Here and there lately, folks have been mentioning some of the great T-shirts they picked up on tour and elsewhere. Several decades having passed in many cases, the shirts are no longer with us. Which ones did you wear till they fell apart, accidentally leave behind at the campground, give to your best friend, or otherwise part with, and now you'd really like to find another one?
Part of my GD ritual was to always buy a shirt at each show I went to. Licensed or parking lot. I still have all those shirts (funny, they don't fit too well anymore).
First shirt I ever bought was at Universal Amphitheater shows '73. Plain white T with Bobby's Ace album cover design on it. Those shirts hold memories.
Many a shirt have gone the way of the dodo, but some show up on ebay if you want to go that route. My pic is a very nice design I had on a shirt from the 85 fall tour, if you look at it just right, and under the proper influences, all kinds of things seem to change and move right before your eyes. Fun times indeed.
Did your wife ever make a comforter from your t-shirts Zomby D Wulf?
One of my favorite things to do in the lot was support the artists making jewelry, t-shirts, posters etc. These days I keep the memories of tour alive by printing lot tees. If there's a shirt you lost along the way, let me know... I may have it. Here's my store. Much love!
This is the one I miss the most, I don't know what happened to it but I suspect my Mother. It showed a pile of broken bones with a skull in the foreground with a bus or semi in the distance, after having traveled this twisted road. The vehicle had a GD lightning bolt on the back. At the top it said, "Dead On The Road '77." It was a simple white on black T-shirt. I'd really be interested if somebody has one they could part with.
It was summer tour '90 I think....It was a multi rainbow-colored dye with a stealie melting ice-cream cone on the front and summer '90 dates on the back. I wore that shirt til the sleeves fell off!! Then I wore it some more until it was riddled with holes from multiple washings and dancings..... :P
...I still have the 'Deadagonia: Quality Music for your next trip...' (white shirt) and the American flag within a Rose t-shirts (a black shirt). Both I believe are circa 93-95 era when I picked them up from GDM almanac. Both are still decent condition but definitely worn over the years.
On a related note, I had a funny sight this summer when my Dad (a non-Head if there ever was one) was decked out in my extra large (unofficial) tour '95 shirt and sweatpants after he needed a quick change of clothes on a hot day. I wish I could have taken a picture of that...what a sight!
I think you might be speaking of the famous show at Amherst at Alumnai Stadium on 5/12/79. The students doing security had yellow t-shirts and looked like zoo-keepers trapped inside the zoo while the deadhead animals who couldn't get in snapped and growled at them, eventually creating a massive vortex of energy by continually circling the Stadium until when a gate came open they poured in around the time the show opened with Jack Straw. Really stupid planning to sell a very limited amount of tickets to the Deadheads (like 5000 out of 25,000)
My favorite t-shirt spotted that day was "Owsley Factory Team"...
The night before there was a show closer to Lowell at Billerica, but that was not in the UMASS system...
Although I couldn't find it in the archive list of shows, it had to be 1979. The band played at the U Mass, Lowell, MA. stadium. One of the dates, Oct. 2, was my birthday.
The event staff T shirt was yellow, Skulls and Roses on the front, with event info on the back. I bought the shirt from one of the event guys for $20, and wore it out. Ah the memories......
my wife is making a comforter for our cal king bed with about 60 of my old shirts.