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Published: 2010/03/16

Phil Lesh’s Private 70th Birthday Party

Phil Lesh and Joe Russo on tour with Furthur. Photo by Craig Taraszki

As previously reported, Phil Lesh celebrated his 70th birthday this past Friday with an all-star concert at San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. The following night Lesh’s birthday celebration continued with a private 70th birthday party at San Francisco’s St. Regis Hotel. The evening boasted a jam session in the Grateful Dead bassist’s honor that featured Bob Weir (guitar), Sunshine Becker (backing vocals).John Kadlecik (guitar), Jeff Chimenti (keyboards), Steve Molitz (keyboards), Jay Lane (drums/percussion) and Joe Russo (drums). In addition, the performance featured Jackie Greene on bass and Lesh’s son Grahame on guitar. The musicians ran through a number of covers and original songs associated with the Grateful Dead and Lesh’s current project Furthur, including “I Second that Emotion,” “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl,” “Walkin’ Blues,” “Turn on Your Lovelight,” “That’s What Love Will Make You Do” and “Sugaree.” Lesh joined in on bass and Greene move back to guitar for a set-closing take on “Not Fade Away.”

Here’s a look at the setlist and lead singers for each song:

“I Second That Emotion” (John Kadlecik)
“Good Morning Little Schoolgirl” (Bob Weir)
“Walkin’ Blues” (Bob Weir)
“The Race is On” (Bob Weir)
“Turn on Your Lovelight” (Bob Weir)
“That’s What Love Will Make You Do” (John Kadlecik)
“Sugaree” (Jackie Greene)
“Not Fade Away” (Ensemble)

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