Shrine Auditorium - October 15, 1976
October 15, 1976
Might As Well
It's All Over Now
New Minglewood Blues
Eyes of the World
Music Never Stopped
It Must Have Been the Roses
Samson and Delilah
The Other One
Comes a Time
Attendees of this show
dune, ccsunshine, peetstr50, andychatfield, Sugarmagkauai, jerryskid1974, zigmeisterxiv, winterland12, berthabetrue, Katimae, GratefulLeo, soglassy, abbilu, jonod, smithmm, Susie Q, stonerucsb, Larree, deserthippie, goldie1, radtek, Jimmy C., jacksondownunda, roguebluegrassband, saint michael, Mike N Stien, Scarf-Juggler, THEOTHR1, Mustangrow, bsea41, wolvesahead, King Bee, Gregster, granfallooon, MandyLulu, dead4days, hrdrockbob, jimmyrowed, westlandb, dupreediamond, creeping_socialist, JayLif, psychedelia, rare1959, dennisdster, DrkStr, DarkStar-TheOtherOne, aud
This auditorium is not much to look at on the outside, but the interior is ornate, with an Arabian theme; what a great atmosphere for the Blues for Allah material, especially. I thought this was a particularly good concert.
Listening to on Sirius on 6-20-09...is it right to look ahead at the set list?? Sounded like a great show!!
My friend Straus was sure that "He's Gone" was about Pigpen. I didnt have the heart to tell him the song preceeded Ron's demise
if I recall correctly, it's about Lenny Hart, Mickey's regrettable dad, who ripped off the band and departed in haste. Rat in a drain ditch, etc. Celebrating his departure and the band's survival of his shenanigans.
It's one of those interesting GD cultural things that it morphed into a dirge, which it definitely did.
...is this is also the first He's Gone (and a good one) since the retirement shows (the day before Mickey Hart returned ironically enough) and the last one until the song was restored to the rotation for good on 5-21-77, a version immortalized on Dick's Picks 29. Interesting note on the song's provenance marye, I did not know that! I understand the final reel is missing from the vault, otherwise it might make a superb vault release.
15Oct76 - I'm at work at the department store. It's 4:00PM, I have to work until closing, I get a call from a friend who says "My sister and her friend were going to The Grateful Dead concert in LA, now they're not going. Do you want 4 tickets?"
Only time in my life I've done this, folks, because of the kind of boss I had I knew I could get away with it, "Bob, I have to go to a concert. I'm leaving in 30 minutes, see ya."
And I got away with it without being fired.
Got the 4 tickets at my friend's house (mansion) next to the country club. Dropped off 2 tickets at someone's house, told him to give me the $$$ for the tickets at the show, cover price, of course (we ALL know the Unwritten Rule). Hauled ass from Ventura to Shakey Town (L.A. Uptight City In The Smog), got to the Shrine....
....And saw LA Police ALL OVER THE F**K'n PLACE. And 9X11 bills posted saying "THIS IS NOT A HAVEN FOR POT SMOKING". And saw cops busting people as they were going back to their cars AFTER reading the warnings. VERY SCARY.
Inside the vibe was Nervous City. You could cut the tension with a cavalry sword. But the Dead made up for the ugliness outside.
First set was very good, I remember there was a heavy-duty version of Loser followed by a great Minglewood. Keith woke up at his piano to start a version of Bertha with other band members doing a double-take at him! lol Then a Lazy Lightning>Supplication that KICKED ASS.
But the second set was when this newbe GOT IT and became A DeadHeadForever.
Eyes Of The World>Music Never Stopped, they cooled down the crowd a little bit with Roses then broke out Samson, OMG Samson was Tearin' This 'Ol Building Down, then He's Gone, Drums>The Other One, I don't remember the Comes A Time but I DO remember Franklin's Tower into Sugar Mag.
Then the house lights came on. "What? No encore? What's goin' on, Man?"
Other deadheads had to explain. "Dude, They gave everything they could give, man. It's cool."
OK. I get it.
And it was during that second set on 15 October 1976 that this here Country Cowfreak became a DeadHeadForever. :-)
I have been told by clued-in sources that the the only reason this has not been released as a Dave's Picks is that they cannot find the last reel of the show. BUMMER.......