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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Jerry Garcia: The Maine Man


Big news below, in May 1978, Jerry Garcia revealed to a reporter for the Burlington Free Press Sun that he had never been to vermont before but "once spent a summer in Maine."  

That is so cool and beyond belief for this kid from Maine, but I do not recall seeing Jerry in the 1950's or so down by the lake (I wasn't born until 1959)


Burlington Free Press, May 14, 1978 Interview with Garcia


Jerry must have liked Maine as The Grateful Dead eneded up playing 16 shows in 6 places in state. I saw four of these; shows #2 through #5, all in 1979 and 1980 prior to my move to California. 

1. Bangor Municipal Auditorium, April 22, 1971
Not The Best April 1971 show
2. Portland Cumberland County Civic Center May 13, 1979
First Maine Scarlet/Fire and Take A Step Back
3. Augusta Civic Center September 2, 1979
Remarkable Terrapin>Let It Grow
4. Portland Cumberland County Civic Center May 11, 1980
Second set start of Scarlet>Fire, Stranger>Terrapin>Playng
5. Lewiston State Fairgrounds September 6, 1980
6. Portland Cumberland County Civic Center September 17, 1982
7. Orono, University of Maine Alfond Arena April 19, 1983
Post Drums Spanish Jam>Truckin
8. Portland Cumberland County Civic Center October 18, 1983
Might As Well, China>Rider
9. Augusta Civic Center October 11, 1984
Beginning of First Open Jaw Multinight Playing in the Band
10.Augusta Civic Center October 12, 1984
11. Portland Cumberland County Civic Center March 31, 1985
12. Portland Cumberland County Civic Center April 1, 1985
13. Portland Cumberland County Civic Center March 27, 1986
14. Portland Cumberland County Civic Center March 28, 1986
15. Oxford Plains Speedway July 2, 1988
Ends Set One with All the New Tunes
16. Oxford Plains Speedway July 3, 1988
30 Trips






















Monday, August 29, 2016

Sitting: A Rare Second-Set Jam Vehicle 1969 & 1971



I really love Sitting On Top Of The World.  The Dead played it a number of times between 1966 and 1972, but where it shined was as a second set jam highlight, which only occured a handful of times.

I recall when first hearing several Fall 1971 shows during Keith's first tour, the bliss that I felt out of the shows in New York, St Louis and Chicago when Sitting On Top Of The World magically appeared out of Dark Star and The Other One in somewhat similar space to the Cowboy Spot of the era (hmmm, another topic to explore soon).  

I just for the first time heard the China Cat>Sitting which you can hear at the top of the page.


Here's the songs

Second Set Sitting Jam Pieces

Fillmore West, June 5, 1969
[1:15:12] ; China Cat Sunflower [2:44] > Jam [1:47] > Sittin On Top Of The World [3:29] > Dark Star [21:11] > St. Stephen [5:53] > The Eleven [12:56] > Turn On Your Love Light [26:40]

Thelma Theater, December 11, 1969
Next Time You See Me [4:44] > Sittin In Top Of The World [3:27]

Chicago, October 21, 1971 (Keith's second show)
Dark Star (1) [15:09] > Sittin' On Top Of The World [3:16] > Dark Star [2:03] > Me And Bobby McGee [5:56]

New York Felt Forum, December 5, 1971
 Dark Star Jam [8:27] > Me And My Uncle [2:31] > Dark Star Jam [12:23] > Sittin' On Top Of The World [4:16]

St Louis Fox, December 10. 1971
Truckin' [7:59] > Drums [3:26] > The Other One [13:35] > Sittin' On Top Of The World [2:53] > The Other One [6:02] > Not Fade Away [6:01] > Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad [6:18] > Not Fade Away [1:00#]



There were four standalone versions of Sitting in 1972, one at the Academy of Music, followed by 5-18 in Munich and 5-23 and 5-25 in London.  Interesting that both 5-18 and 5-23 were Dark Star>Morning Dew shows.  Then it disappeared

A later attempt, circa 1989 to bring Sitting back into the rotation







Friday, August 26, 2016

The Brief History of Dark Star>Morning Dew







At the very height of the Grateful Dead, between 1972 and 1974, the band performed the magical medley of Dark Star>Morning Dew one dozen times. You can hear all of them by clicking above.

This combination is the very pinnacle of the Grateful Dead experience. And I believe it's the very essence of the Grateful Dead, the wild space of the greatest song ever written by the band moving beautifully into a pace-slowing cover song that the Dead made their own, run at the creation of the group.  It's funny, if you check the Dick Lavata clips below, he basically calls every version of Dark Star>Morning Dew, "the greatest version ever".   Some goodies are here

1972 Versions, 7 of 12

05-18-1972  Munich        Dark Star [26:28] > Morning Dew [11:12]   Europe 72 Complete
05-23-1972  London        Dark Star [31:12] > Morning Dew [11:17]   Europe 72 Complete
08-24-1972  Berkeley      Dark Star [27:14] > Morning Dew [13:00]   The Perfect Show
09-21-1972  Philly           Dark Star [37:06] > Morning Dew [11:05]   Dick's Picks 35
10-18-1972  St Louis       Playing In The Band [15:50] > Drums [2:45] > Dark Star [28:25] >                                                        Morning Dew [11:07] > Playing In The Band [5:13]    1st Playing Sandwich
11-13-1972  KansasCity  Dark Star [31:19] > Morning Dew [11:09]  Philo Stomp Dick's GEMS
12-15-1972  Long Beach Truckin' [11:37]> Dark Star [21:24]> Morning Dew [12:39]


http://www.agitators.com/gd/dick_1972.html

The 'Dark Stars" from 8/21 and 8/24 are enormous. I need to
re-listen to the 8/22 show, but it seems to me that the show from 8/24
might be the winner here.

