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Joined: Jul 26 2007
My third show on June 24, 1985

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!!!!!!

Joined: Oct 29 2007
Halloween 1991 Oakland Coliseum

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.

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Joined: Jun 13 2007
Nothing like the first one!

jackl921- Amen brother to that.

If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.
Wiliam Blake

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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..


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