The Dead Get Security Checked

 images-11.thumbnail.jpgYou’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.

19 Responses to "The Dead Get Security Checked"
puppethead | Saturday January 17, 2009 03:53 pm 1

An hour-long set? They won’t even get through one song, particularly if Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann do one of their full percussion interludes.

Man, I miss those shows.

Peterr | Saturday January 17, 2009 07:12 pm 2

If the Precision Lawn Mowers could make the cut (so to speak) for the parade . . .

macaquerman | Saturday January 17, 2009 08:10 pm 3

Considering that they’ll be in the company of politicians and old buildings, I guess even the Dead get respectable if they live long enough.

neurophius | Saturday January 17, 2009 09:26 pm 4

neurophius | Saturday January 17, 2009 09:34 pm 5
In response to macaquerman @ 3

with Obama coming into office, there’s new Hope™ for the Dead…

newtonusr | Saturday January 17, 2009 09:42 pm 6
In response to neurophius @ 5

Not being a dead-head, I am unqualified to weigh in.
But as long as that f*ckin’ Toby Keith isn’t invited, I’m all for it.

neurophius | Saturday January 17, 2009 09:45 pm 7
In response to newtonusr @ 6

Obama doesn’t seem like his type of president

newtonusr | Saturday January 17, 2009 09:52 pm 8
In response to neurophius @ 7

I would have thought (or hoped anyway) that Rick Warren wasn’t Obama’s kind of preacher, but for all I know, TK IS invited and I have chosen to block it out.

dosido | Saturday January 17, 2009 09:54 pm 9

Gimme five,
I’m still alive,
Ain’t no luck…
I’ve learned to duck!

LOL, US blues was played the day after the shoe throwing!!

Margot | Saturday January 17, 2009 10:01 pm 10

I’m so glad to read this. The world has tilted back on a familiar axis. Ahh. There.

ThingsComeUndone | Saturday January 17, 2009 10:30 pm 11

Will it be televised?

BooRadley | Sunday January 18, 2009 04:50 am 12
In response to neurophius @ 4


Thanks Lisa.

mack | Sunday January 18, 2009 04:52 am 13
In response to ThingsComeUndone @ 11

daemon | Sunday January 18, 2009 05:33 am 14

Among many other accomplishments Mickey Hart is quite familiar with some of DC’s older buildings:

The Smithsonian and LOC.

Just “for the record”..

freepatriot | Sunday January 18, 2009 06:49 am 15

well, you got TWO major mistakes in this post

first off, it’s ”Living on REDS, Vitamin C, and Cocaine

and the second one is kinda fatal

without Jerry Garcia, the greatful dead ain’t gonna appear ANYWHERE

and Jerry is dead, folks

other than that, knock yerself out

oldoilfieldhand | Sunday January 18, 2009 07:08 am 16

Aaahhh! Into the wind, again! Long live the Dead! Jerry is smiling down on the band from above.

oldoilfieldhand | Sunday January 18, 2009 07:13 am 17

Awesome Obama Dead Poster! got one on ebay last night to join the Mardi Gras Dead posters in the hacienda.

Blue | Sunday January 18, 2009 08:00 am 18
In response to freepatriot @ 15

Exactly – if Garcia isn’t there – there is any Dead.

oldoilfieldhand | Sunday January 18, 2009 08:41 am 19
In response to freepatriot @ 15

The Grateful unDead are playing for their fans and the President elect.

Lighten up and enjoy the show
The Dead are back, let it go…

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