Sunday, October 14, 2018

Warfield Tops Longest Grateful Dead Runs in History

It should come as no surprise that the longest run in Grateful Dead history were the 15 Warfield Theater shows on Market Street in San Francisco from September 25 to October 14, 1980. Ripple was played to end the acoustic set at all 15 shows. (If you add the 2 NOLA shows and the 8 at Radio City, Ripple ended all 25 acoustic shows, FYI)

The three at the [you pick ] was the common approach for most of the middle years touring history, but here is a complete list of all 60+ runs with four or more shows. Please let me know what I missed.

Top-5 Runs Begin and End in 1980 sandwiched by the 1967 Cafe au Go Go shows (maybe) and MSG 1988 and 1991.

15 Warfield, September 25-27, 29-30, October 2-4, 6-7, 9-11, 13-14, 1980

10  Cafe au Go-Go, New York, June 1-10, 1967 (might be longest run in history until 1980 if true)

9 Madison Square Garden, September 14-16, 18-20, 22-24, 1988
9 Madison Square Garden, September 8-10, 12-14,16-18, 1991

8 Radio City Music Hall, October 22-23, 25-27, 29-31, 1980

Borrowed from Long Lost Dead blog

In sixth place is the famous 1972 Academy of Music Show raising funds for the Europe 72 tour and playing some awfully fine music, some of which was only released on SBD in the last few years

7 Academy of Music, NY, March 21-23, 25-2

Tied for 7th to 18th place are the 6 night runs starting perhaps with the SF Whiskey shows in 1967 (maybe, thanks to corry for the poster) to the last MSG run in 1994.  This includes the famous Port Chester run in 1971 and then a five year gap to the 1976 Orpheum shows and then the 1984 BCT benefits, with the first official taping sessions.  After that were all 1990s MSG and Boston Garden runs.

6 Whiskey A Go Go, San Francisco  March 10-15, 1967
6 The Rock Garden, San Francisco  March 16, 28-29, March 31-April 2, 1967 (kind of, maybe)
6 O'Keefe Centre, Toronto, July 31-August 5, 1967
6 Capitol Theater, Port Chester February 18-21, 23-24, 1971
6 Orpheum Theatre, San Francisco, July 12-14, 16-18, 1976
6 Berkeley Community Theater, October 27-28, 30-31, November 2-3, 1984
6 Madison Square Garden, September 14-16, 18-20, 1990
6 Boston Garden, September 20-22, 24-26, 1991
6 Madison Square Garden, September 16-18, 20-22, 1993
6 Boston Garden, September 24-26, 28-30, 1993
6 Boston Garden, September 27-29, October 1-3, 1994
6 Madison Square Garden, October 13-15, 17-19, 1994

There were 14 five night runs,  tied for 19th-32nd in Dead history, the first being the closing of Fillmore East famous April 1971 shows followed by Winterland and the Palladium 1977 shows (I saw 4-30-77) and the Oakland New Year Runs (I saw all the shows 1980-1982!). The last of the 5 night runs were the added Nassau Spring shows that complemented the MSG September shows due to the NYC demand towards the end

5 Fillmore East, April 25-29, 1971
5 Winterland, October 16-20, 1974
5 Palladium (Academy of Music), NY, April 29-May 1, May 4-5, 1977
5 Winterland, October 17-18, 20-22, 1978
5 Oakland Auditorium, December 26-28, 30-31, 1979
5 Oakland Auditorium, December 26-28, 30-31, 1980
5 Oakland Auditorium, December 26-28, 30-31, 1981
5 Oakland Auditorium, December 26-28, 30-31, 1982
5 Henry J. Kaiser, February 8-9, 11-12, 14, 1986
5 Madison Square Garden, September 15-16, 18-20, 1987
5 The Meadowlands, October 12-13, 14-16, 1989
5 Oakland Coliseum, December 11-13, 16-17, 1991
5 Nassau Coliseum, March 31, April 1-2, 4-5, 1993
5 Nassau Coliseum, March 23-25, 27-28, 1994

The more common four night runs occured 30 times by my count starting as Fillmore shows

Chance in front of the Fillmore Auditorium 2018
After a couple of classic 1972 runs in London and Berkeley, the four night runs became common again for 1976 East Coast Tour and were mainly on the west coast for the remainder of the Dead's career.

