Grateful Dead

30 Days of Dead November 4

Today's Song

Feel Like A Stranger
Hint: A song played quite consistently in the last 15 years of Grateful Dead touring, often as a show-opener with a big jam
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Answer

Eugene, OR, Autzen Stadium - University of Oregon
6/23/1990
Debuted in 1980, Stranger soon found a home in the setlist as a show opening song, and would often stretch out to almost 10 minutes long

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Support Band

I got the Stranger date and venue eventually here in Wiltshire,England.
And going on from another comment re.the support band,yes,I agree and wasn't it the 40th birthday of one of the said support bands guitarists ?

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Phil sound...

I went with the first seconds of Phil sound & guessed the year right away. Then after the end of today's song they tease another tune just as sound cuts out. That clue helped immensely! Fat thick stew of sound. Drummers' horse hooves clopping sounds are out of sync at times but in a fun way. They sound like they are really digging in & about to break all their drum heads right out of the gate. Thanks dead net! Love this month! Zero. Point. Zero.

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Felix the Stranger

His magic bag of tricks, long long long crazy night.

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Drummers Choice

Can someone shed some light on the story behind Bob saying, on more than one occasion (as i explored multiple "Stranger" possibilities today) which drummer and why did Bob lead into the opener a few times as "This one here is the Drummers choice!"...? One i can remember was 7/4 of 84 or 85? And then again in October of the same year... anyone know the inside joke or story on Feel Like a Stranger and either Bill or Micky? Thx iGrateful

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Drummer's Choice Mystery

During the late 50's and early 60's if you went out to "a dance" there was usually a band. No, not four guys with attitude and a look, a band. A group of 7 to 11 people with an orchestral ability. The band "leader" (the one willing to face the mic) would host the difficult task of keeping people dancing without drugs or drinking. Those parties were fairly... White :-). Anyway, one of the things the guy might say is that the next tune is "a favorite of the such&such's and is a lady's choice" or whatever.

I solidly think that Bob, who was saddled with being the cute, front man when it came to general communications with the audience, was mainly jerking around ironically to poke fun at those "square" dance parties of which the Grateful Dead were not.

I doubt the joke was more inside than that. I've heard an acoustic set from around 1970 where Bobby said the next tune is "a foxtrot and also a lady's choice".

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Drummer's choice

At New Years 85/86 he introduces "Women Are Smarter" by saying "this next one's the drummer's choice." Have no idea what it means.

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Drummers' Choice

I've often wondered about that too. I found this just now on a search for "'drummers choice' bob weir":

Weir (at least once) joked that "this next one is a drummers choice" before launching into "El Paso" or "Mexicali Blues" or some such, since the drummers tended to loathe playing the cowboy songs.
http://forums.stevehoffman.tv/threads/lets-talk-about-the-grateful-dead-...

So I suspect it's usually Bobby giving the drummers shit :-)

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Both...

"Thank you very much, ladies and gentlemen...tonight is a very special night because it's one of our drummers' birthdays. In fact, in fact, it's both of our drummers' birthdays. So you can throw stuff out, at them..."

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took me all day to get to

took me all day to get to it...wasn't hard though it was from a year that life didnt let me tour.
thanks dave.

we had a lot of doubles and long jams last year...think it came in at a little over 6 1/2 hours for the thirty days, hope this year grows as well as i find the 7 (now 8) thirtydays to be great playlists for long journeys with a thirty year mix.
c u tomorrow
Q

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Tell Tale Feedback

Sometimes that's all it takes.

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Thanks!

Thanks for the great music Dave.
And thanks for the clues folks--I was stuck on the wrong path, but you got my feet headed in the right direction till I found it.

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Past Days

If you scroll to the top of the page where the 30 Days of Dead starts, and the cover art is on the right, look under the cover art for Past Days links.

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Just here for the music?!!!!

Well if you've already figured out today's answer and want the listening party to continue may I suggest checking out the opening act set. I predict you won't be dissapointed.

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Just here for the tunes

I've been a 30 Days lover since its start, absolutely love it and look forward to it every year. The little guessing game/contest aspect is fine n' dandy I suppose. I do always admire and respect everyone who comments on their vast knowledge while they finely dissect and determine the meticulous minutiae of dates, places, people and years - it's impressive for sure. But, truthfully, I just tune in to listen to the music - y'know? Who's with me?

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Just here for the music

Hi timecat,

I’ve just signed up to answer you!

I’m with you.
... and wondering if you’re a woman ... ?

Without wishing to cast any aspersions, I feel it’s more of a ‘bloke thing’ to remember all the details.
But it’s often very useful to have someone around to tell me which tape that particular version (that’s spinning through my head) is on!

Loving the music ... not so keen on firing up the computer to download ;-)

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Took me back

How bout you!!!?