 Now to the really exceptional material. First up is
9/21/72- Philadelphia Spectrum.  This show is one of my favorite shows
ever. This version of "Dark Star->Morning Dew" might be the best one!
(there is a jam segment that is very unique and thrilling, and one that I
don't really think that I have ever heard before.)

The next most exciting show, is the middle night of the run of three at
the fabulous Fox Theater, in St. Louis, Mo. , October 18, 1972. It took me
awhile to hear this show correctly, but now it is a clear example of one
of the very best, with a couple of unusual and unique treats within the
"jam" segment before "Morning Dew".

Long Beach (12/15) was
another matter. Although I don't think of it in the same class as the
shows at the end of November, it does contain some excellent playing in
the 2nd set jam that is highlighted by a long "jam" section that follows
"Truckin", which contains some improvisational jamming that is especially
unique, and then comes "Dark Star"! Sounds great, right?  Unfortunately
the only part that one notices as "Dark Star"  are the lyrics. As soon as
the words are over, the playing resumes in the unique style that preceeded
"Dark Star". This very interesting part continues for many minutes before
the chords of "Morning Dew" become apparent. 

1973, The Duo


09-11-1973  Williamsburg Dark Star [22:09] > Morning Dew [12:41]
10-19-1973  OklahomaCity Dark Star [27:04] > Mind Left Body Jam > Morning Dew [8:12]

http://www.agitators.com/gd/dick_1973.html

The 9/11/73-Williamsburg, Va. show is another favorite of
mine. Well actually it isn't a favorite in the sense of the whole
show, but it certainly has one of the finest examples of the famous
medley "Dark Star->Morning Dew". (which, BTW, I find the
9/10/74- Alexandra Palace to be one of the highest of the high
versions!!!)

I guess we can say with confidence that things take on new
meanings on 10/19/73 in Oklahoma. This could easily have been
the first of the DP series, except for the absolute awesomeness of
"Here Comes Sunshine" on 12/19 /73. This has to be yet another
example of the "top version ever", of "Dark Star->Morning
Dew"!!! (and the jam within this incredible medley, of course!)
There is another excellent version of "Eyes of the World" that
goes into "Stella Blue" as the first encore!


1974, The Trio


02-24-1974  SF                  Dark Star [28:57] > Morning Dew [13:35]
09-10-1974  London          Dark Star [30:53] > Morning Dew [12:37]   Dick's Picks 7
10-18-1974  SF                  Seastones [24:38] > Jam [17:40] > Dark Star [17:37] > Morning Dew    
                                            [12:56]

http://www.agitators.com/gd/dick_1974.html

I was never too thrilled by the opening 3 shows at Winterland. Clearly 
the 2/24/74 night is the one to get and give a good listen.


We all know how I felt about the shows at the Alexandra Palace in 
London (9/9->11). (see 1973)

Out of the 5 shows that closed the year at Winterland, I feel that 
the middle 3 are worthy of attention. I guess that 10/18 might get the 
nod over-all, but since these are multi-track recordings, I don't have a 
whole lot of effect on whether these are released or not.


With Filler

03-16-1973  Nassau          Dark Star [26:30] > Truckin' [8:26] > Morning Dew [11:33]
08-01-1973  Jersey City    Dark Star [25:34] > El Paso [4:12] > Eyes Of The World [17:27] >                                                        Morning Dew [13:29]

Kinda/Almost
08-17-1991 Shoreline        25 Years ago this month Smokestake>He's Gone>Drums>Space>70
                                            seconds of a Dark Star Jam>Morning Dew>One More Saturday Night

In Reverse :)
12-31-81      Oakland          > Space [7:40] > The Other One [11:09] > Not Fade Away [7:28] >                                                       GDTRFB [7:21] > Morning Dew [10:44];  Dark Star [15:16] > Bertha                                                   [6:32] > Good Lovin' [10:03]

timings from deadlists.com

In my era of the Dead, they once played this medley nearly in reverse. This was the only known reverse medley that ever occur, however the band played Dew followed by Dark Star on at least four occassions in the first set in shows in 1969.

Some comments are below
On The Bus: Review of May 23, 1972 in London
The "Dark Star" is everything you want from the song in 1972. The initial jam is melodic and fast, as the band finds new grooves and permutations of the theme to explore with fervor. They descend into a quick spacey jam that is cut short with a brief drum interlude. Phil joins Billy for quick, melodic drum-and-bass duet, and then it's off into deep space. Jerry plays wandering lines with that harsh yet clean tone, as Bobby, Keith, and Billy strive to find weirder and weirder ways to play the rhythm, ultimately settling on dissonance and chaos. Jerry finds some semblance of form coming out of the chaos, and Keith peppers his meandering notes with crashing piano chords. Billy swings like the rhythmic beast he is, and Phil helps steer the groove back to the light. Jerry takes some coaxing, but eventually they find release and re-emerge with the "Dark Star" theme, crisp and clear. However, it's clear this one traveled a long, arduous road to get back to the song. It must all seem trivial to Jerry, and he signals the dawn with the opening chord of "Morning Dew." What an epic way to end this sequence, with the gently building guitar lines eventually exploding into the crescendo and the nuclear ashes settling on the soundsphere. Ladies and gentlemen, we're not yet halfway through the first set!!

Review of December 15, 1972 Long Beach for Teens :)



Dead Listening
http://www.deadlistening.com/2009/10/1972-august-24-berkeley-community.html
http://www.deadlistening.com/2008/04/1972-october-18-fox-theatre.html
Blair (I am getting to you soon)
http://www.dead.net/features/blair-jackson/blair-s-golden-road-blog-dark-star-crashes?page=6
Reddit
https://www.reddit.com/r/gratefuldead/comments/49pbpo/best_dark_star/
Heady
http://headyversion.com/song/184/grateful-dead/morning-dew/
Clubhouse
http://www.gratefuldeadprojects.com/dark_star.html
Kirkville
http://www.mcelhearn.com/the-darkest-star-shines-the-brigthest/


Standing on the Moon in Miami: October 25, 1989


With a new LP to promote (bands still did that in 1989), the reviews were mostly positive as the Dead  Fall Tour caravan moved from Hampton (Warlocks!), NJ, Philly and Charlotte down to the sunshine state.   You can listen to one of the new tunes Standing On The Moon in Miama by clicking above.






