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Author: Subject: It's official...NJ Dickey show canceled

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  posted on 12/25/2009 at 07:13 PM
Many folks find it a huge challenge, especially in today's world, to do the same thing for twenty years, much less thirty, and certainly much less forty years.

I appreciate that someone would be disappointed in not seeing Dickey, especially if they already had tickets. But, you will get your money back, so, it's not the end of the world.

On the other hand, while it is entertainment to those of us looking AT the stage, it is the lives of those looking FROM the stage. So, if Dickey wants to sit it out - for a spell, or for good - he's had an amazing run. It's HIS life and, just like each of us, he's entitled to live it however he sees fit. Even with all the fame and glory, and the adoration of fans, the life of a musician is not an easy road to travel. It's hard on the musicians and especially hard for their families and loved ones who pay the price of not having them around while they're out on the road.

Cut Dickey some slack. He's already given us more than we could have ever hoped for if he never plays another note in front of an audience. As another great musician once wrote: "All things must pass".

Many thanks to Dickey and all of the other musicians that have given us so much of their lives and provided so much enrichment and enjoyment in OUR lives!

And special thanks to the tapers who have captured so many of these special moments in our lives!

 

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  posted on 12/25/2009 at 09:55 PM
I've known a couple of people to just wake up one day, stand in front of the mirror and say to themselves, "You know what? I just can't do this anymore." They move on, and begin a new chapter in their lives. Or maybe he just needed a break. Thanks Dickey, for all the wonderful music you've given us all these years and for coming out and playing for us. You don't owe anyone a damn thing except yourself. All the best to you.
 

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  posted on 12/25/2009 at 11:16 PM
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Is it possible that someone can love and admire Dickey, be thankful for all that he's given the world musically, and at the same time feel let down when he cancels a show we had tickets to?

I think so.



I'd feel let down, that's for sure.

Disappointed at the very least.

 

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  posted on 12/26/2009 at 08:10 AM
it's just a thought..

But knowing what the road of life looks like when you look down at it, say at 26, 36, 46, 56... it starts to look different I guess at 66... it's shorter... not quite the same long winding road with no end , that keeps moving... there are maybe some side streets to venture on. Because when the road ends.. it's over for all of us... so he'll keep moving but maybe have different and unexplored ( detours ) (adventures ) on the way that perhaps he didn't get to do before with having a musical agenda. Maybe like I mentioned the musical road heart strings will pull and tug at Dickey's heart which are connected to his guitar strings... and some of us who care enough about his music will travel to see him...

We can only hope .

 

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  posted on 12/26/2009 at 08:29 AM
Dickey has given me a lot of pleasure over the last 40 years. I have no complaints. He should do whatever he wants to do. He's certainly earned it.
 

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  posted on 12/26/2009 at 12:02 PM
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Is it possible that someone can love and admire Dickey, be thankful for all that he's given the world musically, and at the same time feel let down when he cancels a show we had tickets to?

I think so.


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  posted on 12/26/2009 at 12:27 PM
Musicians, like pro athletes, have asked us in the past 20 years to view what they do as a business. It's probably right that they do so given the world of money we all exist in. When you sell tickets to something and we buy it, it's a business contract. When the business man breaks the contract, his obligation, at the very least, is to put forth a reasonable explantion for the break. Dickey has failed to do that in this instance. It's not a big deal in the grand scheme but is further proof of the ridiculous egos we fans create by deifying "rock stars" and like politicians, make them feel above the fray with no basic ethical obligations.

It's a monster we all created together. Debating it is fruitless. It's just music. It's wonderful music but just music. Let's all eat, drink & be merry. As long as you get your money back from the cancelled show, accept it as part of the business that we allow.

 

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  posted on 12/26/2009 at 01:20 PM
I haven't publicly pondered on this as speculation takes a life of its own on the web... whatever reasons Dickey had for ending the touring this way I have to respect as good ones. Having said that, it was kind of, umm, spur of the momentish in appearance. One would have to assume it wasn't a long or even medium range plan, but more a decision type thing..... so yes an announced: "This Is It, Let's Celebrate Tour" would have been real cool and drawn a fairly big turn out. I don't think it has anything to do with not wanting to look like Butch. That would mean this was a thought out predetermined plan, and it appears to be more a crossroads in life type thing by appearances, which is fine and his right.

What I hope for..... I dig live shows, but the real reality of what I consider great blues and rock over history has predominantly been done in the studio, IMO..... the glaring exception is Fillmore East, ABB, the live pinnacle of perfection, where everything magically clicked. So I don't see a Dickey Betts who focuses on studio stuff a bit, guests on others studio efforts as a bad thing. It could result in some amazing stuff.....

Many, many artists as careers go on, focus on the studio, and I hope Dickey goes this direction, and hope for the occasional special live gig. Getting a band togethor, polishing up the licks for a tight live performance is not something done for one off gigs, so hard to picture DB doing that much, as GS gets farther away from playing with Dickey, this will seem less likely. I see Dickey as a very special guest and collaborations with other artists. Which brings up an interesting studio avenue that makes a lot of sense..... collaborations.... think Waylon and Willie, think the Highwaymen, think Johnny Cash and Dylan, think Dickey and Hmmmmmmmmmmm.............................. I'll kick out some of ones I'd like: Dickey and Neil Young, or Robbie Robertson, or Johnny Winter, or Charlie Daniels, or Billy Gibbons, or really dream EC, or some of the Los Lobos crew, add yer own..... there is some juicy potentials and I can live without the shows with some fine other bones thrown our way.....

 

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