I was only 12 or 13 when Jerry died so I never got to go to a show, but out of the couple hundred shows I have on bootleg, Swing Auditorium '77 is by far the most amazing show I have ever discovered. It was the first show that Terrapin, and Estimated were played at, and it was a great show all the way through the entire thing.
Every show I saw changed me in some degree. Some shows I remember more than others, but it really wasn't until 1995 when the shit started to happen--gate crashers, etc--that I realized the magic was going away.
Even though I have seen Bobby and Phil, it wasn't until the boys got back together as The Dead--summer of '03--that I realized the importance of this community and what it meant to me. I only hope that the boys do it one more time--I've got some teenagers that need to see.
At the time, I thought that the sandwich show from the Boston Music Hall 11/30/73 - 12/2/73 run to be the most engaging. (in retrospect, most people disagree) The particular life changing moment which I distinctly remember taking my breath away, was the segue into Uncle John's Band. I had no idea. After that, I was hooked for life.
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Cannot remember the date (sometime around Thanksgiving 1990) Just moved to California, staying with relatives in the East Bay. Took BART to San Francisco, Dropped A along the way and headed to the Warfield. Having come from the East Coast, I thought I was in Heaven that I was going to see Jerry in such a tiny venue. Anyway, long story short, Way Hot Show. If you have seen any show in the Warfield, you know how special a place it is. Having seen Jerry there dozens of time afterwards, I truly know and appreciate just how lucky and fortunate I really am. Love to hear your thoughts..... Eternityblue
p.s. Saw the Allman Brothers there too.(w/Dickey Betts) Not a life changing show, but one of the best.(they cranked up Jimi Hendricks ~ Blues) in its entirety before the show. If you have not heard the CD ~ get it and listen to the whole thing very loud.............
The all left a big impression! But a day I will never forget was at Spartan Stadium 4/22/1979. We had seen the last of Keith and Donna at the benefit concert a couple months earlier so we all were real excited to see the big unveiling of the new guy. I met uncle BoBo outside in the parking area before going in and had a nice chat with him-always admired his work and what he did for San Fran musicians. I had made a huge banner of the 'Egypt' logo and went high up on the bleachers to the fence at the top and hung it up(later stolen at the show) to welcome the day on the green. I then took my place near the front about 20' from the stage dead center. I then proceeded to 'help out' about 300 heads sitting nearby with some green dragon.
Charlie Daniels and his band started us off to a rockin start. Then the boys came out and lit a fire with Brent weaving his tapestry. We were all aglow! It was so cool to have a great show-Looks Like Rain,with rain! Then a rockin ,Miracle>Bertha bringing out the sunshine again. Really sweet scarlet- fire as well that day. Surrounded by some great friends and tons of folk all in the same space smiling so hard like your face was going to break and dancin' on the grass so nice. It was a day...........
Never had such a good time...........
on july 4 th 89..my old and best friends opened for the dead,, the 10,000 manaics..i was on crew that day ,,,i had just drove with my girlfriend back from foxboro to get back to jamestown ny in time to jump on the bus with the band to get to buffalo bills stadium..was one of those days...i was sent to the lot to grab some doses and ganj for the maniacs, and while out there i started talking to some nice west coast hippies, and a guy with them grabbed my laminate, and looked at me and didnt introduce himself....turns out it was ram rod..so im backstage looking thru a cooler for a beer,,and dennis from the maniacs says you wanna meet jerry..FUCK YEAH !!SO OFF WE GO ..AND THERE HE IS WITH RAMROD ..!!! The guy in t he lot was ramrod!! Jerry was smoking away.. a cig...classic!!! ramrod leans over to jerry and whispers something and jerry just smiles..and i am introduced...jerry says so you are one of those card carrying maniacs,, yes jerry!!and i just smile..He WAS JUST AS I THOUGHT HE WOULD BE DOWN TO EARTH VERY COOL and super nice and polite...i looked him straight in the eye and shook his hand..blown the fuck away....i realized then ..i was just comming on to a altered state or as wavy gravy would say ..under unusual circumstances lol that the universe was thanking me with that experiance for being a good human being...As i said jerry was all i thought he would be....beyond the muscian, i saw not just as a musical shaman, but as a simple very cool fun loving and sweet man...i try to be just the same..just like jerry sweet and fun loving!!Who would have imagined that a simple guy like me would ever meet him!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i also was blown away at my second show wich was winterland 78....they had just returned from the pyrimids,, showing a slide show of egypt as they played,,, they did a double encore ,,shakedown and johnny b good...that was the only show i ever felt like i couldnt take another a song ...i was energised yet exhausted after that show,,the band and crowd had given their all as i left winterland i got a burrito from a hippie and it was the best burrito i ever had,,that was also the smallest venue i ever saw the band in....everything they say about winterland is true ,,that place was magic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! may peace prevail on earth remembering jerry a tear comes to my eye thankyou jerry thankyou God AND THANKYOU THE REST OF THE BAND FOR A REAL GOOD TIME!!!
