namaste good folks; THE DEAD ARE A LIVING BREATHING SPIRITUAL FORCE.ITS OUR DUTY AND RESPONSABILTY TO CARRY INTO THE PRESENT AND FUTURE THE LESSONS AND ETHICAL AND MORAL PERCEPTIONS AS WELL AS POLITICAL PARADIGMS FORWARD.THE GIFT IS THE PRESENT.MADE RICHER BY THE PAST.MADE ALIVE IN THE PRESENT.BROUGHT INTO ACTIONS BY US ALL.A GREAT HONOR.AND I FEEL THAT WE MUST BECOME FIRST-WHAT WE ARE ASKING OF THE GREATER COMEUNITY.WE MUST SUPPORT AND LOVE ONE ANOTHER,AND DEAL WITH ISSUES IN A DIFFERENT,HIGHER WAY THEN THE REST OF OUR CULTURE DOES.WE MUST HELP THOSE WHO ARE LOST,GUIDE THE YOUNG,PROTECT WOMEN,CHILDREN AND EACH OTHER WITH MODALITIES OF LOVE.IF WE CANNOT DO THIS FOR ONE ANOTHER,FOR THE FREAKS,HOW CAN WE EXPECT THE STAUS QUO TO. I SPELL STATUS QUO..SAD ASS QUO OFTEN.THINK? CONSOCIATIONS.FREEWAY/FREE REDHILL/MICHAEL.
well, cousinkix, you my friend are certainly bitter. I, too, witynessed the gate crashings, the search for the "miracle ticket" without thought to purchasuing one. And as far as jerry being half-dead, well, jerry was a very sick man. Imagine the load he carried, having to countinue to tour to support countless deadheads and the corporation that the grateful dead had become.
I never went to the show unless I had a ticket and I never went for the party. I went for the music and the spaces and places the music took me--plain and simple. I choose to look back at the beauty that the grateful dead brought to the world. Bob Dylan wrote some thirty years ago that "negativity will not pull you through" don't know why you are so bitter but I miss Jerry everyday and I'm just thankful for the time I had with the Dead.
As far as the "scene" goes, its out there. I am fortune to have found a pretty cool scene going on here in Flint--motor capital of the world. Anyway, cousinkix, remember the goiod times that the dead provided you with---sometimes there is really nothing left to do but smile, smile, smile.
I caught the end of the Dead ( late 80s early 90s) And ive done my share of phish, wsp and countless festivals. And heres the deal....there is a serious lack of love and respect on the scene today. And a endless supply of bad drugs. When I toured with the Dead I had the feeling I was part of a group of people that were so much more enlightened than the world around us. Not a bunch of idiots on pharmies, disrespecting everyone around them.Without love in the dream......
I absolutely didn't understand that and for the past several years I have seen countless younguns at shows and wondered how in the world they even heard the Dead! Ok, some have parents my age and be bopped along in car seats in the family VW SUV, but hey- I got on the bus in '78 and saw 200+ shows.... but am puzzled by today's kids never seeing a show and still being so into the scene. I went to my last GD show at RFK a few days before Jerry left and remember the kid next to me- it was his first show! I can't imagine that he'd still be on the bus after having to get off before his scheduled stop! I guess I feel my age. At the last Phil show in the Philly area, I gave my sandwich to a youngun who looked worn from the tour and asked him the same question.....he was there for the party. I guess that's the deal- we're all there for the party...I drink a lovely Somona chardonney in the parking lot now instead of a toke, quit smoking years ago, buy a few things at Shakedown instead of selling my earrings & blown glass, and call the babysitter in between sets. Pity for those who didn't get to tour, travel, camp in the mud, sell enough to get a motel room for the night, meet new people each day & night, trade tapes, and plan weeks in advance after you MAIL ORDERED for tix! Shit, I remember starting the list at the local sporting goods place that had a Ticketron-long nights with friends to get floor seats and blocks of tickets for your buddies. Ah, to be 17 again...the tix price is up, but it's a small price to pay to be a youngun again.
jerry was half dead,mostly because of playing concerts to goofs,who never got it together that this was a group-thing.ohhh,gosh u had front row tics,reserved..did u get them at your local scalpers place?sure u r glad its over because now u can go in the pretty intimacy of your VIP places...and everything is back in order again.P.S.never heard that weed was legal in CA....
A--holes were destroying the scene and rioting in Deer Creek. I stopped going after the ShoreLine run in Sep. 94. We had up front center reserved seats for those shows. Garcia looked half dead on stage. Mellow California cops were confiscating weed, which they rarely did just a few years before. I'm glad it's over.
Those guys are senior citizens with families now. That constant touring is what eventually helped to kill Brent Mydland at the ripe old age of 37. His OL said it was them or me. Just be happy because they continue doing benifits for REX, Barack Obama and other causes.
Sleazy ticket brokers are buying everything up and ripping people off. Suckers paid 2K to see the latest "Hannah Montana" fad act. Do you wanna deal with these thieves just to see a Grateful Dead concert again? Legit tickets were selling for about 50 bucks maximum in the latter days. I don't even wanna know what a "STUB HUB" would demand for a few hours of music in 2008.
The Bush Republicans (Clear Channel) own the Bill Graham empire. Uncle Bobo must be rolling over in his grave. Don't stop listening to the Grateful Dead and their family of bands; but continue to expand your horizons. The wheel is turning...
...everythings cool.there is so much pain, mysery and agression on this planet that it would be sad if us deadheads could not get along one with the other...Peace,man,and have a nice day!!!!!:-)(-:
This something between us starts getting funny.
Last night I ran into the storyteller forum.
Holy Cow ! That's a good idea of mine,
but you made the one important step.
And next Mary created this place.
Reading the first story posted there
made me hungry for more. And I hope
that a lot of people will find this place
by the fire and share some.
My best wishes for this place to grow
forever and a day.
And well, I am ready to take off my
"Where Is Frankly Wrong This Time" glasses.
So what about trying to get along ?
With six to nine hours ahead of the USA it is
more than enough time and so much fun
to check dead.net during my breakfast
and plant something heartfelt and true
for all you people, who run across my posts.
Good to read that you got a fine dose of timeless music
during the last two weeks. Like I got mine.
And may the universe be with you Obama delegate.
(more on that via PM, maybe not "my" today)