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While waiting for 25 to ship later this month I was thinking about what the second half oh the year will bring us. Not specific shows but what years Dave might pick.
I feel like there has to be a 74 but for the other I am not sure if he goes pre 71 or post 77. Any thoughts?
Also will we see one or two box sets this year? If two I am sure one will be with Brent and for the other maybe 1969. Always fun to wonder what Dave is going to do.
2 degrees in Pittsburgh today.....
I saw Willie Nelson at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix a few nights ago. Although the show was shorter than expected (could listen to Willie for hours!), him and his old Martin "Trigger" brought magic to the desert in Arizona.
The Celebrity Theatre is a pretty interesting venue -- it seats around 2,600 people and the building and stage are circular, with the stage turning around in a circle very slowly (0.5 rpm) -- revolving clockwise a few turns, then counter clockwise for a few turns, etc. Never seen or heard of anything like that before -- every seat in the house is fantastic as a result.
I didn't do much research on the place before the show, but what little I read boasted that Styx was coming to town later this winter and other acts such as Billy Joel, Def Leopard, and Duran Duran had played at the Celebrity Theater in the past. Interesting, but wasn't too impressed I guess.
After the show I walked downstairs to where there is a large bar and area with lots of photos/posters of previous acts. It was an eye opener and I didn't realize just how historical a place the Celebrity Theatre actually was! It had hosted the likes of Cream, Springsteen, David Bowie, Guns N Roses, Frank Zappa, Phish, Nat King Cole, and The Grateful Dead!!!
On the wall, there was a interesting poster of the Dead with three skulls and pink flowers (which I do not believe to be from the show itself) with the date 3/8/1970. I couldn't believe that I was in the house that the Dead played in Arizona and hadn't realized it! Imagining the Dead playing in such an intimate and interesting venue in 1970 was mind blowing.
Once I got home late that night, I opened up DeadBase to check out the set list. It states that the show was at the "Star Theatre", which was its original name back then. I listed to the show on Archive.org well past midnight and was thoroughly impressed -- in fact it might be one of my favorite shows from that era. There is no Dark Star or TOO, but the songs they played are of such high energy and originality that the band was definitely ON that night. The stage banter is hilarious. And there is a very odd occurrence of a random person singing on Blues Jam>NFA>Lovelight.
Anyway, definitely recommend checking out the show sometime: https://archive.org/details/gd70-03-08.sbd.9195.sbeok.shnf/gd70-03-08d2t...
And here's some interesting info about the Celebrity / Star Theatre -- in fact, according to this article, the venue might have been called the TraveLodge when the Dead played there: http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/music/kflay-interview-tour-sobriety-equal...
This last bit is a quote in the comments for the setlist on Dead.net: http://www.dead.net/show/march-8-1970
March 8, 1970 I was watching The Grateful Dead in Phoenix's Celebrity Theater (at that time it was still called The Star Theater), seating capacity 2650 and "in the round" with a revolving stage. The Dead were playing great that night, set list was ...Cold Rain And Snow
Yellow Dog Story
China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider > High Time
Hard To Handle
Monkey and The Engineer
I've Been Around This World
Me And My Uncle
Katie Mae > Impromptu Blues
Not Fade Away > Turn On Your Lovelight
When the band got to Impromptu Blues a guy walks on stage from the audience and starts playing harmonica at an open mic. I see Garcia and Weir shoot a look at each other and then shrug their shoulders and keep playing. This prompts the rest of the audience to walk onstage too and I ended up standing behind Lesh's amplifier with my arms resting on it and watching a minor miracle of hippie peace. No one mobbed the "stars" or disrupted the music. Everyone just danced or grooved and when the band asked everyone to return to their seats they did.
