Brent Mydland's first concert
Brent was for real. What else matters?
I remember this man with long hair coming into the catering area asking for some orange juice (which I gave him) Later @ sound check I saw it was him playing. Later he came back into catering for something else (to eat) which I gave him & welcomed him to the Grateful Dead. He was a very sweet man & we all loved him dearly........Gypsy Cowgirl
Jerry forgot to introduce Brent to the audience during the show.
I was a newbie to the Dead - didn't have any older siblings to introduce me to their music - didn't even have an album of theirs at the time. Just needed to go to see why all these people were always talking about the Dead & why their 20 or so shows a year in the Bay Area sold out. Drank a 1/2 bottle of Jack Daniel's & managed to make my way through the opening bands (really odd mix of Greg Kihn & Charlie Daniels) and then had a whole new world open up to me with the Dead. Was a little too hammered to remember the various songs & which ones I wanted to hear again - but I remembered the vibe. That sense of community and joy that comes being part of the event. First of my nearly 100 shows - and I have 2 more to go in Santa Clara.
Brent was never really appreciated during his lifetime for what he brought to the band. When the Dead had a ballin' keyboard player (Pig & Brent) they could take it to another level. Keith was there when they created the classics - but when Pig was on - it went into overdrive. Brent's bluesy singing could also take it to another level (check out the rap during Blow Away on Crimson, White & Indigo) and I had my first dance with my daughter to I Will Take You Home. I know the band officially ended it when Jerry died - but, for me, the passing of Brent broke the back of the band. I don't think Jerry had the same respect for Vince Welnick - and the band become somewhat less motivated until Jerry's drug habit finally won.