Most Cosmic Venue EVER
Let's face it, some venues had a lot more charisma than others -- and still do. Red Rocks probably tops a lot of lists when it comes to personal Grateful Dead power spots -- but what amazing places haven't we heard enough about?
Winterland SF... Especially Winterland closing. It was such a magical night!!!!
I missed the Oops shows in 81 but did see Ratdog here in 2002. What a hassle-free venue.
The Rainbow was a great venue too, those 81 shows were spectacular. It was the first time I managed to see multiple shows.
While we are on the subject of Winterland, 12/31/72 has some truly transcendental jamming in the spaces between Truckin' and what comes after. It's also hilarious to hear the KSAN dj, who was obviously dosed, describing Bill Graham mastering the art of the three-dimensional hologram and so forth. I was there, and it seemed like that old building was about to blast off of its foundation. On the way home we got pulled over on the freeway for a speed violation-we were going eight-miles-an-hour --but that's another story.
I think you just channeled Whitman, Kerouac, Ginsberg, Hunter Thompson, every Deadhead ever, all the shows and members of the band in the short time period that you spieled that last posting. Fantastic. Congratulations.
And then it is gone.
But the collective memory remains.
And the shows from the tapes.
If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.
too, thndrbill!! But I think that you are right about that place being saturated to the gills with all those many bands that played music (and all of us that played there) and it just oozed out of the pores of the Winterland.
The actual (and contact) highs resulting from chemistry and/or that musical transportation, the collective cathartic relief manifested during that reality-stretching, joyous, tribal stomp.
Oh, to go back and dip a toe into the time-space-continuum and feel that old venue shake and creak with Philbombs, Jerry's casscading and ethereal leads, Bobby chunk-a-chunk switching to brilliant shimmering rhythms, Keith hunched over the keys, honkytonking-jazz-boggie woogie-rocking, and then Donna with a tasty harmony or erupting in a gut-piercing wail. And Billy's frenized eyes rolled-into-the-back-of-his-head wildly drumming and then Mickey grinning in glee as he hunkered down one moment to parry Billy with a counter rhythm, but then dashing to stroke the tar, or to attack that 'thunder machine' contraption. And then Billy would join him there as their percussive tornado would coil and soar.
YESSS!!! Er, a, sorry, lost a grip on 'now' for a second.
What wild times-those Winterland daze.
A playground if there ever was one.
The place was definitely a dump, but there was a certain something about it. Winterland had that bizzare, dangerous energy. Maybe it was the black lights washing over everything or the karma generated by all the great music that was played there or the decades of heavy tripping that went on in that building . Who knows.
Never had such a good time! DVD'S of these runs need to be released!!!
I always thought the boys played great at Merriweather and Hampton. Philly seemed to always be groovy but my favorite shows were at The Palace of Auburn hills.. They never left me disappointed. Still remember the second set opener of Truckin' in 1993 and my wife grabbing me by the shirt screaming in my ear.
I listen to that show from time to time and remember that she was pretty special and she is sitting with Garcia "calling the tune."
i have done that a few times, i went to see Tom Petty as a support act there, i saw LS there so probably the same show
the worst one i went to was at Brighton Centre, was to see an Australian band called The Church who were support for
I think i was the oldest person there by years
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Has had a complete refit in the last few years, but unfortunately i haven't been to see a concert there since i left Brighton
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