I watched my DVD of the show the other night and i hadn't noticed before, when Jer is tuning at the beginning of the show you see Townshend talking to him over the amp.
I don't know if the copy broadcast on TV was any better than that which i have on DVD but it is not up to release quality.
Cosmicbadger i assume you are a brit also, I come from Brighton
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Cosmicbadger, you are soo right about that Grugahalle show! Agree w/you that Townsend looked like he landed on the wrong planet-very wasted and quite confused! Insecure almost. Cracked me up with Bobby taking care of him, you're right! Jerry was oblivious! Seemed like he was doing his own thing during Not Fade Away too, though he surely knew that one!!!!!!!! Thought "Shakedown Street" was particularly hot. Bob & Jerry going back and forth at the end. And "bemused" is a good word for the German crowd. Was missing the roar of the crowd during "He's Gone" on the "steal your face right off your head" line too.
And German t.v. digs out those Rockpalast shows in general from time to time, showing them late at night, or all night. The public t.v. channels air it (is cheap and fills ALOT of airtime, you know) PLUS there were alot of classic shows on Rockpalast over 30 years.
WILL indeed "drop you a pm"! :-)
Goodness I can't believe it's been 17 years. Where does the time go? My good friend Josh and I were hitchhiking through East Germany on our way to the Berlin shows and were finally picked up by a car full of hippies on the way to the shows. They had a candle burning on the dashboard and we crammed i. A guy named Martin from near Frankfurt was driving, his friend Allie was in the car as was a woman named Molly from Minnesota. We proceeded to have a real good time in Berlin and then after saying goodbye to Josh I hopped in with my new friends and we headed to Frankfurt. I'll never forget that night in Festhalle, an old and ornate European theater, or the all night partying that followed.
Anyway, I thought I'd write in the hopes of hearing back from any of you who might read this and remember those times.
Keep on keepin' on!
I remember having a GD party in London to watch that show when it happened all those years ago. I still watch it from time to time. Amazing that German TV still show it. I have been posting on the DVD section of this site trying to get an official release. The Dead show is fun and very good up to Drums. The audience certainly look and act bemused at times and they look so young. Lovely moment during Drums when Bill's microphone keeps falling off its stand. He picks it up and for a moment grins and whirls it round on its cable a la Roger Daltry Whatever Garcia and Townsend got up to during drums heaven knows, but they come back looking and acting very wasted after. Second comic moment is when Garcia launches into Wharf Rat and Weir frantically tries to teach the song to a bemused Townsend in the background. The Who show is pretty good too. Sunshine, Tiger drop me a message in my inbox if you want to know more ;-)
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I have only heard the Who's set, it was not broadcast on English TV, in march 81.
I have seen the Who more than any other band over the years, the last time in May this year in Madrid
An amazing Band, but a lot of their reputation was made in my hometown in the 60's
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No The Who, but did see highlights of that a couple of weeks ago. WDR has been sending a half hour "best of 30 years of Rockpalast" for the last few weeks on Saturday night. Saw some real funny stuff like Joe Jackson, REM with a completely schnockered Michael Stype, Ramones, and all sorts of other things.
Last night was "jam band" night, and entire shows-started w/the above Dead, then Pfish, then Dave Matthews Band at Lorelei on the Rhine, then Widespread Panick. Went 'til 6:15 this morning-full length concerts all of them. I personally only made it through the Dead show. Was really great fun to watch, and what was cracking me up was that the German audience was obviously NOT familiar with the eternal tuning of Jerry. Were getting pissed and cranky in between numbers-could hear guys in the crowd shouting "SPIEL ENDLICH" (play already)
i remember watching that first time around, are they showing The Who's set also?
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For anybody in Germany, tonight on WDR "Rockpalast" will be sending the 1981 Essen Grugahalle show at 11:45 p.m. Know what I will be doing tonight! Hooray! Setlist below:
01 Alabama Getaway (4'10'')
02 Graetest Story Ever Told (4'35'')
03 Sugaree (12'31'')
04 Me And My Uncle (3'50'')
05 Mexicali Blues (3'17'')
06 Shakedown Street (11'49'')
07 Little Red Rooster (8'14'')
08 Althea (9'20'')
09 Looks Like Rain (8'20'')
10 Deal (8'50'')
11 Samson And Delilah (6'42'')
12 Ship Of Fools (8'00'')
13 Estimated Prophet (12'46'')
14 He's Gone (10'20'')
15 The Other One (7'00'')
16 The Beast - Drum solos
(incl.Flying Karamazov Brothers) (24'02'')
17 Not Fade Away * (11'30'')
18 Wharf Rat * (9'30'')
19 Around And Around * (4'00'')
20 Good Lovin' (7'25'')
21 One More Saturday Night (4'30'')
(* = mit Pete Townshend)
Montreuil (métro Mairie de Montreuil) célèbre le Summer of Love jusqu'à fin octobre. Le programme complet est à
Ne ratez pas le concert de Deadicace le 8 septembre, avec la présence annoncée de Barry Melton !
Montreuil (near Paris, France)(métro : Mairie-de-Montreuil) celebrates the Summer of Love till October 31th.
The complete program is here :
Don't miss the Deadicace's concert on September 8th, with Barry Melton in guest star !
Spanish Bob does it again! Spanish Bob does it again!