August 01, 2011 Slideshows

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Furthur at Verizon Amphitheater 

On the eve of what would have been Jerry Garcia's 69th birthday, Furthur, led by original Grateful Dead members Bob Weir and Phil Lesh, visited Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Alpharetta for the final show of its 2011 Summer Tour. Opening and closing the show with the Buddy Holly classic "Not Fade Away" and the refrain "you know our love will not fade away" made it hard not to think of the show as a tribute to Garcia, the spiritual leader of the band and the Deadheads, who died in 1995. Furthur also performed two songs ("Mission in the Rain" and "Rubin and Cherise") from the Garcia side project, the Jerry Garcia Band, that were rarely performed by the Dead back in the day. The jubilant crowd was also treated to Dead classics "New Speedway Boogie," "Unbroken Chain," "China Cat Sunflower," "I Know You Rider" and "Terrapin Station." They ended the almost four-hour show with encore performances of "US Blues" and the Beatles' "The End."
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Furthur, led by original Grateful Dead members Bob Weir and Phil Lesh, performed July 31 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Alpharetta for the final show of its 2011 summer tour.
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Bob Weir during "Not Fade Away," the opening song of the Furthur show at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Alpharetta.
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Bob Weir started playing with Jerry Garcia and what would become the Grateful Dead in 1964 when he was 17. He has been on the road ever since.
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Phil Lesh, 71, is an original founding member of the Grateful Dead, he has been touring with the Dead and his own bands since the mid-1960s.
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Bob Weir looks at the teleprompter while singing New Speedway Boogie.
Bob Weir's guitar
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A crowd estimated at 8,000 attended the show.
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Dave Hopp at the Furthur show with his 10-week-old daughter, Kalifa Hopp. "This is her first show, although she went to a couple with my wife and I while in utero," Dave said during the set break Sunday night. "We just want her to share with us as early as possible the experience of what is left of the Dead."
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John Kadlecik fills the gigantic shoes of Jerry Garcia in Furthur, playing his parts and singing many of his songs. Before joining Futhur, Kadlecik played with Dark Star orchestra, a band that tours widely recreating Grateful Dead show set lists exactly as they were originally performed.
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John Kadlecik's guitar
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Furthur, led by original Grateful Dead members Bob Weir and Phil Lesh, performed July 31 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Alpharetta for the final show of its 2011 summer tour.
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