The Dead :: Red Rocks :: 06.16.04 by Tony Stack
Sunday. The last night of what has been a great stand. The gorgeous new visitor center at Red Rocks features an art show that includes the work of Bill Kreutzman and other Dead-related photographers and visual artists (visit The center features interactive media, photos of all the greats who have played the Rocks, including the Grateful Dead, and lots more.

The weather is mild this evening and Robert Hunter opens the show as a solo acoustic act. He looks older and wiser. His words, which have loaned sense and color to the music over five decades, are still as powerful and full of life as ever. He closes with his a cappella "Boys in the Barroom," resonating with his plaintiff line, "Do Lord deliver our kind!" He puts his hands over his heart as he leaves the stage.

Phil Lesh :: Red Rocks
06.16.04 By Tony Stack
Sunday night was mellower than Wednesday. The Friday and Saturday shows were said to have been tight and rocking. Some say the band sounds a bit subdued and yes, maybe two guitar virtuosos is one too many. But on this fair Sunday it was simply a pleasure to be out at the Rocks listening to the band, Jimmy and Warren included, as they prepared to wheel on down the road to Arizona and beyond. Sunday highlights included a festive "Truckin'" opener, "Loose Lucy," "Til the Morning Comes," "Foolish Heart," "Candyman," with Bob throwing down some emotive Weir-style vocals, "Come Together," a beautiful "Strawberry Fields Forever," "Viola Lee Blues," and a "China" > "Rider" to end the set, with the crowd going berserk and singing along passionately "I'll shine my light through the cool Colorado rain!" "Brokedown Palace" capped the show, and fortunately the wet stuff didn't start falling until most of the audience was long gone.

Nick Hutchinson
JamBase | Denver
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[Published on: 6/25/04]

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