Thursday, May 30, 2013

The Grateful Dead at Woodstock

Arguably the worst Grateful Dead show ever --- (they were also scheduled to play Altamont) plagued by rain, wind and equipment problems, the Dead played a lackluster set interrupted in the middle by a rainstorm.

The set list contains a number of songs which also appear on "Live/Dead" (released later that year in Nov 1969 and recorded earlier that year mostly in Feb and Mar 1969. St Stephen, Lovelight and Dark Star are all massive side long cuts of Live/Dead. "High Time" was being rolled out and would show up on Feb 1970's album "Workingman's Dead". "Mama Tried", the merle haggard cover, would first be released on "Grateful Dead" a 1971 live double album.

dig the funny stand up / sit down argument after mama tried

"It's nice to know you can blow the most important gig of your whole career, and it really doesn't matter."

- Jerry Garcia

Sunday, May 5, 2013

RIP Jeff Hanneman 1964-2013

The great Jeff Hanneman of Slayer has passed away from liver failure at the age of 49. As well as being the primary songwriter of Slayer (along with Kerry King) he was also a huge Raiders fan (wearing a wide variety of jerseys on stage as opposed to King's usual Fred Biletnikoff jersey) and a fantastic and creative lead guitarist.

Here's a selection of my favorite Jeff songs from Slayer:

Spirit in Black (my favorite Slayer song of all time)

Seasons in the Abyss

South of Heaven

Divine Intervention