The Grateful Dead's two night Fare Thee Well affair at Levi Stadium was a sight to behold (it even had a rainbow). After 2300+ live shows in the last 50 years, the band can even overcome the loss of Jerry Garcia on lead guitar to put on a great show. If you are into it, you know how fun it was and if not, you are too late. But from a Peninsula everyday-Joe perspective, getting to and from Levi Stadium was educational.
I headed to the 7 pm Saturday night show on the 4:45 pm Caltrain, connecting to VTA in Mountain View which dropped me off steps from the stadium. The Giants game had just ended and happy fans had started south from Fourth and Townsend. There was a soccer game at Stanford. But without a doubt, it was a Dead Train. SRO all the way. Six bucks from B'game to Mtn View is a deal even if the weekend local is slow. At least we had an amateur guitar player to lead a sing along! Caltrain can afford to add another car or two.
VTA and Caltrain coordinated very well after the show with a special Caltrain holding in Mtn View at 1:35 am. Imagine my surprise getting off the train at B'game Ave. at 2:15 am and seeing a bunch of people hard at work at Tell Apart. The Twitter acquisition doesn't seem to have dimmed the animal spirits one bit. When someone complains that some twenty-something just outbid their friend by $200K for a house in B'game you will know why it happened.
The Deadheads like to think this rainbow is Jerry smiling down on the proceedings. Why not?