Love the bar under the stage!!!!!
I got to see what a nice little place this was on 12/31/01 We parked across the street and got in line which strected around the building. (see pics on Phil's site) good vibe about the place. Quick story - As NYE approched we got too hot so we went to back door to get some air and there's Bobby,Mickey,Bill getting into wizzrds costumes outside the door and Phill in a police uniform next to them...My wife jabs me and we say "Hi" to our freaky looking friends. They pass us in their drag and dissapear. I knew at the stoke of midnight who those charaters on the float going up to the stage were. Happy New Year...
I lived about a mile away in 85, I walked to shows. When I moved back to SF it was still only a BART ride away. Chinese New Year, Valentines Day, Mardi Gras. Man did Uncle Bill know how to throw a party!
Only time to CA and for a New Years show! Totally new experience for East Coast Head. Wish I could have made other CA shows. Unbelieveable experiences! Hey, number 7 are you out there?
Remember dancing to the hallway speakers in 89 when during Cassidy someone broke out a tamborine and started playing when appropriate! These shows were brutal outside, there was an arctic blast in town.
i corrupted many a shipmate draggin' them there from alameda....not sure i miss the spiral stairs....but i loved the ease in which you could get up front. all those doorways along the side.
more like walkway??
the way that by the end of the evening the condensation on the walls had dripped down on the spiral walkways and made them a bit hazardous when one was not necessarily in the best hazard-negotiating condition.
i'd forgotten all about that.......
I loved the never ending spiral walkway as each turn lead to another and another... I was there for the Chinese New Year. Very cool. The dragon managed to negotiate the crowd with amazing skill. Trying not to conform to the hippy tie dye thing, I threw on a plain T shirt with a tiger on it. Of course, it happened to be the year of the tiger. Now I'm trying not to try.
Was a really old and funky place and a great venue to see the Grateful Dead. This was the place where I recall the Dead had their greatest mastery over the energy -- from soaring heights to hardly moving and everything in between. Truly, it was a place that they could rightly call home, even if it wasn't in SF. I never did get a chance to see a show there after it was refurbished and called the Kaiser. In a way I'm glad as it was always the Oakland Aud. to me.