Kezar Stadium - March 23, 1975
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
Set List:Blues For Allah>
Stronger Than Dirt>
Stronger Than Dirt>
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Johnny B. Goode
Attendees of this show
beep, 101874winterland, GBTGD1975, jahfrey, Donald Goddard, ziphler, andychatfield, my chips cashed in, Garybegd, Sugarmagkauai, kolamjr, diatom, stevenmorley, pj1621, Doctorpat, ForrestInFallbrook, johnnyventure, garyd54, chicosez, calhoop, jrule1999, Ffejrey, Nannerpuss, johnburton, steve2973, kimdance, mcrosno, BearVandal, LadyoftheIsland, jonod, theotherone2, Mick Flaire, moses, ammo, Uptown Tommy D, deserthippie, Missi Lynn, dfong74, iwasthere2, Chef Free, Rainbowjohn, jackson484, hmdavis, kgetta, fenerio, thndrbill, the phone guy, padrig, friskotatt2, saint michael, westking101, Gypsy Cowgirl, geoffgould, caffmcjimmrey, delta, Deaddad, spinyn, warf Rat 99, King Bee, Llabmiko, westsiderider, Terry Tolkin, granfallooon, Wino, wolff, OtherOne, Kawika, dabigkatuna, DMG, ItsADryHeat, dupreediamond, ram, drchampagne, Zomby D Wulf, stlhog, poorboy, geostrong, rleeb727, OlKeeZar, Loogy Hanger, dennisdster, tcrawford, Deadduck03, ace17, DarkStar-TheOtherOne, Jack O. Hartz, Deadhead, bear7140, mandala, philhubbard, weirfreakin, almanac
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!!
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
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.