As usual, the Dead played Dark Star one of the nights in Miami, but the Wednesday show seems underrated.
Hell In A Bucket [5:51] ; Sugaree [10:10] ; Just A Little Light [4:48] ; Friend Of The Devil [7:56] ; Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again [8:38] ; Cold Rain And Snow [6:18] ; Picasso Moon [6:27] ; Deal [8:57]
Two Playing In The Band [10:07] > Uncle John's Band [12:01] > Playing In The Band Reprise [5:55] ; Standing On The Moon [8:05] > Truckin' [7:47] > Jam [1:30] > Drums [8:17] > Space [9:54] > Gimme Some Lovin' [4:59] > Wharf Rat [10:11] > Sugar Magnolia [8:20] 
Encore U.S. Blues [5:13]  deadlists timing


Links to the Charlie Miller FLAC plus. And here's a local review, compare to the LP review above and you see the growing important of Mr. Mydland "primed to perform"













Wednesday, August 24, 2016

John Barlow, Please Correct Choate to Andover

My very first popular post on this blog was my sneaking out of an Andover dorm to see the Grateful Dead piece 18 months ago:
http://gratefulseconds.blogspot.com/2015/02/sneaking-out-of-andover-dorm-to-see.html
I know my student body president Ed Hill was doing the same thing as well as Lundy, Saint Stephen Clinkenbeard , Grey and so many others.

My pal Roger Selverstone pointed to me today this interview  from the St Paul school alumni magazine with John Perry Barlow, where Barlow, gasp, confuses Andover with Choate

https://mediafiles01.myschoolcdn.com/ftpimages/36/misc/misc_129605.pdf


Good thing, my pal Ed Hill is on the case.  Yes, we love Barlow and we are so happy he is doing better. But Andover is the King of Prep School Deadhead  and must always remain this way.  Everyone I know who actually knows Barlow, like my brother Ralph, Ed Hill, Liza's friend from prep school who worked at his ranch, and the rest give you a pass John, but school spirit makes me write this.  I know its in a St Paul pub, but make the correction. :)


October 1973, The Seven


They had a new label and a new record album that might set you back $3.54. And for about five bucks, you might hear Dark Star, or Truckin>The Other One along with most of the LP.

Thanks to Dudley Dead over at https://archive.org/post/1062442/dudley-dead-inspired-october-1973-piece, I've being thinking more and more of 1973 (as well as the new SirMick releases , especially 11-1-73 :)

The year was 1973, the season was Fall, you were in the midwest and you were among the luckiest Grateful Dead fans ever.  Over these seven shows, you would see three Dark Stars, including the Dark Star>Morning Dew in show 1, two Playing sandwiches, Here Comes Sunshine and China>Riders, an Eyes>Stella blue encore, a couple of Truckin>The Other Ones>plus, and much more. I think you should take them all and listen to them over the next week.





There were seven shows that started perhaps the best 27 show tour in Grateful Dead.  The first of the 7 in Oklahoma City and the last of the 27 in Florida were both Dick's Picks.  We will get to December with November first. But for today, just see the Midwestwen world of the Dead at their peak ib October, 1973 as they start to experiment with Playing In The Band splits In Omaha and Indianapolis. following the once only in St Louis in 1972.  See http://gratefulseconds.blogspot.com/2015/10/complete-list-of-my-playing-in-band.html for full details.

Listen to all seven shows here.  
See the setlists below, per deadlists http://www.deadlists.com/default.asp



Venue Oklahoma City Fairgrounds Arena
Location Oklahoma City, OK
Date 10/19/73 - Friday posters tickets, passes & laminates
One Promised Land ; Sugaree ; Mexicali Blues ; Tennessee Jed ; Looks Like Rain ; Don't Ease Me In ; Jack Straw ; They Love Each Other ; El Paso ; Row Jimmy ; Playing In The Band [17:00]
Two China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider ; Me And My Uncle ; Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo ; Big River [4:50] ; Dark Star [27:04] > Mind Left Body Jam > Morning Dew [8:#12] ; Sugar Magnolia [9:24]
Encore Eyes Of The World > Stella Blue ; Johnny B. Goode


Venue Omaha Civic Auditorium
Location Omaha, NE
Date 10/21/73 - Sunday posters tickets, passes & laminates
One Here Comes Sunshine ; Beat It On Down The Line ; Loser ; Black Throated Wind ; They Love Each Other ; Cumberland Blues ; El Paso ; You Ain't Woman Enough ; Weather Report Suite Prelude > Weather Report Suite Part 1 > Let It Grow
Two Playing In The Band [10:19] > Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo [7:47] > Big River [4:56] > Playing In The Band [9:57] ; He's Gone [13:25] > Truckin' [6:55#] > Wharf Rat > Sugar Magnolia [9:23] > Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad [9:17] > One More Saturday Night [4:52]


Venue Metropolitan Sports Center
Location Bloomington, MN
Date 10/23/73 - Tuesday posters tickets, passes & laminates
One The Promised Land ; Sugaree ; Mexicali Blues ; They Love Each Other ; Me And Bobby McGee ; Deal ; Black Throated Wind ; Brown Eyed Women ; Beat It On Down The Line ; Brokedown Palace ; Jack Straw ; China Cat Sunflower [6:01] > Jam [1:37] > I Know You Rider [5:20] ; Around And Around
Two Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo ; Big River ; Row Jimmy ; Me And My Uncle ; Ramble On Rose ; El Paso ; Loose Lucy ; Truckin' [7:31] > Nobody's Fault But Mine Jam [2:51] > The Other One [10:24] > Drums [2:02] > Jam [11:45] > Weather Report Suite Prelude [2:43] > Weather Report Suite Part 1 [2:56] > Let It Grow [9:57] ; Sugar Magnolia [8:50] ; Casey Jones [2:03] ; One More Saturday Night [4:46]
Encore

