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Hey, Isn't That . . . ?

Tipper Gore (Lucian Perkins -- The Washington Post)

  • Tipper Gore playing drums with the Grateful Dead onstage at Verizon Center last night. At the end of the main set, a blonde lady suddenly appeared alongside Mickey Hart at his monstrous drum kit -- and playing not half bad, reports our colleague Dave Malitz. Could it be...? "Tipper Gore, everyone," said Hart. During the encore the former second lady danced by the stage-left soundboard, but retook the stage for the band's final bow, looking all giddy-sheepish-thrilled.

  • By Andrea Browne  |  April 15, 2009; 7:06 AM ET
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    Remember back in the mid eighties when Tipper was championing the cause of placing parental advisory warnings on music labels? Now, she's sitting in on drums for the Dead? Give me a break. The more these talented MUSICIANS align themselves with the far left, the less inclined I am to fork out my hard-earned money to see them play. Oh, I'm sorry, I meant to say HEAR them play. Please, put political views aside and just JAM! I need something else to put on my peanut butter sandwich, besides political ramblings. I go to hear music, not to see people make a farce out of some of the BEST music ever written. RIP Jerry.

    Posted by: gerger | April 15, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse

    Gerger's problem is that he has forgotten that the Dead are now and always have been about having fun and reaching out for new experiences. If after 3 hours of terrific music and serious jamming, they let a person who is a long time fan and shares their environmental concerns sit in for one rocking song (Sugar Magnolia) and acquit herself competently, that's part of the fun - it does not make a farce out af anything. Many have sat in with them over the years and I don't think Jerry would have objected. And Tipper gets falsely accused of censorship - she only wanted record companies to engage in disclosure of what was in the lyrics, not censorship, and as noted above is a fan herself. Dark Star and Tipper too - it was a great evening.

    Posted by: bsteinbach | April 15, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

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