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Thursday, July 9,2015

The Grateful Dead “Fare Thee Well” Report Card

By Stewart Sallo
John Lennon died on Dec. 8, 1980, breaking the hearts of millions of fans and laying to rest any hope of a Beatles reunion. During the ensuing years, the remaining members of the band carried on by continuing to perform individually and sometimes collectively, keeping the beloved canon of Beatles music alive and satisfying the desires of fans worldwide for whom the Beatles were an important, even fundamental, part of their lives. Fast forward to the year 2000 and imagine for a moment that a diehard fan of the Beatles, who also happened to be a very successful and well respected concert promoter, envisioned a Beatles reunion on a single weekend to include the remaining members of the band and guest musicians, headlined by someone to fill in for John Lennon 20 years after his death.
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Friday, April 10,2015

Some folks look for answers

Grateful Dead announce two additional “Fare Thee Well” shows

By Stewart Sallo
When promoter Peter Shapiro became aware of the article I wrote last month, “Ladies and Gentlemen, Not the Grateful Dead,” taking him to task for the way ticket sales were handled for the Grateful Dead’s “Fare Thee Well” shows, scheduled for July 3-5 at Chicago’s Soldier Field, he had two choices: 1. Write it off as the “butthurt whining” of someone who didn’t get tickets (which, just for the record, was not true), or 2. Defend the manner in which ticket sales were conducted, the choice of venue and the way in which these factors served to stimulate the secondary market, causing ticket prices to soar into the thousands.
Thursday, March 5,2015

Ladies and gentlemen, not the Grateful Dead

By Stewart Sallo
It has been almost 20 years since legendary Grateful Dead lead guitarist Jerry Garcia transitioned to the big acid test in the sky. And since Jerry left us the debate has raged over whether the remaining members of the band — Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart — could call themselves the Grateful Dead. That question was answered definitively with a resounding “NO” this past weekend as some 500,000 fans logged on to the Ticketmaster website in an attempt to purchase tickets to the “Fare Thee Well” shows, scheduled for July 3-5 at Soldier Field in Chicago. You heard it here first: Even if these shows go down as the greatest in the history of rock and roll, this is not the Grateful Dead.
Thursday, January 29,2015

Can a business do well and do good?

(or even because it does good)

By Stewart Sallo
As we pass another milestone in the Boulder Weekly journey — this one with a big 21 prominently displayed — I have a confession to make about this newspaper that has never been shared with our readers: Boulder Weekly is a corporation. You read that right: a corporation. And I’m not talking about a nonprofit corporation (although, believe me, there have been times in the not-too-distant past where the term “nonprofit” would have been hitting the nail squarely on the head).
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Thursday, September 11,2014

A unifying field of dreams

The biggest question of the day was: Is there a fundamental difference between the guys in the drab Dodger grays and the guys in the colorful Giants home uniforms?

By Stewart Sallo
Aron is a distant cousin of mine from L.A. with whom I had recently become acquainted. It turns out we share a love of baseball, and when he was in Boulder recently I invited him to play a game on my fast-pitch softball team.
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Thursday, January 30,2014

BW Publisher travels back in time to talk to himself

An interview with Boulder Weekly founder Stewart Sallo

By Stewart Sallo
It sounds trite to say, but it’s astonishing how fast 20 years can fly by. And while we’re issuing platitudes, never has it been truer for me that time flies while you’re having fun.
Thursday, October 17,2013

Why the 'Weekly' makes political endorsements

By Stewart Sallo
We all need trusted, authoritative sources to help us make our decisions, and, while there is no guarantee that accessing these sources will result in a good decision being made, chances are that on the whole our decisions will work out better when they are made after careful consideration and with reliable information in hand.
Thursday, January 31,2013

The work that makes a difference

By Stewart Sallo
Over the course of almost 20 years and 1,000 editions, hundreds of talented individuals have worked for Boulder Weekly.
Thursday, July 26,2012

Jerry Garcia’s 70th

By Stewart Sallo
Every life is a story. And every story requires a soundtrack. For life is a sensual experience, and among the senses, the sounds — and, particularly, the music — that accompany life’s experiences provide a context that enriches and completes them.
Thursday, April 19,2012

4/20 smoke-screen

By Stewart Sallo
There are so many angles from which to contemplate the wrong that CU is perpetrating with respect to its tactics to end the “4/20 smokeout” that one hardly knows where to begin.