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Published: 2008/06/24

RatDog’s ‘Cream Puff War’

‘Cream Puff War’ is a Jerry Garcia original that appears on the Grateful Dead’s self titled-debut disc. The group performed the song a handful of times in 1966 and 1967 but then shelved it (although Widespread Panic has performed the tune off and on over the years). Bob Weir hadn’t revisited the composition until he joined Phil & Friends at the Warfield Theater on May 13 for an interpretation of the Dead’s debut disc. Last night at the Idaho Botanical Garden in Boise, ID, he performed the tune with RatDog towards the close of the group’s set, which culminated in a version of ‘Going Down The Road Feeling Bad’ with Warren Haynes on guitar. Gov’t Mule opened the evening and the group also invited RatDog’s Jeff Chimenti, Kenny Brooks and Mark Karan on stage for a version of Allen Toussaint’s ‘Get Out of My Life,’ a song that often appeared in Jerry Garcia Band setlists. Tonight, RatDog and the Mule will travel to Salt Lake City, UT for a show at The Depot.

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