Furthur Play Final Pre-Haitus Show, Bust Out "La Bamba" in Mexico
Furthur played their final pre-hiatus show on Thursday night at their Paradise Waits resort festival at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya in Mexico. The band opened with “The Music Never Stopped” before moving on to “Built to Last,” “Estimated Prophet,” “Foolish Heart,” “Sugaree,” “Muntain Song” and a set-closing “I Know You Rider.”
The music really didn’t stop during the second set, as each song jammed seamlessly into the next. Things got going with a “The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion)” that segued into a “Dark Star” that sandwiched “Morning Dew.” “Saint Stephen” then segued into the “The Eleven” and “Death Don’t Have No Mercy,” before the band went into the latter half of the “Terrapin Station” suite. The set then came to a close with “Not Fade Away,” which was followed by Lesh’s donor rap and a “Brokedown Palace” encore.
In addition to the night’s Furthur show, fans were also treated to a surprise acoustic beach set from Bob Weir that featured renditions of “Easy to Slip,” “Peggy-O” and “Not Fade Away.”
Furthur also paid tribute to their Mexican setting by covering of Richie Valens’ “La Bamba” for the first time during their performance on Tuesday night. The tune appeared in the middle of “Good Lovin’,” just as it had when The Grateful Dead briefly made it a part of their repertoire at four shows in September of 1987.
As previously reported, Furthur will now take the rest of 2014 off while the members of the band focus on other projects. Weir will be hitting the road with a reunited RatDog in a few weeks, while Lesh will be performing with Phil Lesh and Friends over the course of the next year. Both Weir and Lesh have already confirmed appearances at the second annual Lockn’ Festival with their respective bands as well.
Here’s a look at Thursday night’s setlist via our Box Scores page
Thursday, January 23, 2013, Furthur, Paradise Waits, Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, Mexico
Set I: The Music Never Stopped, Built To Last, Estimated Prophet > Foolish Heart, Sugaree, Mountain Song, I Know You Rider
Set II: The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion), Dark Star > Morning Dew > Dark Star > St. Stephen > The Eleven > Death Don’t Have No Mercy > Terrapin Flyer > Not Fade Away
Enc: Brokedown Palace