- Oakland Coliseum ArenaLocationOaklandCAUnited States
- Gabe Santiago10 years 7 months agoFree Tix from a Kind SoulThis would be the 2nd Dead show I saw which was in 1994 at the Oakland Coliseum Arena. This particular show came in a roundabout way. I used to work at LaVera Pizza & Pasta in Petaluma and every few weeks a gentleman would come in and order a pizza. The waitresses would come in the back and tell me and my good friend and co-worker, Rich Allen, that "the guy with the Grateful Dead t-shirt is back", as every time he came in he wearing a new Dead shirt. One time he asked the waitress "who cooks the pizza and when will he be working again". I ended up cooking his pizza and walked out and introduced myself and let him know the pizza was on the house. He was extremely kind, pleasant, and very thankful for the free pizza. As we began talking he asked me if I was a Grateful Dead fan, which I told him I was. The next time he came back to the restaurant he had two tickets for me for the Dead's next show at the Oakland Coliseum. I was ecstatic. It was an enormously kind gesture from a good man and a devout Dead Head. That person was Dick Latvala. I didn't know who he was at the time, but am now very aware of the mark he has left on the Dead culture. Thank You Dick for that great experience! I was fortunate enough to go to many parking lots at the Oakland Coliseum before I ever made it into an actual show. I can say that the Oakland parking lots were alway an entertaining time and had a NoCal flair to them. I recall one time walking through the lot and coming across a dance floor laid out in tiles across the coliseum parking lot with a strobe light and an extremely hot lady dancing to Heart of Glass by Blondie. One of many memories of just walking around and enjoying the vibe. I'll always miss that. The last show I ever saw of the Dead was Mardi Gras at the Coliseum. The passwords to get to General Admission was "Anne Rice" on one side and "Marie Antoinette" on the other side.
- Hugh Mac11 years 3 months agoKiller show!Like coming come to baked bread! I loved this show and still have the ticket from the home office! I was blown away by this show and slept in my car in front of my grandmothers home in Piedmont, thank god the cops didn ´t bust me.
- chief slowroller13 years 6 months agomari gras 91Pano gave me his ticketChuckles drove Chuckles,Chuck J. and I had a great time I would show you a photo of the parade , if I could figure out how to load it.
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