Venue Dane County Coliseum
Location Madison, WI
Date 10/25/73 - Thursday posters tickets, passes & laminates
One Bertha [6:03] ; Big River [4:57] ; Here Comes Sunshine [10:42] ; Black Throated Wind [6:32] They Love Each Other [5:54] ; Mexicali Blues [3:29] ; Tennessee Jed ; Looks Like Rain ; Deal ; El Paso [3:54] ; Row Jimmy [#8:28] Playing In The Band [16:01]
Two China Cat Sunflower [8:09] > I Know You Rider [5:06] ; Me And My Uncle [2:42] ; Dark Star [22:45] > Mind Left Body Jam > Dark Star Jam > Eyes Of The World [14:#02] > Stella Blue [8:08] ; Weather Report Suite Prelude [1:15] > Weather Report Suite Part 1 [4:11] > Let It Grow [10:09] ; Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad [8:#02] > One More Saturday Night [3:26#]
Encore Uncle John's Band

Venue State Fair Coliseum
Location Indianapolis, IN
Date 10/27/73 - Saturday posters tickets, passes & laminates
One The Promised Land [#2:45] ; Sugaree [7:20] ; Mexicali Blues [3:14] ; Loser [6:05] ; Black Throated Wind [6:28] ; They Love Each Other [5:23] ; Jack Straw [4:29] ; Ramble On Rose [5:#34] ; El Paso [4:01] ; Brown Eyed Women [4:#37] ; Greatest Story Ever Told [4:39] ; Loose Lucy [6:54] ; Beat It On Down The Line [3:13] ; China Cat Sunflower [7:32] > I Know You Rider [4:57]
Two Me And My Uncle [2:43] > Bertha [5:26] ; Me And Bobby McGee [5:21] ; Tennessee Jed [7:31] ; Playing In The Band [10:20] > Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo [7:35] > Big River [4:#17] > Playing In The Band [8:38] ; He's Gone > Truckin' > Nobody's Fault But Mine Jam > Wharf Rat > Stella Blue ; Sugar Magnolia
Encore Uncle John's Band

Venue Kiel Auditorium
Location St. Louis, MO
Date 10/29/73 - Monday posters tickets, passes & laminates
One Cold Rain And Snow ; Beat It On Down The Line ; Brown Eyed Women ; Mexicali Blues ; Don't Ease Me In ; Black Throated Wind ; Tennessee Jed ; The Race Is On ; Row Jimmy ; El Paso ; Eyes Of The World > China Doll ; Around And Around
Two The Promised Land [#2:50] > Bertha [6:08] > Greatest Story Ever Told [4:10] ; Dead Air [0:06] % Loser [4:55] % Dead Air [0:09] ; Big River [5:25] ; Dead Air [2:35] ; Brokedown Palace [5:49] ; Dead Air [0:05] % Dead Air [0:10] ; Truckin' [7:09] > Jam [9:20] ; Drums [2:26] > The Other One [22:33] > Wharf Rat [10:25] > Sugar Magnolia [8:41]
Encore Casey Jones

Venue Kiel Auditorium
Location St. Louis, MO
Date 10/30/73 - Tuesday posters tickets, passes & laminates
One Here Comes Sunshine ; Me And My Uncle ; Ramble On Rose ; Looks Like Rain ; Deal ; Mexicali Blues ; They Love Each Other ; El Paso ; Row Jimmy ; Jack Straw ; China Cat Sunflower [8:50] > I Know You Rider [5:02] ; Playing In The Band [20:23]
Two Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo [7:47] ; Big River [4:32] ; Dark Star [26:56] > Stella Blue [7:29] > Eyes Of The World [17:46] > Weather Report Suite Prelude [1:38] > Weather Report Suite Part 1 [4:40] > Let It Grow [9:10] ; Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad [8:25] > Johnny B. Goode
Encore One More Saturday Night






Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Get Better, TC



Just heard that TC is recovering from a broken neck.  Get Better TC!

http://ultimateclassicrock.com/tom-constanten-broken-neck/


Cliff Hucker started this thread, which I exerpt now and play foer you
https://archive.org/post/272365/tom-constantens-contribution-to-the-grateful-dead

On this day in history in '69, the Grateful Dead performed what is undeniably one of the greatest Dark Stars, not just for 1969, but of all time.

Over thirty minutes in length, this rendition is particularly beautiful from start to finish, filled with some dynamic theme explorations, shimmering percussion work, and an extraordinary "Tighten up" segment. It just might be Tom Constanten's finest hour in the Grateful Dead...   The show is here

Monday, August 22, 2016

The Perfect Show, Berkeley, August 24, 1972





I have only been familiar with this show since October, 2009, but to me, this is The Perfect Show.
Well, all of 1972 is off the charts, but this little show at Phil's high school in the Berkeley Community Theater is simple Perfect.  It's interesting that the next time on August 25 might have been the Just Exactly Perfect Show, however it's missing much of what I expect is the best part of the show. And of course the trip up to Oregon followed. :)

For some reason, when I listen to this night, it just feels right, it feels perfect to me. It's the playing, it's the singing. it's the rare Dark Star>Morning Dew (more on that soon!). It's everything. It's perfect.


