Joe Louis Arena
After 8 long years I finally was able to see the Dead again in concert. I'd been away from Michigan living in Alaska & Alabama for a while and they didn't play there either during that time. So, needless to say I was ready for this concert and they didn't let me down!
Of course this was the beginning of the era of the BIG Dead shows what with "Touch of Grey" being a hit record and all. Naturally this meant tickets were harder to come by and the vibe at the shows was different to say the least. Nevertheless, I felt like I was back at home!
Wall Of Sound..............
Never saw it (41) But, big by all accounts.
That was a killer show.
Do For Other's you Will Feel Better!!! Guarnteed
Most shows rocked in michian .Feel bad somany passed. Just gave us more dancing room.Though they were all sold out.
Love home town shows.
Blessings to all
This was after I was into my post-100th show. I started to feel like the Grateful Dead's private beach had been discovered and over run with party seekers. Things were still under control, SOMETIMES. But the venues were getting bigger, Bigger and BIGGER. If not mistaken this was about a medium sized arena. I want to say 15,000? It was a quick jaunt from Chicago before the boys came to the windy city. I was 19 years old. Looking back I really was doing things that I should not have and that would have consequences on the rest of my life. To this very day. I have one solid memory of this show. Running into a "friend" named Mark Steve on my way in and getting a dose of amazing ecstasy. Supreme quality. I wish I remember To Lay me Down as it is one of my all time favorite live songs along with Brokendown Palace, Baby Blue and the rest of the sweet sweet Garcia goldens like Help/slip/Frank, Eyes, Stella, Black Peter, Wharf Rat, etc...
There is nothing like a Grateful Dead concert. Dead and company are nothing more than a great tribute band. Jerry garcia's guitar playing is the reason that we all came. It was just in case he had that special moment that might happen only a few times on every tour. Less and less as time went on after the early 80s. I would say that 1985 was the last year that Garcia was in his purest form. I truly believe that his coma took something out of him permanently. As great as he was until the day he died. Check out 1979. Check out Keith and Donna's last show. The Shakedown from that show shows us Garcia at his best. Lazy Lightning Supplication also shows us some of the smoothest Garcia playing that he was eve capable of. Not rock and roll, Grateful dead