4 Fillmore Auditorium July 1966
4 Fillmore West, January 2-5, 1968
4 Fillmore West, February 27-March 2, 1969
4 Fillmore West, June 5-June 8, 1969
4 Fillmore West, February 5-8, 1970
4 Fillmore West, April 9-12, 1970
4 Fillmore West, June 4-7, 1970
4 Fillmore East, July 9-12, 1970
4 Fillmore East, September 17-20, 1970
4 Capitol Theater, Port Chester November 5-8, 1970
4 46th Street Rock Palace, Brooklyn, November 11-14, 1970
4 Felt Forum, December 4-7, 1971
4 The Strand, Lyceum, London, May 23-26, 1972
4 Berkeley Community Theatre, August 21-22, 24-25, 1972
4 Boston Music Hall, June 9-12, 1976
4 Tower Theatre, Upper Darby, PA, June 21-24, 1976
4 Auditorium Theater, Chicago, June 26-29, 1976
4 Winterland, December 27, 29-31, 1977
4 SF Civic, December 27-28, 30-31, 1983
4 Berkeley Community Theater, March 9-10, 12-13, 1985
4 Henry J. Kaiser, December 27-28, 30-31, 1986
4 Oakland Coliseum, December 27-28, 30-31, 1987
4 Henry J Kaiser, February 13-14, 16-17, 1988
4 The Spectrum, September 8-9, 11-12, 1988
4 Oakland Coliseum, December 27-28, 30-31, 1989
4 Oakland Coliseum, December 27-28, 30-31, 1990
4 Oakland Coliseum, October 27-28, 30-31, 1991
4 Oakland Coliseum, December 27-28, 30-31, 1991
4 Oakland Coliseum, December 8-9, 11-12, 1994
4 LA Sports Arena, December 15-16, 18-19, 1994

Sources; Deadbase 50 and Deadlists

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Dick Latvala's Excellent Taper Source, Dave Weidner Allows The First Release of His Springfield 1977 Tape with a Huge Charlie Miller Assist

After 41.5 years, Charlie Miller released Dave Weidner's tape of the famous April 23, 1977 Springfield show, which marks the first time that this unknown legendary taper has allowed the release of a digital recording of his tapes, and more importantly the first time this taper is getting credit for his hard work that started forty years ago.   Much thanks to Charlie who got really did a great job pulling this off.

Charlie Miller master of Dave's tape is here.   with the mp3 here

Dave was one of the first and one of the best, hanging with guys like Jerry Moore in 1977 and supplying tapes to Dick Latvala in the 1978-1980 era.  I am hoping that soon we can hear more of Dave's tapes, if we are kind and say please.  This 1977 shows how good Dave was off the bat,  look what Latvala says in less than a year about Weidner's tapes.

This may be the first known audience of this night. This is also a Betty Board :)
The very first thing you should do now is listen to this unmastered pure copy of Positively 4th Street from the Tower Theater from February 23, 1980 on that famous Eleanor Rigby tour.

The second thing you should do is listen to this September 20, 1976 early Dave tape of Russian Lullay as his 42-year old daughter Melinda (of course), then one years old, tries to sing harmony along with Donna Jean.

Now the main course, the Springfield show.
April 23, 1977: Springfield, MA, Chance Meeting

Because of this chance meeting with Dave at my fourth show, I later named my son Chance.
You can read the whole story here:

But here is the meeting Dave part.

I would run into Dave at various shows, he probably went to 200 or more, and he estimated he taped 50-100 shows including this one, Cornell, and many others that soon we will know.

1978-1979: Sending Tapes to Dick Latvala

A few years ago, in doing normal manic Dead research I discovered in Dick's note a whole series of Dave Weidner tapes. I forget to ask Dave if that was the normal Dick "trade" from Oahu.

Here are some comments from Dick
There are a more below.

May 9, 1980:  Bob Dylan in Portland, Maine
The night before the Boston Dead show and the night after Hartford, studious me was up in Maine and could only see the Portland show of the Serve Somebody tour.  Dave came up and taped the show and stayed with me at Bowdoin College that night before leaving.  Hoping I can get this show circulated soon.

I  got Joe Stralo, a deadhead and former student of Dave's in PA to get me his number and I called him out of the blue after about 40 years.  We have been talking since.   Here are some comments from this week from FB Grateful Dead Society from the 200 or so who listened to the Postively from 1980 since yesterday.

Only known Dave tape in Etree Database, I dont think its off the master.

Friday, October 5, 2018

David Crosby Enhances Dark Star>Jack Straw at Second of Two At the Palladium, September 9-10, 1972

Fresh from the Berkeley Community Theater and Kesey's Farm shows, in September 1972, the Dead came down to Hollywood for two shows at the world famous (Hollywood) Palladium.  
Of course, it was boss. 

