Grateful Dead

Long Beach Arena

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Long Beach, CA
United States

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Joined: Jun 16 2007
caught the last ones here

I grew up going to boat shows at this arena, so imagine my suprise when I saw bundles of sage instead of sailboats! My 3rd-5th shows, the 1988 LB shows is where I "got it". The lobby is really cool. There is alot of space to dance or sit on the back steps (see my show reviews of this). The parking lots are small but there seemed to be ample street parking. (something I have only seen at HJ Kaiser in Oakland) It was great to be that close to the water. Shoreline Marina had just been completed so there are some really neat areas to walk around. What a great place to be for a Dead show!

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Joined: Nov 12 2008
Great show!

this is the show where Carolyn lost her shoes and clothes.

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Joined: Feb 14 2009
My dead mini-tour

started at long beach.

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Joined: Feb 20 2012
I almost died at this one.

What is it with Long Beach? loved the show and thanks to a kind head who helped me into the show. bro if it was not for you I would have been passed out in a dumpster outside heaven. Way to go bro!

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Joined: Jan 22 2014
Backstage memory

My first post on this site and got to say hi first. This was a strange set of weekend shows as Metallica played this venue the Friday night before and their fans trashed the seats inside. The Deadheads were of course later blamed for that and that was the last time the Dead were allowed to play in the LBC. I was lucky to have gotten to go backstage on Saturday night during the intermission, and all I remember is seeing Phil sitting with the road crew in the locker room while the rest of the band had their own areas we were not permitted to go to. Also, my friend found a bag of various pills in the backstage bathroom that he kept but never told me what they were lol.

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Joined: May 26 2007
I only saw one Dead show here

when I was in town for something else. But, considering that the last time I'd been there, it was to see the Rolling Stones with Brian Jones on the white guitar, it was a bit different.

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Long Beach Arena