The Barn's Furthur Summer 2012 Preview

It's been a short but productive three months since Furthur last took the stage at the Wanee festival in Florida.  But this was no vacation, the most interesting thing going on in the Grateful Dead world was just how busy the band's principals while Furthur was on the shelf.

Of course, Phil has been playing around with his new bar/restaurant/music venue, Terrapin Crossroads, like it's a shiny new toy.  Not only did we see a return of the most beloved Phil and Friends lineup (the Lesh/Haynes/Herring/Barraco/Molo quintet aka Phil Lesh Quintet aka PLQ aka the Q), we saw Phil take the stage with no less than 15 additional configurations, including sets with his sons and the debut of something he calls the West Coast Ramble.  He managed to perform The Band's self-titled album in its entirety, as well as drop Elton John's "Levon" in tribute to his friend Levon Helm.

Not to be outdone, Weir went to work with his own supergroup, playing trio sets with Jackie Greene and Chris Robinson (both were Lesh collaborators during this time as well!) as well as a run of solo and acoustic dates, and sit-ins with Primus and Bay-area funk band Vinyl.

Though not part of the analysis performed in this article, Kadlecik, Russo, Chimenti, Becker and Pehrson also spent the time with projects of their own.

The bottom line.  Each of these bands covered the Grateful Dead songbook and continued to add more to the expanded universe.  Combined, all of the Weir and Lesh fronted ensembles (or solo sets) played a whopping 271 different unique songs in the relatively small break since the last Furthur show.  It will be interesting to see what, if anything, of what Bobby and Phil worked on between Furthur tours will creep its way into setlists or influence performances during this summer jaunt.

Indeed, some new elements are already finding their way into the repertoire.  Furthur took the stage for four "rehearsal" shows at Terrapin Crossroads late last week -- debuting "When Push Comes To Shove", "Hey Pockey Way", "Ballad Of A Thin Man" and "Nobody's Fault But Mine" from the Dead canon. I've analyzed some of the setlists for Weir and Lesh and attempted to present them in ways to reveal the possibilities as one the best Grateful Dead roadshows going attempts to that the music further in July.

Happy touring!  I know I'm looking forward to the Chicago gig.

Most Common Furthur Songs Not Played during Spring / Summer solo projects: Born Cross-eyed, Feel Like A Stranger, Standing On The Moon, Reuben & Cherise

27 Grateful Dead-Related Songs Played by Weir & Lesh Projects in 2012, Not Yet Played By Furthur

Big Boss Man I've Been All Around This World Oh Boy
Blackbird KC Moan River Deep Mountain High
Broken Arrow Long Black Veil She Belongs to Me
East Virginia Blues Love Please Come Home So What
Eight Miles High Man Of Constant Sorrow Stealin'
Glendale Train Mona Victim or the Crime
He Was A Friend Of Mine Monkey and the Engineer Visions Of Johanna
Highway 61 Revisited Mr. Charlie Wake Up Little Susie
How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) Mr. Tambourine Man Will The Circle Be Unbroken


47 Songs Played By Both Weir and Lesh:

A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall Friend of the Devil Playing In The Band
Appaloosa Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad Ripple
Bertha Gone Wanderin' Stealin'
Big Boss Man He's Gone Sugar Magnolia
Bird Song I Am A Pilgrim Sugaree
Box of Rain I Know You Rider Tennessee Jed
Brokedown Palace Jack Straw The Last Place That Love Lives
Brown Eyed Women Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues The Other One
Candyman Liberty The Weight
Casey Jones Loose Lucy The Wheel
China Cat Sunflower Loser Truckin'
Dark Hollow Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo Turn On Your Lovelight
Dark Star New Speedway Boogie U.S. Blues
Deal Not Fade Away Uncle John's Band
Death Don't Have No Mercy One Bad Love West L.A. Fadeaway
Deep Elem Blues Peggy-O


94 Additional Songs Performed by Lesh & Weir Projects (will they find their way into the Furthur repetoire?):

A Day In The Life I Am The Walrus Rockin' Chair
A Whiter Shade Of Pale I Don't Live In A Dream Sail On Sailor
Acadian Driftwood I'm Not Who I Was San Francisco Rain
Across The Great Divide Into The Mystic Sense
Ain't Broke but I'm Badly Bent It's Only Rock and Roll She Said She Said
And It Stoned Me Jailhouse Rock Sigh No More
Appaloosa Jawbone Sitting In Limbo
Artificial Flowers Jemimah Surrender Some Day Past The Sunset
Back Down South Josephine Street Fighting Man
Behind That Locked Door King Harvest Sunday Sound
Blowing In The Wind Landslide Sweet Somewhere Bound
Broken Arrow Let It Ride Tell Me Mama Tell Me Right
Call Me The Breeze Levon The Dolphins
Carey Look At Miss Ohio The Last Place That Love Lives
Darlin' Be Home Soon Look Out Cleveland The Long Road
Dazed and Confused Lorene The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
Deep River Blues Lost My Driving Wheel The Real Thing
Devil Take Your Mind Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys The Winners
Do Right Woman Midnight Rider This Wheel's On Fire
Down In The Valley Woe Never Satisfied To Heaven
Easy to Slip Night Of One Thousand Stars Turn Turn Turn
Fallin' No Expectations Twilight Time
Festival Old Coast Highway Unfaithful Servant
Fire and Rain Old Man Up On Cripple Creek
Folsom Prison Blues One Bad Love When You Awake
For What It's Worth One Empty Rose Whispering Pines
Free Patchwork Quilt Who I Was
Goin' to Alcapulco Poor Elijah Winter Hours
Gone Wanderin' Rag Mama Rag You Can't Do That
He Was A Friend Of Mine Reflections On A Broken Mirror You Don't Miss Your Water
I Ain't Broke but I'm Badly Bent Revolution 9
I Am A Pilgrim Rivers & Roads

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