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  • marye
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    welcome, cosmonaut!
    Glad to see you here! Always good to see the youth on the bus. Since this topic is getting quite huge, I'm launching a new version here. We look forward to making your acquaintance, folks, so don't be shy!
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    Hi there. My name is Evan and I am from very nothern new york near Canada but am attending college in Buffalo. Just wanted to make a shout in the hopes of becoming part of this awesome community. Unfortunately, because I was born in '87 I was never able to see the Dead. However I love them. The first time I ever heard any real Dead (beside like Truckin' or something) was in a car coming back from a golf game. My cousin's boyfriend Jason popped in Dick's Picks 17 and turned it to Franklin's Tower. I don't know whether is was Hornsby's piano or Jerry's guitar but I was blown away. I have been a hardcore fan ever since. The closest I have come since to seeing the Dead is seeing Ratdog at the FLPC center in Geneva. Shout out to anyone who was there. Take care all!
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    Every Day is a Dead Show...
    Hey! I am Bamski from Brooklyn and I got on the bus in college and hit my first show in Pittsburg on 6-26-88 and hit about 30 shows along the way. Between the handful of DVDs and nearly 1000 digital songs, just about everyday is a different Dead show. Nothing like coming home from a long day at work and putting on some Dead and relaxing.
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    Ummmm curious
    I am feeling a little bit exhausted from last nights gig...the strings were lifeless....and I am sure it is a conspiracy to get us to buy the most expensive strings...so they can hike up the prices worldwide...am I paranoid...YES. hahahaha... I have a profile at http://www.myspace.com/ericsawyer4jesus --- will save me writing a lot more non-sense... Nice to be here.
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    Hey LindaH!
    Where in Alaska? Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone, you will still exist, but you have ceased to live. Samuel Clemens
  • LindaH
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    Hi
    I joined a little over a week ago. I think I posted here before but the boards looked different (?)I'm from Alaska. I'm 37. Pretty much locked in up here, but I did get out and see Further festival in 95. I hope I get around to chatting here some and getting to know folks.
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    Grateful wedding
    Nice dawg, I think I may slip our date on the inside of the ring :D
  • dawg440
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    I actually got married on Jerry's B-day Aug 1, 1998, I figured there was no way I could forget that date!
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    I'm Pete. I'm a huge fan of the Dead, though have never seen them live due to my age (I'm only 21), but love jam bands in general. I record alot of local jam bands, do some music production, and record audio for film and television, all because I just love music. Maybe some day I'll tape a Lesh or Weir show. ----------------------------------- This machine kills fascists!
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    What a song!No one can say it like Hunter..........
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Hey now - thanks for stopping to let me back on! This looks like a cool site. Went to a couple few hundred shows between '82 and '93, taped most of 'em. Things were never the quite the same for me after Brent, and I couldn't watch Jerry fade away, so I stopped. Just moved back to Philadelphia again - is there anybody out there?
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hi hunter i was not at penn's landing for dso...my friends have been trying to get me to see them for years but i resist ... i don't do cover bands. or penn's landing when it's that blasted hot. normally we do head down to that gig every year. was really sorry to miss dr. dog and the wailers... i'm in media. have lived here for 20+ years.
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hello ~ my name is Dew and I'm hopelessly addicted to the Grateful Dead . . . I'm really not ready to admit that I have a problem . . . but my loved ones thought it would be best for me take this step . . .