Gary the 2 Zappa books are on amazon. Bob Zappa. Self published not very big but good books fills in holes from the other books. Worth it if you're a fetishist (Franks loving term for people like me and ppssibly you). I accidentally played Hot Rats for UAL employees a week ago. I dropped a book on the on switch on my base radio and HR was playing on my computer. Got a couple of annoyed phone calls. Oh eell they'll get over it
Yeah it's colder than a witch's... ( that should date me) so I'm in Thailand. Believe it or not Bangkok is relatively cold. 14/58 the other day which is freezing to Thais. While I've seen it that cold in the jungle up north never in Bangkok
Voting... I have voted in every election since '71 and did vote in '16 for everything except Presidential. In the past if I wouldn't vote major party I would vote Libertarian. And no 3rd party is not a wasted vote check out the effect of the Progressive party of the 1890's-1910's on issues like progressive income tax, direct election of senators,primaries,referendum and changing the Democrat party from the party of Cleveland (gold standard etc) to Bryant Wilson Al Smith and FDR. Unfortunately in 2016 the Republicans chose to nominate a completely narcissistic pathological lying scumbag. The Democrats nominated an entitled, lying trailer trash jerk whose main reason for thinking you should vote for her was she was a woman. No? Just ask Madeleine Albright. The libertarians whored themselves out by nominateing a buffoon who used a bit too much of his product. Worse they nominated a man for VP who is the antithesis of everything they stand for.Bill Weld was there inly because of some name recognition he is no libertarian. The Green party? While I realize there are probably a number of Greens here let's just say they are absolutely not my cup of tea even if they support legalization of marijuana
That brings us to what to many of us is the bigly (sorry couldn't help it) issue here legalization of marijuana. I hate to be a party pooper but not likely on a federal leval any time soon. 1st to anyone paying attention it's not just Republican presidents that have been wrong on this Cinton and Obama were no better, and a bunch of absolutely deserved pardons and comutations at the end of his term mean little in the big picture, though greatly appreciated by the individuals. Because 1 outlier poll give it 64 % means nothing. It doesn't take into account support is heavily weighted to a relatively small political area. There will be at least 41 no votes in the Senare for a very long time.
....Vegas has the same issue as San Diego. No measurable rainfall in 107 days. What's worse, is that the Rockies haven't seen very much snowpack. The Rockies feed the Colorado River, which feeds Lake Mead, when in turn feeds the entire southwest. The lakes level has been dropping for a decade, as evidenced by the noticable bathtub ring. Someone needs to truck in some of that powder from the East asap. And yeah, where is that Anthem 50th announcement?....
....hockey update. The Golden Knights eight game win streak was broken last night by St. Louis. Time to start another one....
OK been meaning to post for several weeks. Recently I am sure you all saw where Charles Manson died. He always freaked me out as a young person. The movie Helter Skelter while fascinating shook me up as I was too young to process properly. Now it is interesting, a couple of years ago I sent a PM to one of our senior or management level posters. I was hypothesizing that maybe Bob's flipped out psychedelic freak out song was about ole Charlie. Of course the song would be estimated. I have read many posts here about Bob laying that song down or living that song while they watched.
Bob was interviewed decades ago(I cannot remember where) but he said the song was sung in the third person, not the first. He said the song was based on a guy that showed up at the back door of a show.(OK, as a sidebar I always envisioned the electrician or chef or something that is banging on the back door in the GD movie, saying he was working at Bob Weir's house, that is kind of my mental image. Although this guy was way to calm.)
So I kind of wondered about that Charles being the character in the song. For me, it fits quite nicely. The lyrics sound like something out of his mind. So I put this forth to the senior poster. He shot it down, no problem. I have continued to ponder and research, always keeping my eyes open. I thought maybe they crossed paths while the dead were down in LA in late 66 (???).
Now I am wondering if maybe they crossed paths during spring summer 1967. No way to know, hoping someone else could spread a little light on the matter. Now why 1967?
Well I posted this youtube video several months back. It is called "the way it was" and was a documentary by a Canadian (?) television station. Here is the link
It is a really good documentary about an hour long that is filmed in hashberry. I put this forth because around the 37 minute mark they crew interviews a doctor about his free clinic to help the hippies that flocked to haight and lacked the resources to make it. He gave them free healthcare because he knew the conditions they were living in.
Now move forward 50 years and Charlie finally kicks the bucket. Me being intrigued and freaked out by Charlie started thinking again. I happened across this article.
I am not sure this article is written by that same doctor in the documentary, but the author and that doctor worked at the same clinic. I believe the same person, maybe.
Any way, still makes me ponder could the prophet claiming we would follow him as we rise up to glory be old Charlie?
I do not know, but the key almost fits the lock.
Oh yeah, last weekend I was digging though a plastic tub of old shirts that I keep. I found my NYE1987 tshirt and wore it on NYE on Sunday night. I also found another shirt with Charles on the front and the words "Charlie don't surf". That one always freaked people out when I wore it.
Rough draft, may need to edit...
Buy warm beer, place in truck bed, drive home, open cold suds. Mmmmmm.......
I am sorry, Charlie, I should have never attached a favorite sacrament to a fertilizer salesman. OOps
Simon Rob got it just right. Rolled that sucker, drinking my java, headed to therapy which is only a couple minutes away. Then when I got home there she was staring me in the face. Ahhhh green day indeed. But cold green day.
