See Natalie Cressman Star With Phil Lesh & Friends On Solemn ‘He’s Gone’

The 25-minute pro-shot video also features "Cold Rain & Snow."

By Scott Bernstein Oct 27, 2022 1:27 pm PDT

Phil Lesh & Friends treated fans to an unconventional pairing of “He’s Gone” and “Cold Rain Of Snow” towards the middle of the ensemble’s first set this past Saturday, October 22. Pro-shot video of the memorable, 25-minute segment played at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York has been shared on YouTube by Relix.

Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh‘s collective for his second of three weekends at the rock palace featured Grahame Lesh and Goose‘s Rick Mitarotonda on guitar, keyboardist John Medeski, drummer John Molo and the Trey Anastasio Band horn section of Jennifer Hartswick, Natalie Cressman and James Casey. Each TAB sib had a turn in the vocal spotlight with Cressman shining on “He’s Gone.”

Debuted by the Grateful Dead in Copenhagen, Denmark on April 17, 1972, “He’s Gone” was penned by Robert Hunter and Jerry Garcia. The song was played over 300 times by the Dead through a final performance of July 6, 1995. Natalie did a fantastic job with the mournful tune as Hartswick, Casey, Mitarotonda and the Leshes provided harmonies.

Rick Mitarotonda and Grahame Lesh dueled it out with fierce leads to fuel a jam accented by the TAB horns. Molo powered the transition into “Cold Rain & Snow,” a traditional song that the Grateful Dead performed regularly from 1966 – 1995. Mitarotonda helmed “Cold Rain & Snow,” which featured a particularly cool horn line and Medeski’s effusive organ. Rick let the fretboard fireworks fly at multiple points during the tune.

Watch Phil Lesh & Friends’ “He’s Gone”/”Cold Rain & Snow” sequence from Saturday, October 22 below:


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