Perspectives: Full Circle with the Dead

Extended stand in Berkeley should be a model for tours

The Grateful Dead
Among friends
A short time ago the Grateful Dead played a four-night engagement at the Berkeley Community Theater, a hall that seats 3500 when the orchestra pit is used.
The entire series of four performances -- 14,000 tickets -- was sold out by the end of the second day the tickets went on sale. There was no special advertising campaign, just the usual announcements in the standard Bill Graham ads.
No other group appeared with the Dead on the show and the music began early every night, at seven o'clock, and went on until 11 or 11:30 PM. The theater is part of a high school campus, and it is against various rules and regulations of the local and State Departments of Education to run after midnight.
The Berkeley Community Theater is not a dance hall. There is no flat, wide area on which to dance or crash. There are only regular auditorium/ theater seats and it was a reserved seat affair with numbered tickets and prices ranging from $3.50 to $5.50.
It was beautiful. Night after night the audiences were warm, friendly, appreciative and enthusiastic. Even the usual Bill Graham Quiz, in which he stands on stage and answers questions ("When is the Airplane coming? September 15 and 16 at Winterland. John Lennon? John Lennon is at Madison Square Garden Saturday night.") went down without heckling or antagonism.
The music was superb. The band played straight through each night with only a half-hour intermission long about mid-evening. Of course the Dead are unique and the affair would have been obvious as a Grateful Dead tribal stomp even to a deaf man. All you had to do was to look around backstage and see the women, babies and dogs and it couldn't have been anyone but the Dead.
However, what they did was not the kind of thing which is possible only for one special group. It is possible for a lot of groups and it should be noted and considered by the whole rock & roll world.
The standard rock show of today has evolved from two sources. The old original Fillmore dance concerts and the all-star touring show/ concerts of the Fifties. At the Fillmore, the concert was three groups: a lightweight, middleweight and a heavy, each playing about an hour and the show generally repeated twice an evening. A light show was standard right from the beginning. The Fifties concert/show with Paul Anka or Fats Domino would include half a dozen groups or singles each doing two or three songs (concluding with their hit) and then the star doing about an hour.
But earlier, in the Swing Era of the Thirties and Forties, the big bands drew crowds of thousands to dances with only the one group, themselves, on each show. Count Basie or Benny Goodman would play from eight or nine o'clock until 2 AM with only a ten or 15 minute break every hour or so. Occasionally -- and for a very special promotion -- another band would be added and it then became "A Battle of the Bands" with, say, Andy Kirk and Count Basie, or Benny Goodman and Count Basie in which each band alternated hour by hour from eight or nine o'clock until, sometimes, four AM. In those days you stood on the dance floor, you didn't sit or crash.
I have never known why it was necessary to sit or stand through two opening groups to hear the band you came for, except as a means of introducing new groups to an audience.
The whole concert style of Goodman, Ellington, Kenton and the rest which became standard operating procedure at the beginning of the Fifties and which set the matrix for the Fats Domino/ Paul Anka/ Bill Doggett touring shows which followed, was a combination of the status (ego) involved in playing a concert as opposed to a dance and a method of getting new locations to replace the dwindling dance halls. Also, dance halls could have only one ticket price and concerts could be scaled in various echelons for a bigger gross.
So now we have come full circle. The Grateful Dead can play four nights (and they obviously could have played a week) at a concert hall with absolute artistic and commercial success. Some of the patrons -- Graham estimated 20 percent -- were repeaters, buying tickets for every night. It reminded me of a big band playing the Roton Point Casino when I was in high school. We'd be there every night. Or Glen Island where we would make it three nights out of five, say.
There were other good things about the Dead's Berkeley series. Because it was for four nights and there was room enough for everybody (ticket swapping was common with Listeners' Personals on KSANFM acting as a bulletin board), there was none of the hysterical meat-market serum at any of the box offices. There was time enough for us all.
The Dead do not go in for any of the show biz nonsense you see with some Svengali-created groups in which costumes and lighting attempt to create the drama missing from the music. The Dead are very straight ahead in their presentation. To begin with, they are among friends and they know it. And of course it is axiomatic that, being among friends, there is nothing to live up to. Just be yourself.
Aside from the individual virtues of the group, they have mastered the ability to control dynamics to a more consistent degree than any other group I know of except the James Brown band. The Dead can come down to a whisper and still keep it moving, and this is one of the hardest things to do in group music. That they make it appear to be so effortless is a tribute to their ability. That, too, is hard to do, but as everyone knows who has become expert in any field, it's easy when you know how and the Dead sure do know how.
For me, Jerry Garcia was always one of the true original sounds in contemporary instrumental music. Like a very few others (B.B., Hendrix) it has always been possible to pick him out right away. In earlier days he was not a particularly impressive singer. But he has developed into one now. It was evident from the records that he was getting a lot better, but then in the studio it is possible to aid the voice in a way it can't be done in live performance, and now on the concert stage Jerry is a fine singer, again with a highly personal sound.
Phil Lesh (like Jack Casady) has always been a fascinating bassist precisely because he did not play the bass like other bass players but instead made it into a continual counter-melody to Garcia and the song. But Lesh has gotten even better and his bass playing takes over from time to time to become a uniquely dominant voice.
Bob Weir is the personification of the Dead's philosophy of "let it grow." Standing there beside one of the greatest guitarists of his time, Weir has grown. In other circumstances he might have been inhibited, but the Dead's ambience let him be, and he has become a fine singer and an excellent player. Bill Kreutzman has mellowed out over the years as a drummer and really swings his ass off. Keith Godchaux, who replaced the ailing Pig Pen, plays keyboard which gives an unusual pianistic sound now and Donna Godchaux sings an occasional song in a charming Southern-flavored voice.
All in all the week was pure joy. Now why don't the Band, the Who, Van Morrison, Rod Stewart, and the rest do the same thing? Must we always be prisoners of those amphitheaters?
RALPH GLEASON
(RS 118, September 28, 1972)

From the GD Newsletter August 1972, Guess Santa Barbara Bowl didnt happen :)
SET 1
The Promised Land
Sugaree
Jack Straw
China Cat Sunflower >
I Know You Rider
Me And My Uncle
Bird Song
Beat It On Down The Line
Tennessee Jed
Playing In The Band
Casey Jones
SET 2
Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo
Mexicali Blues
Brown Eyed Women
Truckin'
Dark Star >
Morning Dew
Sugar Magnolia
Ramble On Rose
Greatest Story Ever Told
Sing Me Back Home
One More Saturday Night
ENCORE
Uncle John's Band






