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The Dead
Written By: Gary Crouthamel
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guitarist Bob Weir
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guitarist Warren Haynes
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bassist Phil Lesh
The Dead
guitarist Bob Weir
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bassist Phil Lesh
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drummer Bill Kreutzmann
       The Wachovia Spectrum Philadelphia, Pa. May 1, 2009
 
       Wow, what a pleasure to be back in the Spectrum again for a concert. This venue has nothing but great memories for me (and a lot of rockers I’m sure). Man, to think I saw Aerosmith here as an opening act in ‘75, Humble Pie's farewell Tour in ‘75, Pink Floyd's Animal's Tour in ‘77, and many many more great shows.
        Only Philadelphia sports teams have played the Spectrum more than The Grateful Dead. Before Jerry Garcia died in 1995, they sold out the slated for demolition arena 53 times. Now, the post-Garcia band, calling themselves The Dead, opened another two night sold-out stand.
        Frosty haired Bob Weir kicked off the three-hour show with “Playing In The Band.” Along with Weir, the current lineup includes original members Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann on drums, and Phil Lesh on bass guitar. On keyboards was Jeff Chimenti from Bob Weir’s band, and taking on the impossible role of Jerry Garcia on guitar was Warren Haynes from The Allman Brothers Band and his own Gov't Mule.
        After the opener, the band rolled through such hits as “Mississippi Half-Step,” “Uptown Toodleloo,” “New Speedway Boogie,” “Shakedown Street,” “Dupree's Diamond Blues,” a cover of Otis Redding's “Hard To Handle,” “Friend Of The Devil,” with Weir, Lesh and Haynes taking turns on verses.
        With the second set opening with “Jack Straw,” and “Alligator” was one of Friday night’s jam highlights that kept accelerating with Lesh playing bass line straight out of a spy movie. Then “Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks),” “Loose Lucy,” “Comes A Time,” and then a one-two punch of the traditional “Cold Rain and Snow” and Weir's “Sugar Magnolia,” which roused the crowd to stand up and sing and clap along, nearly three hours into a show that got them more into it as it came to a close.
– Gary Crouthamel, concert photo journalist
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