The members of Dark Star Orchestra might take issue with those who say you cannot bring the Dead back to life. For the past three years, this Chicago-based act has built a national following by resurrecting the music of the late Grateful Dead. Each night, the Orchestra repeats a particular performance from the Dead's list of nearly 2,500 shows, to the delight of those who still jones for a long, strange trip. These days, Dark Star gigs are doing some resurrecting of their own, in a practice the Dead's remaining members should find amusing: taping. Much like Dead fans did during the heyday of the original taper act, the band's fans are setting up behind the board at DSO shows, essentially chronicling second-generation Dead to... More >>>
Is it the Dead, or is it Memorex? Only Dark Star Orchestra knows for sure.