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Okay--saw the Dead in Chicago for the first time in about 1970. Last saw them in Indy in about 1974. Missed all the wild shit, but that's okay. Been catching up. Or not, it's all good. Watch out for MrnDw, he's one of the clever ones--
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I'm GRTUD (Golden Road to Unlimited Devotion) but the new site won't send email instructions to certain email addresses (WTF?) so I'll just have to use this name instead. Glad to see those that have made it here, CCJoe, gypsysoul, Oroboros, eyesof thewhirled, leadbelly27, tonyL, hackster, crazyfingers, just to name a few. There seem to be some folks missing but hopefully time will bring us all back together because we had some great stuff going on the other board. I'll also get around to filling out all the info on my profile at some point. My first show was The Capital Center (Landover, MD.) in Sept. of 1976. "We must become ourselves, before someone else does....." Robert Hunter
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I live in Shanghai China and have been here for about 4-5 years. I am American and grew up in New York State and lived in Colorado and Oregon before leaving the States. I will probably not return to the United Soviet States, but do have some great memories. Go figure, i feel free living in a Communist country and not so free when i return to the States. I can go on with this forever, but i will save this for another time. I have seen about a dozen or so GD shows, but spent many years on Phish prior to 2000. I have a wife (Chinese) and beautiful daughter and now work for myself and have offices in Shanghai and Hong Kong and basically working in the Generic Drug biz in Africa and South America. I spend a lot of time in Africa and Europe. I have not been back to the States in about 2 years and question my connection to the current America which i do not know very well. I spend most of my time with my family and working. I speak Chinese and English and hate to fly!!! (but always have to). If there are any Dead Heads in China please let me know as i am constantly looking for someone to relate to. Greg
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I'm glad the site is finally up and running and I see a bunch of familiar people made the jump from the old forums. I also see a bunch of new names. Cool all around.I guess I should re-introduce myself. My name is Rick and I am from the Steel City. I got into the Dead in the mid 90's. I was moved by two things: Pigpen's singing and Ripple. I was instantly hooked at my first show which wasn't until 94. Unfortunately I only caught one more after that. I am a self proclaimed "Star-Head" as some of you know. I am huge fan of the Original Star Wars Trilogy and one of my hobbies (besides getting Dead Shows) is collecting vintage Star Wars toys. Hence the screen name Gratefulhan (Grateful Dead + Han Solo). I have worked with kids with disabilities for over 10 years now and I just got my Masters Degree in Special Ed. Right now I am working for company that provides services to kids with disabilities in the home, although I am looking for a teaching gig. Other than that I just like to keep hitting the gym and I try to get outdoors as much as possible. I am looking forward to using the forums and I hope we can all stay connected through here. Do or do not; there is no try.
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Hey Now! I am pleased to introduce myself. I'm Danny, 40 years old, and live in Oakland, California. I walk dogs for a living and love it. I've seen around 200 Grateful Dead concerts and even more live shows and music festivals for the last 24 years. Music is something so special, I can't imagine my life without it. As a kid taking piano lessons, certain songs would catch my attention, especially The Beatles. My older brother got into rock and roll leading me down that path. The 70's was a great time for music. High school was different. The 80's were too weird with punk, new wave, heavy metal big hair bands and break-dancing. I did embrace the heavy metal for a while because my friends were doing it. Halfway through high school, I started going back to the older stuff that was more heady like Pink Floyd. The Stones, Rush and other cool bands stayed on the playlist but it seemed I was always searching for that sound. I even had lifted a few Dead albums but they didn't quite grab me. One of my teachers noticed I was "special" and suggested I check out one of their concerts. Turns out, he's a big deadhead and saw the potential in me (good teacher, eh?) So I go with my friend (see my first show) and I get hooked. show by show, I travel a little further until I get to the east coast. I meet a girl at a show, elope, quit my job and set out touring. I made those little jingly anklets and sold them wherever I went. When Jerry died, my life seemed to turn upside-down. My relationship ended, returned to school, chilled out and got a regular job. I worked in the natural food industry for 13 years. I wasn't really digging the company any more so I joined my new love in a pet-service business. Now I get to spend way more time enjoying music since I'm in my truck all the time hauling dogs around.To make a short story long, I don't know that many deadheads anymore. There's lots of good stuff coming out these days along with Phil and Bob but I still get chills listening to the good old Grateful Dead. we all shine on
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i live in tx via pa. i own two companies that remanufacture and refill laser and ink cartridges. in my spare time i collect old vinyl records, watch turner classic movies and read the dead compendiums like they were bibles on how i should live my life. the grateful dead are a part of my life just as much as breathing in and out. i swear, the last blood test i had contained every note of 03-31-88 in the vial *L* ohhh, i love all kinds of music, but the dead are number one in my book. take care!
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Trust this cat.. Way cool, longtime Dead traveler with gourmet sweet treats.
