I get asked a lot about the current crop of young (as in, never saw Jerry Garcia live) Dead Heads and whether they’re “real.” And no question, they are. They get the music, the code of ethics behind the music, the reason we do this stuff. There is, however, one thing that reveals the passage of time. Many—not all, but quite a few—members of the younger generation suffer from P.D. – Pigpen Deficiency.
This is not true of Chris Mitrovich, the founder of Skull and Roses (at Ventura Fairgrounds April 5-7 this year, and you should buy tickets now – www.skullandroses.com). When I first met him, I knew I could trust him when he remarked that “Every Dead Head gathering needs some Pigpen.” Which brings us to the story of the Alligators, and Pete Carona. They are the antidote to P.D., and you’re going to want to see them….so let’s talk to Pete.
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