Jan. 25, 2012
Tamalpais Research Institute
Better than: The Internet sensations of today.
Grateful Dead founding member Bob Weir put the finishing touches on his live HD webcasting venue and studio, San Rafael's Tamalpais Research Institute (TRI) in March of 2011. Last night, a little less than a year later, he reunited there with his post-Dead band, RatDog, for an invite-only performance that was broadcast to over 100,000 viewers on the studio's website.
The band sounded incredible. And that's coming from someone who couldn't necessarily name more than a few Grateful Dead songs or pick any of the key players out of a lineup, save perhaps Jerry Garcia (and that might only be recognition from a certain ice cream carton). But judging from the audience's ubiquitous head-bobbing dance moves and lyric-mouthing, it was easy to pick out the RatDog favorites like “Money for Gasoline,” and Grateful Dead mainstays like “Eyes of the World” and “The Music Never Stopped.” Last night's was a mixed crowd, with a surprising number of younger folks milling about and, impressively, singing along.