Monday, May 13, 2019

Scenes from Santa Cruz




http://lostlivedead.blogspot.com/2012/06/grateful-dead-and-jerry-garcia-in-santa.html

Music

Grateful Dead mascot



Grateful Dread

PRECISION is a word that doesn't spring to mind when one considers the Grateful Dead. These good old boys of window pane rock 'n' roll blend tasty riffs and time tested lyrics to please an audience which will hitchhike the world over to see their heros, stand barefoot in line for hours, then crush together in a mass of humanity that would do a Bejing street scene proud in order to get within 200 feet of Jerry Garcia. All the above criteria was adheared to nicely Saturday afternoon at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds when Northern Stage Productions staged the Dead in a three-hour concert before some 12,000 fans. Bob Weir was screaming something

about the sun shining in his backdoor someday and Garcia was dishing out those delicious licks which has made him a standard in rock guitaring when a great portion of the crowd which had been languishing in the fairground parking lot for better than two hours finally got a look at the specially-constructed stage with the band in action. Some poor souls, undoubtedly impeded by ingesting various mind-altering substances, had started parking their cars nearly three miles from the fairgrounds earlier in the afternoon, only to find out that they had a long, long walk through some very vacant fields to the fairgrounds, where there was plenty of parking. Once inside, the crowd found a sound system which was mush up close, robbing their ears of the intricasies which symbolize the Dead's musical abilities. This, added to a playlist which is tattered from long years of use, resulted in an entirely forgetable performance. But, happily for those faithful followers, it didn't seem to make a damn bit of difference. Why else would this group of conspicuously adult fans gladly refer to themselves as Dead Heads? BILL LOVEJOY

Jerry Garcia squeezes out a guitar riff








Thursday, May 2, 2019

My First Neil Young Crazy Horse Show, Boston, November 22, 1976


Excuse me for mixing a little early and late into the soundcloud


The very first night I saw Neil & Crazy Horse they encored with "Homegrown" (in honor of his new 2017 release of his unreleased 1975 LP) but I was home asleep in my dorm at prep school.  This was the era of separate admissions (7pm and 10pm) and you must be home before Mr Cobb finds out.
As I skipped out on a weekend from Andover during my Senior Year to see Neil Young & Crazy Horse rock the Boston Music Hall where I had seen the Dead twice earlier that year in June. Note that I had seen tthe short lived Stills Young Band at the Garden just two weeks after the Dead.

Since I had a 11pm curfew (or was it 1030?), I could only stay for the seperate admission first show.  And since I bought a single ticket the night of the show, I sat in the Front Row, stage left. Crazy huh. Maybe I paid $8.50.  And sure enough 15 or 20 yearslater  I discovered that the first show this night was a classic Neil Young bootleg with numerous versions and numerous covers.

This is a monster show (actually two monster shows) which is a greatest hits. Can you imagine, all those Neil jams back to back to back to back to back from the front row.  I would only see a few more shows in my life, but very happy that a young version of me who had only seen the Dead 3 times at this point got to see this one.  You can have both shows here.


First Show (Saw)
The Old Laughing Lady
Guilty Train
Human Highway
Journey Through the Past
Pocahontas
The Needle and the Damage Done
Give Me Strength
A Man Needs a Maid
Sugar Mountain

Country Home
Don't Cry No Tears
Down by the River
Lotta Love
Like a Hurricane
After the Gold Rush
Cortez the Killer
Cinnamon Girl
Encore Are You Ready for the Country?

Second Show (Didnt See)
Tell Me Why
Roll Another Number (For the Road)
Journey Through the Past
The Needle and the Damage Done
Harvest
Campaigner
Pocahontas
A Man Needs a Maid
Sugar Mountain

Country Home
Don't Cry No Tears
Drive Back
Cowgirl in the Sand
Bite the Bullet
Lotta Love
Like a Hurricane
After the Gold Rush
Are You Ready for the Country?
Cortez the Killer
Cinnamon Girl

Encore:
Homegrown
Southern Man