Thursday, August 17, 2017

Grateful Dead and Big Brother to Play Free Concert in Amsterdam 1967?


It's fun to hear about What Could Have Been Events like the Dead tours of Europe in 1968 http://lostlivedead.blogspot.com/2009/11/october-1968-grateful-dead-european.html
and later before the big one in 1972.

But 50 years ago, I have just discovered something I never knew before.
Any one have any info on this one, other than usual record company commitments and underdelivers?  Can you imagine a free concerts in 1967 at the Vondelpark in 1967?  Makes me smile


Famous Irving Penn Photo of the bands 1967, Billy looks like he is 12 and Bobby IS 12













Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Madison Square Garden Took One Million Souls During Grateful Dead's 52-Show 15-Year Run, 1979-1994

New York certainly does have the ways and means.
When you include in a small amount for Manhattan's best sneak-ins, ticket scammers, girls with the band and assorted other hanger on-ers, one million New York City fans saw the Grateful Dead at Madison Square Garden over their 15 year, 52 show run there.  Or 20,000 Deadheads each saw 52 shows. In honor of Phil, the band made 11 stops there between 1979 and 1994.




Based on newly discovered contemporaneity information from Amusement Business. it looks like 927,078 ticket buyers paid $18,664,367 to see our heroes play at MSG.   It appears that all shows sold out, if you assume 37 more tickets sold  on January 8, 1979 is not relevant.  Of course there may have been a few tickets available in the early part of the run, but the last 43 were all listed as official sellouts in Billboard, the bible of the record business.

You always learn something new when pealing the Onion inside the Grateful Dead historic facts.  This week I learned that a Grateful Dead sellout could mean as much as 19,700-20,000  in the 1978-1983 period, which declined to 16,760 in 1988's nine night run and 14,600 in 1993's six night run.
This could be due to how the band set up their equipment or how the house was set up depending on ticket demand.  I'm curious what real experts in this field think of this reason.  Perhaps it as simple as 1993 shows did not really sellout or MSG sold far fewer tickets and they still wanted to announce sellouts.

The 11 Grateful Dead Runs At Madison Square Garden

Run                                                                             Tickets  Avg Price   Sales         Shows
Madison Square Garden - January 8, 1979            39,403 9.28 $365,816 2
Madison Square Garden - September 6, 1979    59,267 10.55 $625,011 3
Madison Square Garden - March 10, 1981            40,000 12.00 $480,000 2
Madison Square Garden - September 21, 1982    39,049 13.07 $510,511 2
Madison Square Garden - October 12, 1983            39,000 13.50 $526,500 2
Madison Square Garden - September 20, 1987    92,911 18.27 $1,697,589 5
Madison Square Garden - September 24, 1988 150,837 19.20 $2,896,369 9
Madison Square Garden - September 20, 1990 110,945 21.35 $2,368,825 6
Madison Square Garden - September 18, 1991 163,932 22.86 $3,747,519 9
Madison Square Garden - September 22, 1993    87,598 26.50 $2,321,347 6
Madison Square Garden - October 19, 1994          104,136 30.01 $3,124,880 6
    Totals                                                            927,078 20.13     $18,664,367 52














