Heady year so far...

The year 2008 started with me at ALO New Years Eve show in San Francisco. After midnight during the second set an unannounced surprise guest Bill Kreutzmann (Grateful Dead) joined ALO on drums for a run through "They Loved Each Other>Use Me>They Loved Each Other"...

Then later in January the 26th to be exact. A day before my birthday it was Phil & Friends Mardi Gra celebration at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. Parade of floats during 17 minute long IKO, IKO with Ivan Neville joining in on keys and vocals was something to be seen...

2/4 "Deadheads for Obama" Mickey Hart, Bob Weir joined Phil & Friends for special show at The Warfield. Third set on the floor made me so happy my head nearly exploded. Sit down and enjoy the show said, Mr. Obama as all the heads laughed at such a notion of sitting down at a dead concert...

2/15 Not a former dead member sighting but ALO did play "Scarlet Begonias" for the first time ever @ Moe's Alley in Santa Cruz. Dan Lebowitz (guitarist) providing lead vocals. Great way to start the second set. It's up on YouTube...

4/20 Green Apple Music Festival (Earth Day) at Speedway Meadow in Golden Gate Park. Mickey Hart was joined by surprise guest Bob Weir for a beautiful "Blackbird" then Michael Kang (String Cheese) & Ben Kaufmann (Yonder Mtn String Band) joined them for runs through "Peggy-O" & "Friends of the Devil" before closing with "Not Fade Away" with help from Joan Baez & Tommy Lee...

4/29 Dark Star Orchestra at Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. Albert Hofmann the man who created LSD had died that day and the band dedicated "Lucy in the sky with diamonds" to him...

5/13 Phil & Friends were joined by Bob Weir for most of the show. This was the kickoff show for a 5 night run at the famed Warfield in San Francisco. Rumor has it this was the last shows for the Bill Graham decorated Warfield... :(

And I thought ALO's 2008 hiatus was going to be a big time downer but seeing these Phil & Bobby reunions have made up for it in spades. It's been a great year so far for bay area deadheads and it's not even memorial day weekend yet!

Thu 5/22/2008 10:03 PM