It seemed like a dream as we were watching the first of the "Fare Thee Well" shows from Santa Clara on our LIVE STREAMING WEBCAST (still time for you to order for the next 4 shows!).
There they were - Bobby (bearded, shaggy and in shorts), Phil (spare, lean and smiling), Mickey and Billy, with Trey (not wearing a Jerry mask as we had hoped), Bruce and Jeff - and it took them the entire first set to really warm up. Notwithstanding - and how can we begrudge them a slow start when it's been 20 years since their last show? - the First Set contained some surprises! Opening with "Truckin", continuing with "Uncle John's Band", "Alligator", "Cumberland Blues", "Born Cross-Eyed / Cream Puff War" and ending with an extended version of "Viola Lee Blues".
After the boys exited the stage, Phil came back to greet the crowd and remind us all that he wouldn't be here today if not for an organ donation, and asked us all to consider becoming organ donors ourselves. They returned for an encore - "Casey Jones" (wasn't cocaine one of the reasons Phil needed a new liver to begin with? Was the choice of "Casey Jones" after the organ donation pitch deliberately ironic?)
Follow us on Twitter @NachlaotRadio for a song-by-song tweetfest for all the "Fare Thee Well" shows!
RFN's own Lorelai will be reporting live from Levis Stadium on Sunday, June 28th - check her out on Facebook (Lorelai Kude) and on Radio Free Nachlaot's FB page!