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“Donald Trump is president, John Mayer’s in the Grateful Dead and my brother’s in a Black Crowes tribute band,” Chris Robinson cracked this morning (May 16) on Sirius XM’s “The Howard Stern Show.” The former Black Crowes frontman is in New York City to open for Gov’t Mule with his solo band, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, at Central Park’s Summer Stage on May 17. Everything that Jerry ever talked about or stood for — John Mayer is the antithesis….“The Grateful Dead has turned into this giant nipple that everyone sucks off to get money,” he continued. He knows all the licks, there’s nothing unusual about his playing.It's probably one of those Joseph Campbell questions, why we need ritual.We need magic and bliss, and power and myth, and celebration and religion in our lives and music is a good way to encapsulate a lot of it. Jerry and Tiff move in with their maternal grandparents for a five-year stint.They fled the Haight for Marin County, to escape the drug busts.Their drug-fueled antics at drummer Mickey Hart’s ranch included dragging a television set - still plugged in with a long entension cord - outside and set it up in a dry creek bed. Drummer Hart even dosed his Arabian white horse regularly with the daily drug of choice.Post-Crowes, Robinson had also performed with Phil & Friends, the side-project of Dead bassist Phil Lesh. Let’s get this straight: I don’t like my brother (Rich), I don’t get along with him, I don’t want to be in a room with him, I don’t want to play with those people in that band. The Rock and Rock Hall of Fame to me is like going to the mall.” When the Dead were inducted in 1994, Garcia was a no-show.During the Stern interview, Robinson also said he wouldn’t attend his band’s induction if the Black Crowes were ever to be voted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. However, the band brought along a life-size cardboard cut-out of Garcia.
Jerry never played anyone else’s licks and now here’s John Mayer playing everyone else’s licks.” Robinson was referring to Dead and Company, the latest post-Garcia incarnation of the Grateful Dead, which heads back on tour starting May 27 in Las Vegas through July 1 in Chicago for a total of 20 shows.Although the Dead had played Deer Creek six times before without major incident, tonight began on a sour note.On their way from their hotel (north of Indianapolis) to the venue word filtered down to band and its management: a death threat had been called in to Deer Creek.Springing up amid cornfields and cow pastures a half-hour north of Indianapolis, the amphitheater was, like the band, an enclave unto itself.Out there the straight world never felt so distant.