You can see that many people above and below agree with me.

http://www.deadlistening.com/2009/10/1972-august-24-berkeley-community.html

https://dailydoseofdead.wordpress.com/2015/08/24/today-in-grateful-dead-history-august-24-1972-berkeley-community-theater-berkeley-ca/

http://deadessays.blogspot.com/2009/12/some-overlooked-shows-from-1972.html

http://liveforlivemusic.com/news/dark-star-orchestra-to-recreate-berkeley-1972-grateful-dead-show-blocks-away-from-original-concert/

http://cryptdev.blogspot.com/2012/08/grateful-dead-august-1972.html

http://headyversion.com/show/650/grateful-dead/1972-08-24/

https://www.gdao.org/items/show/251553

http://moderndeadhead.blogspot.com/2010/02/grateful-dead-berkeley-august-1972.html

https://archive.org/details/gd72-08-24.sbd.miller.18093.sbeok.shnf


Friday, August 12, 2016

The Dude Turns 20: My Last Keith/Donna Show Providence Civic Center January 18, 1979


My last Grateful Dead song as a teenager was Casey Jones in New Haven around midnight on January 17, 1979.    
And on my 20th birthday, I watched Keith and Donna play for the 23rd and last times as members of the Grateful Dead at the always fun Providence Civic Center.  It started awesome, got a bit rocky towards the end, but I will always love Keith and Donna.

This was a typical late-1978, early 1979, without those beautiful early Shakedown Streets, but this did include my first He's Gone>Truckin'>The Other One, and my only sans drums version as it continued into Wharf Rat and Around & Around to close the set.  Charlie Miller posted a version with a seemless second set, as he is app to do on shows with a certain regard. Grab it here or FLAC

This old-school 51 minutes plus medley is right out of the golden single drummer era 1972-1974
He's Gone>Truckin>The Other One>Wharf Rat>Around & Around, the only such, no break for drums or space, version I would ever see in my nearly one-million second career with the Grateful Dead.  If you press play, above or below, you will get these 3,000 seconds on the entry to my 20's.

This Truckin' features a nice vocal add-in by our friend Phil.  There has always been a great photo of this show, which I feature here now.  This was found here, and is a Jim Anderson (buy his work!)


The next time I would get a classic He's Gone>Truckin>The Other One, drums would preceed TOO, but the Dew would follow on September 11, 1981 at the Greek.


Nothing is gonna bring him back. Love you still Jerry.



Thursday, August 11, 2016

Grateful Dead Venue Size, 1976-1979




If I had my way, I would tear that building down.

After the Grateful Dead torn down that wall, and went fishin', they started back again and started small.  The band first 25 shows in the northeast and in San Francisco, averaged 3,061 seats available per night for a total of 76,534 available tickets to sell.   The summer and fall started back in large outdoor venues (Hartford, Jersey City, Oakland) as well as a number of large arenas.  They finished the year with an average venue capacity of 9,487.

In the last piece, I took a look at the growth in average venue size 1984-1987 which shows the spike up occuring around the time of the In the Dark LP and the Touch of Grey top-10 single.

The end of the 1970's saw the Grateful Dead very consistent in the places where they would play, and the sizes of the venues.  Remember that the 1977 shows include Englishtown, and the 1978 shows include the first Giant's Stadium show.  1978 also saw the return to a number of smaller venues like the Boston Music Hall, the January California tour, Chicago's Uptown and Atlanta's Fox.

Average Venue Size       Average Tickets Sold

1976     9,487                         8,538
1977   10,703                         9,287
1978     8,802                         7,497
1979   10,353                         9,513  
           

More to come on these numbers, as my research continues to sharpen....


