Dead Notes and LA Times: LIVE–The Dead at the Forum and KIIS-FM’s Wango Tango at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine

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Too young and initially obsessed with hip-hop to have seen The Dead when they were still Grateful, my communion with the skull and roses is primarily a personal one. The first Damuscus Moment tape: a battered bootleg temporary loaned by an ex-girlfriend, but hoarded as break-up spoils-dubbed off a radio station in Provo, Utah. Studded with Dylan covers and a broken-down but beatific Jerry-vocals sounding like a man who’d just spent a decade in a desert, guitars glowing and gliding like a shooting star. A type of diseased soul music, simultaneously spiritually nourishing and entrancingly vacant. This was […]

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