I had already been to three shows in Philly the previous spring, but this show was in my hometown of conservative Cincinnati, Ohio.It was between these shows that I was able to learn more about the music the boys had made.I danced from start to finish at this show and was forever gratefully deadicated.Thanx guys and remember Jerry lives!!!!!!
Bill Graham died on Friday, and Saturday they were off. Sunday was a hard night for everyone, and the Weds show still grievous. Thursday was Halloween, and well, there was a lot of tension to release. It was clear when they opened Stranger? That there was going to be a meltdown, and Mickey brought lots of drums I'd never seen, including a big rectangular flat drum that fit into a frame allowing one to pound on it like a wall. And he did... During Dark Star, drums, holding the mallet up and saying "this one's for Bill". And the rhythm pounded while we danced. Jerry came out, with guest guitar player too, and then Kesey wearing an Uncle Sam costume. Kesey started telling about Graham, and how he sent money for a memorial site in Oregon for his son who died there in a motorcycle accident. And then a poem from E.E. Cummings about Bill the "Handsome Man" who rode on a white horse and shot clay pigeons one after another. Then raising his voice with intention and purpose along with the best back up band ever; he shouted; "BUT WHAT I REALLY WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IS HOW DO YOU LIKE YOUR BLUE EYED BOY NOW, MR. DEATH?" There was a simultaneous scream from the audience, and a wild feeling in my blue eyes! I had by this time already seen many shows, but the family got closer that night. And I finally got to hear Dark Star with drums in the middle.
jackl921- Amen brother to that.
If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.
Of course it was my first show, isn't that human nature, with anything one likes/loves?
Boston Music Hall, June 10, 1976. I was just a kid, 18 yrs. old.
I've seen Weir w/Kingfish; NRPS, Jerry Band, but never The Dead.
And it was at a time when no one was even sure if they were going to play again.
I was a on The Deads mailing list. Remember that? They'd send you letters from time to time. Dead Relix seems to come to mind.
then it happened they announced a tour playing small theatres. All tix were thru the mail via San Rafael Ca. I bought Boston Music Hall, Capital Theatre in Pasaic N.J.. Tower theatre in Philly. I think they were like $7.00 a piece. Imagine that? And don't forget The Beacon in N.Y.
The anticipation was like no other. what the heck was the deal with seeing this band that made other concerts take a back seat to what I was about to experience?
Well I found out quite quickly, waiting in line before the show. The VIBES there were like no other I have ever came across. "Now I know what they're talking about" WOW. Led Zepelin wasn't like this NO WAY NO HOW.
Once inside I felt the closeness & unity everyone talked of. The music was a bonus. This was life with some of the nicest people you'd ever want to meet. We were all ONE! The BAND included. What a time it was. Communicating at a level that can only be felt not explained. I know there are people out there that know what I'm talking about.
Thanks for the "trip,............................................................. while you can."