Those two days in that place with those people. Thanks for taking me back David, Charlie, deadnet and of course the archive.

Those shows did kind of feel like being in an easter basket. Filled with a bunch of really good eggs.

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A real good time

Perhaps, based on your comment regarding "two days", you thought I was referring to the venue connected to today's answer when I mentioned the Easter Basket, but alas, I was referring to one of five venues the band played in the town associated with today's answer, where in fact we were able to enjoy a three night run, and a quirky device of Merry Prankster making affectionately called the "Thunder Machine", played on a night of one of the band member's birthdays, executed by a couple of well known Pranksters in the annals of Pranksterdom. Advanced apologies to any that might object to hints in this post, but I just got a little carried away with the reminiscing. "I want to thank you, for a real good time."

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The year. . . .

Someone below commented on this being one of the stronger years for the Dead and I couldn't agree more. It was one of my favs.

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so....

i was at the Box breakout in Hampton 86 and always wondered how people compare the Chain breakout [i was not in Philly for that one :( bummer] to the Box breakout. kind of comparing apples to oranges but still fun to think about. enjoy the weekend everyone!

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Viola Lee.....

C'mon Dave a Viola lee would still be great.!! it's in the public domain and you have included Minglewood Blues a few past years, which is another Cannon's Jug Stompers song written about the same time.
Perhaps a little something to add to the stellar list of songs you've been nice enough to share with us all.Mr. Charlie would be a nice choice as well.!
Again, thank you so very much for sharing these gems with us since 2010 !!

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Any way to go back in time?

I goofed and failed to download Day 3. Is there any way to navigate back to get it?

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Bert, yes there is a link for

Bert, yes there is a link for each day. I can't tell you how to locate it, but if you play around with the site enough I think you'll find it. Day 3 was a gem and is definitely worth a little work in my humble opinion.

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Look over to the right,

Look over to the right, underneath the cover art link is past days

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Oops

Silly me...I just saw the past days listed on the right side of the page.

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scroll up and look right

scroll up and look right

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Thanks.

Yeah, I just caught that. It's a little early on a Saturday morning for an old Deadhead. ;^)

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Once upon a time...

Once upon a time we tripped over a thunder machine in this town in a venue we thought felt like being inside an Easter Basket.

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Tough Mama

I've listened to so many Brent era Strangers this morning, I must b getting close.

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love these 30 days of the

love these 30 days of the dead, so many great gems are unearthed, thanks dave and co

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Great Stranger, Great Tour

The shows I saw on this tour were all fantastic. It's no small feat to keep coming up with these nuggets! Thanks again, Dave & Co.!!

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Great show

with great playing by all throughout. Setlist is amazing. Brent's voice is pretty much shot by this point, but the man simply gave 110% all the time no matter what. Favorite year from one of my favorite eras.

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Was at this Show!

Was suppose to go with the Deadhead. She couldn't go ending up going by myself. Great show thought it was going to rain but as always Jerry controlled the weather. Thank you for a really good time. yetay

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Great Town...

and an under-rated tour.

I could give a bunch of Bolo clues here, but I won't.

Thanks Dave!!

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as for the Unbroken Chain breakout...

actually surprisingly remember quite a bit about this magical weekend...
Jer rockin' the red pants & purple shirt on 3/18/95 which was/is 1 of thee best shows of 95 & would have been a more worthy inclusion to Boxzilla, just sayin...
sitting in IHOP putting handfuls of crumbled blonde hash in our coffee during brunch on 3/19/95 (anyone remember all that AMAZING blonde that was abundant in Philly??!!)
& then getting to the lot to learn that Unbroken Chain was rumoured to have been soundchecked earlier...
& then that mythical moment when they 1st struck it up & people started figuring out what it was...
might not have been the best version, but it was an all-time Dead moment for all in attendance no doubt...

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Easy Answers!

This year has been very easy thus far! Yesterday’s took a minute, today’s, just a few. I know they will get tougher......

You know it’s gonna get stranger, let’s get on with the show!

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Long, long, crazy, crazy night..... nope!

Thought it was gonna be, but it wasn't. Was ready to search the years, but hearing an extra hint jump right out at me was a sweet treat, so I landed on it on my first try. Rarely happens, but so fun when it does!

And a rocking, vibrant Stranger it was. Thanks, Dave!! Love it!

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today's hint

now there's the old hint we've come to love.

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Agreed

He's just warming us up. I predict the heat will be coming soon.

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that didn't take long...

was gonna just listen tonight & hunt tomorrow, but with that teasing coda...
which clearly narrowed it down...
off to a crackin' start, batting a thousand & really diggin' the selections so far!!
6/26/93 & 6/19/88
2 other AMAZING Strangers...
(1 of my favourite Dead tunes & these 2 versions have got plenty listens in 2017!)
&
welcome back, y'all...
happy belated d-rae!!

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