Grateful Dead

The Holiday Season

By suggestion...

The holiday season is upon us. You know, Thanksgiving, the solstice, Chanukah, Christmas, and that season that brought us all to Oakland every year, New Year's...

Got plans? Got strong feelings about the season? Tell all!

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oroboros

grate story, as always.

thankx.

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Oh please do

"Pull out" more stories from "back in the day" Oroboros. Great storytelling is an amazing gift, and you obviously have this gift, PLUS a willing and eager audience, so TELL ON!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone, you will still exist, but you have ceased to live.
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Heynow, thanks much for listening to me ramble on,

my friends and my kids have heard all my stories and now it looks like I have a new and willing audience. YES!
And I will exercise some restraint, BUT when Sunshine day-Bob called for a New Years story, I felt the spirit move me.
All your enthusiasum is appreciated and I will indeed pull out some of the stories from "back in the day" ( that is what my boys say when they see me start telling one although they usually roll their eyes a bit).
If you are interested in the more of the "story within the story" take a look in the Encounters section of the vine on page 2. It chronicles other aspects of this tale, and in a little more detail.
Again Happy New Year and take care all, Tim

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Thank You!

Thank you Oroboros for sharing the memories. I agree with iknowurider that it is great to read about these past shows and although we can't experience the fullness of the magic from then it is important for people to realize that it was and still is there.

Peace
Melissa

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Hey Oroboros~

That is a beautiful memory! For someone like me who's been into the Dead (as well as the other musicians you mentioned) from a young age and missed out on shows, its wonderful.
Really, it's very special to me. keep em coming!

PEACE

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~a grateful new year to all~

~may it be peaceful and drama free~

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Robert Hunter's New Year's message
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Same here

Great story!!!
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Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone, you will still exist, but you have ceased to live.
Samuel Clemens

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HAPPY NEW YEAR

Even though I never saw a NYE show, that story makes me feel like I was there. Thanks!!!! And have a happy and healthy New Year

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New Years 1977

Back in 1977, my girlfriend (now wife), myself, and two buddies decided to roadtrip from Nebraska to the old Winterland for the New Year's Eve shows in SanFrancisco. It was the ultimate 'roadtrip' and we drove 28 hours to get to there and then secured tickets for the run (12/27-29-30-31-77). The shows were unbefuckinliveable (see DP # 10 for a taste).
Winterland was a such a great hall, with an elevated balcony that circled the whole place. It was big enough for a great crowd and small enough to be an intimate showcase for the Dead to delight us. The Dead had been touring all summer and treating us to the new stuff from Terrapin Station and we were all revelling in that Scarlet>Fire combo.
On the 31st, we were sitting on the sidewalk waiting for the doors to open, talking and watching the circus, sharing and laughing and ready to hurry and get in for the 'activities' ie. freak volleyball and movies. Bill Graham decided on some movies for us as we waited for that night's show. Ray Bradbury's Illustrated Man and the original Beatles Magical Mystery Tour were Bill's picks for that afternoon. When each person walked through the entrance the staff handed us a piece of paper that had a message about a "surprise at midnight". So, I happily gained entrance to the show and needless to say, it was somethingelse. First the volleyball followed by the movies and watching the colorful and wonderful crowd. Then noticing 'Rainbow Rose" walking from group to group, offering liquid party favor in her little Visene bottle and informing "just one dollar per drop. On your tongue, or for the adventurous, a drop in your eye".
At the Winterland there was a bar, where there was one of those first big 'projector' TV's and playing on it were these great shows from Bill's Winterland 'vault': Airplane, Janis, Jimi, etc, a fantastic selection of prior shows from that venue for those to enjoy while they imibed.
The New Riders of the Purple Sage started the show and rocked the house. Anticipation was high and the Dead came out and they were in high gear. It was a rapid first set (or seemed like it anyway. Especially that set-ending Lazy Lightning> Supplication. They took a break and the surprise for the second half was when the Dead all came onstage and started 'tuning" loudly and a spotlight bathed the back wall of the Winterland. Uncle BoBo (as Bobby liked to call Graham) was dressed up as Uncle Sam on a motorcycle, started sliding down from a cable suspended high from the back of the hall slowly toward the stage. They put spotlights on him and we heard the roaring of motorcycle engine along with the Dead. As 'Uncle Sam' slid down towards the stage (along with furious Dead noodling) and it became hilarious because the weight of the bike and BoBo was too much. He was hanging sideways below the the front of the stage and the roadies were laughing their asses off as they had to drag him onstage.
And then the massive explosion of Sugar Magnolia as the ballons dropped from the ceiling and then the loinclothed 'baby' New Years (a male and a female) caome dancing out on the stage. As the ballons were batted up and down with the increasing pace and velocity of Sugar Magnolia that segued> Scarlet>Fire. Then Truckin'>Wharf Rat>drums>NFA>Around and they finished us off with One More Saturday Night>Casey Jones. Needless to say my face was hurting due to constant grin on my face that night.
We stumbled out into the early morning and we were driving in the car, with the fog rolling in off the bay, I just marvelled at what we had witnessed, experienced, and participated in.
The unbridaled joy of those shows with the Grateful Dead, and how the Dead kept beaming back at us what we were shining at them.
Happy New Year to you all.

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