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I second that - The Chef's chocolates are orgasmic. Nice to see you here, Olompali. I just spent over an hour browsing through the list of members. Nice to see so many familiar faces here - and meet some new ones, too. katrinka
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Nice new site, LOTS of members already, it's good to see so many friends here! I came to San Francisco in 1968. I've been persuaded to move away several times but it seems like I always end up back in the Bay Area. The music has alot to do with that. I've been to many Grateful Dead shows in many places over the years. The first was at the Carousel Ballroom in 1968. Today, I'm still dancing to the music. As my old friends continue to stretch out and grow musically I'm right here, loving every minute. These days I work out of my house as a plant broker for landscapers and architects. That means very busy days, lots of talking on the phone, lots of co-ordinating, but it's nice to be able to work for myself, and with creative people. I've been in this business for 15 years. Before that, I spent 10 years in the photgraphy world, working at custom labs in the Bay Area. Before THAT, I was married to a blues musician I'd known when I was younger, and learned about the musician's life from the inside. And before that I led a gypsy life, searching for my place. I travelled the world and rarely stayed in one place for very long. Mine has been an interesting and varied road, with lots of stories to tell, and I think there's probably a turn or two left in it before it's done.
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As far as I can throw him, maybe. Hiyas, I'm gemmie. My family and I currently live in a little Main Street USA town in Northern New Jersey. Funny where the winds blow us sometime.
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or 53 miles W of Venus depending on yer VIEW...Im tony 44 yr old dancingfool still dancing still a FOOL...i was usually found moseying around the tapers watching them do brain surgery amongst the WIRED HWY that crept towards the BOARD...usually had A big grin and HANDY J to share...always loved watching the girls spin in the dark corridors...when the tiny bit of backlight caught their silhouettes just right i could see the universe unfold another dimension for us to call home.....SOME ARE GRATEFUL summer' DEAD........ MAY THE 4 WINDS BLOW YOU SAFELY HOME.......tony
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hi all! seems we're doin the lemming thing, or makin lemonade, or ..... nice to see so many 'old friends' here. hmm, What do I do? i DO 'hippie freak' very well, tyvm ..... currently, my 'job' consists of waking at a leisurely hr, POND ering coffee w/ the fishies in the morn, taking a 'wisteria gazebo' break a lil bit later, basking on the pavers a lil while after that, puttering in my garden in between, catching up on my reading ( & bills) blowing off house chores, & generally spinning & grokking the delightful wonders of {{SUMMER BREAK!}} - bein an age-ed student, i think enables to appriciate summer break in a way i never fathomed as a youngster. btw - dont trust anyone who hugs {chefs penis!}. but do trust their love for {his chocolate!}
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with a big old radioland style hello! greetings to all my friends from the old world and all aboard this one. i'm just in time to celebrate my first dead show adventure at the boston music hall 6/10/76 31 years ago.promised land, cassidy, lazy lightnin', help/slip/franklin and dancin' among so many highlights that night. got me off and running on my little journey that would take me to roughly forty dead and twelve JGB and a handful of weir band shows. almost split evenly with the east and west coast. i've been having fun sharing stories and firing up old synapses out here. it's helping me put the mosaic in perspective and shedding some light in the dark. thanks for having me along for the ride. i'm looking forward to the furthur adventure of dead.net
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Good day! I'm Casey Lowdermilk and I, unfortunately, have not been to a Dead show. It simply was not in my realm of possibilities by the time I was 11 in 1995. I have, however, been blessed to have seen several former reincarnations with former members, excellent tribute bands, and bands who have been heavily influenced by the great repertoire and lifestyle of the Grateful Dead and its community. For over a year I have been volunteering with the Rex Foundation. I write the Musician's Spotlights that are featured on their site. Check it out...www.rexfoundation.org Although I wasn't able to hop on the bus and experience live Dead as most of you here have, I have definitely been touched by the generous and kind community that has lived on in the years since. I just graduated from the University of the Pacific and am currently looking for a job and enjoying life. I look forward to being involved on dead.net and hopefully meeting some of you in the future. @~~~~~~~>~~~~~~>~~~~~~~~~>~~ When you want that groove that invokes dreams, close your eyes and focus on the dream not the groove
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Spring chickens and not-so-much spring chickens. New folks to the Bus, and veteran ticket holders. And heaven knows, we got everything in between! Welcome, newer folks! and welcome aboard!!
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Hi! My name is John... I'm from Connecticut and got on the bus in 1980. I also run www.gdradio.net and I also host a weekly radio program called Dead Air on WESU 88.1fm (more info about that at www.deadair881.net)
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I guess I'll give this a whirl. Relatively young head here (if 30 is young, that is); only have seen one Jerry show and one post Jerry show. Love the Dead, Dawg, and all other extended family music. Favorite Dead shows to listen to were in the early to mid 70’s. I’m born and bred in Ohio and call the capital city home now. First show was at Buckeye Lake when I was still in high school. What an initiation to the scene that was! So, now, I’m starting to raise a family of my own, looking forward to getting out and seeing music when I have the opportunity, and can’t wait to see Ace and the Dawg this summer! Good vibes to the new dead.net and love to all creatures great and small. ...he said, "There won't be any money, but on your death-bed you will receive total consciousness," so I got that going for me...which is nice.