All shows 1976-1979 and Venue Size


Paramount Theater - June 3, 1976              2,776
Paramount Theater - June 4, 1976              2,776
Boston Music Hall - June 9, 1976              3,600
Boston Music Hall - June 10, 1976              3,600
Boston Music Hall - June 11, 1976              3,600
Boston Music Hall - June 12, 1976              3,600
Beacon Theatre - June 14, 1976              2,894
Beacon Theatre - June 15, 1976              2,894
Capitol Theatre - June 17, 1976              3,200
Capitol Theatre - June 18, 1976              3,200
Capitol Theatre - June 19, 1976              3,200
Tower Theatre - June 21, 1976              3,119
Tower Theatre - June 22, 1976              3,119
Tower Theatre - June 23, 1976              3,119
Tower Theatre - June 24, 1976              3,119
Auditorium Theater - June 26, 1976              3,875
Auditorium Theater - June 27, 1976              3,875
Auditorium Theater - June 28, 1976              3,875
Auditorium Theater - June 29, 1976              3,875
Orpheum Theatre - July 12, 1976              2,203
Orpheum Theatre - July 13, 1976              2,203
Orpheum Theatre - July 14, 1976              2,203
Orpheum Theatre - July 16, 1976              2,203
Orpheum Theatre - July 17, 1976              2,203
Orpheum Theatre - July 18, 1976              2,203
Colt Park - August 2, 1976            20,000
Roosevelt Stadium - August 4, 1976            40,000
Cameron Indoor Stadium - September 23, 1976              3,000
College Of William and Mary - September 24, 1976              8,600
Capital Centre - September 25, 1976            19,000
Community War Memorial - September 27, 1976            13,000
Onondaga County War Memorial - September 28, 1976              8,000
St. John Arena - September 30, 1976              3,000
Market Square Arena - October 1, 1976            16,000
River Front Coliseum - October 2, 1976            16,250
Cobo Arena - October 3, 1976            12,000
Oakland Coliseum Stadium - October 9, 1976            63,132
Oakland Coliseum Stadium - October 10, 1976            63,132
Shrine Auditorium - October 14, 1976              6,300
Shrine Auditorium - October 15, 1976              6,300
Cow Palace - December 31, 1976            14,706
Swing Auditorium - February 26, 1977            10,000
Robertson Gym - February 27, 1977              5,000
Winterland Arena - March 18, 1977              5,400
Winterland Arena - March 19, 1977              5,400
Winterland Arena - March 20, 1977              5,400
The Spectrum - April 22, 1977            18,369
Springfield Civic Center Arena - April 23, 1977              8,000
Capitol Theatre - April 25, 1977              3,200
Capitol Theatre - April 26, 1977              3,200
Capitol Theatre - April 27, 1977              3,200
The Palladium - April 29, 1977              2,509
The Palladium - April 30, 1977              2,509
The Palladium - May 1, 1977              2,509
The Palladium - May 3, 1977              2,509
The Palladium - May 4, 1977              2,509
Veterans Memorial Coliseum - May 5, 1977            11,171
Boston Garden - May 7, 1977            17,565
Barton Hall - May 8, 1977              4,800
War Memorial Auditorium - May 9, 1977            18,200
St. Paul Civic Center Arena - May 11, 1977            16,000
Auditorium Theater - May 12, 1977              3,875
Auditorium Theater - May 13, 1977              3,875
St. Louis Arena - May 15, 1977            10,000
Memorial Coliseum - May 17, 1977            10,000
Fox Theatre - May 18, 1977              4,678
Fox Theatre - May 19, 1977              4,678
Lakeland Civic Center Arena - May 21, 1977            10,000
Sportatorium - May 22, 1977            15,532
The Mosque - May 25, 1977            10,000
Baltimore Civic Center - May 26, 1977            14,000
Hartford Civic Center - May 28, 1977            16,294
The Forum - June 4, 1977            17,505
Winterland Arena - June 7, 1977              5,400
Winterland Arena - June 8, 1977              5,400
Winterland Arena - June 9, 1977              5,400
Raceway Park - September 3, 1977          150,000
Paramount Northwest Theatre - September 28, 1977              3,000
Paramount Northwest Theatre - September 29, 1977              3,000
Paramount Theater - October 1, 1977              2,776
Paramount Theater - October 2, 1977              2,776
Activity Center - October 6, 1977              6,000
University of New Mexico - October 7, 1977              6,000
McNichols Sports Arena - October 9, 1977            18,550
Lloyd Noble Center - October 11, 1977              6,000
Manor Downs - October 12, 1977            45,000
Hofheinz Pavilion - October 14, 1977              8,479
Moody Coliseum - October 15, 1977              6,000
Assembly Center - October 16, 1977              6,000
Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall - October 28, 1977              6,000
Evans Field House - October 29, 1977              6,000
Assembly Hall - October 30, 1977            17,000
Cobo Arena - November 1, 1977            12,000
Field House - November 2, 1977              6,000
Cotterell Gym - November 4, 1977              6,000
Community War Memorial - November 5, 1977            13,000
Broome County Arena - November 6, 1977              6,925
Winterland Arena - December 27, 1977              5,400
Winterland Arena - December 29, 1977              5,400
Winterland Arena - December 30, 1977              5,400
Winterland Arena - December 31, 1977              5,400
Swing Auditorium - January 6, 1978            10,000
Golden Hall - January 7, 1978              3,200
Golden Hall - January 8, 1978              3,200
Shrine Auditorium - January 10, 1978              6,300
Shrine Auditorium - January 11, 1978              6,300
Arlington Theater - January 13, 1978              6,000
Bakersfield Memorial Auditorium - January 14, 1978              3,041
Selland Arena - January 15, 1978              6,582
Sacramento Memorial Auditorium - January 17, 1978              3,867
Stockton Civic Auditorium - January 18, 1978              6,000
McArthur Court - January 22, 1978              8,000
Uptown Theatre - January 30, 1978              4,381
Uptown Theatre - January 31, 1978              4,381
Uptown Theatre - February 1, 1978              4,381
Dane County Coliseum - February 3, 1978            10,231
Milwaukee Auditorium - February 4, 1978              6,000
Uni-Dome - February 5, 1978              6,000
Curtis Hixon Convention Hall - April 6, 1978              7,000
Sportatorium - April 7, 1978            15,532
Veteran's Memorial Coliseum - April 8, 1978              6,000
Fox Theatre - April 10, 1978              4,678
Fox Theatre - April 11, 1978              4,678
Cameron Indoor Stadium - April 12, 1978              6,000
Cassell Coliseum - April 14, 1978              6,000
College Of William and Mary - April 15, 1978              8,600
Huntington Civic Center - April 16, 1978              6,000
Pittsburgh Civic Arena - April 18, 1978            17,181
Veterans Memorial Hall - April 19, 1978              6,000
Rupp Arena - April 21, 1978            23,000
Nashville Municipal Auditorium - April 22, 1978              6,000
Horton Field House - April 24, 1978              6,000
Thompson Arena - May 5, 1978              6,000
Patrick Gym - May 6, 1978              6,000
Field House - May 7, 1978              8,200
