As a way to explore what's in the Vault, we decided to make a little adaptation of the 6 Degrees of Separation game.
The rules are simple:
1) Connect 2 artists through a chain of shared performers in concerts in the Vault. (It would be much easier to play this based on writing credits, studio recordings, and anecdotal connections, but where's the fun in that?)
2) The number of degrees doesn't matter (that is, it doesn't have to be done in 6 moves). There might be a more parsimonious way to make the connection, but the whole idea here is to meander through the archives to see where it takes you.
For our first try, we figured we should start as close to Kevin Bacon as we could, so our first pick was Kenny Loggins, writer of "Footloose." The randomly suggested challenge: connect him to Jimi Hendrix.
1) "Killing Floor" - Jimi Hendrix / Jack Casady
The Jefferson Airplane bassist sits in with Jimi and the Experience on this track (with Noel Redding switiching over to guitar).
**NOTE: this song doesn't really get cooking until about the 1:40 mark.
2) "Plastic Fantastic Lover" - Jack Casady / Spencer Dryden
The Airplane rhythm section tears through the most upbeat and funkiest version of the song on the site.
3) "Louisiana Lady" - Spencer Dryden / Jerry Garcia
Dryden left the Airplane in 1970 and took some time off from performing until he re-surfaced with the New Riders of the Purple Sage, which gave Jerry a chance to unleash on pedal steel guitar.
4) "When Push Comes to Shove" - Jerry Garcia / Bob Weir
Part of the reason The Grateful Dead was able to exist for so long was because the members had different outlets to play outside the band...it's really no surprise this game would come through them.
5) "Fly Away" - Bob Weir / Billy Cobham
For the first few years of the 80's, Bob Weir's side project was Bobby and the Midnites, a band he put together with the world-class drummer, best known for his jazz-fusion work.
6) "'Anteres' - The Star" - Billy C