Thoughts On The Dead

Musings on the Most Ridiculous Band I Can't Stop Listening To

Phils Like The First Time

You know I don’t do the Today in GD History bit too much; in fact, I resent May 8th and that miserable week in August for drawing so much attention to themselves. Some dates need celebrating, I suppose, but not all of them. Certainly not the 38th anniversary of a show in San Jose.

Unless, of course, it’s Brent’s first show. To honor him, I present you with this photo that he’s not in. This would set a tone for the rest of Brent’s tenure in the band.


If you only had this picture, you would think Phil had a head like a Pachycephalosaurus.


  1. No matter what anyone tells you, 4/22/79 San Jose was not a very good show

    • NoThoughtsOnDead

      April 23, 2017 at 9:34 pm

      I have argued at Corry342 about this before, and am pretty much disqualified at the start by “it was my first outdoor Dead show!” But I recall really getting into Brent getting into “I Need A Miracle,” and Bobby’s “Good Lovin’,” and I feel on re-listening that the “Shakedown Street” ain’t bad. So, yeah, not a Very Good Show. But better than a couple of others I attended ;^)

  2. Is that a prophet 5 in Brent’s rack?

    Prophet and moog Oh My !!

    Can we talk about Brent’s Synthesizer highlights?

    Can we get a rundown of the best “Brent’s synths in space” ?

    Did he ever go full blown Bernie Worrell on a space jam?

    Did he ever let the oscilators crash into some freakout like the intro synth parts of that Steve Miller Album?

    Did he ever hit “white noise” and just hit them with a fuzz bomb?

    Did he ever drop the base down and get into a slap-synth-base vs Lesh Bomb base-off?

    Did he ever tease the synth part of Joe Walsh “Life’s been good” during bird song?

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