Asked to describe the Grateful Dead's music, Garcia is reported to have quipped, “We were great for seconds on end.” (stolen from Cubensis site)

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Fire, Fire In the Motel: De Kalb, IL October 29, 1977

There was no Scarlet>Fire in De Kalb 1977, but that didn't stop Keith and Donna from trying to recreate Fire early the next morning.

I loved the three upstate New York shows I saw in November 1977, but others swear by the October shows like De Kalb.  In Deadbase 11/50, 10-29-77 is the third highest rated Fall 77 show after Binghampton 11-6 and Seattle  Portland (thx Warp Rat) 10-2 (with the 13 minute opener of Casey Jones)

This was a very strong show with a very great 2008 Charlie Miller upgrade.  The first review of Charlie's version by grendelschoice says simply "Best Show Ever,,,Yep. Uh-huh. This is It".

We all will love the Might As Well, Straw, Let It Grow (playing now), and of course set two with the St Stephen (hear all here)

I assume the show eneded around midnight, but apparently the Godchaux's couldn't sleep as shown in the article below with something about lighting matches and fire at $400 in damages at 6am.  Fun stuff that I never knew.

“I understand it’s a matter of utmost importance,” Regent Chairman David Murray said. “But the fee, $30,000 plus 80 percent of the ticket receipts, is enough to make a regent flinch.”

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