The night got off to an interesting beginning when bassist Phil Lesh walked over near Bobby near the beginning of the show, wrapping his arm around him, and spoke to the crowd (with a straight face) "Never drink out of something you haven't poured yourself." Now, this wouldn't be out of the ordinary for the friend of someone for 45 years to joke about, but the humor was not revealed anywhere from Bob Weirs straight face. Given the pre show talk, the crowd appeared to take it as confirming the rumor of Bob Weir being dosed. Nevertheless, the show started up with a rough beginning to "Dancing In The Streets" but found its form at certain parts, finally ...
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... Franklin's Tower," but instead ended the second set with a chill giving "And We Bid You Goodnight."
As the band walked offstage, Bob Weir looked relieved to have made it through the night without another freak accident, and the crowd was on the same page as well. It was a quick banter, as the 7 piece band came back on to finish off the night with an average performance of "Touch Of Grey." I was more impressed by the crowd enthusiasm and that feeling of having a real connection with everyone else attending the show rather than this encore.
It was a night filled with intimacy, nervousness towards the beginning, and satisfaction in the end. Nothing short of a great performance from the two men who have played the New York City area countless times, following this performance with an announcement regarding two nights of Furthur at Madison Square Garden in November.
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