You know who had a petition? Martin Luther, and not the good one: the German coprophage who took all the fun out of Jesus. Jobless weirdos wearing parkas in the summer standing outside the supermarket have petitions. LaRouche supporters have petitions.
Leave your dumb petitions out of the Grateful Dead, or whatever’s left of it, please. It’s not a democracy; the crowd doesn’t get a vote. Why don’t we take a show of hands for set lists? Secret ballot to see which member of the hotel staff Mickey assaults tonight?
Art’s not a democracy.
Also, and this is a minor point, this was the thing to petition the NFL about? Not “stop killing linebackers slowly for purposes of wagering,” or “could you at least consider the fact that the cities you keep robbing can’t build bridges or keep hospitals open?”
Also also, the Grateful Dead playing the halftime show at the Super Bowl would be a train wreck, and not a fun and campy one; everyone involved would be deeply ashamed afterwards and Garcia’s braid would have to be ritually shorn.