You’d think the Dead, with their long history of counterculture activities might not make it past the acid test of security checks needed to play the Mid-Atlantic States Inaugural Ball on Tuesday night–but surprise, since they haven’t been
livin on reds, vitamin C and cocaine
for a while now, so they probably did okay. Band member Mickey Hart told Rolling Stone:
Oh, yeah, we don’t look so bad on paper. It’s not as bad as you might think.
Plus, it was a request from the top. Hart says:
[Barack Obama] picked us specifically, so it was quite an honor. There was a short list and we made the cut.
You know when I went to Berkeley, during the Grateful Dead’s resurrection days circa 1979, "papers" and "cut" had totally different meanings. I am not going to make that Grateful Dead song related joke.
While band may be all fired up and ready, they’ll be playing an hour set, so the odds of getting the full extended "Sugar Magnolia" jam are pretty slim.