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Wednesday / June 7.
  • ‘What a long, strange trip it’s been’

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    My wife, Jen, and I went to see the second of two ‘Further‘ shows Wednesday night at Radio City Music Hall, and I must say…the experience exceeded all of my expectations.

    Phil Lesh will be 70 in March and Bobby Weir is 62, but they sounded just about at the top of their game. It was my first experience listening to John Kadlecik of the Dark Star Orchestra, who sings the Jerry Garcia parts and sounds just like him.

    It’s a little eerie, honestly. Close your eyes and it sounded like Jerry is right there in the room. It’s kind of like the film ‘Rock Star,’ based on the real-life story of Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens, a Judas Priest tribute singer who was eventually chosen to replace Rob Halford in the real Judas Priest.

    Check out this version of ‘Mr. Fantasy’ from Tuesday’s show.

    Last night’s show included ‘Scarlet Begonias,’ ‘Fire on the Mountain,’ ‘Touch of Grey,’ ‘St. Stephen’, ‘Uncle John’s Band’ and a tremendous ‘Brokedown Palace’ to close.

    Anyway, the energy was great and I highly recommend catching some of this tour if you can. They play at Mohegan Sun on Friday.

    Here’s the setlist, courtesy Phantasytour.com:


    Feb. 24, 2010

    Radio City Music Hall

    New York, NY

    Set I:

    Jam >


    Dire Wolf

    Mama Tried


    Brown Eyed Women

    Til The Morning Comes

    The Music Never Stopped >

    Touch Of Grey

    Set II:

    Uncle John’s Band >

    Scarlet Begonias >

    Fire On The Mountain

    Birdsong >

    St. Stephen >

    Born-Cross Eyed >

    Eyes Of The World >

    Morning Dew >

    Playing In The Band (reprise)

    Encore: Donor Rap

    Brokedown Palace

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.