Onondaga County War Memorial - May 9, 1978              8,000
Veterans Memorial Coliseum - May 10, 1978            11,171
Springfield Civic Center Arena - May 11, 1978              8,000
The Spectrum - May 13, 1978            18,369
Providence Civic Center - May 14, 1978            12,400
Uptown Theatre - May 16, 1978              4,381
Uptown Theatre - May 17, 1978              4,381
Campus Stadium - June 4, 1978              6,000
Autzen Stadium - June 25, 1978            54,000
Arrowhead Stadium - July 1, 1978            40,000
St. Paul Civic Center Arena - July 3, 1978            16,000
Omaha Civic Auditorium - July 5, 1978            12,000
Red Rocks Amphitheatre - July 7, 1978              9,525
Red Rocks Amphitheatre - July 8, 1978              9,525
Red Rocks Amphitheatre - August 30, 1978              9,525
Red Rocks Amphitheatre - August 31, 1978              9,525
Giants Stadium - September 2, 1978            80,242
Gizah Sound and Light Theater - September 14, 1978              1,000
Gizah Sound and Light Theater - September 15, 1978              1,000
Gizah Sound and Light Theater - September 16, 1978              1,000
Winterland Arena - October 17, 1978              5,400
Winterland Arena - October 18, 1978              5,400
Winterland Arena - October 20, 1978              5,400
Winterland Arena - October 21, 1978              5,400
Winterland Arena - October 22, 1978              5,400
NBC Studios - November 11, 1978                  200
Boston Music Hall - November 13, 1978              3,600
Boston Music Hall - November 14, 1978              3,600
Uptown Theatre - November 16, 1978              4,381
Uptown Theatre - November 17, 1978              4,381
Loyola College - November 17, 1978                  100
Uptown Theatre - November 18, 1978              4,381
Cleveland Music Hall - November 20, 1978              3,000
Community War Memorial - November 21, 1978            13,000
Capital Centre - November 23, 1978            19,000
Capitol Theatre - November 24, 1978              3,200
Jai-Alai Fronton - December 12, 1978              6,500
Curtis Hixon Convention Hall - December 13, 1978              7,000
Boutwell Auditorium - December 15, 1978              4,000
Nashville Municipal Auditorium - December 16, 1978              4,000
Fox Theatre - December 17, 1978              4,678
Memorial Coliseum - December 19, 1978              4,000
The Summit - December 21, 1978            17,000
Dallas Convention Center Arena - December 22, 1978              9,816
Golden Hall - December 27, 1978              3,200
Golden Hall - December 28, 1978              3,200
Pauley Pavilion - December 30, 1978            10,337
Winterland Arena - December 31, 1978              5,400
The Spectrum - January 5, 1979            18,369
Madison Square Garden - January 7, 1979            18,200
Madison Square Garden - January 8, 1979            18,200
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum - January 10, 1979            17,686
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum - January 11, 1979            17,686
The Spectrum - January 12, 1979            18,369
Utica Memorial Auditorium - January 14, 1979              5,700
Springfield Civic Center Arena - January 15, 1979              8,000
Veterans Memorial Coliseum - January 17, 1979            11,171
Providence Civic Center - January 18, 1979            12,400
Shea's Buffalo Theatre - January 20, 1979              3,183
Masonic Temple - January 21, 1979              4,000
Market Square Arena - February 3, 1979            16,000
Dane County Coliseum - February 4, 1979            10,231
Tulsa Fairgrounds Pavilion - February 6, 1979              4,000
SIU Arena - February 7, 1979              4,000
Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall - February 9, 1979              4,000
Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall - February 10, 1979              4,000
Kiel Auditorium - February 11, 1979              9,300
Oakland Coliseum Arena - February 17, 1979            19,596
Spartan Stadium - April 22, 1979            22,000
Charlotte Coliseum - May 3, 1979              9,605
Hampton Coliseum - May 4, 1979              9,777
Baltimore Civic Center - May 5, 1979            14,000
Kirby Fieldhouse - May 7, 1979              4,000
Recreation Hall - May 8, 1979              4,000
Broome County Arena - May 9, 1979              6,925
Billerica Forum - May 11, 1979              4,000
Alumni Stadium - May 12, 1979            10,000
Cumberland County Civic Center - May 13, 1979              6,733
Sacramento Memorial Auditorium - June 28, 1979              3,867
Portland International Raceway - June 30, 1979            20,000
Seattle Center Arena - July 1, 1979            12,000
Oakland Auditorium Arena - August 4, 1979              8,373
Oakland Auditorium Arena - August 5, 1979              8,373
Red Rocks Amphitheatre - August 12, 1979              9,525
McNichols Sports Arena - August 13, 1979            18,550
McNichols Sports Arena - August 14, 1979            18,550
Glens Falls Civic Center - August 31, 1979              4,774
Holleder Memorial Stadium - September 1, 1979            20,000
Augusta Civic Center - September 2, 1979              6,777
Madison Square Garden - September 4, 1979            18,200
Madison Square Garden - September 5, 1979            18,200
Madison Square Garden - September 6, 1979            18,200
Springfield Civic Center Arena - October 24, 1979              8,000
Veterans Memorial Coliseum - October 25, 1979            11,171
Cape Cod Coliseum - October 27, 1979              5,000
Cape Cod Coliseum - October 28, 1979              5,000
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum - October 31, 1979            17,686
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum - November 1, 1979            17,686
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum - November 2, 1979            17,686
Providence Civic Center - November 4, 1979            12,400
The Spectrum - November 5, 1979            18,369
The Spectrum - November 6, 1979            18,369
Capital Centre - November 8, 1979            19,000
War Memorial Auditorium - November 9, 1979            18,200
Crisler Arena - November 10, 1979            13,751
Golden Hall - November 23, 1979              3,200
Golden Hall - November 24, 1979              3,200
Pauley Pavilion - November 25, 1979            10,337
Cleveland Public Hall - November 29, 1979            10,000
Stanley Theatre - November 30, 1979              2,963
Stanley Theatre - December 1, 1979              2,963
Uptown Theatre - December 3, 1979              4,381
Uptown Theatre - December 4, 1979              4,381
Uptown Theatre - December 5, 1979              4,381
Indiana Convention Center - December 7, 1979              5,000
Kiel Auditorium - December 9, 1979              9,300
Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall - December 10, 1979              5,000
Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall - December 11, 1979              5,000
Oakland Auditorium Arena - December 26, 1979              8,373
Oakland Auditorium Arena - December 27, 1979              8,373
Oakland Auditorium Arena - December 28, 1979              8,373
Oakland Auditorium Arena - December 30, 1979              8,373
Oakland Auditorium Arena - December 31, 1979              8,373