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I just want to say WELCOME to all the younger Deadheads, and also those who are just now discovering this great legacy of musical adventuring. What started with a few musicians playing American folk music evolved into something much greater than the sum of its parts. I believe the Grateful Dead will live forever, but I'm in that generation that won't be around that much longer to find out if I was right or wrong. Those of you who are just now discovering the music are the ones who will carry it forward for the next generation - and so on. I look forward to learning from YOU what strikes a chord deep inside to bridge the generations - whether it is the music alone, or the entire context of the hippie era. Long live the Grateful Dead!
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Hey, aud Yeah, it was hot but we had a wonderful time. Everyone was great. See you there next year! Rock on. -Hunter "The bottle was dusty but the liquor was clean."
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Hi there. My name is Hunter. I'm a library assistant and a history student from West Chester, PA. My Father gave me my first tape (4/2/89 set II) when I was about 13 and it changed my life. A family friend from Ashland, OR was kind enough to help me out with a bunch of tapes in the beginning. Since then I've been trying to catch up on 30 years of GD music. Still tryin' to pick up on some of those older vibes by getting out to as many shows as I can in the Philadelphia area (Ratdog, Phil, DSO, Splintered Sunlight, ect.). Listening to the Dead has brought me so much happiness and been such an incredibly positive force in my life. I feel real fortunate for a place like this where I can share that with some like minded folks. Thanks! Rock on. -Hunter "The bottle was dusty but the liquor was clean."
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Greetings from the Lone Star State! My name is Dallas (i'm female) - yes, it is my real name! - and I now live in Dallas, Texas. Oh, the irony! Lived and traveled all over the US and across the pond, but am now settled down in the Lone Star State. My first show was Alfond Arena, U of Maine on April 19, 1983. Been on the bus ever since. My partner in crime is Eric Schwartz - does the Lone Star Dead Radio Show on 89.3 FM in Dallas/Fort Worth and streams live at KNON.org every Friday night from 8-10 central. We have 2 dogs, live next to White Rock Lake near downtown Dallas and enjoy life as much as possible. I guess that's it. Cool space here! Neahw!
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Hi from Long Island. I am now a fairly conservative lawyer with two kids, although my politics are certainly left-leaning. Got on the bus in college late seventies. First show Pittsburgh, April 18, 1978. Saw about 100 shows (plus some JGB) until about 1984. The music, the scene and the relationships really defined me, and I have nothing but great memories. Although I never stopped listening to the music, I did not attend any Dead-related concerts after 84 until last summer when I caught Lesh at PNC. It was amazing-- I felt like 30 years had melted away. Thanks for the new site, and I miss Jerry.
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Hi trinxy : ) If there is a GD site..I'll surf it.
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My name is violetta- the real name is close to that. My first show was in 1990, and I was VERY young....13. But the bus came by- and I attended many east coast shows until I was 15 in 92 and traveled until the end of the road. I can not remember all the shows I attended because- "all the years combined"- However, i think I appreciate more now than back then; what the boys brought into my life. I made some bad choices on tour, and had some great times. I started out an idealist, wearing patchwork and selling grilled cheese...I ended wearing skate shoes, jeans and living in a uhaul- however, things come full circle. I try and think back on the days between, and I had so much fun...but didn't realize just how lucky we kids were. I see and recall the demise of the band and jerry daily, and I reflect on the darkness I brought to the lot...but we all know- that darkness gives. I am so thankful for my experiences. The dead brought me the realms that I had only read about, and still continue to today. Some of my best friends I met on the road and my hubby too. I am and will always continue to be so grateful- http://www.myspace.com/violetcvkds
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My name is Oscar, i'm from and live in Spain, in a forest in the province of Avila. My first show was in 81, the only time in Spain, 10/19/81 in Barcelona, (great experience and very good concert) after two more in London, 10/31/90 & 11/1/90. Follow the Ratdog tour in Europe in 2002 and Terrapin Station, in Alpine Valley some summer. Love these guys, it's music and it's spirit, and love too all deadheads in the world. I like much the sound of the seventy with the Godchaux. music never stopped..
