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.
LocoBrian, I had the same shirt and wore mine out also. It was the first Dead shirt I ever owned.
The Wake of the Flood LP cover Tee that I bought at either the Louisville show or at the Cincinnati Gardens show and wore to take tests in when I was an undergraduate. It served me well until it finally turned to dust. I also had one I bought from a small vendor when I was at Alpine Valley in the mid-80s that was black with a white outline of a smiling Jerry and the quote, "nothing left to do but smile, smile, smile!" I gave it to a lady friend. I don't think she still has it but wore it down to nothing herself.
I'd love to get my hands on the original Skull & Roses with the circle around it that said Grateful Dead - on a plain white t-shirt with nothing on the back. Not the later, updated cartoony version, but with the logo that was on the sticker that came in the Skull & Roses LP. I wore mine out in the mid 70's and have been on a constant search for one ever since.
I remembered another one: The DEC-heads shirt. Digital Equipment Corporation (a company that was huge at the time, and has since been devoured by Compaq and HP in turn) apparently had enough Heads that they had their own shirt. On one side, a woodblock-style image of a skeleton at a keyboard. On the back, an image of the company's iconic headquarters, with the caption "All along the clocktower."
That one only gave up the ghost recently, but I fear replacement prospects are dim.