robert only played material he had not performed at the
first two shows with the exception of the "Ripple" "Boys In The Barroom" encore. The show
included Hunter's first solo take on "Attics Of My Life," his first time performing
Garcia's arrangement of "Touch Of Grey" and a short attempt at Bruce Springsteen's "Born
To Run" and Take a
look at the setlist via Hunter's Facebook page:
Set One: Box of Rain, Loser, Tiger Rose, So Many Roads, Wild Bill, Attics of My Life,
Standing on the Moon
Set Two (Order Approximated): Touch Of Grey, Rum Runners, Over The Hills, Born To Run
(snippet), Heck (New Song),
Promotory Rider, Sugaree, Stella Blue, New Speedway Boogie
Encore: Ripple, Boys in the Barroom
Check out a playlist of fan-shot videos from last night's show by Scott Gibson including the "Born To
Run" tease and Robert's first-ever "Attics Of My Life":
Robert Hunter now heads to Rhode Island for his Newport Folk Festival debut.