Grateful Dead

Grateful Dead Hour no. 130

By David Gans

Grateful Dead Hour by David Gans

Week of March 18, 1991

A February 1991 KPFA interview with Grateful Dead sound man Dan Healy. He talks about the revival of "New Speedway Boogie" (a fresh performance of which opened the show) and the possible revival of other material resulting from the introduction of Vince Welnick to the band and a general atmosphere of reassessment that characterized that moment.

Calls from listeners: Why no free concerts? Why does the band seem to pay new material more on the east coast than at home? Healy talks about ongoing development of sound system and related gear; tells of having special guests sprung on him minutes before the second set; how the tapers' section came to be: "'Dan, your tapers are causing trouble.'"

Call about Vince Welnick, the keyboardist who joined the band a few months earlire. Will Vince ever get to play a B3 on tour? Vince still has "slack and space to get into the groove.... he's doing extremely well." Problems amplifying the organ on a rock'n'roll stage.... Vince is the regular keyboard player; if and when Bruce has opportunities to do stuff, he will be with us."

Offers a sneak preview of One from the Vault, recorded at a release party for Blues for Allah.

Talks about hearing issues and an event he is doing for H.E.A.R. (Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers). Introduces a recording made backstage at the Oakland Coliseum Arena during the December 1990 New Year's run: Ken Nordine accompanied by Jerry Garcia, Mickey Hart, and Hamza El-Din; and mentions a record he produced with Ken Nordine with Jerry Garcia, David Grisman & band backing him (recorded 2/14/91 and later released as Devout Catalyst).

Grateful Dead 2/19/91 Oakland Coliseum
NEW SPEEDWAY BOOGIE

Ken Nordine (recorded backstage at the Oakland Coliseum Arena the week of FEEL FREE

Phil Lesh
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

Grateful Dead, One from the Vault (8/13/75 Great American Music Hall, SF)
HELP ON THE WAY->
SLIPKNOT!

Ken Nordine 12/30/90 backstage at the Oakland Coliseum w/Jerry Garcia, Mickey Hart and Hamza El-Din
FLIBBERTY JIB

And here is the text of Phil Lesh's message to Deadheads:

Hi, this is Phil Lesh with a new message for Deadheads. Much of it will probably be familiar, but I would like to add something to our usual list of requests. Yes, it's still important for Deadheads to cooperate with certain rules. It's critical, for instance, that you not come to shows without a ticket, and that you not arrive at venues before the parking lots open. It's also essential that we don't have business - legal or otherwise - going on at shows, and in addition to the no-vendung rule, the no camping rule must continue. THat said, I really want to urge everyone in this scene - all of us - to be more mindful, to be more conscious of the way we're creating our journey together. In heavy times such as these it seems particularly important to act with some grace, so that we don't just survive, but do it with style.

 

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Thanks for listening!
David Gans

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Does God look down on the boys in the barroom
Mainly forsaken but surely not judged?
Jacks, kings, and aces, their faces in wine
Do Lord deliver our kind

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I think for one Dan had got kinda bored with the music and really wasnt that into it . the other thing was that Bobby found out he was fucking with his vocals and that pissed him off...and it was found out that he deliberately did not do the sound well for the opening bands because he did not want them to "upstage" the boys...as if anyone could. Sting imparticular complained of this.
One last thing...and maybe i am wrong.
The band were trying to keep Jerry in a "clean bubble" and maybe Dan was last of some of the old school that maybe be a poor influence on Jerry..cause ya know Jerry was so impressionable.
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Mainly forsaken but surely not judged?
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Do Lord deliver our kind

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Can anyone tell me why Dan Healy was fired in 1993??? I have always wondered. Phil kind of talks about it in his book but no specifics. He was such a big part of the band!!!

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The fact that Dan H really was the progenitor of what now grace Tapers sections for many artists that play live , is worthy of observation . Incredible that due to ' problems ' with up front tapers , maybe , in the early days sooner or later D Healy began to devise the idea of a tpers section . Wonderful and pioneering idea as thanks to that we ve been able to hear excellent audience tapes made with great equipment set ups . Think that TS s give the taper all space and liberty to so something that before was not legal . Probably something that the new or contemporary tapers should value

You have yet unearthed another Fabulous DH from its excellent and long catalog

Thanks D Gans , and theres probably no GDH you could go worng with . Thanks once again to the Dead oganization for providing this very valuable avenue to learn on the band beyond description s long & wonderful history

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