(All Images: Authors Collection)
The first song I truly listened to from The Grateful Dead was — coincidentally — their only No. 1 hit song, Touch of Grey. It had an infectious upbeat, bouncy melody driven by Phil Lesh’s bass lines. One of the first rock bands to employ dual drummers, they amusingly took on some cover songs. Among them, Bob Dylan’s All Along the Watchtower and Buddy Holly’s Not Fade Away became memorable concert staples. To this end, I never saw the band in one their many epic concerts — an event in itself — with beach balls bantered around in the air amid a sea of thousands of people in stadiums enjoying lengthy song jams.
With December soon upon us, I’m convinced that any Grateful Dead Christmas Tree perched on their massive staging platform would resemble the following images:
A toast to mid-week Christmas spirit!