  Gig                                                                 Tickets Sold                 Average Price                 Ticket Sales
Madison Square Garden - January 7, 1979          19,683 $9.28    $182,736 
Madison Square Garden - January 8, 1979          19,720 $9.28          $183,080 
Madison Square Garden - September 4, 1979 19,756 $10.55 $208,337 
Madison Square Garden - September 5, 1979 19,756 $10.55 $208,337 
Madison Square Garden - September 6, 1979 19,756 $10.55 $208,337 
Madison Square Garden - March 9, 1981          20,000 $12.00 $240,000 
Madison Square Garden - March 10, 1981          20,000 $12.00 $240,000 
Madison Square Garden - September 20, 1982 19,525 $13.07 $255,256 
Madison Square Garden - September 21, 1982 19,525 $13.07 $255,256 
Madison Square Garden - October 11, 1983 19,500 $13.50 $263,250 
Madison Square Garden - October 12, 1983 19,500 $13.50 $263,250 
Madison Square Garden - September 15, 1987 18,582 $18.27 $339,518 
Madison Square Garden - September 16, 1987 18,582 $18.27 $339,518 
Madison Square Garden - September 18, 1987 18,582 $18.27 $339,518 
Madison Square Garden - September 19, 1987 18,582 $18.27 $339,518 
Madison Square Garden - September 20, 1987 18,582 $18.27 $339,518 
Madison Square Garden - September 14, 1988 16,760 $19.20 $321,819 
Madison Square Garden - September 15, 1988 16,760 $19.20 $321,819 
Madison Square Garden - September 16, 1988 16,760 $19.20 $321,819 
Madison Square Garden - September 18, 1988 16,760 $19.20 $321,819 
Madison Square Garden - September 19, 1988 16,760 $19.20 $321,819 
Madison Square Garden - September 20, 1988 16,760 $19.20 $321,819 
Madison Square Garden - September 22, 1988 16,760 $19.20 $321,819 
Madison Square Garden - September 23, 1988 16,760 $19.20 $321,819 
Madison Square Garden - September 24, 1988 16,760 $19.20 $321,819 
Madison Square Garden - September 14, 1990 18,491 $21.35 $394,804 
Madison Square Garden - September 15, 1990 18,491 $21.35 $394,804 
Madison Square Garden - September 16, 1990 18,491 $21.35 $394,804 
Madison Square Garden - September 18, 1990 18,491 $21.35 $394,804 
Madison Square Garden - September 19, 1990 18,491 $21.35 $394,804 
Madison Square Garden - September 20, 1990 18,491 $21.35 $394,804 
Madison Square Garden - September 8, 1991 18,215 $22.86 $416,391 
Madison Square Garden - September 9, 1991 18,215 $22.86 $416,391 
Madison Square Garden - September 10, 1991 18,215 $22.86 $416,391 
Madison Square Garden - September 12, 1991 18,215 $22.86 $416,391 
Madison Square Garden - September 13, 1991 18,215 $22.86 $416,391 
Madison Square Garden - September 14, 1991 18,215 $22.86 $416,391 
Madison Square Garden - September 16, 1991 18,215 $22.86 $416,391 
Madison Square Garden - September 17, 1991 18,215 $22.86 $416,391 
Madison Square Garden - September 18, 1991 18,215 $22.86 $416,391 
Madison Square Garden - September 16, 1993 14,600 $26.50 $386,891 
Madison Square Garden - September 17, 1993 14,600 $26.50 $386,891 
Madison Square Garden - September 18, 1993 14,600 $26.50 $386,891 
Madison Square Garden - September 20, 1993 14,600 $26.50 $386,891 
Madison Square Garden - September 21, 1993 14,600 $26.50 $386,891 
Madison Square Garden - September 22, 1993 14,600 $26.50 $386,891 
Madison Square Garden - October 13, 1994 17,356 $30.01 $520,813 
Madison Square Garden - October 14, 1994 17,356 $30.01 $520,813 
Madison Square Garden - October 15, 1994 17,356 $30.01 $520,813 
Madison Square Garden - October 17, 1994 17,356 $30.01 $520,813 
Madison Square Garden - October 18, 1994 17,356 $30.01 $520,813 
Madison Square Garden - October 19, 1994 17,356 $30.01 $520,813 
Totals                                  927,078 $20.13       $18,664,367 

Monday, August 14, 2017

1977's $4 Million in Ticket Sales Set New Grateful Dead Record

During those rough and ready years of 1969 and 1970, the Grateful Dead played 140+ shows each year. And they were lucky if they were able to sell $1 million in tickets.  However, as the concert going experience matured and grew, 1977 rolled around and the band sold 500,000 tickets for probably the third  time (1972 and 1973 being the others with 1974 slowed down with the logistics of the gigantic Wall of Sound, see 1972 analysis here http://gratefulseconds.blogspot.com/2017/03/1972-grateful-dead-make-242000-in-profit.html)
Despite the "record setting status" the Grateful Dead would always outsell 1977 for every single year from 1978 to the end in 1995

1977 Summary is:

Shows: 60
Tickets 499,335 (let's round to 500,000)
Average Price:  $8.18  (usually lower but Englishtown was $10, $12 day of the show)
Ticket Sales $4,085,722
Capacity 576,876  (hard to fill those Southern seats)
Tickets sold per show: 8,322

Of course the big one was Englishtown (40th anniversary may be my next blog piece, my 8th show) with 107,000 seats sold for nearly $1.1 million in sales.  Perhaps 40,000 sneaked in but I'm not sure if the blogger number is used for marketing. Englishtown was the second biggest show of 1977 with only Peter Frampton /Leonard Skynyrd/Santana and the Outlaws a few thousands of dollars more at their Day on the Green.



Most of the figures, I am using are based on the Billboard numbers, as well as my study of the size of the other halls. These figures replace any earlier analysis I have prepared for 1977.