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What a diverse and fantastic gathering of like-minded people! Hello and good vibes to all! I have truly enjoying going through and reading all the introductions from brothers and sisters around the world. May the music never stop! ~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~ "I expect to pass through this world but once; any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it."
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Hi Everyone. I first heard the Grateful Dead at my girlfriend's house. Her brother was playing an album. Then a friend asked if I could keep his roommate's tape collection for winter break. I listend to about ten tapes the first couple of days. Then I bought my first album, Terrapin Station. It was the studio version of Terrapin Station that got me hooked. I saw my first show on 7/29/84. I only knew a handful of tunes, but they played Dear Mr. Fantasy which was my favorite tune at the time. I loved the sound The Dead had with Brent because of his full-color sound. The older I get the more I like the '71-'73 years.
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My name is Dave and I am glad to see the new site up. I am from Jersey and my first show was mych later then a lot of you.LOL!! 11/10/85 at where else, the Brendan Byrne Arene in the Meadowlands. I am also on the phlizone and am a BIG ABB fan so i spend a lot fo time at that site as well. Just wanted to say hey and its good to be a part of this great community. Peace!
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Hi all... Great to be on board! I'm Jackie. I'm from smalltown Connecticut. I'm in my late 40s and saw the dead a lot starting in....hum...I think it was Colt Park in Hartford '75, maybe '76...I've lost track. Yike, how time flies. Let's face it, a lot has happened since then. I'm happy to see this new dead.net up and running since I spend a lot of time on the computer. Ciao for now.
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Hi, my name is Hal. My 1st memory is of a 4H dance with a band when I was 2 years old in 1958. I have been hooked on music and the magic that surrounds it ever since. I grew up in the woodlands, wetlands, prairies and cornfields of the Midwest. 1st heard the Dead in 1972 - Skull and Roses - I was moved, then Europe 72 - I started to fly, then Anthem - the mind was boggled with wonder, then Live Dead and it all became a part of my soul-I had touched a boundless source. 1st show was in Cedar Falls, Iowa Feb. 5 1978 - last Disc of Dick's Picks # 18. Went with my brother and wife - we still go together to shows. I love nature in all its moods- spend as much time in it as possible - in the wilds of the Northern Rockies where I live and in my domesticated vegetable garden. Am deeply ingrained in a world of literature - especially poetry and especially the beats; the visual arts-especially Asian and Surrealism and the poster art of the Fillmore West and Avalon; and music of all types - 60's San Francisco Bands, the blues, bluegrass, classical, folk, jazz, early punk and all the great new jam bands. The Allman Brothers are my other favorite band but also listen to lots of Coltrane, Emmylou Harris, Joan Baez, Miles, Dylan, Oregon, Beethoven, Bach, Minutemen, Husker Du, Stevie Ray, King Crimson, Hendrix, Leo Kottke, Hot Tuna, Phish, Widespread Panic, Gov't Mule and Steve Kimock. Remember John Cipollina! Mike Stern is my new favorite. I have been an activist in the environmental movement since I was 16 and am currently involved in wilderness, forest, and rare and endangered species issues. I meditate daily and am part of a Zen group of the Diamond Sangha. I work as a Registered Nurse. I have a house in the forest of Northeast Washington 15 miles from Canada. Keep on Keepin On. I am really glad this site is up and going and look forward to talking with you all. See you at 10,000 Lakes next month.
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but you can't take the Philly out of the Girl I know we're one big happy family here but I just read a post from my brother! You can disregard the announcement that the new site was up - obviously you all ready knew and didn't tell me. For a long time I didn't think that I was "qualified" to be a Dead Head because I'd never seen them live (as if that matters) but when I finally did get to see them the first time on 3/27/87 I knew that I had been all along. They opened with "Shakedown Street" that night and it from that night forward that song to me will always be about Philly. Don't forget Mom's birthday is tomorrow!
