|(C) Rosie McGee www.rosiemcgee.com|
We wanted to share with you, because Rosie got us so encouraged!Regarding FARE THEE WELL: As a photographer contributing to many of the visual production elements of the FARE THEE WELL concerts, I've been in contact with some of the folks behind the scenes who are furiously preparing for these five behemoth events. And as a friend of the band and crew from the early days through to the present day, I'm happy to know that they've brought back some of the best of the Dead-days techs and crew to handle production chores they always did so well.I just want you all to know that, every single person working behind the scenes to prepare for the upcoming shows, is working his/her ass off to give you a top-of-the-line, fantastic show; including, of course, the musicians. The technical challenges inherent in a production of this size; broadcast and streamed live; recorded and filmed; attended by hundreds of thousands; etc. are daunting enough. Add to that the (in some cases, unrealistic) expectations of what the music might or might not be; and you have anticipation on an unparalleled scale.
Regardless of ticketing, seating chart and 'who should have been playing lead guitar' issues debated recently, I choose to send huge loving energy and thanks to ALL the folks who are making FARE THEE WELL happen, and who are putting their hearts and souls into doing it well.
I can't even convey the amount of love I have for Phil, Bobby, Billy and Mickey, as I look back on the 50 years and what they have accomplished, and the music they have given us all those years - and hopefully, for many more. Heartfelt thanks, guys!
When it comes right down to it, it's ALL about the music. And each of the five times those guys (and of course, Trey, Jeff and Bruce) step out on the stage in those huge venues, my strongest wish is that all else fades away, and all that's left is the music - and that they (and you) have the BEST TIME EVER!
Love you all - onstage and off. Rosie
Meanwhile - Wednesday on Radio Free Nachlaot -
Start the morning (Israeli time) with the Grateful Dead at the Oakland Coliseum, 8/4/79, Rebbe Nachman’s Tikkun haKlali, and l’kavod Jeff Beck’s birthday: music from The Jeff Beck Group, Beck, Bogert & Appice, and Clapton, Beck and Jimmy Page – AND birthday twin Mick Fleetwood. Today’s Torah Feature is a Shiur by Reb Nasan Maimon on Rebbe Nachman's Stories (“The Lost Princess”, Part 2), followed by Israeli Soul Afternoon music from Matisyahu, Zion 80, Reb Shlomo Carlebach, Aaron Razel, Aharit HaYamim, and Eitan Katz.
That's not all! Mazal Tov to lucky winners Jay Jaffe, Mark Feller, Janey Pachman Welis, Steve Rosenberg, Eran Remler, Yoel Maler, Ben Miller, Andy Alpern and Drew Tick! Our "Fare Thee Well" Grateful Dead 50 webcast winners watching Live Alliance's live webcast, won on our Radio Free Nachlaot give-away !
YOU can order the webcast to be seen anywhere in the world HERE: http://www.dead50.net/watch-listen/