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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

Are you kind?

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Another Triple and a double

which wern't there just now

Times are wrong also

Bob

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Posts in wrong order

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Taken on the one sunny day In the English Summer

The summer of Love Party on 7th July

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Sunshine Spanish Bob

Like the new photo!!!!!!!!! Faces are more friendly somehow than graphics, I think.

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ay-yi-yi...

firing up the photon torpedoes...

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Got a triple this time

:-))))

Bob

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Barry Melton in France

This is from another list

I know there's a few French residents here.
He's playing at a festival in Rochefort (near La Rochelle) tonight.

Festival site here http://www.rochefort-en-accords.fr/programme.htm

There's also a good article/interview in today's Liberation :
http://www.liberation.fr/culture/273908.FR.php

I liked this quote (on his days with the Fish)
"We were young & carefree with no ambitions, except changing the
world. I don't know what happened but we completely screwed up. The
world's even worse today than it was before"

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Photos of Stockholm

i have just started scanning my photos etc of the Europe tour and have posted the first few of Stockholm

Bob

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