February 25, 1996 |
ROAD WARRIORS, '96: This year's concert schedule will likely lack the kind of dominant presence a U2 or GNR can bring. Whispers abound about Barbra Streisand's coming back on the heels of her record-breaking 1994 tour, and even the possibility of Michael Jackson's putting together a series of stadium shows. But those remain rumors. As it stands, no 1996 stadium tour is officially being planned. That's not so bad for the promoters.
July 12, 1989 |
Instead of appearing before their usual audience of "Deadheads"--loyal fans of their band the Grateful Dead--Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir and Mickey Hart were the headliners at the Congressional Human Rights Caucus on Capitol Hill. The veteran rockers spoke about the need to make people more aware of the dangers of rain forest destruction. "I'm an earthling on this planet and it's my problem as much as anybody else's," Garcia said. Rep. Claudine Schneider (R-R.I.
November 12, 2007 |
Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart says he and other members of the band never really understood the forces that turned them into a 30-year cultural phenomenon. "It was an alchemical thing," Hart said. "It's for other people to decide our fate in history, our place in the culture." That is exactly why fans, followers and some of those who were in the inner circle of the Grateful Dead plan to travel to the University of Massachusetts for three days beginning Friday. This is no music festival.
April 25, 1988 |
The Grateful Dead were their quirky old selves at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre on Saturday night. Guitarist Jerry Garcia, looking like Father Time in a black T-shirt, was in especially fine form, playing solos that ranged from foot-stomping to caressing--and were always tasteful. No insecure showboating here. With material that spanned their 22-year career, the Dead had the crowd up and dancing from the moment they took the stage until they finished their second set nearly 3 1/2 hours later.
June 2, 1989
John Cipollina, a founder of the rock group Quicksilver Messenger Service that, with the Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead, became the heart of the San Francisco rock scene in the 1960s, has died in Northern California of respiratory ailments. Cipollina, who suffered for years from emphysema, was taken to Marin General Hospital in Greenbrae after he became short of breath Monday evening at his home in Mill Valley, but efforts to save him failed. He was 45. He had been hospitalized last year for several months.
September 23, 2006 |
Mickey Hart invoked the percussion gods at the Avalon in Hollywood on Thursday night, and they turned out in formidable grandeur. The combination of Hart, tabla artist Zakir Hussain, Nigerian talking-drum virtuoso Sikiru Adepoju and Latin percussionist Giovanni Hidalgo is extraordinary by any definition. Add the great Brazilian percussionist Airto Moreira, and the potential for percussion heaven seemed more than likely.
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April 10, 2003 |
Babatunde Olatunji, a Nigerian drummer whose decades of groundbreaking work were rooted in his native culture and influenced countless musicians, has died. He was 75. Olatunji died Sunday morning at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital, according to nursing supervisor Lori White. Olatunji, who had been admitted March 25, lived at the nearby Esalen Institute in Big Sur. Though the cause of death was not released, Olatunji's daughter told the New York Times he died of complications from diabetes.
August 4, 2002 |
It's been seven years since Jerry Garcia's guitar fell silent, but the kaleidoscope of wriggling humanity he kept on the road for more than 30 years is very much alive. The reanimated Grateful Dead, who have taken to calling themselves the Other Ones, stuttered to a start Saturday. Apparent equipment problems waylaid the opening notes--a spacey flourish that would have sparkled were it not for the speakers clipping out at least a dozen times.