Garcia said “We were great for seconds on end.” I was lucky to see Jerry play for about 1,000,000 seconds exactly. Thanks for your 1,000,000 views here . Dave Davis wrote this blog for 500 posts and 5 years from 2015 to 2019. Contact me at twitter @gratefulseconds

Friday, August 26, 2022

The Field Trip Continues into Boulder, Dead Attract 32,000 and Earn Biggest Payday to Date, September 3, 1972

 Most of us are most familiar with the very last Dick's Picks (36) on the very last CD (4) when we were blessed with a 50 minute slice of Folsom Field in JGMF's Boulder town on September 3, 1972:

  1. "He's Gone" > (Garcia, Hunter) – 10:30
  2. "The Other One" > (Weir, Kreutzmann) – 28:57
  3. "Wharf Rat" (Garcia, Hunter) – 10:16

but this show is totally underrated.  Whole show is here

Awesome The Other One  This show is not even in the top-20 of most people's 1972 shows but the great Mind Wonderin' review gives it five stars with an A+ set one and an A set three. 

But 50 years ago this week, the Grateful Dead played their first gig after The Field Trip at Kesey's Farm, which is also a famous show.  This was the first Grateful Dead gig to attract more than 30,000 fans at student ticket prices of $3.50 and $4.50 for  other fans.  The Colorado gig generated $133,456 in ticket sales so the Grateful Dead gig income was a record $57,000, almost double their guarantee of $30,000.  previously, the Dead had a similar guarantee in Hartford and Jersey City in July 1972 with upside but Boulder proved to attract the largest crowd   It would take Summer Jam at Watkin's Glen to break this record for a Dead pay-day, which was then broken again exactly five years from Boulder in Englishtown, New Jersey on September 3, 1977.  Serendipity the Dead played a monster three song medley starting with He's Gone at that show too.

The Dead went on to play 13 more shows in September 1972, 10 at small theaters like the Boston Music Hall and the Hollywood Palladium as well as Baltimore Civic Center, Philly Spectrum and a return to Roosevelt Stadium that they had just played in July.  For September, all the shows and expenses for the month were about breakeven, with the exception of the monster Boulder income, which went almost entirely to the band members/partners  in the form of cash dividends and tax payments.  This is a trend for the band through much of the 1970s and start of the 1980s, where the band plays a lot of gigs at relatively smaller places (think June and July 1976, followed by  Colt Park and Roosevelt and a cancelled outdoor London gig) which kind of break even and then a Big Show that can flow to the Band Members, or a Grateful Dead movie or to help Keith and Donna get a house.  


Thursday, April 14, 2022

Go West Young Man, Why Dead Heads Flocked to SF

In, the famous Corry342 (see below) makes the observation that "It is my thesis that while the Grateful Dead's music moved (in effect) from West to East, Deadheads tended to move from East to West."

 I agree. So I have decide to show graphically why this may be true.  I am using as an example traveling to my first 11 Grateful Dead concerts in 1976 and 1977 and comparing this to my first 11 concerts in the Bay Area in 1980 and 1981 after moving there in late December 1980.  I have using all the shows I went to in 1976 and 1977 (look to the right if you want to know the exact shows) and the first 11 I show in Oakland and Berkeley starting in December 1980 through December 29,1981 (that's 11 also).  Note I am not counting the Acoustic Show way over in San Francisco or the killer commute to San Mateo for the surprise show, so maybe you can add 30 miles to my totals. :))

Here's what it takes to be 17 and 18 years old without a car and without a driver's license and basically dead broke while attending high school and college to see 11 Dead shows in northeast in 1976 and 1977.

Accounting for trips back home to Lewiston, ME and schools in Andover, MA and Brunswick, ME, google maps says my travels are:

Compare that to the mellow hippie boy moving first to Alcatraz Ave and then 2816 Fulton Street in Berkeley.  here's my path to 11 shows of pretty amazing GD in 1980 and 1981.

These 11 roundtrips took about:

With no car needed, alot on foot up Bancroft to the Greek for 3 of these shows or a few stops on BART over to Lake Merritt Station for the other 8.  I think they should rename that place Terrapin Station, it always looked a little trippy to me (like this)
here how it looked to most deadheads back in the 1980s