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Hey Now, I'm Faith and living in Hollywood. Saw my first show at Shoreline in Oct. of 89, just turned 18 and hit the road with a couple of friends. WOW what a scene, everything that came by we took, ate, smoked, and whatever else. By the middle of the first set I was wasted beyond my belief! Not knowing then what I know now, education is a wonderful thing, rock med and all. I found my way back to the car and some kind people in the lot helped me out tremendously. Thank You kind souls. Even with that semi-bad experience I was hooked. Went to my next show the next year at the Fablous Forum and kept going. I eventually racked up 19 Dead Shows and 5 Jerry shows and was grateful for each and every one. I never went to any East Coast shows, could never afford it and never had the guts to just go, so most of my shows were LA, SF, and Vegas. What magic and pure delight! I miss those days but not forget them. Most of the time you can find my man Steve and I at Cubensis shows in southern California, cause we cannot let the Dead die. I think I have said enough for now nice to met everyone and hope to talk with you again. Faith
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Hey everyone,My name is Sean, a prophet on the burning shore and I got on the bus in 1990. I regretably only saw one Grateful Dead show with Brent Mydland on keys. The following five years were spent seeing shows all over the west coast and trying to squeeze in some work in between. In all, my show count is 50+ Grateful Dead shows and 25+ Jerry Garcia Band shows (lost some ticket stubs along the way so not sure exactly how many). I wish I would have quit working to follow Jerry and the Boys all over this great country of ours but alas I never got to see any east coast shows. Some of my most memorable times were either at shows or on tour. I miss looking forward to my next Dead fix and can't believe it's been so long. Sam Boyd(vegas),Shoreline(Mt.View),Oakland Coliseum,Henry J. Kaiser (Oakland),Autzen Stadium(Eugene),Cal Expo(Sac),LA Sports Arena,Warfield(SF).... are the places I remember fondly. Saw a bird with a tear in his eye walk to n'orleans my oh my..... I miss the music most of all and of course the kind folks I met along the way. Dead Freaks Unite. Life may be sweeter for this I don't know....see how it feels in the end.
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Hi all, Just got back from holiday and found the mail about the new dead.net -- signed up right away, of course! (While travelling, I dropped through Cairo and caught the pyramids. Sitting watching the sound and light show thing, all I could think of was "Gee, it must have been cool to see the Dead here!" :) Anyway, I'm a relatively late-bloomed Deadhead, freely confessing to have gotten into the band via seeing the "Touch of Grey" video when I was 16 or so, as well as various "Summer of Love" documentaries running in 1987 that mentioned the band and had some old clips of interviews and stuff. I bought In the Dark ('cause it was new, and had the song I'd seen on TV) and Live/Dead ('cause it was from back in the day, and you gotta hear a band's live stuff anyway to really know what they can do), and I must have listened to that "Dark Star" about 9 times in a row trying to get my head around that, trying to hear all of what was going on, picking up the threads in that conversation .... Well, I was hooked! :) Never saw that many shows, but my first was the 29 March 1990 with Branford Marsalis playing. What a way to start! I saw a Giants Stadium show in June 1991 (don't remember which one, though I think the 16th) and I think three of the 1991 Boston Garden run (only remember the 25th, for sure!), and Franklin County Field was the last in 1995. I think I might have seen another Nassau Coliseum show sometime in 1992 maybe ... But I was never really keeping count! :) Since 1995, I've mostly lived in the UK, and caught Ratdog here once a few years back, but otherwise I've just followed the various Grateful Dead Family doings as best I can from afar. I expect to move to South America (Colombia) later this year, so I guess I'll be increasingly relying on the internet for buying music downloads as well as communications and news on the scene in the future! Luckily, that all seems to be coming along, these days. I dig all kinds of music -- folk, world, Latin, rock, classical, heavy metal, you name it! -- but the special place in my heart for the Dead has always stayed with me. Cool to be here with y'all! :) Cheers, Carl -- http://www.carlaz.com/ http://www.myspace.com/carlsefni
