Furthur Spells “STEAL YOUR FACE” At Red Rocks On This Date In 2012
From late 2009 through January of 2014 Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh and guitarist Bob Weir focused their musical efforts on a band called Furthur. Bobby and Phil were joined by drummer Joe Russo, guitarist John Kadlecik, keyboardist Jeff Chimenti and vocalists Jeff Pehrson and Sunshine Becker for the majority of the group’s run. One of Furthur’s most memorable shows took place on this date in 2012.
Furthur’s Fall Tour 2012 began with a three-night stand at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado. The third show took place on September 23, 2012; when the band used the first letter of each song played during the first set and the beginning of the second set to spell “S-T-E-A-L Y-O-U-R F-A-C-E.” After Furthur had spelled out “STEAL YOUR FACE,” they performed “He’s Gone” which features the lyric “steal your face right off your head.”
The show took place just weeks after Phish had used their setlist at the nearby Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on August 31, 2012 to spell “F-U-C-K Y-O-U-R F-A-C-E.” For the “Y” of “Y-O-U-R,” Furthur debuted their take on Hank Williams’ “You Win Again,” a song Weir and Lesh last played on August 6, 2003 at a The Dead show featuring a sit-in from Bob Dylan. Following “He’s Gone,” Furthur ended the second set four years ago today with a “Viola Lee Blues” sandwich that included a “Caution” jam and “Black Peter” within. The band then said farewell with a “Brokedown Palace” encore.
Full Show Video Minus Samson (Captured by Evenstev)
Full Show Audio Taped by G-Man
Set One: Samson & Delilah, Tennessee Jed, Easy Wind, Alabama Getaway, Loose Lucy, You Win Again, Operator, Uncle John’s Band
Set Two: Reuben & Cerise, Feel Like A Stranger > Alligator > Cumberland Blues, Eyes Of The World, He’s Gone > Viola Lee Blues > Caution Jam> Viola Lee Blues > Black Peter > Viola Lee Blues
Encore: Brokedown Palace
[Originally Published: September 23, 2016]