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cosmicbadger, you forgot the most important part-he usually responds before AND also either two or three times:-)
Hallo Frank,
Ich bin auch momentan in Deutschland, aber für nicht mehr lange. Wo wohnst Du?
Ich bin in SüdHessen.

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welcome

welcome Frank....you are lucky ..Bob usually replies to posts before they're delivered, for reasons no-one can understand!!

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Hi Frank

I am English but living in Spain

a couple of site which might be useful to you

http://bt.etree.org/
http://www.shnflac.net/index.php
http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/eurotraders

the first two are Bit Torrent sites which have a lot of Grateful Dead stuff on
the third is a yahoo group for European Deadheads

Bob

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Spanish Jam

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Hi everybody

My greetings to the fellow European Deadheads.
To be honest I do not dare to call me a Deadhead, since I am fairly new in listening to the GD.
I started last year after purchasing the two box sets with their Studio Material and subsequently got caugth on the live side.
I do love those "From the vault" recordings, the new "Cow Palace" release and all the other live CD releases. I especially love the McKernan aera and those endless jams.
In the moment I am reading a book about the GD from their former manager, Rock.
Furthermore I listen to the Allman Brothers, Gov't Mule, Quicksilver Messenger, Heavy stuff, every now and then a opera.
Maybe some German fans can throw me line.
For now: all the best
Frank

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confused order

i posted my last comment after Cosmicbadger but has come up half hour before

we are only only one time Zone apart

and i am directly south

Bob

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Hiatus

I sort of had a hiatus when thought they had gone the same way as all the other SF bands, except Santana.

Then saw them on Rockpalast and things haven't been the same since.

only set two at the time on tv in simulcast and set one was only on the radio

Bob

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part 2

............the thing is following the Dead in those years was something like supporting a useless sports team.....mostly frustration and endless patience based on blind irrational loyalty waiting for the day . People thought we were mad, especially as punk and new wave got going. A thin diet of mostly substandard official recordings... and if were lucky a bootleg LP or tape. Yes there were some legendary mysterious tape collectors in the UK with US contacts, but it was hard to trade with nothing.

So when we get told we are not real deadheads it pains us a bit. This year someone told me that you can only call yourself a deadhead if you have seen 30 shows or more. Actually I don't give a feck about the label, but when I hear someone complain what a bummer it was that no one gave them a 'miracle' and therefore they missed the 5th to last 'Black throated wind' I roll my eyes a little...our miracle was for the feckers (meant in the kind non perjorative sense) to turn up!!!!!!

Well we have all come our own different routes to this place and and that's what matters.....................

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Europe 90

i took my summer holiday, but luckily i worked for BR so got free train travel
:-))

Bob

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The frustrations of being a Deadhead in England

EUROPE PRE 72 and 72..
I was too young, that was the year I first heard the Dead and the next year I purchased a second hand copy of Live Dead, which changed everything
EUROPE 74.
Grounded for the Ally Pally shows by a conspiracy of school and parents
EUROPE 76
Dead and Santana were promoted by Bill Graham to perform a huge outdoor show at Wembley Stadium (capacity 80,000) called Greetings from San Francisco. At last it was our time…tickets in hand….then the show was cancelled due to poor ticket sales. Graham was perhaps rather overambitious to think he’d sell out Wembley
EUROPE 78
Dead were due to play some shows on the way back from Egypt. Had tickets. AGAIN CANCELLED…..to add insult to injury Blair Jackson revealed in his book on Garcia that this was because they wanted to get back to the US to finish work on ‘Shakedown Street’. Thanks guys…so never got to see Keith and Donna
EUROPE 81.
AT LAST. Not one, but two tours, with loads of shows at the wonderful Rainbow in Finsbury Park (perhaps they were saying sorry for 76 and 78). Loved it all. .or as much as I can remember ….not as much really out there jamming as I would have liked and Garcia looked strung out, but some great setlists and much much fun
THEN: 9 YEARS OF NOTHING.
Rumours of shows at Glastonbury (now what a dream that always was), but nothing. Blair Jackson suggests that Garcia was reluctant to tour because he could not guarantee a ‘supply’. That was actually quite hard to take when I read it, but I never knew it at the time.
SUMMER 1990.
Saved up enough money to go to the US, see some friends. I arrived the day Brent died. I never knew till then how much it meant to some…I saw people crying in the streets in Marin County. Wrecked my friends van then came close to being murdered by gun toting crazies while hitching in N California. Not a good summer.
EUROPE 90.
Resigned that it would be cancelled, but amazingly not. I was even able to take my son to a show…it was a very different Dead for sure from the one we grew up with, but who cared….and a Dark Star at the end. Couldn’t/wouldn’t give up my dayjob for the whole tour (lucky Bob), but happy and grateful we were there.

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Hi from Warsaw!!!

Hey Peoples!! I'm doing a little jaunt around the east at the moment! Bloody nice to be out of Germany for a bit! I'm pretty shattered on one level that my application for a Green Card was turned down (for those I've mentioned this to), but I feel unburdened now the ten year process is over. It's a big world and I'm wasting no time now! Next stop Vilnius, Lithuania, then on to Latvia and Estonia! Spreading the love! Connecting with good folks! Keep smilin'! Jody

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