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Monday, June 12

Dead and Company are a band who are creating their own legacy and fans are more than grateful they play dead. An editorial by Kevin Long.

Dead and Company are a band who are creating their own legacy and fans are more than grateful they play dead. An editorial by Kevin Long. 
 
   It's no secret that I was critical of the band after the first two shows of the tour. The music this band created over the weekend at Folsom Field in Boulder, Colorado certainly established a few facts. First and foremost they are clearly the best of all the bands in the post Jerry Garcia era. Before this mixture of hair gel, geritol and Oteil performed four sets of bravura music this weekend, I still gave that title to "The Other Ones" from 1998 and the "Fare Thee Phil" band with Trey Anastasio that played five shows to honor fifty years of Grateful Dead music. Instead of trying to turn the clock backwards with the sacred catalogue of music, "Dead and Company" have their foot firmly planted on the gas allowing the music to go further. Over the course of three short tours, these six 
 

musicians have grown into an awe-inspiring band. They not only fill up stadiums, but have the chops to blow the minds of the sold out crowds. They don't try to sound like the Grateful Dead, these six musicians are altering the long strange trip instead of just adding a few more miles. The chemistry and camaraderie  they share explodes throughout the audience and in turn; the music. I will be and have been deadicated for over thirty years and it's great to have more Company on this journey. These six musicians astounded Folsom Field this past weekend with two nights of extraordinary music many left for dead. But this amazing weekend proved that magic never dies, it just 
waiting to be reborn. 
Kevin Long