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Hello to you all! Here I am in St. Augustine, FL, flipping through all the SPAM and well here right before my eyes the newly revised DEAD.NET!!!! Hurrah... Ran out of time for the other one, but I sure did love the printed paper that came ever so often. I still have them all... Through the years starting about 71- I was hooked on the studio albums. 1972- Dawnwood Cove-Memphis-dancin like there was no tommorow to TRUCKIN with my best friend/lover/soul mate. Song became ingrained in my soul... truly ... the words mean even more now, "What a Long Strange Trip It's Been" Early 80's we had huge parties and always tried to play "Wake of the Flood" but the horrible truth was at the very end it skipped so we never heard it all! But we never put it away.. we just dealt with it. Imagine the fun when I finally got the tape and could listen to the whole thing. Funny I always think of those days even now when I play the CD! Fast forward a few years and I had the great pleasure of seeing the boys at the OMNI in Atlanta, oh about 1980 something... For the first time, I really understood (or as close as anyone can) the connection these guys made you feel with them. Life itself kept me from selling everything I owned to follow them like a vagabond. Although I wanted to physically, I chose to bury myself in the bootleg tapes that were whizzing around. Saw them again in Tampa a couple of years before Jerry died. It was a great show, the greatest I had ever seen or been to. Being a Jerry girl, I was heartbroken, still am........I know he was off and on.. but his genius never ended and never will... Today he sits above my desk with his guitar in hand framed in tribute and truly at times feels like a good friend of mine. One that will live on in my life because I literally grew up with him! I always have a stealie or a bear somewhere and when by chance someone else holds a similar badge, I know they are a kindred spirit and I have to smile and sometimes even give a little twirl (if Im not driving)! The new formations are great. I love them all and listen to everything possible when I can. I also love Bruce Hornsby, did before he even played with the boys! Maybe I will make it to Bonnaroo some day! It is very close to my hometown! For now when I'm feeling the slightest bit down.. I put Jerry on and let him sing my blues away! My whole world changes and it's like I know a secret that I wish everyone else could know so they could be happy too! Ok... I am long winded.Nice to get all of this out of my system though! "Strangers stopping strangers just to shake their hand, Everybody's playing in the heart of gold band, heart of gold band." Yeah! marshajmellow P.S. I can play Eyes of the World on my guitar at least 15 different ways!
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Hello, I'm amanda. I never got to experience The Dead live, simply becuase I was born to late but that doesn't stop me from enjoying as much of their albums, videos, etc. I can get my hands on (Ratdog occasionally)! There's not much to say other than...PEACE!!
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ZacThanks for the site. I want to thank all my sisters and my brothers for keeping the faith, may it leads us through the darkness. I joined the family in '71 and still love the music. Over the next 24 years I caught over 100 GD mostly CA shows plus many GD spin off bands. Living by SF now and still like live shows, rock and and other good music. Long live music, long live the Dead By the way will the band known as the "Dead" ever play again? I'd pay to see them!
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Hi. i`m andy..im originally from scotland but now ive been living in switzerland for the last few years (surrounded by alps) and very peacefull too :)im 39 (40 in october 30th),i share a birthday with grace slick which has always given me a little kick :) i play in a band here,sort of rocky/bluesyy/experimental type of stuff,im sure anyone used to the dead have a clear idea of what i mean :)-..im also making an album in finland with a long time friend/musician/confidant which we hope to release next summer..not sure if i can give myself a bit of a quickie plug? (myspace.com/thecosmicpimpband)..thanks.. always looking to meet new friends in the dead scene and help anyone out looking to start a collection of live stuff.. would love to get to know more people...so thats me on a saturday afternoon with a terrible hangover....i have toothache and overdid it with the whisky treatment...(i did say i was scottish) :) peace
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I grew up in Palo Alto, started going to shows in the 70's. My early hometown experiences were Reconstruction and Brents first show at Spatan in San Jose. The fellas got me into playing my own stuff and I am still as interested in listening to Grateful Dead music as when I first heard "Garcia" in the mid 70's. Come hear my stuff at www.robcork.com Rob
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WOW! #@**<?%!!!! What a great re-vamp on the ol'site. The best site on the web ofcourse..sporting the best folks..a species unto themselves..no doubt.What can I tell ya? I'm an old hippie. Got into the Dead while still in highschool..was in basic training(Army) the day Hendrix died got me wondering right where I was standing, near my bunk, in Ft. Campbell, Ky. Jimi Hendrix was in the 101st and at Ft. Campbell, could I be in "his" bunk...Time Trips. After my tour overseas and exiting in 72 I began my Dead quest, caught up with them in 73, passed Jerry's Acid Test with flying colors by then, it was Jimi who got me "experienced" it was Jerry who took my "trips" much furthur down the dancing bear lane of life. The 70's was where it was all happening ...the music exploded into a kalaediscope of expression brought to fruition by the mid and late 60's........I followed it right thru..riding on the wings of a Jefferson Airplane..in the cage with "White Bird"...yes, it was a Beautiful Day!... Time Trips. Alas... it became time to grow and mature, oh why me. I hooked up with the