Manhattan Center - April 5, 1971
April 05, 1971
"Dance Marathon" - also: NRPS - General Admission $5.00 - final/last "Hog For You Baby": 03-25-66  - first "Oh Boy"
Attendees of this show
DUKEPHOTO, andychatfield, uptownww, Dov, majortomsr, James Ivory, melted 51, JackStrawfromMaine, DAlberty, DireWolfStudios, rsalit, marcoseattle, BILLYPRIMO, Rob the Drummer, dricey, seabum48, bklynpolar, Manhattancenter, chbartle, jzias, boffo the chimp, Strider 88, MartyWeinberg, ProbablyDave, tarantula, dabeard1, sixstringsmoreorLesh, MAXROD, almanac
My first show and a great one. I don't recall much. I remember they had a bubble machine and a ballroom globe. I went with a friend who was screaming out "Lovelight" the whole show. Finally, they broke into in and he's still screaming for it. I said, "Hey man, they're playing it". Drugs may have been involved. :)
And if I had another 5 bucks at that time I would have gone a third night!!!
Fantastic music. The venue was a real dump. A place for union rallies ect. Near Times Square as I remember. Glen Conley and I went that night. The crush in front of the stage and all the way back to to doors was unreal. Second set I made up to the balcony where I had room to dance. Dance Marathon, I dont think so. They were in the 1920s. Amazing music, big time. And that brings me to the subject of favorite year of the Dead. I've been saying 1971 as it went from Mickeys last show for a few years to the original line-up for a few months(quintessential quintet) to Keith coming aboard. The sound is different from before or after. Was that a Les Paul Jerry played starting 2-19-71. 2-18-71 was the last sighting of Jerry's Gibson SG. Now 1970 did have acoustic Dead and 72 did have Veneta. "well I was 17 in 71" Only a value judgement and as Mr Natural said to Flakey Foonte when Flakey asked 'What does it all mean?' Mr Natural replied;"It dont mean shit.' If a kid was 12 or 14 in 1995 at one of the last Dead shows and he only saw them once, and he or she had a satori experience then he got it. Maybee satori is the wrong term, but let's say ecstatic, then they got it. When I meet people who tell me they got to see the Dead only once I tell them they were very lucky. So none the less I think I love 1971 the best for many reasons. And I was bummed when Mickey dropped out. On hindsite I realize I got to see the original five for a while.
Cold Rain And Snow Me And Bobby McGee The Rub Loser Playing In The Band Big Railroad Blues Me And My Uncle Big Boss Man China Cat Sunflower -> I Know You Rider Casey Jones
Truckin' -> Drums -> The Other One -> Wharf Rat Sugar Magnolia I'm A King Bee Bertha Deal Sing Me Back Home Not Fade Away -> Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad -> Jam -> Turn On Your Lovelight