bodiddley wrote: I'm glad I love them both. They both have a ton to offer.
agreed! I think if there was nothing left to hate there'd still be haters finding shit to hate. Positivity is so much better, and Phish
is definitely full of talent and fun times. I'd love
if less people liked them, then I'd get my spot at center on the floor more often
In Dead-related talk, I don't get following the bass player who doesn't sing and an ever-changing cast of musicians that bring such a huge amount of variety. It's so hit-or-miss IMO.
I love the Grateful Dead and the songs that they cataloged, but live music brings the energy we all love. If there's a vocalist on that stage singing half or more of the tunes, and they're not emotional or don't have a good ear or don't work their voice in a wide enough range, they're going to lose me before the first set's even done. If the guitar playing is uninspired or the tone is shoddy or weak, they're gonna lose me. Lets say a post-Jerry Dead band has it all: energy, quality of instrumentals, vocals, great performance...That's fantastic, right? Then stop switching up the damn lineups! It's infuriating. I love a deeply saturated thirty year foursome. That's some delectable poo.
edit to clarify: i'm specifically talking about Phil and Friends and Further, and mild discontent with the lineups and performances I've seen. I really like what Ratdog puts out there. I fully realize that musicians need to switch things up and play with different people in order to grow and find their niche, and I'm certainly not uber critical of friends onstage, rather I feel proud that they're doing what they do. I'd be willing to bet that any of my discontent stems from wishing I could try what they're doing in a band setting. hope noone was hurt by what I wrote, I know a lot of band peeps come through here and I know they work hard to put out a great performance.