So you call yourself a stalker? Really? I have my doubts, Missy. You think she’s just gonna stalk herself? You better get to work, big boy. The clock is ticking and this is the Dead and Company Tour Update: Moonpie Madness on Venice Beach!
Head west young menses, and find a place where the climate suits y’alls clothes. Welcome to the City of Angels and the historic Hollywood Bowl for a two-night stint of Dead and Company Summer Tour 2107. Surviving the throbbing heat of Arizona and the shrimp rope, traffic knots of southern California, the Adventure Wagon has delivered us safely to our funked-up hostel in Compton. Mind you, her axle, perhaps as a result of complete abuse and total lack of shocks, has begun making a hellish, grinding sound when the steering wheel is turned to the right. The solution is clear, dear reader. No more left-hand turns. It’s hard rights and Watusi breakfast pies for everyone from here on out. Please, put it on my attorney’s tab. He knows the truth. The only worse than southwestern heat and traffic with no air, is the same thing and a window that won’t go down. Yeesh.
Dead and Company continue to jump and jive and the Dead army have come out, en masse for what is proving to be one the hottest tickets of the summer. Don’t be a Mayer hater. It’s gauche. Johnny is leading the way aboard the gravy train and the summer tour rolls back east and slides your way soon. These two show at the Hollywood Bowl have lit a fire under our collective rears and showed why this place is considered one of the best amphitheaters in the country. The sound quality was top notch, the scene and people where chill like penicillin and the venue allowed for everyone to have a great view of the stage and each other. My date had so much fun, she ended up bawlin like a little girl with a skint knee. Even while being a nearly-packed stadium, the was plenty of room to dance and move freely. Don’t look now, but you’re in the fish bowl.
Dead and Company
Los Angeles Ca
Wednesday May 31, 2017
Cold Rain and Snow
Black Throated Wind
Ramble On Rose
Althea (miss it)
Help On The Way
Lessons Learned in Los Angeles
- Venice Beach: Head to Venice Beach with your best art in hand and join the local artisans in hawking your wares on the boardwalk. This is the perfect place to try out the skateboard we traded in Phoenix for a Morning Dew t-shirt. Thanks to Bruce from Belize for sharing some of his art tips and helping to make sure no one else pushed up on our four squares of retail space. As usual, our goods were lacking in worth and nothing was sold, all day. It’s true, not everyone has great taste or recognizes great art. Other than the few crystals Thatcher gave to wandering tweakers, our inventory continued to remain stocked until closing time. The street performers and the frisbee session on the grassy knoll by the ocean was second to none. Old men can run. It’s clear, you boys know how to hustle.
Dead and Company
Thursday June 1, 2017
Los Angeles Ca
Hell In A Bucket
Next Time You See Me
West LA Fadeaway
Half Step Mississippi Uptown Toodeloo
Little Red Rooster
Uncle John’s Band
New Speedway Boogie
U S Blues
Lady With A Fan
Encore : Not Fade Away
- Hollywood Bowl: Constructed in 1922, Rolling Stone declared this to be the second best amphitheater in the country, behind Red Rocks. When it was built, the canyon was known as Daisy Dell, a popular picnic spot nestled in the Cahuenga Pass. You can bring your own booze in… usually. Look at the schedule and see if it’s a “Lease” event or not. If it’s not, go nuts: coolers, picnics, and booze in its own bottles. Come visit anytime you want and run the stairs or have a quiet lunch?
- Shakedown St: If you’ve ever known a guy like Crispy, then you’ve known the fellow who doesn’t mind not getting into the show. He minds not not getting into the show. He can also sniff out a tank like a Kentucky blue tick hound. This was the first time we made it to the show and failed to get inside. It’s a good time to wander back to Shakedown St. and grab a bite. Maybe separate t-shirts or organize or table in preparation for the mass exodus from the show. All of this is well and good, but the show is where it’s at and we don’t have any plans to miss another one in the future. The boys even played “He’s Gone”, which would be a heart breaker to miss, but we would get another shot at in Salt Lake City.
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The road heads east, to Salt Lake City and Boulder, but before that, JMan needs to be hauled back up to Portland and Thatcher Owen Mullins is off to Redding, CA to find that hooker with a heart of gold. Godspeed and best wishes you sorry Iowian. Maybe we’ll see you on the other side.
Stay tuned to NailTravels as we follow Dead and Company Summer Tour on our way to Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Roger Waters in Seattle, Northwest String Summit, and Rockygrass. Can you believe this is still working?
Now you know the rest of the story…good day!