I'm on the other side of the world in Oakland, but welcome to our happy home!
Wanaka, New Zealand
We are Everywhere!
Experiencing a moment of nostalgia for dirty danced out feet yesterday, I googled deadheads in New Zealand. I was just sure I was the only one. Whenever I speak of my touring days, people here think I'm talking about being a groupie or heavy metal. Then, I really confuse them by putting on some bluegrass! I was so excited to find this forum, I stayed up way too late reading the entire thing and posting some overly enthusiastic private messages. I obviously don't get out much!
Oh, and how is Owsley doing? I heard a few years ago that he was in hospital. The last time I saw him was in S.F. at the Fillmore West, Trey from Phish was playing with the boys from the Dead and Owsley was working at the Rex table. He looked strong as an ox, so I'm hoping that he recovered well from whatever ailment he was suffering. I still wear my belt with pride, after all these years....
Being a transplanted american with a kiwi husband, I don't really know much about the jam band music scene here. The babies, garden, and animals keep me happily close to home, too. My days of traveling great distances to satiate my music cravings are on hold (It's such a long long way), but I could be persuaded to see some live music, if I knew of a band worth seeing that came close enough. I've been here 3 years, now and I love NZ, but I miss dancing with my posse. I'd love to "trade tapes" or download some music. Your Melbourne group meetings sound like fun. If any of y'all are tempted to roam this way to ski or anything, I'd relish the opportunity to show you some great southern hospitality!
I purchased View from the Vault III & IV and love watching these. Very Nostalgic and of great quality.
Also love to stream the soundboards from the Internet Archive:
There were definitely some great concerts that were circulated on tapes, so be sure to check out:
Barton Hall Ithaca May 8, 1977
Capitol Theater Portchester, NY February 18, 1971
Dane County February 15, 1973
Ice Cream Kid
Next Mel meet up is at Kurt's place in Footscray.........Sat May 16 about 4pm onwards
byo drinks etc...will be preparing something nice to eat..
If you are new to this...contact me on the following: 0411 030 952
... I have no doubts whatsoever. It would be a huge success.
No more crap from the peanut gallery.
I'm sure that a world tour would include a stop in Australia if not NZ.
Just as sure thousands would turn out and as a result sales of
music and merchandise would go up.
It would be a smart move on the part of The Dead
if they were in the mood for a little traveling
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Melbourne isn't the arse end of the world.
That honour rests with Invercargill.
What beach is that you're standing on?
A bunch more - thousands upon thousands - would front up should anyone bother to tour here, and certainly a bunch more than "our" little and rather unrepresentative diehard club.
Oh well, I guess I'll just continue to disappear up my own arse-full of old hillbilly boogie rekkids! :)