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Published: 2011/07/22

Furthur Debuts Jerry Garcia Classic

Last night Furthur made its way to Mansfield, MA as the group continues its late summer tour. The first set saw a debut from the band, as after a take on “Althea,” Furthur moved into “Mission in the Rain.” The Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter composition was recorded for Garcia’s solo album Reflections and after a few performances by the Grateful Dead in 1976 became a staple of the Jerry Garcia Band. In recent years Bob Weir has been performing the song with RatDog.

Here’s a look at last night’s setlist as drawn from our Box Scores section

Set I: Iko Iko, Passenger, Doin That Rag, Loose Lucy, Althea, Mission in the Rain*, Two Djinn, Might as Well

Set II: Foolish Heart, Hard to Handle > New Potato Caboose > Estimated Prophet > Scarlet Begonias > Fire on the Mountain > King Solomon’s Marbles, Dear Prudence, Not Fade Away

Enc: Liberty

Notes *First time played



There are 21 comments associated with this post

Matt July 22, 2011, 21:34:19

This video is of Ratdog, not Furthur.

Hamilton July 24, 2011, 12:27:06

how is this not just a cover band anymore? pathetic.

Adam July 24, 2011, 20:32:00

@Hamilton: While you sit home all pathetic, the venues are packed to the brim and the set lists are the best they have ever been, and the light shows are the best they have ever been, and there is no space / drum solo any more either. Bob Weir – who wrote half the Dead’s songs anyway – has hired 3 very talented people to replace Jerry, another gifted soloist to replace the Dead’s ever dying keyboardists, and one drummer to replace two. Phil is playing with a new liver, and yes, they are playing in 100 degree heat night after night after night, never playing the same show twice, under all those lights. My thermometer last night in the 9th row last night in Philadelphia read 121 and still they were singing A Cappella.

Adam July 25, 2011, 07:46:12

Yep, Picasso just painted the same old stuff over and over.

todd July 25, 2011, 10:19:31

The venues are packed to the brim? Yeah, that is why Raleigh got shifted due to “ production changes” and why Jones Beach and Mansfield had literally thousands of seats empty.

alex July 25, 2011, 14:07:49

yes they are packed…what are u insinuating with raleight todd?? they changed the venue..same deal ampitheatre…and yes Furthur is on fire…out of all post jer furthur is the best by phil and friends just cause jeff chimenti is ill. too ill…and phil and bobby playing better than ever…John has jerrrys guitar down ..just shold stop singing…and yes they are packed every show…sorry sometimes the boys cant fill a 100.000 venue…retard

Rick July 25, 2011, 15:52:10

“same deal ampitheatre” Sorry, but the place they were going to play holds nearly 20,000, and the place they are now going to play holds only 5,000. Not the same deal.

Otis T July 26, 2011, 10:48:52

Alex, who the hell in this musical community still uses terms like retard, geek.

timmy July 26, 2011, 12:20:47

i guess number of people in attendance is indicative of quality of the performance? so i guess since Lady GaGa packs stadiums, she must be the most talented performer out there. furthur is easily the best post GD outfit hands down. not to say that i didn’t enjoy some of thost PLAF lineups. jk is the perfect fit, and joe russo’s jazz background perfectly compliment phil’s tendency to lead them in that direction. long live furthur!!

Pat July 26, 2011, 14:37:54

Wow, you really have to be on drugs to enjoy that crap!

jim July 26, 2011, 16:20:25

@Todd I don’t know what you are seeing …..But I was at Bethel Woods and you couldn’t fit another human being in the place…Great show with smoking sets….you better stop the tripping dude.

Barry July 27, 2011, 11:59:51

This is not Furthur as said. It is Ratdog

tatyana July 27, 2011, 12:14:31

@Hamilton Noone is making you listen – so just walk away…quietly.

Cloudy Knight July 27, 2011, 18:22:38

Furthur is just a cover band, as Hamilton said. They’re a good cover band, no doubt, but that’s what they are. Comparing Furthur to Picasso is just weak. And just exactly zero shows on this tour have been sold out. Obviously, some shows have been better attended than others, but tickets have been available at show time for every single show on the tour. Also, there is no intensity in a Furthur show, none. It just doesn’t feel important like it did with Jerry. I’d rather see the quintet. That was an interesting band!

Frip July 28, 2011, 00:12:24

@ adam, Furthurs light show is terrible.

Neil July 29, 2011, 16:28:32

Grow Up, seriosly, ya’ll are pathetic for so hateful when these shows and festivals are about peace and being able to get away from people like everyone on here that is negative in the least bit.

P. Chillinjah July 30, 2011, 09:46:57

Sold out or not, Furthur is a band full of world class musicians. I choose to travel because i have the freedom to do so.. and thats part of what this band represents. There is no alternative when it comes to what they have been able to accomplish day in and day out for the last several decades (The Dead Community as a whole). Haters stay home- more room for me an mine to move about. Tired of smelling your dirt burn anyhow.

Tony B July 30, 2011, 15:06:19

You said it chillin— Without you loosers there’s more room to dance and sweat our dreams on the road like we lived it with Jer…Just like when JGB started. there were less of you people and lots of room to dance! Some people just don’t recognize the Grateful Dead when they hear it. Real deadheads never judged “the boys”, we just supported them and each other as equal parts of the music. We all made the music—knowone more important than the other—from Jer Bear to Micky to Brent, to me or even you bra. These guys are our friggin friends bitch! You nay sayers never understood this anyway…good luck with yourselves, but at least get out of my way and out of the venue cause I gotta dance.

dk July 31, 2011, 16:10:14

Wow! So much harshness out there…First off, i think comparing the various post Jerry bands to the GD is kinda coming @ it wrong..Be open to what they are NOW. Cover band or not, this is a smokin’ jamband, and i for one enjoy hearng the tunes. Hope they keep it up for a long while.

KHE August 1, 2011, 17:04:42

I completely enjoyed Further the first two times I saw them. I had great hopes for Furthur. The test of a band is how they improve over time, and Furthur is not getting better. They are digressing and losing their audience. The hardcore will always tell you Furthur is great. The folks who evaluate a show and band based on music, with no concern for fame / history are long gone. Furthur is a band with huge possibilities performing at a distinctly sup-par level. Really sad to see and hear.

JCF August 2, 2011, 19:25:00

FURTHER 98 was A.M.A.Z.I.N.G…..I’m just sayin’.

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