It has been colder down south than up north the last few days. Mhammond you be killing me! San Diego is one city that has been at the top of my bucket list. It aint no secret about its grandeur and whether.
Temperatures here in San Diego are in the high 70's low 80's with a warm delicious breeze coming from the south and east mixing with each other to make a perfect mixture of tropical moisture with desert dry air. Really gorgeous beyond belief. Downside is we haven't had a real rain for a year. Think about it. Not a drop of rain for a year. Not good.
My dog outside has been frozen for days too.
Funny.. I just got back from the grocery store.. bought some water and juice (room temp) and tossed them in the back of the truck.. they were frozen by the time we got home, and we came straight home.
My dog’s outside water bowl has been frozen for days, but we live in the South. No snow though.
the ice cream reference produced an image of E72's Ice Cream Kid in my mind.
I've got 6-23-74 on right now. This would make a great Dave's 27. I'm listening to Seastones right now and its a Jerry Moore aud. You can hear the vendors walking around saying "Ice Cream! Ice Cream!" while Phil and Ned are laying down these far out soundscapes. Pretty funny stuff. Great show. Ramble on Rose opener. Let it Rock. China Doll 1st set closer. 20 minute dark star -> spanish jam. Great one! I had this tape back in the 90s.
Checked my PM's today and I guess I ought to check them more than semi-annually. Sorry to anyone to whom I did not reply.
That was one of my favorite albums when I first started listening to the dead. Spent a lot of lunch breaks the summer after senior year spinning TIFTOO and zoning out. Good stuff. I think the only thing that I listened to more at that time was LiveDead, etching that Darkstar into my brain again and again.
re: JiminMD - Happy New Year to you as well.
I think Gary has a great idea for his morning - but why insult the phatty by calling it a Sessions?
I think they're the best cone made!
That's what we've been having on the left coast.
Looks like patterns may be getting ready to change a bit this month though. Heading up for some skiing and hoping for a bliz or two.
Saw David Hidalgo of Los Lobos with his family band the Hidalgos at Sweetwater in Marin last night. Mostly bluesy rocker tunes. Good show to have in a small venue like that, also joined by Tommy Castro on stage for a high amp pair of tunes, and a few memorable Mexican ballads with David on fiddle and vocals and one son on acoustic guitar. Another of his sons was a powerhouse on drums too.
..there's a change ah coming
... I'm not plagazorizing , if that helps you. :)
Makes complete sense to me. I guess reasoning and pragmatism are not dead after all, there's more than a thread of truth in what you write.
Happy New Year.. stay warm, play dead.
Where is the Anthem of the sun, 50th reissue hopefully with a concert like last year.
Braving the frozen tundra of northern New Jersey to drive to work this morning...brought along daves 17 and the 1989 show from 30 trips. My commute of course won't take that long but one can never be too prepared.
Life can be tough, Gary, particularly when you have to make decisions like that. My advice is to roll it before you go but save it until you get home. You know it makes sense!
Ahhhhh coffee has got me all janked up...Heading to physical therapy in a bit. Question is do I roll a phat Sessions before I go or wait until I get back home? Oh Jeff take me away...
Love listening to this channel while driving my 1985 Buick Riviera. Just got my USA-740 from www.vintagecarradio.com and as long as I can shovel my car out of the driveway I am going to the casino to win some money!
From the polls that I have seen, about 64% of the country favors legalization of recreational marijuana. National Review today called for decriminalization and an end to the federal prohibition with the decision up to individual states how to handle it. Of course National Review has been largely anti-drug war since W.F. Buckley started arguing against the drug war policies in the late '80s or early '90s. I remember watching him debate the issue with notable liberals like Charles Rangel and Patricia Schroeder, both of whom were stridently in support of the drug war policies. The issue does not necessarily break down on the expected political lines all of the time.
Really, congress can pass legislation and tie Sessions hands on the issue. If marijuana is not federally prohibited, then Sessions will just have cry himself to sleep, he won't be able to prosecute anyone. If congress doesn't pass legislation to legalize, then it will continue to be a guessing game as to which poor random individual will be prosecuted. Given that marijuana legalization polls higher than either political party in congress or the president, it seems like a good time to consider pressuring your congressional representative to sponsor or support legislation to end federal marijuana prohibition and stop wasting lives and money on the issue.
