Mister Charlie wrote:
I've been to plenty of DSO shows that I thought were better than some of my Grateful Dead shows. These guys are almost always on their game, amazingly talented, and available in small venues.
My two favorite Grateful Dead shows: 1985 Red Rocks and 1989 Bobby's birthday at Brendan Byrne Arena.
My third favorite was DSO as Vasa Park in NJ this past summer. Amazing playing and set list. One of my happiest days ever. New Years 2008 in Baltimore was magical.
The Philharmonic is a cover band. No cover band, no Mozart. We are lucky to have DSO and other cover bands like Splintered Sunlight keeping the music alive. Remembering Jerry, to paraprhrase the Bard (Hamlet), is literaly putting members of a band together to play the music.
I've said it elsewhere on this forum, to some criticism, that DSO is much better than that band that showed up at the Obama benefit. I love Bobby, Phil, Mickey, and Bill, but that show sounded horrible. I respectfully say, If you want to hear the Grateful Dead live, GO to DSO.