• Kezar Stadium - March 23, 1975
    first "Blues For Allah" - first "Stronger Than Dirt" - with Merl Saunders and Ned Lagin - without Donna - FM broadcast KIOI-San Francisco - Students Need Athletics Culture & Kicks (SNACK) benefit - also: Doobie Brothers; Graham Central Station; Mimi Farina; Jefferson Starship; Joan Baez; Santana; Tower Of Power; Bob Dylan with Neil Young

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first "Blues For Allah" - first "Stronger Than Dirt" - with Merl Saunders and Ned Lagin - without Donna - FM broadcast KIOI-San Francisco - Students Need Athletics Culture & Kicks (SNACK) benefit - also: Doobie Brothers; Graham Central Station; Mimi Farina; Jefferson Starship; Joan Baez; Santana; Tower Of Power; Bob Dylan with Neil Young
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A great day, but at the time, I was disappointed that the Dead were given about 45 minutes. I was there to seem them. Their Blues for Allah was awesome, but there wasn't great acceptance from the crowd. Between acts, there were celebrity speakers, like Marlon Brando. The biggest cheer went to Willie Mays. Neil Young and The Band played a lot from On the Beach, and then Neil left and Dylan came out and brought down the house. Best line of the day went to Larry Graham: "Do you know how hard it is to get funky at 10:30 Sunday morning?"
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Willie Mays still got the biggest hand tho I kept hopin it would be Dylan backed by the Dead.
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Liked Blues for Allah was very good. Many performers that day are on Wolfgang Vault. Doobie Brothers were very good.
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Chef Free I went with some mucisian friends who didn't "get" the Dead. "Are they still playing the same song?" The end of the show was great "Helpless>Knockin' on the Dragon's Door" Dylan whipped out some different lyrics to Heaven's Door. Yes, it's true, the Say Hey Kid got the largest round of applause (12 times Gold Glove!)
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we did the catering & flowers for that gig + the rose floral reef for the stage, too-wish we had a picture of it- Anyone have a pix from the audience? Music was great & we had alot of fun.....! Gypsy Cowgirl
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alot of fun inbetween all the work.......1st in-last out.......Gypsy Cowgirl
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It was a great day and a great cause. Bill G. did what he did best, getting the best (GD) and a lot other's to come together and support our lack of funding for music and athletics in our schools. Garcia was a sweetheart, enduring my high school feeble attempt to interview him for promoting SNACK Sunday. Good times...
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e-mail friskotatt2@yahoo.com.this was my first show . i remember the o.j. being passed around and me peaking during j.g. n friends ripping thru the blues 4 allah thing . all instramental . i take it at the time there were no words 4 most of the songs and i know it mustve been the doses but either way it was definetly something i will never foget .i was 14 at the time and now 47 ,seems like yesteryear .im stiill hooked and the b 4 a tracks r soome of my fav. best snack i ever had thank u 4 a real good time j.g.. u r truly missed.... much love n respect,,, frisko[berkeley jay]
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An amazing day and concert. probably about as wasted a populace as there could be; at the time, chemicals and booze were about as free flowing for all demographic groups as our country would ever see. If not the most, certainly high up there. It was an anything goes time. Loved the Doobie Bros and Graham Central Station...it was a San Francisco day and I was raised within a couple of miles of the venue...and I was a public school student, middle school, no less--Marina Jr. High on Chestnut. Still have the original art poster for the concert, although my sister penciled in beside Jerry Garcia and Friends, "The Grateful Dead!" The pictures on Wolfgang's vault bring back lots of memories...such a different time, both better and worse. Peace.
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Grateful Dead, Doobie Brothers, Santana with new band, Jefferson Starship, The Band with Niel Young then they backed Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Marlon Brando cussing out the SF County Board of Sups. and the crowd went wild, Willie Mays, and Bob Hope with Bill Graham at the end. The Dead were hot, the best I have ever heard them jam, sounded like an orchestra utilizing oblique motion between gtr and bass during the jam. It was The Dead with Merle Sanders/B3 introduced as The Grateful Dead and Friends by Bill Graham. They made the other acts that sounded great, sound like they weren't as great as the Dead and note I have seen them when they couldn't play/sounded horrible at Sac Memorial Auditorium with Cream.
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I know it was a long time ago but does anyone have any photos around from this show? I would love to see them,as I was there,at age 15.Could you post them on this site? Thanks!!
