Re: The Grateful Dead / The Allman Brothers Band: The Essentials
posted at 6/14/2011 3:31 PM EDT
In Response to Re: The Grateful Dead / The Allman Brothers Band: The Essentials
[QUOTE]I love to mock the Dead, or more specifically, their hard core fans. But actually I like much of their music. I saw them about a dozen times in the late 70's through the early 80's. They were very much hit or miss. While I loved Jerry's vocals on recordingsk, everytime I saw him live he sucked. Never cared for Weir's recorded vocals, but he was the best they had live. Which still isn't saying much. I have two Dead memories that stick out for some strange reason. First, Hartford CT. I can't remember the name of the Arena, maybe it was the Civic Ctr, is that still there? In any case the Arena was attached to a Shopping Mall. It was packed with Deadheads of all shapes, sizes, and states of sobriety. On a bench, in the middle of it all, were a couple of old ladies, who must've been caught out shopping. But they were having a good old time, people watching. And there I was, watching them howling and pointing at everyone else. The second was while I was in the Army at Ft Hood. There was a horse track outside of Austin called Manor Downs (pronounced may-ner) where they were playing. Before the show there was a big sky diving performance. So for the big finale they were going to go for a record, the longest free fall, and wait as long as possible before opening the chute. The MC was in full voice. And some of us, including yours truly, may have been under the influence of certain recreational herbs. Plus I am extremely gullible. At least I used to be. So off the would-be record setter goes, the MC "look at him", "we're getting closer", "closer!". Then, splat! Yes, of course it was a dummy, but it took a couple of minutes for that to sink in. Not funny. Not for that environment. The actual show was pretty good. Not everyday you see a bunch of wanna-be cowboys hooting and hollering at a Dead show, but there you were. And of course they pulled out all their Western numbers for this one. I could go on in a similar vein with the Allmans. Started in the 70's, and actually I just caught them at Foxwoods a couple of months ago. Great, but you know, I've heard it all before so many times I was a little bored.
Posted by SlimPickensIII[/QUOTE]
Great stories, slim. Thanks for sharing!
I, too, was born a bit too late to catch more than just a couple dozen shows (a "few" in deadhead terms). Again, for me, it's always been about the music, and by all indications, they felt the same way...even when drugs were involved, the music came first. I thought there was a certain integrity to it, like you can believe in a lot of crazy things so why not believe in the power of music to change things, even slightly, for the better...??
That philosophy is still with me to this day, and with certain variances, it's how I live my life and keep my peace of mind. I don't need patchouli and dreds and tie-dye to have ideals, but the music helps.