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Author: Subject: RIP Brent Mydland - 15 years ago today...

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  posted on 7/26/2005 at 01:51 PM
As most know, we are coming up on the 10th anniversary of Jerry Garcia's death...

...But today makes 15 years that Brent Mydland passed away - I was a huge fan of his passionate playing and vocals and am proud to say I got a chance to see better than 50 shows with him in the lineup.

Brent graced the keyboard chair for about 11 years playing some beautiful music for The Dead until his last show on July 23, 1990.
He died 3 days later of an overdose...very sad.


"I Will Take You Home"
- Brent Mydland

Long is the road we must travel on down
Short are the legs that will struggle behind
I wish I knew for sure just where we're bound
What we will be doing, and what we're gonna find
Wherever we go, there will be birds to cheer you
Flowers to color in the fields around
Wherever we go, I'll be right here near you
You can't get lost when you're always found
I will take you home...I will take you home
Gonna carry you back home in my arms
I will take you home...


RIP Brent...You are missed.










[Edited on 7/26/2005 by EddieP]

 
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  posted on 7/26/2005 at 02:24 PM
The Dead had a few early 90's flourishes but losing Brent really is the beggining of the end.

They were on fire in 89 and 90. Especially Spring 90. Check out the Down Hill from Here, Alpine Valley 1989 DVD to see some classic Brent. The interaction between Brent and Jerry is amazing.

I haven't seen it but the nrew Buffalo 89 DVD probably has some great Brent moments.

I'll spin BLOW AWAY from Dozin at the Knick for Brent tonite.


 

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  posted on 7/26/2005 at 02:33 PM
Great thread Eddie! A great spirit was truly lost this day
15 years ago! His keyboard work and vocals definitely took
the band to new heights! Phil Lesh has some great things to say
about him in his book. Unfortunately he also mentions that
Brent also had some vicious demons that had their hooks in him.
Depression and low self-esteem really fueled his bad habits and
in his mind he never really thought the fans took a liking to him.
Hard to believe when you play some of his shows back because
he always seemed to be playing and especially singing his ass off.
I never pass up an opportunity to grab a Brent show.

 

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  posted on 7/26/2005 at 02:36 PM
Btw, I already have "I Will Take You Home" as the song
pegged for Daddy/Daughter wedding song!


And the picture of Brent and his little girl(at least I
think it's his little girl) sitting together on the keyboard
bench during a song is a heartbreaker.

 

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  posted on 7/26/2005 at 02:38 PM
I just had a flash back to how cool Brent sounded on the B-3 especially on tunes like Loser.

Loser circa 89/90 is just amazing . Brent's vocal harmonies on the chorus really add to that tune you can hear how Brent really pushed Jerry to really wail on that one.

I'll have to dig some of the old tapes out tonite.

 

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  posted on 7/26/2005 at 02:56 PM
Brent was my favorite Keyboard player in the GD. He always showed up and played.

RIP Brent, another talent lost too early.

 

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  posted on 7/26/2005 at 02:59 PM
...Yeah you could make the case that when Brent died that truly was the beginning of the end. There was a void left by Brent that was very difficult to fill, he meant so much to that band and his energy could not be overstated. I'll never forget the smiles and playful eye contact on stage between Jerry and Brent that were really magical and almost child-like. I can't say enough of how devasted I was when I heard the news - they were so much a part of my life back then - going on tour and just being a free spirit for a few days...damn I really miss that time. The 1980's really sucked for the most part musically...but I ALWAYS had The Dead to fall back on, not a bad way to go.

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  posted on 7/26/2005 at 03:08 PM
Brent was the man. I loved when they did Never Trust a Woman, he would always kill it. I also have a behind the scenes video of the Dead from the mid-80s and Brent and Bobby are sitting in a hotel lobby at a grand piano singing I Will Take You Home, its pretty classic. His voice was truly one of a kind, total raw emotion, it was no act. Perhaps my favorite of Brents was Hey Pocky Way, not his orginial, but he always smoked it nonetheless.

I think the Brent period of the Dead is my favorite, more so than the 70s or even Pigpen era.

 

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  posted on 7/26/2005 at 03:09 PM
quote:
I'll spin BLOW AWAY from Dozin at the Knick for Brent tonite.


Good idea!


Baby who's to say it could have been different now that it's done
Baby who's to say that it should have been, anyway
Baby who's to say that it even matters in the long run
Give it just a minute
And it will blow away
It'll blow away...


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And the picture of Brent and his little girl(at least I
think it's his little girl) sitting together on the keyboard
bench during a song is a heartbreaker.


Yes, it was his little girl in that picture - the one he wrote the song for Croky...
I was looking around the net for that photo but I couldn't find it...please post it if you locate it...



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  posted on 7/26/2005 at 03:24 PM
ah I like Brent's music too.
I've been told that I look like him.

 

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  posted on 7/26/2005 at 04:36 PM
R I P

 

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  posted on 7/26/2005 at 04:38 PM
Thanks for reminding me Eddie. Good lord I didn't know what today's date was!

If any of you have the "new" Truckin' Up to Buffalo DVD - definitely check that out tonight. Some real fine Brent action.

