Doom Flamingo released a recorded performance in tribute to founding Grateful Dead member Phil Lesh last week, just after the bassist celebrated his 81st birthday.
Playing the Dead standard “Touch of Grey,” it’s a fitting cover of the legendary jam band from a crew that’s kept its own busy touring schedule over the past few years. The video, recorded on the Pour House stage, was released by Relix.
“Doom Flamingo was honored to be asked to play a Dead tune for Phil’s 81st birthday,” the band wrote on its website. “But we didn’t want to just cover a tune in true form, we wanted to add our own ‘Touch of Pink.’ We landed on a downtempo ’80s vibe, reminding us that we will get by, we will survive.”
Lesh’s livestreamed birthday party on March 28 featured appearances by fellow Dead member Bob Weir and collaborator Bruce Hornsby, as well as Trey Anastasio of Phish, Carlos Santana of “Smooth,” and the Infamous Stringdusters, which stop at the Pour House later this month.
The tune was mixed by the team at Coast Records, DF wrote on Instagram.
Doom Flamingo was back on stage at The Windjammer over the weekend and has a few dates at festivals coming up, including Summer Camp in Chillicothe, Illinois, in August.