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Heck, we didn't have any money or any place to stay, so we had no choice. I remember running full speed down the bleachers and on to the field, and the stage was so high we didn't want to be too close. The Dead came on in Mid morning. This was the 1st post-Wall of Sound show, and the PA looked like 2 king sized speakers on each side of the stage. They looked like rubber...at least they did to me. After the last show in '74 at Winterland, they handed out tickets stamped "The Last One, so no one knew for sure if we would ever see the Dead again Bill Graham called their names, one by one and made it clear the band was back. The 1st chord was loud and unrecognizable...as was the 1st song, the premier of Blues for Allah, but we immediately got into it. It was perhaps the most intense 45 minutes of my entire Dead career. No lyrics, just a jam at 900 miles an hour. I felt like the guy in the chair in that old Maxell ad, with the music blowing everything around me like a giant windstorm. We spent the rest of the day recovering. It was like a 1 day Woodstock, with Santana, Neil Young and Dylan. But the Dead was simply awesome
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I was there. I was hoping Jerry Garcia and Friends would be the Dead, but the lineup was pretty awesome anyway. Can you believe tickets were $2? It was so much easier to go to a show in those days. I really feel for music fans that have to consider if they want to spend $30 to $60 to see a rock show these days, obviously 100's of $ for the big acts. The Dead came on in the late morning, early in the show, right after funkmasters Graham Central Station. What a shock, what a cool way to stake their claim to being the coolest act that day! And the audience around me was stunned and confused. You could see it in their faces: What the fuck was that? I really dug it because it was so out there. I was already on the bus, into Dark Star and long Playin' jams, so I was relishing a long Blues for Allah instrumental and a big Millking the Turkey Jam finishing with a rollicking Johnny B. Goode. Too bad their set was so short. The rest of the day was fun, but for me it was memorable because I saw the Dead for the first time after they had gone on hiatus. There was a certain unique feeling also because they had appeared as a surprise, when they were not touring. nitecat
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  • nitecat
    3 years 10 months ago
    Wow what was that?
    I was there. I was hoping Jerry Garcia and Friends would be the Dead, but the lineup was pretty awesome anyway. Can you believe tickets were $2? It was so much easier to go to a show in those days. I really feel for music fans that have to consider if they want to spend $30 to $60 to see a rock show these days, obviously 100's of $ for the big acts. The Dead came on in the late morning, early in the show, right after funkmasters Graham Central Station. What a shock, what a cool way to stake their claim to being the coolest act that day! And the audience around me was stunned and confused. You could see it in their faces: What the fuck was that? I really dug it because it was so out there. I was already on the bus, into Dark Star and long Playin' jams, so I was relishing a long Blues for Allah instrumental and a big Millking the Turkey Jam finishing with a rollicking Johnny B. Goode. Too bad their set was so short. The rest of the day was fun, but for me it was memorable because I saw the Dead for the first time after they had gone on hiatus. There was a certain unique feeling also because they had appeared as a surprise, when they were not touring. nitecat
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    Garybegd
    6 years ago
    We Camped Out in Front of the Gate to be the 1st ones in
    Heck, we didn't have any money or any place to stay, so we had no choice. I remember running full speed down the bleachers and on to the field, and the stage was so high we didn't want to be too close. The Dead came on in Mid morning. This was the 1st post-Wall of Sound show, and the PA looked like 2 king sized speakers on each side of the stage. They looked like rubber...at least they did to me. After the last show in '74 at Winterland, they handed out tickets stamped "The Last One, so no one knew for sure if we would ever see the Dead again Bill Graham called their names, one by one and made it clear the band was back. The 1st chord was loud and unrecognizable...as was the 1st song, the premier of Blues for Allah, but we immediately got into it. It was perhaps the most intense 45 minutes of my entire Dead career. No lyrics, just a jam at 900 miles an hour. I felt like the guy in the chair in that old Maxell ad, with the music blowing everything around me like a giant windstorm. We spent the rest of the day recovering. It was like a 1 day Woodstock, with Santana, Neil Young and Dylan. But the Dead was simply awesome
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    hodad
    8 years 5 months ago
    Photos
    I know it was a long time ago but does anyone have any photos around from this show? I would love to see them,as I was there,at age 15.Could you post them on this site? Thanks!!
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    Silverhawk6
    8 years 6 months ago
    Graham Central Station, Tower of Power,
    Grateful Dead, Doobie Brothers, Santana with new band, Jefferson Starship, The Band with Niel Young then they backed Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Marlon Brando cussing out the SF County Board of Sups. and the crowd went wild, Willie Mays, and Bob Hope with Bill Graham at the end. The Dead were hot, the best I have ever heard them jam, sounded like an orchestra utilizing oblique motion between gtr and bass during the jam. It was The Dead with Merle Sanders/B3 introduced as The Grateful Dead and Friends by Bill Graham. They made the other acts that sounded great, sound like they weren't as great as the Dead and note I have seen them when they couldn't play/sounded horrible at Sac Memorial Auditorium with Cream.
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    jrule1999
    9 years 5 months ago
    An amazing day and concert.
    An amazing day and concert. probably about as wasted a populace as there could be; at the time, chemicals and booze were about as free flowing for all demographic groups as our country would ever see. If not the most, certainly high up there. It was an anything goes time. Loved the Doobie Bros and Graham Central Station...it was a San Francisco day and I was raised within a couple of miles of the venue...and I was a public school student, middle school, no less--Marina Jr. High on Chestnut. Still have the original art poster for the concert, although my sister penciled in beside Jerry Garcia and Friends, "The Grateful Dead!" The pictures on Wolfgang's vault bring back lots of memories...such a different time, both better and worse. Peace.