One note is that the shows were more similar to each other than most two night stands, but you can compare and listen here. The highlight to me is the 32 minute long Dark Star that winds through drums into Jack Straw, the only time Dark Star went into Jack Straw.  
 David Crosby helped it get there, playing on Star to the end of set two.

We got two cool reviews, one from a college fan and one from the LA Free Press.  They both seem to review the 9th which did not contain the monster Dark Star.

Night One

Promised Land, Sugaree, Me and My Uncle, Bird Song, Black Throated Wind
Tennessee Jed, Mexicali Blues, Deal, Playing in the Band, Loser, Johnny B. Goode

China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider, Friend of the Devil, Jack Straw
He's Gone>Truckin'>The Other One>Stella Blue
El Paso, Casey Jones, Sugar Magnolia E One More Saturday Night

Night Two

Bertha, Greatest Story Ever Told, Mississippi Half-Step, Black Throated Wind, Bird Song
Promised Land, Deal, El Paso, Sugaree, Playing in the Band, Casey Jones

He's Gone>Truckin'
Ramble On Rose, Beat it on Down the Line, Dark Star>drums>Jack Straw>Sing Me Back Home, Sugar Magnolia, E One More Saturday Night


Clipping from Claremont Colleges student newspaper Student Life reviewing Hollywood Palladium shows 9-9 & 10-72.

The Dead


It was billed as The Grateful Dead Dance, two consecutive weekend nights at the Hollywood Palladium. The very idea was enough for one to conjure up romanticized memories of the Avalon and Fillmore days of old. Needless to say, the show was a sellout. By three o’clock on Saturday afternoon the Palladium’s overhead billboard of smiling Lawrence. Welk was electrically waving its batton down at the hundreds of Dead Freaks who waited outside the building’s boarded-up glass doors. Inside the Palladium, a handful of roadies had piled dozens of tie-dyed cloth covered speakers along the sides and the curtained back of the small stage.

It took another couple of hours to replace a faulty speaker cone, test the microphones and balance the sound. At 6 o’clock the Dead arrived for the final sound check. The band played a couple of songs and Jerry Garcia walked across the waxed hardwood floor of the empty ballroom to straighten out a few technicalities with the engineer who ran the instrument board. The last minute adjustments were made and the Grateful Dead climbed back into their chauffeurdrived green limoisine. It was 9 p.m. when the Dead began their stage performance. The ballroom was filled now and a group called High Country already had spent an hour- warming up the audience. The hardwood floor was sticky with spittings. The only available space was standing room on the perimeters of the crowd and, even here, space was at a premium. There wasn’t much room to dance. In the outer lobby the ushers hassled the people who wanted to sit on the carpet. Ushers stood in the way when you went upstairs to buy a beer and, if you got upstairs, that beer cost 90 cents. In short, it was made obviously clear that, although the peaceful, cosmic, high-vibe Greatful Dead were performing on stage, this was, after all, just another weekend concert at the Palladium.

When they come to take you down. When they bring that wake-up . round, When they come to call on you And drag you poor body down, Just one thing I ask of you, There's just one thing for me. Please forget you knew my name, My darling, Sugaree. (Lyrics by Robert Hunter) The Dead performed their usual set consisting of a large spicing of popular cuts (i.e., “Sugaree,” “Truckin,’’ “Sugar Magnolia,” "Casey Jones,” “The Loser.” etc.) spliced together by long jams. As always, this set is effective and satisfying. When the Dead click together on a long jam, they sweep the crowd along with them and, on jams such as these, one could swear that there isn’t a tighter rock band performing today.

When Garcia or Weir sing Robert Hunter’s lyrics, one finds moments when the songs sound like anthems of this generation. As is their custom, the Dead played for a few hours, took a halftime break and then came back with another set, the length of which was longer than most group’s entire performance. Finally, the Grateful Dead have gained wide recognition as the best of the bands that emerge during the San Francisco era. Finally the Dead are in demand to play nationwide concerts for stadium-loads of people. But, finally, it must be remembered that the Dead sprung forth as a local Bay Area band and, more than any other band, the quality and excitement of their show reaches its height in the San Francisco atmosphere.

This chemical reaction is hard to explain and it is ever harder to reproduce on the road. The Grateful Dead Dance at the Palladium was exciting, but there was no room to fantasize away from the fact that it was just another weekend concert in Los Angeles.