Concert Tickets Capacity Price Sales
Swing Auditorium - February 26, 1977 9,000 10,000 $8.00 $72,000
Robertson Gym - February 27, 1977 5,000 6,000 $8.00 $40,000
Winterland Arena - March 18, 1977 5,400 5,400 $6.14 $33,167
Winterland Arena - March 19, 1977 5,400 5,400 $6.14 $33,167
Winterland Arena - March 20, 1977 5,400 5,400 $6.14 $33,167
The Spectrum - April 22, 1977 17,195 18,369 $7.15 $122,944
Springfield Civic Center Arena - April 23, 1977 10,164 10,164 $6.49 $65,964
Capitol Theatre - April 25, 1977 3,481 3,200 $8.15 $28,388
Capitol Theatre - April 26, 1977 3,481 3,200 $8.15 $28,388
Capitol Theatre - April 27, 1977 3,481 3,200 $8.15 $28,388
The Palladium - April 29, 1977 2,258 2,509 $8.00 $18,065
The Palladium - April 30, 1977 2,258 2,509 $8.00 $18,065
The Palladium - May 1, 1977 2,258 2,509 $8.00 $18,065
The Palladium - May 3, 1977 2,258 2,509 $8.00 $18,065
The Palladium - May 4, 1977 2,258 2,509 $8.00 $18,065
Veterans Memorial Coliseum - May 5, 1977 9,839 11,171 $7.29 $71,773
Boston Garden - May 7, 1977 13,500 17,565 $8.06 $108,861
Barton Hall - May 8, 1977 4,320 4,800 $8.00 $34,560
War Memorial Auditorium - May 9, 1977 16,380 18,200 $8.00 $131,040
St. Paul Civic Center Arena - May 11, 1977 12,000 16,000 $8.00 $96,000
Auditorium Theater - May 12, 1977 3,977 3,875 $7.80 $31,022
Auditorium Theater - May 13, 1977 3,977 3,875 $7.80 $31,022
St. Louis Arena - May 15, 1977 10,346 12,000 $7.27 $75,188
Memorial Coliseum - May 17, 1977 4,946 8,000 $6.75 $33,364
Fox Theatre - May 18, 1977 3,788 4,678 $7.34 $27,806
Fox Theatre - May 19, 1977 3,788 4,678 $7.34 $27,806
Lakeland Civic Center Arena - May 21, 1977 9,000 10,000 $8.00 $72,000
Sportatorium - May 22, 1977 9,000 15,532 $8.00 $72,000
The Mosque - May 25, 1977 8,000 12,000 $8.00 $64,000
Baltimore Civic Center - May 26, 1977 12,600 14,000 $8.00 $100,800
Hartford Civic Center - May 28, 1977 11,201 16,294 $7.21 $80,725
The Forum - June 4, 1977 15,755 17,505 $8.00 $126,036
Winterland Arena - June 7, 1977 5,400 5,400 $6.02 $32,511
Winterland Arena - June 8, 1977 5,400 5,400 $6.02 $32,511
Winterland Arena - June 9, 1977 5,400 5,400 $6.02 $32,511
Raceway Park - September 3, 1977 107,019 107,019 $10.20 $1,091,790
Paramount Northwest Theatre - September 28, 1977 2,894 3,000 $8.00 $23,148
Paramount Northwest Theatre - September 29, 1977 2,894 3,000 $8.00 $23,148
Paramount Theater - October 1, 1977 2,498 2,776 $8.00 $19,987
Paramount Theater - October 2, 1977 2,498 2,776 $8.00 $19,987
Activity Center - October 6, 1977 6,066 8,000 $7.15 $43,366
University of New Mexico - October 7, 1977 3,000 5,000 $8.00 $24,000
McNichols Sports Arena - October 9, 1977 13,391 18,550 $7.72 $103,402
Lloyd Noble Center - October 11, 1977 5,000 8,000 $8.00 $40,000
Manor Downs - October 12, 1977 10,000 20,000 $8.00 $80,000
Hofheinz Pavilion - October 14, 1977 6,848 8,479 $7.28 $49,824
Moody Coliseum - October 15, 1977 5,248 7,500 $6.74 $35,362
Assembly Center - October 16, 1977 4,000 5,000 $8.00 $32,000
Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall - October 28, 1977 3,437 5,000 $8.50 $29,215
Evans Field House - October 29, 1977 4,000 5,000 $8.00 $32,000
Assembly Hall - October 30, 1977 15,300 17,000 $8.00 $122,400
Cobo Arena - November 1, 1977 10,800 12,000 $8.00 $86,400
Field House - November 2, 1977 4,000 5,000 $8.00 $32,000
Cotterell Gym - November 4, 1977 3,000 3,000 $8.00 $24,000
Community War Memorial - November 5, 1977 11,700 13,000 $8.00 $93,600
Broome County Arena - November 6, 1977 6,233 6,925 $8.00 $49,860
Winterland Arena - December 27, 1977 5,400 5,400 $8.00 $43,200
Winterland Arena - December 29, 1977 5,400 5,400 $8.00 $43,200
Winterland Arena - December 30, 1977 5,400 5,400 $8.00 $43,200
Winterland Arena - December 31, 1977 5,400 5,400 $8.00 $43,200



Sunday, August 13, 2017

The Dark Star Jam Show: Giant's June 17, 1991



When I rediscovered the Grateful Dead after Jerry's death in 1995, I was mostly unaware of the bands setlists and performances from 1988 to the end of the group.   This show at Giant's Stadium quickly 

became one of my favorite post-1970s shows.  

