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Cory Ferber


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I am a Deadhead living in the San Francisco Bay Area. I currently live in Berkeley. I have lived in the city of San Francisco, San Anselmo, and San Rafael. I moved to the Bay Area in 2000. I was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio.

I saw the Grateful Dead with Jerry Garcia perform 43 live concerts across the country from 1990 to 1994. I mainly saw the band in the Midwest and East Coast. (You can view the list of shows I saw on this website.)

I also saw the Jerry Garcia Band perform 8 live concerts on their East Coast tours in 1991 and 1993. The band featured Jerry Garcia, John Kahn, and Melvin Seals. Two of my favorite concert experiences were Madison Square Garden in '91 and Hampton Coliseum in '93.

My sister took me to my first Grateful Dead concert at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh on July 8, 1990. We drove a few hours to get there from our hometown. The opening act was Crosby, Stills, and Nash. The band doesn't always have an opening act so this was a special evening.

We had great floor seats on Jerry's side of the stage. The concert was like nothing I had ever experienced. The band played Touch Of Grey, Terrapin Station, and Estimated Prophet. These were songs that I was already familiar with at the time and I really enjoyed hearing them. The show closed with a cover of Knockin' On Heaven's Door. By the end of the night, I had fallen in love with their music. The show was apparently a good one because it was officially released on DVD in the View From The Vault series.

I went on to see the Grateful Dead perform across the country from the Atlantic Coast to Las Vegas. I frequently saw the band play live at the Richfield Coliseum and Deer Creek Amphitheatre.

While they were still touring, I gathered over 750 hours of Grateful Dead live shows on cassette tapes by trading with other Deadheads around the country. I now frequently see live music at venues whose names I know because of those tapes.

Since 1995, I have seen performances by the remaining members of the Grateful Dead in: Furthur, The Dead, The Other Ones, Deadheads For Obama, Phil Lesh & Friends, Philharmonia, Telstar with Phil Lesh, Terrapin Family Band with Phil Lesh, Terrapin All-Stars with Phil Lesh, Bob Weir & Ratdog, Bob Weir & Rob Wasserman, Bob Weir & First Fusion, Bob Weir Solo, Mickey Hart's Planet Drum, Mickey Hart's Mystery Box, Mickey Hart, Rhythm Devils, Seven Walkers with Bill Kreutzmann, and Gratefully Yours with Tom Constanten.

In 2008, I atteneded a 5 night run of Phil and Friends celebrating the closing of the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco. (It has since re-opened under new ownership.) The band played 7 complete albums: Grateful Dead, Anthem Of The Sun, Aoxomoxoa, Live/Dead, Workingman's Dead, American Beauty, and Dead Set. Bob Weir was a special guest on multiple albums.

In 2010, I attended the 3 day Furthur Festival at Calaveras County Fairgrounds in Angels Camp, CA. This time around, Furthur played 6 complete albums: Anthem of the Sun, Aoxomoxoa, Workingman's Dead, American Beauty, Blues For Allah, and Terrapin Station.

For the last 5 years in a row, I have celebrated New Years Eve at Bill Graham's Civic Center in San Francisco. Furthur has headlined the last 4 years. In 2008, the show was a double-bill with Phil and Friends / Bob Weir and Ratdog.

My 20+ years as a Deadhead has really been a long strange trip.


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