Gather here and tell us your stories! And thanks to TigerLilly for the suggestion!
If I did not misunderstand the question.I missed the Hollywood Festival in England,Europe.Hereafter,though I was born in Madrid in 1950,and,was self-exiled in England from 1968.Wouldn't missed much of what was 'history in the making' from such countercultural scope as was felt being mind-altered and shared like.It was only three of us whom fully loaded with Bear's acid travelled to Wembley (April 7,72).Next day,did hitch-hike alone.Don't know anybody else that did from Bath that we knew that had.Already knew about Bickershaw Festival being mind-blowing getting together,if one Festival was getting weird enough to be regarded 'underground',that one seemed remote and strange as it could be,but,had to hitch-hike even more alone than ever to it,plus some severe rain falling weather,right from the start!
Before that it was rumoured that the Dead had their instruments at the Glastonbury Fayre in 1971,though it didn't happen,but soon after the rendering of 'Dark Star' at Wembley was published on one side in the tripled L.P. album that would compensate losses from the free festival.Was at all the Lyceum gigs and shared some laughing gas with the road crew and sadly saw last Pig Pen R.I.P.
Next was all at the huge Alexandra Palace,did some taping.There was no problem in smuggling a gigantic tape recorder under my poncho.Lesh played some amazing atmospheric soloing which needs some inspection...1974.
Next was all of the Rainbow shows in March and October 1981,here the bass frequencies found no walls strong to concealed its expansion any longer.Bears "steal your face' banner was first flashed open...
I am at the moment playing the full show from Rockpalace from 1981,which overall sound much better from my cassette in the car,as did record with a Bang Olffensen hi-fi from live Capital Radio at Notting Hill Gate than any other source .Few doors from where Hendrix was found unconscious.Pete from the Who raised blisters out from the Dead.Not Fade Away!
Throughout the years it has been a lonesome quest looking for people that might had been,but there are fewer and fewer.The Dead once invited a friend that was reporting for the Guardian in London about that phenomenon so called deadheads that had sprung from the Dead Freaks Unite.
Inch your way through another land,so to speak...
I too saw the band in Newcastle, Alexandra Palace, Rainbow and Wembley. All were wonderful shows (esp Newcastle -my home town) BUT what about next year's 50th celebrations? Now that Phil is coming surely he'll be able to persuade some/all of the surviving members to visit Europe next year. let's start a petition!
Want to affirm this, details desired!
Seriously you jest! I'd love to hear all the detail you'd provide - especially about the Wembley(s)!
Sometimes it was so frustrating feeling hidden away in England and having to wait for a Euro Tour to get to see The Dead. So I only got to see them the grand total of 3 times. Bickershaw Festival in Manchester way, Alexander Palace and Wembley in London. Don't know just how much detail is wanted here but all I can say is that at each concert something very special or very odd kind of happened. Sure our states of mind had something to do with it but it was beyond that for sure. Wherever that band seemed to go a certain majik surrounded the area. Such cool memories of times never to be forgotten.
See you there folks! Wave a flag so I can come and say hi!
Greetings from Poland and see you in London at the Phil Lesh concerts :-)
the html was missing a character or something, and chaos ensued. But it's all good now!
...it disappeared LITERALLY (in the literal sense of the word) immediately after I posted...
p.s. I will reiterate, you are the best thing about this site, marye...pat yourself on the back, you're a champ! ;-)
p.s.s. I stand corrected, it looks like the thread went dizzy after deadegad's post!
p.s.s.s (etc.) 10 lashes with a wet noodle. It was late, yeah, that's it...It was late!
that's where I am.
I don't think you blew it up posting html. I post html all the time.