I have written before about how I feel September 1991 was the last great month in Grateful Dead history, but June 1991 is up there too.  June 14 RFK is View from the Vault II; June 20 plus 5 songs from June 19 Pine Knob was a download release.  Bonner Springs, especially night one is just killer as is Denver at the end. But 6-17 Giants is likely best of breed.

The Bruce Hornsby influence on the band "Come On Jerry, let's open tonight with Wharf Rat" is shown with the Prankster-like foloing around with Dark Star  throughout the show.  Oh, I forgot, they open with the first first-set Eyes of the World in 16 years.  Lucky we have both tunes and video for this show.

The definitive review of this show was written by Corey Sanderson in Volume 3 of the Taping Compendium. I reprint that review here.  As well as some 1991 NJ newspaper mentions, and Dupree's Diamond News and Unbroken Chain thoughts as well.
















Saturday, August 12, 2017

Veneta II: Dead Return to Kesey's August 28, 1982


So the boys went back to Veneta on August 28, 1982 which was exactly ten years (and one day) after the Field Trip.  Summer 1982 was filled with outdoor Dead shows starting with the second season of the Greek at Berkeley (where I saw all three), Ventura Fairgrounds in July followed by Compton in Tempe, Red Rocks, Manor Downs, the Zoo, Alpine (as well as few indoors in the Mid West section finishing with a little rehersal of some new tunes on Front Street, six days before Oregon.

In the Taping Compendium, John Dwork gives an excellent analysis of this show, and how it fits with the seminal 1972 performance which he calls the most important in Grateful Dead history.

For the 1982 show, he uses words like disappointing and mediocre for the first set until the end.

"Then something positively remarkable happened. Jerry lauched into "China Cat Sunflower." Now those of you intimately familiar with the '72 Field Trip tapes know that the magic of that show began to unfold during "China Cat".  Incredibly, as Bobby started to okay, we all clearly noticed that he had a very unusual reverb effect in his guitar--the same exact effect that can be heard on the '72 Field Trip tapes, which was the only other time we're heard this effect. (Compare the tapes: it's uncanny.)"

Set two contains the first Day Job and West LA Fadeaway performances as well as a nice larger Playin' in the Band sandwich containing Drums, The Wheel, The Other One, Truckin' and Black Peter.  Happy 35th Anniversary this month.

 Files are here






Sunday, August 6, 2017

My First Soundboard Tape: 1976-08-04 Roosevelt Stadium


So I placed this ad below in Dead Relix in January 1977 and low and behold, one day I got a tape trade that gave me Roosevelt August 4, 1976.   Now I had attended two shows in Boston in June and Hartford on August 2, but as late as early 1977, I knew nothing of the show or setlist from Roosevelt.
In Fact with the exception of New Years 1976, it was a long time before I knew any information from Roosevelt, or the entire Fall tour or February/March in California.  That was the way of the world in early 1977.

I started up the tape below #76 and immediately realized that in exchange for some mediorce audience tape in my meager collection, i got a Golden Ticket in the form if a clear soundboard of this show.  And not any show, but this powerhouse Roosevelt show.   This show drew 30,289 for $227,457 in ticket sales according to Billboard which was only the 7th biggest concert in the US that week behind Elton John in Buffalo (51,856), ZZ Top/Blue Oyster Cult/Edgar and Johnny Winter in Anaheim (49,169), the Eagles in Seattle, Oakland, and Denver (48,843, 45,783 and 41,184) and Jethro Tull at Arrowhead in Kansas City (41,184).  The Dead at Colt Park on 8-2 drew 20,900.



The definitive 1976 Sugaree (remember I didnt know about the Fall), The Music Never Stopped, one of the last best standalone Scarlets.  Then there was set two.

For years and years, I thought I went to the wrong show by going to Colt Park inside off Roosevelt.  But despite  no amazing board tape and video ever showing up for Hartford, I learned to really appreciate 8-2-76 more over time.  David, can you pull out the Vault copy now please. :)

But of course set two of Roosevelt is super special and just exactly perfect.  A 1976 Help medley followed by a 1976 Dancin' and a perfect Wheel.  Another New Jersey Not Fade Away sets the final jam (like I would see the following year at Englishtown) and perhaps my favorite Ship of Fools.

Jim Anderson's Awesome Photos

As usual, enjoy download  and listen or listen above.









Fake News, Grateful Dead 1976 Edition

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