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?
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.
...that was bought for me from a friend that was on tour Summer 90. It was a blue tie dye, 25th Anniversary (unlicensed) tee that had 4 pics of the GD from all eras on the front and on the back it had a map of the U.S with one of the freak brothers with the words "Ain't no luck, we learned to truck". I remember he also bought me a colourful tie dye that had "It's a Beautiful Day" on the front. On the back was a giant psychedelic mushroom. They were both Shakedown specials. Thanks to Dave Hickey for those.
My mother in law threw mine out,, thaught it was too worn out,,clueless
was a Squaw Valley Festival shirt from 1991.
Still have the I Scaled the Mountain for Jerry that they gave out for those that didn't take the gondola, but I loaned the shirt to a "friend" that spilled on her shirt, and I let her pick one to wear home. Of course she picked that one, and I refused at first but she begged and I relented after making her PROMISE that she'd return it. She moved soon after unbeknownst to me and I still miss that shirt. Purple wolf silhouette on front, all the bands on the back. I never bought official shirts, but had to have that one. Such great memories, Bill Graham knew how to throw a show!!
I've had (and still have) quite a few Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia Tee Shirts over the last 43 years (my first show was at the Fillmore East in June of 1970) but my favorite was an American flag within a rose. I'd love to get another one like that (large or extra large or medium) if anybody knows where one is available.