As far as a favorite Brent show - of course it is tough to pick - but one of my fav's is unfortunately his last one -

World Music Theatre
Tinley Park, IL
7/23/90
Cold Rain & Snow ; Picasso Moon ; Never Trust A Woman ; Stagger Lee ; Cassidy ; Truckin' > Nobody's Fault But Mine Jam > Smokestack Lightning
Victim Or The Crime > Foolish Heart > Man Smart, Woman Smarter > Terrapin Station > Drums > Space > All Along The Watchtower > Standing On The Moon > Around And Around > Good Lovin'
Encore The Weight

GREAT second set!!

RIP Brent. I miss you.

 

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  posted on 7/26/2005 at 04:45 PM
I was lucky enough to see Brent Mydland perform exactly once, at UNO Lakefront Arena in New Orleans, October 1988. Although it was sad to see Jerry leave us, I had a feeling that one was coming. When Brent died, it was absolute shock and terror for me and my friends. I remember having to call my friends who were in school in Europe to break the news to them, one of the saddest phone calls I've ever had to make.

In my opinion, the Dead never recovered completely. Brent gave them a much-needed shot of new blood when they needed it most, and when he passed it broke their momentum at a time when they were the kings of the world. Listen to the Without A Net album for a taste of what that band was capable of during the Mydland years.

There were still good shows occasionally in the 90s, but I never saw or heard a post-Brent show that could touch what I saw that evening in '88.

 
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  posted on 7/26/2005 at 05:44 PM
Love Brent's playing. Very passionate singer too. He was a great fit for the band. I agree, after him the band's impetus seemed to slow a bit. Loved his version of Hey Jude. There was often a lot of interaction between him and Garcia. Although I noticed on the latest DVD Truckin off to Buffalo, he seemed 'out there'. Great DVD, btw. I was at that show and it was a fun concert. Ah, the memories....

 

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  posted on 7/26/2005 at 05:51 PM
R.I.P. Brent
 
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  posted on 7/26/2005 at 06:00 PM
Wow. I didn't even realize today was the day until I saw your post...I was listening to some GD in the car today...

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  posted on 7/26/2005 at 07:53 PM
...Listening to 10/16/89...for Brent. I was there with 18,000 others...

What a soulful player...

Dark Star>Playin'>Uncle Johns Band...does it every time.

 
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  posted on 7/26/2005 at 07:58 PM
Thank you for the reminder. Truly a sad day. Brent added so much to the Grateful Dead. The interaction between Brent and Jerry was incredible. The shows from the Brent year are my favorite.

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  posted on 7/26/2005 at 08:01 PM
Wow. RIP Brent. Amazing how the time goes by.

I was just watching Truckin' up to Buffalo last night...Brent gettin Jerry excited on Man Smart, Women Smarter, plus the tradin of guitar and organ licks on Not Fade Away...good stuff.

I saw the Dead in 11 different cities but I always remember Brent on the 4th of July 1990, right in my own hometown:

7/4/90
Sandstone Ampitheatre

1: Cold Rain> Walking Blues, Half Step, Queen Jane, Loose Lucy, All Over Now, Loser> Promised
2: Victim> Foolish Heart> Little Light> Scarlet> Fire> Drumz> Wheel> Gimme Some Lovin> Stella Blue> Sugar Magnolia E: U. S. Blues


Listening to the tape right now!

 

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  posted on 7/26/2005 at 08:48 PM
This was my last show I saw with Brent, 10 days after you Bhawk...

The second set opener of Eyes>Estimated>Crazy Fingers was pure magic...There were over 60,000 there at Foxboro that day but when Brent played "I Will Take You Home" you could hear a pin drop - Deadheads certainly knew how to (((listen)))) and really absorb the music and atmsophere...I believe Jerry blew many minds that beautifull summer day...


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Shakedown Street
Walkin' Blues
Far From Me
Candyman
Stuck Inside of Mobile
Ramble on Rose
One More Saturday Night

Eyes of the World
Estimated Prophet
Crazy Fingers
Uncle John's Band
drums
I Will Take You Home
I Need a Miracle
Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad
Throwin' Stones
Turn on Your Love Light

This Could Be the Last Time
We Bid You Goodnight

 
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  posted on 7/26/2005 at 08:58 PM
Hey Eddie - I was at that show too There was nothing quite like seeing the GD and being a small part of the whole scene in the summer time. Plus, you know me, any show with a Lovelight is a smokin' show!!
 

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  posted on 7/26/2005 at 09:01 PM
Cool Rob, I remember like it was yesterday. I think I only have this show on cassette believe it or not...and only the second set.
I can't seem to part with some of my tapes for some reason...

 
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  posted on 7/26/2005 at 09:02 PM
Also went to the Nassau Coliseum (March) and MSG (Sept) shows that year.
 

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  posted on 7/26/2005 at 09:03 PM
Yea, I still have a lot of old tapes lying around too. Thousands actually. LOL!!!
 

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  posted on 7/26/2005 at 09:06 PM
Yeah, The Garden was always the sh!t!. The shows later that year were my first without Brent in almost 12 years. It was really strange not seeing him...But Bruce Hornsby showed up that run and did a hell of a job! It helped ease the pain just a bit...
 
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