Wednesday evening JM (Camp Hill's foremost Grateful Dead fan) and I went to the Dead show in Wilkes-Barre. No big city problems, parked for free, no traffic jams to mar the experience. The vendor midway in the parking lot was amusing -- reminded me of the cantina scene in Star Wars! The stage was topped by discs circled with blue, teal and red lights -- and after a while they highlighted rising columns of pungent herbal smoke...
Warren Haines of the Allman Brothers and Gov't Mule took Jerry's place; I couldn't see the keyboardist behind his warren of instruments. I did have a great view of Phil Lesh, though, and he had two black custom 6-string basses, one with blue lights all down the neck. They had a long S-shape, with the bridge hanging off the bottom end. All the instruments and voices were clear and distinct, as usual for the sound purist Dead Ones.
Of my two personal favorites, they did play "Me & My Uncle," but not "Friend of the Devil." Needless to say, only a few opening notes were required for the audience to identify each tune, and cheer it on. "Drums/Space" in the middle was a treat, with Mickey hammering away on the three giant suspended drums.
If it had not been so cold and windy outside, the midway would have been quite a party after the show. Some people obviously had the party spirit anyway!
The guys are still truckin', and that, as Martha says, is a good thing.