Dead thru the mid 80's mostly in Fla. ...Time Trips on. Well, I guess I had to become some-thing...life demanded...oh no, this sucks. The 60's 70's thing isnt suppose to end...what will become of me..of us... Time-Rips ...it tears the past apart...it destroys...it creates...it does not care and it certainly does'nt dawdle. Well I got into being a Electronic Technician working Aerospace for many years after, getting laid off in 93 led to some self-emploment and also back to my native roots where I grounded myself in an older tradition....Time Trips. Took up a prehistoric musical instrument known as a Native American Flute...created and released 5 CD's...the blessing that came along was enough folks enjoyed the music I travelled with it for 11 years making a living. If you would like to check it out, hear some...go to http://cornsmoke.com That kind a brings it up to recent...I retired from the music industry to stay put...bought a 40 acre farm here in the hilly land of southwest penn., got my wolf, got my family..and by golly still got my mind........yes, it has been a long strange trip...for me, for you, its not yet over, we have each other, we still have what the Grateful Dead left for us..the wonderful music..the awesome memories...the feelings of passion for just enjoying life one moment at a time...yes, those of us who grew up "with" the Grateful Dead will take to the grave a majik that those who grow up "on" the Grateful Dead cannot know....Time Trips, people, Time Trips. Theres but one goal left for me...to move on to Arizona or New Mexico and find that grave. What a great family we have in the Grateful Dead. Have a Grateful day!
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Glad to see that there's something here again and gladder still to see the improvements, which I've been busy browsing through for the last couple of hours. There may still be a few bugs to be worked out, but this is already looking like the kind of place that truly honors the spirit of what we all loved for so long. Further and more, once again we wander, stopping strangers, shaking hands, longer and stranger and trippier, oh my.
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My phriend Billy said " ITS BACK" and here I am. It was the summer of my Senior year of High School when Jerry died. My homiez and I thought we would be on dead tour after High School for the rest of our lives. THEN BAMMOM, August sucked!!!!!!!!!Im over it...... I am now in a band and am trying to keep a dream alive. I run www.zkamp.com Our band Z Kamp is goin on tour to BILLY'S house, and Billy is the guy that told me to get my butt back to dead.net................. Were playing Sancho's Broken Arrow and Terripan Station in Idaho.... Those are the 2 venues named afeter a dead favorite. I want to hook up with cool people that might want to party with me this summer when I come through with my psychedelic rock band. Or people that wasnt to discuss why Vince was so COOL!!!! Pizza T luvs U.. ttyl
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The site looks great... its good to be back here again. I almost saw the dead when they almost played Slane Castle here in Ireland back in 1990 but it wasn't to be but it would have been a great gig with the river behind the stage and the castle to the side of the stage and with The Hill Of Tara off in the distance. I managed to get a few bootlegs of their European tour though back in '95 from a friend in London. Will the dead ever play again? I would travel to the States to see them if I could get a ticket this time round. Sláinte, Birdy
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Howzit goin yall, I'm a Deadhead from Texas, next generation. Never got to see Jerry, but how many people here saw him before they appreciated his contribution? I'd give anything to have seen him, but i have been able to see The Dead, Phil and friends, Ratdog, as well as many other collaborations. Grateful Dead has been the most influencial band in my personal growth as a musician and music lover. Phish was my favorite show for a while, and no one can deny their influence by the Greatest rock band from America, GD. I play mandolin and tennis for fun and am developing a collection of live recordings that is getting close to presentable. I'm sure many here can relate, and am looking forward to potential trading. The site looks great, as well it should. Hopefully, i can contribute to this community during my time here. bueno, Nathan
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For the first time I saw the Greatful Dead on tv at the Rockpalast Festival along with The Who in 1981. I liked the show very much. Besides I wondered why these guys covered the stage with carpets. But this eve I learnt that Rock and Roll music can be so much relaxing. Later I saw them on stage in Essen in 1990 and I was enthusiastic about the show. Unfortunately it was my first and last show. But I still like the band.
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Whats up, Im an artist from NYC saw my first show @17 in 93. Was able to catch a handfull more the next couple of years. Still listen to the Dead on a regular basis. After all this time they still give me goose bumps. Im not much of a writer but you can ck out my artwork at http://www.charlieballetto.com a lot of my inspiration comes from listening to the Dead peace charlie