Thursday, April 25, 2013

Who Was John - Jerry Garcia Band

I've heard more than one person say they enjoyed JGB shows more than Dead shows.  Songs like this support this line of thinking.  Even Donna sounds good:

I'm going to digress unnecessarily here and hypothesize that the era that I saw the dead (mid 1990s) was probably the time that you could best make the argument that JGB was a better show.  FIrst of all, JGB was sick at this time. Secondly, the Grateful Dead started struggling in the mid 1990s, especially in 1994 and 1995.

I think Jerry seemed very happy playing in JGB.  Bill Kreutzmann has controversially stated that Jerry did not enjoy playing with The Grateful Dead during the bands' swan song.

 (thanks Jimmi B for posting this on Youtube)


Dave Richards said...

Great post. Feel blessed to have seen JGB in '90's, definitely better than the Dead shows of the same time.

GDmike said...

The four JGB shows I saw really stand out as special memories, can't believe I really saw him play songs like "Mission in the Rain," and "Cats Under the Stars," seems too good to be true.