The American lyricist played plenty of the songs he penned for the band to the stage Wednesday at the
A longtime friend of
"Hi. It's just me," Hunter said, as someone shouted, "Thanks for coming to
"This is quite an experience. This is a beautiful place to live," Hunter said.
The musician, who allows the audience to record his performance, opened with the smooth "Bertha," which appeared on the Dead's 1971 self-titled live album. Hunter went into the band's "Direwolf," segueing into "Peggy-O" and back, weaving the two together to applause.
The clapping started as the crowd recognized the introductory notes to "Deal." Hunter talked about writing the lyrics for "Friend of the Devil," from the Dead's 1970 album "American Beauty." He said he wrote them on a tiny piece of paper and left them on a table, where Garcia found them and took them to write the music, while
"It goes a little something like this. Matter of fact, it goes exactly like this," he said.
After the clever "Talking Money Tree," Hunter wove the outlaw tale in "
"I said, 'Bob, you played that so well, I'm never going to play it again,'" Hunter said. "Some of you may have your opinions about whether I should be true to that or not."
Hunter moved on to the jaunty "West L.A. Fadeaway," from the 1987 Grateful Dead album "In the Dark." After a short intermission, he returned with "Box of Rain" from "American Beauty," a song composed with bassist
"1, 2, 1-2-3-4," he counted, picking up "One Thing to Try," from his own 1975 album "
"Here's a tune, one of the first Jerry and I wrote," Hunter said of "Mountains on the Moon," explaining how they came up with the 1969 album name "Aoxomoxoa" with cover artist
He followed that with the crowd-pleaser, "Sugaree," written for Garcia's first solo album, 1972's "Garcia." He told the audience he had started writing a song called, "Shake it, Shake it, Stingaree," but it didn't really work.
"So I got 'sugaree' from (folk musician)
After "Standing on the Moon," a woman yelled out "That was beautiful, Robert. Beautiful," prompting many more to shout out their love.
Hunter wound down the night with selections like "Reuben and Cherise" (or "Rubin and Cherise", depending on the recording), "Brown-Eyed Women," his own "Promontory Rider" and the Grateful Dead's only top 10 hit "Touch of Grey."
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