Trey Anastasio Looks Back On Grateful Dead Experience
In an interview with Relix Magazine (via Billboard), he discussed taking part in the tour, saying, "All I wanted was for them to be happy. It was terrifying for me in that nobody can stand where [Jerry Garcia] stood. But I was there in order for everyone to be together again, one more time, singing these songs."
Before Anastasio set out with the band, pop-star Adam Lambert offered up advice about how to step into a rock god's shoes. Answer: be yourself while paying tribute. 'I think it would have been kind of tacky if I got up there and imitated Freddie," Lambert said in an interview with Radio.com.
One of the biggest things Anastasio learned as a result of playing with the Dead was how to cultivate patience. Weir kept telling Anastasio to slow down on songs. Describing Weir, Anastasio said, "He is patient, comfortable-no rush. Sometimes I'd be like, 'You really want to play this song that slow?'" It was an interesting lesson in letting music breath. Read more here.
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