If you are interested in issues related to prohibition check out the book "Last Call, the Rise and Fall of Prohibition" by Daniel Okrent. The book is a pretty comprehensive look at the subject, as well as an entertaining read, and you can see the same issues coming into play now, with individual states deciding not to enforce prohibition at the state level, and the awareness that huge amounts of revenue would be available for the government to take a cut in a legal market. Gonna be interesting to see where things go in the next couple of years. In the meantime, play dead and be discreet. If you can't be good, be careful.
It's fucking butt cold where I live.. then there's the wind - has been this way for more than a week. Every night dipping pretty far below zero, highs in the single digits at best. The river I live on (which rarely freezes) is quite frozen and it's been snowing like mad since I got back from the holidays. This kind of thing happens, but once every ten or twenty years or so. It's already killed 25 people, and tomorrow the really cold weather sets in. A simple thing like a fender bender, a furnace mishap or getting locked out of your house can quickly become deadly. A loss in electricity is perhaps the greatest threat.
A good excuse for a neighborhood party I say.. pass the whiskey round.
Stay safe, stay warm. Play 74 GD.
I live near Gaelic Park in the Bronx off Broadway near the equestrian center, the red barn, and had to trudge across the tundra to go to work in Manhattan. I thought for sure I was getting a show day, but, but, but, noooooooo!
I did, however, get out early and stopped at the Whole Foods, or, Whole Paycheck, for just a few things, as I thought, or told myself, but, yeah, I spent too much. I listened to GSTL New Haven 77 replacement disc 2 (the one in the box had dropped sound) and forgot about it all for awhile on the 1 train.
Stay warm East Coasters. Warm Climate People -- enjoy it. European Friends -- drink a pint and stay warm!
I was in the Yosemite backcountry on skis with my brother in the winter of 99 and we got some epic snow.. Love the California high country. Would be wild if it was the same storm. It was a crazy ski back.. simply epic.
I was in one in ‘98 or ‘99 at Squaw Valley. Resulted in arm pit deep powder, light and fluffy. It was AWESOME!!!!!!
Also known by its West Coast name, the Tahoe Kush Cyclone.
Apparently that is what they are calling this recent storm in here in NYC. Just finished shoveling after a rather long subway ride back home to Brooklyn.
Listening to the reissue LP of Aoxomoxoa. I believe it’s a remix of sorts cause it sounds way different, even more out there from my old cassette copy. Mountains of the moon making me feel really relaxed. Been a while since I checked in here. Hope everyone, especially those suffering through this east coast cold spell are all doing well. Happy New Years to all
Glad to see you are into the black hole stuff. I find that stuff fascinating. As part of my side studies, I am working on a better understanding of the role of black holes and the new research on the prevalence of binary solar systems. I for one believe that all systems are binary. OK enough of that. I do like to dabble in some science, some mathematics/numbers, and some language/communication. Although I suck at all three, but find it fascinating learning. OK I am too high...stay away Jeff S.
Just cleaning up some things:
Jim: Regarding 1987-12-27. I really enjoyed the 27th and 28th. The 30th show was good, actually well played, but they seemed to have PA problems. I remember thinking they were setting up broadcast equipment for the 31st national pay per view. So when we walked in, there was added the two side screens to see what was being broadcast, group and effects. The visual effects were actually very good and intense for it being this early. The effects during the drums/space on the 31st are scary good top notch. So on the 30th, they were having PA drop outs which were not there the 27, 28, 31. I assume it is from testing the full production. When I listen to a board of the 30th, it is pretty good. 31st was very good, not close to the best show I saw. I do remember the huge smile on Jer's face as he walked out for Bertha. Great big smile, and a huge waive to the audience. It was almost like he was saying, everything is worked out.
Snafu: from last week. Thanks for the info. on the book by Zappa's brother. Will have to track that down. Thanks, and yeah, Gail is the problem.
Sessions: from the state he is from. A complete and utter moron, not to offend, but most lawyers lack any wisdom at all. They are the true root to our national problems. Cant figure out why things suck, look under the rock for the low life lawyer. No offense to the good and honest lawyers. I know some come to this site, so no offense, but you know your competitors.
LoveMyGirl: great name! Hang in there. I was in the hospital this time last year, just coming out of a coma. I mean I was sick unto death, as they say. It is amazing what the body can do, how it can heal. I am still recuperating but have the best parts of life have come back. Partying, music, driving, independence and occasionally chasing a floozy. Not sure I should explain that here. Another poster here and I have been having some offline emails. He read me post here about missing the May 77 box here, and was wondering if any had an extra. He let me have it for the same price but with the extra $10 for shipping. Great guy. He was going through Rehab and going to shows and visiting the Wharf Rats. I wrote to him about the amount of opioids I was given, pills and injectables. I found it easy to come off of them pretty fast as I want to save the china white for when I get really sick. The main thing is, they really do make you completely backed up. I mean horribly bad. Hate to bring that up, but I wonder how some people can take them so easily. I figured out a lot of the homeless that use basically do not eat. Cannot for the life of me figure out how Jery used and gained all that wait. He must have had some miserable days to go with the buzz. Oh well. Get well, we are all rooting for You!!!
