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jackl921's picture
Joined: Jun 24 2007
Nothing like the first one!

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."

Joined: Jun 10 2007
cape cod mass.

Well here we are kids------the anniversary of the Killer Dancin->Franklin's
10-27-79 it's the best !
Where you there????
peace out-----Jack

Joined: Jun 10 2007
the bus came by and i got on

the bus came by and i got on that's when it all began

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Joined: Oct 18 2007
Hampton 4/13/89

It was unbelievably powerful show and there was a eye thru the storm when the coliseum let out and we could see the stars clear thru the storm center circle. never forget it!

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Joined: Sep 20 2007
Berlin 10-20-1990

....DARK the heart of Berlin, one year after the Wall came down, 45 years after WW2.....very heavy vibrations, conjured in a powerful location.....the music plays the band...

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Joined: Oct 17 2007
Maples 1973

They played at Maples Pavillion at Stanford University in the spring of 1973. I was 16 years old and it was my second show. I had been to the New Years show at Winterland a couple of months earlier and that had truly been a life altering experience. This one solidified my belief that I had finally found a home.
My friends and I definitely shared a unique and particular state of mind that night. We thought some kind of prankster had sprayed the room with some sort of psycedelic gas (maybe it was just something we ate) , that the light show was prescient and that someone had arranged a parade of people to stroll by, at just the right time, to perfectly illustrate the characters in "Ramble in Rose" just as Jerry sung the words (you know Jack the Ripper, Frankenstien, Crazy Otto).
The flow was sprung for basketball and when everyone got to dancing the joint was jumping, in the literal sense of the word. I remember thinking all of those speakers they had stacked up were going to come tumbling down.
Anyway, it was a great time and definitely nudged my course in a different direction.

Joined: Oct 5 2007
dead on the east coast

i can alway s say ya the dead changed my veiws were i know this may sound strange but it was7/14/ a place called FOXBORO stadium.i went w/my old man and a bunch of friends we had tics,we were in the prk..lot partying w/old and making new friends,man those 'shrooms'and red wine...i was having such a blast i gave my friends old lady my tic,i stayed in the lot for the whole show i could see the stage perfectly the sets were unbelevible!!!i danced pissed some cops off'i no people can relate to that scene.after the show i was bopping round the drums were absoluty fantastic took me to another demetion.'sure it had somthin w/being dosed but we party hardy till the wee hrs of the mourning.i feel like it totally went to another leval w/me at that so grateful i survived all those years so ican continue to experience this magical bliss everyday..

Joined: Sep 28 2007
Roosevelt Stadium Jersey City 1974

This show got short shfit in the liner notes from Dicks Picks so I want to set the record straight.

The day the concert was scheduled was a classic Dead day. Everyone was hanging out peacefully in the parking lot at 8 am waiting for the gets to open up for the 7 pm concert. The weather report was calling for rain but the tickets said "to be held rain or shine" and the vibes were good so no one cared.

Once the gates opened we all went inside the stadium and set up camp and spent the day relaxing and having fun until the first black cloud came over from behind the stage.

A flood of beach balls was bouncing around the stadium, lightening and thunder were everywhere and the rain came down like only an east coast storm can do.

By the time the concert was cancelled, we were in for a real inetresting trip getting out. The crowd was a typical Dead crowd so it should not have been on anyone's agenda to be driving and the parking lot was mud. We sat on top of our car for 3 hours and laughed. I didnt see any agression or fights.

When we came back the next week, Nixon had just announced he was resigning and the band came out with a vengance.

The single best dead show I have ever seen and the best crowd. The tapes don't even do the show justice and I'm still friends with the guys I went to those shows with. We never call it one show. It was 2 shows with the first set a week before the second and third.

Last time I ever saw the wall of sound too.

Truly life changing for me on a lot of levels. I wonder what happened to Riley?

"There are 2 kinds of people in the world. Those whose lives have a soundtrack and those lives do not. I have always found that interesting people come supplied with music."

Joined: Jun 8 2007
It was my first show

JFK - Philly 87' Dylan/Dead

- Outdoors, at night, with 100,000 dead heads.
- Many Dead, Phil and Rat Dog shows, Albums, Tapes, CD and MP3 players & 20 years later I have my kids listening to the Dead now. Out of sight :)

The punch line is I rarely, if ever, listen to the dead of that era. I love Dead circa 69-77 and that's all I play these days.

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Joined: May 26 2007
sounds like a subject for the

Deadheads and Spirituality topic!


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