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The Dead Get Security Checked

 images-11.thumbnail.jpgYou’d think the Dead, with their long history of counterculture activities might not make it past the acid test of security checks needed to play the Mid-Atlantic States Inaugural Ball on Tuesday night–but surprise, since they haven’t been

livin on vitamin C and cocaine

for a while now, so they probably did okay. Band member Mickey Hart told Rolling Stone:

Oh, yeah, we don’t look so bad on paper. It’s not as bad as you might think.

Plus, it was a request from the top. Hart says:

[Barack Obama] picked us specifically, so it was quite an honor. There was a short list and we made the cut.

You know when I went to Berkeley, during the Grateful Dead’s resurrection days circa 1979, "papers" and "cut" had totally different meanings. I am not going to make that Grateful Dead song related joke.

While band may be all fired up and ready, they’ll be playing an hour set, so the odds of getting the full extended "Sugar Magnolia" jam are pretty slim.

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The Dead Get Security Checked

 images-11.thumbnail.jpgYou’d think the Dead, with their long history of counterculture activities might not make it past the acid test of security checks needed to play the Mid-Atlantic States Inaugural Ball on Tuesday night–but surprise, since they haven’t been

livin on reds, vitamin C and cocaine

for a while now, so they probably did okay. Band member Mickey Hart told Rolling Stone:

Oh, yeah, we don’t look so bad on paper. It’s not as bad as you might think.

Plus, it was a request from the top. Hart says:

[Barack Obama] picked us specifically, so it was quite an honor. There was a short list and we made the cut.

You know when I went to Berkeley, during the Grateful Dead’s resurrection days circa 1979, "papers" and "cut" had totally different meanings. I am not going to make that Grateful Dead song related joke.

While band may be all fired up and ready, they’ll be playing an hour set, so the odds of getting the full extended "Sugar Magnolia" jam are pretty slim.

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Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.