The other interesting timing was on Tuesday when the Rep. from Utah finally decided to step down. A week earleir I read that he has a very good friend that was one that experienced epileptic seizures that were recently 'cured' or made manageable by the miricle of CBD... so he became a Medical M surporter for Utah! I week later he rides off into the sunset after 40 years of being Utah's Jeff Sessions... Go figure
Please feel free to fact check me if I'm wrong, (which I dont mind!) but that's what I just read this week.
Ok... dipping back to E72 for my car ride home from work today... need to distract myself from my own teeth chattering
that's just it, if everyone who voted in 2008 and 2012 voted in 2016, this would not be happening. Don't not vote, I know, it only encourages them but if we don't they will get away with anything they want. Like they are now.
I see it as the complete opposite - the book that was released is the smoke screen to cover the other things that are being done - change in states rights (legal pot), desire to change voting standards from local to national, last minute appointing of replacement federal prosecutor - the one that represents NY where trump and kushner business is located is Rudy's law partner, the one personally interviewed by the prez. Was a loyalty test / pledge invoked???
stay friendly and grateful!
And don't forget to take your daily dose of Grateful Dead music ;)
watch out, they have your name, address and dr's name, don't be too surprised if they come after all medical mj too or, like they did with other drugs, make it really hard on the doctors that are prescribing it, so they will think twice before they write you a script.
loved your comment stolzfus, cold dead deadhead hand. If the current powers that be have their way, we will be right back in 1984, both in time (just say no, or else) and corresponding with the novel of the same title (Orwell). With thousands going to jail for simple possession and fines going way up due to tax cuts, this is their way, give to the rich and jail the poor. Here's the big distraction, here's a tax cut, now let us do whatever we want. Deja vu Raygun did it, Bush did it, now these guys are doing it. Kinda strange how most of the states that are legal now are blue states, is this political payback for not voting their way? You're right, this can't end soon enough, right on Spacebrother, vote folks, in every election, local, state and federal it's the only way to drain their swamp of this stink and corruption and lies that these people are feeding all of us. Just say no, like, no way man.
... I have medical m, I use it nagead opiots.
Opiotes are fatal ! S Fay away stay away my friends ...unless your at the end of the line........
Oh, really? Look what happened last time everybody got out and voted. You ended up with your current president.
Great.. now you tell me, reading this just after I just flushed my stash. With the cold I am fighting through, the only thing getting into my head is cold medicine anyway, but here's to wishful thinking about the future.
Happy New Year All.. Here's to Dave for making 2018 the best ever..
This is why it's imperative that everybody get out and vote. November will be here sooner than you think. The deck is severely stacked against those of us who want to see it legalized (because of hyper-gerrymandering), even though more than 60% of us support it.
... that's my take at least.
It's just the chatter of false teeth distracting from the apple.
I'll bet Fed Agents are going to react the same way that the Military did when "they" announced "No Transgender in the Military!"
The response: "Ummmm... General's, you can igmore that... yes we are!"
Sit tight everyone, this will all be over soon. Not soon enough, but soon.
this makes no sense at all, other than to continue to be needlessly cruel to (mostly) poor people, the people who need it for their health, and (almost certainly) to the people of color who will suffer most from this. Oh, it also probably satisfies his buddies/donors who run private prisons.
I never stray into politics on this board but this attempt to go back in time on this issue is typical of the stupidity and cruelty that this band of idiots have displayed over the past year.
pry the pouch from my cold, Dead hand, asshole.
I noticed that too. I can't say I am surprised..
Lock people of up for weed, what could possibly go wrong (besides ruining the lives of a few thousand people).
Lets hope there is some pushback and this policy change gets a second look. Most people do not support policing marijuana laws, including me.
Just read on the internet that Sessions will end the federal policy of not going after legal pot sales in states that have legalized it. Death blow to the marijuana industry? Look out folks, the feds are coming. The last time this happened, they waited until there was lots of product and cash, then they raided and took everything, including houses, cars and any thing else of value.
Lovemygirl. We love you here! Keep posting. Let us know what you listen to next.