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, July 10, 2020

My Sixth and Last Summer at the Greek, June 20 and 22, 1986

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These were my least favorite Greek shows, as they occured, in retrospect, shortly before Jerry's coma.

Despite the juicy 6-20 and 6-22 setlists, not too great


I've included a few May-June California reports on Jerry.

From the great gdsets.com site:














My First Warfield Show, February 16, 1982


 
This was the first full Grateful Dead concert I ever saw in San Francisco, less than six years after I started seeing the band. It was also my first $25 ticket to benefit SEVA.

You could still see the Grateful Dead in San Francisco with only about 3,000 friends, but by now, you had to pay up. 

There was a pretty nifty setlist, a mighty Shakedown ending in Might As Well set one.
And a fluid continuous set two with a big Playin in the Band sandwich. 

Shakedown Street-> Greatest Story Ever Told, Friend Of The Devil-> Little Red Rooster, Peggy-O-> Me & My Uncle-> Big River, Althea, Looks Like Rain, Might As Well 

China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider-> Playin' In The Band-> Terrapin Station-> Drums-> Truckin'-> Nobody's Fault But Mine-> Black Peter-> Playin' In The Band-> Around & Around-> Good Lovin', E: Don't Ease Me In


pg 500, volume 2, Taping Compendium, Adam MacConnell




The shows were announced three weeks after the monster New Year's show on January 23

and within a week were being offered for $100


 

Thursday, July 9, 2020

April 25, 1981 Warfield Acoustic Benefit: I Can't Write This Better than Corry


I forgot they advertised this show on April 5 on page 19 of the Pink Section







I met Wavy around this time, he came into Rasputin's Records where I was working looking for some obscure folk or country record and I recognized him right away and we talked for awhile, but not about the Dead I think.  What a great guy.  Great memory.

Until I add something substantial , just link to Corry's great memory of this show
I am fortunate to know folks like Corry who are real professionals and historians.
I am just a old guy who was a fan.

My thoughts:
Last show I saw December 31, 1980 was the last of the 1980's Grateful Dead Acoustic sets. Great Dead thinker and writer Howard Weiner says it was the best one, but it was the only one I saw.

Corry writes about the Spring/Summer 1981 "trades" where I saw John Kahn play the acoustic benefits here and in May at the Warfield, while I saw Phil played in the Jerry Garcia Band August 22 up in Fairfax.  Also Brent did not play here. 

Songs played here that I did not hear on New Year's Eve are Deep Elem, Dark Hollow, Friend of the Devil, El Paso, Ain't No Lie and Oh Boy. The last time the Grateful Dead played Oh Boy was April 6, 1971 at the Manhattan Center.

First time I saw a show at Berkeley High School. Nice to walk a few blocks from 2816 Fulton down the street. 

A Corry Highlight:


FYI, I count this as a Dead show.  40 minutes :)








Here are his handwritten notes from the show:



Sunday, June 28, 2020

May 13, 1983 at the Greek: My 7th Straight Greek Show




I was not able to break my Oakland Auditorium record at the Greek as my streak stopped at seven with this show.  I saw Garcia in the blazing 1975-1982 corridor, and by 1983 I began to ship shows (sacrilege I Know you Rider). This one has a hot middle of the show Bird Song, Let It Grow, China>Rider, Estimated>Eyes so you can't go wrong on the Friday night show

Of note,these were the first Greek shows where the heat came by and busted [some] for smiling on a cloudy day/

Ed Perlstein (buy his work), getty images can sue me for my zero dollars in revenue from my blog


1980-1982, 15 Straight New Year's Run shoes at the Oakland
1981-1983, 7 Straight Greek theater Shows













Thursday, June 25, 2020

Jack and Jorma Pre-Hot Tuna at the Matrix, July 22, 1969




I've been digging through my old cassettes since I'm sheltering at home day 105 and found this little beauty. First I needed a 3v power cord and then to figure out audacity a little, so please excuse my deficiencies in getting this out to  you. Link to music

JGMF wrote about this show in 2012

His set list will be a bit longer than mine as my cassette I hadn't seen in 35-40 years is only 90 minutes long, so I'm expecting a mean cut in Turnaround (aka "3/5 Of A Mile" jam ), both versions

(8 tracks, 96:12)
t01. jam [21:22] [0:15] % [0:37]
t02. Jam [11:00] [0:04] % [0:11]
t03. Uncle Sam Blues [8:02] [0:07]
t04. Turnaround [14:58] [0:07]
t05. [0:16] Come Back Baby [7:45] [0:08] %
t06. (1) [0:09] Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning [9:04] [0:05] %
t07. New Song (instrumental jam) [6:27] %
t08. Turnaround [15:34] %

! Band: Jack and Jorma
! personnel: Jorma Kaukonen - guitar, vox;
! personnel: Jack Casady - bass;
! personnel: Joey Covington - drums;
! guest: Peter Kaukonen - guitar (t01 only).

My cassette looks like this and alas is a cheap LN but beggars can't be choosers
Mine has that extra sweet track between Come Back Baby and Lamps

Looks like I copied over a 1978 red Rocks show, I must have really wanted this

Corry covered a little bit earlier in January and February 1969 http://rockprosopography101.blogspot.com/2011/01/jorma-kaukonen-and-jack-casady.html
but I'll add mine with the download. And see what happens on soundcloud here too. I'll always respect the Estate of Bear.  For a true amazing journey, buy the June 28, 1969 from Bear's Sonic Journals http://hottuna.com/bear%E2%80%99s-sonic-journals-before-we-were-them-jorma-kaukonen-jack-casady-veterans-memorial-building-june-28-1969 and https://www.amazon.com/Bears-Sonic-Journals-Before-Were/dp/B07JJQ6ZMR

Here's a little more 1969 Jack and Jorma context:


June 27 note in the Chronicle 

 


July 19, 1969 note in On the Scene by Tom Campbell in the Examiner

Ralpj J Gleason's rave review in his On the Town column, August 25, 1969





One-half mile from my house in Berkeley, 1984-1986





And the rest is history


Hot Tuna is the self-titled debut album by the American blues rock band Hot Tuna, released in 1970 as RCA Victor LSP-4353. It was recorded live at the New Orleans House in Berkeley, California in September 1969. It peaked at #30 on the Billboard 200 album chart.

A couple of Jorma show posters stolen by me off poles in Berkeley, May 1981
My gf Vera worked at the Berkeley Square which allowed me to speak to folks like Bill Berry, Michael Stipe, Paul Westerberg and Curt Kirkwood (between Jerry and Dead shows).






Another Great 1977 Show: Jerry Garcia Band, Boston December 2, 1977


The complete show 

Last than a month after the famous three November 1977 Upstate New York Grateful Dead shows, I was back in the saddle for the short trip from Maine to Boston

Some Boston Jerry Garcia Band shows I attended at the Orpheum like my first October 24, 1975 were split into two separate entry shows with separate tickets. Fuck those promoters. My Bowdoin friends
Katie, Liza , Jimmy and I saw the early show so we missed the dude jumping off the balcony 

cassette 



SET 1

  1. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)
  2. They Love Each Other
  3. That's What Love Will Make You Do
  4. Simple Twist Of Fate
  5. I Second That Emotion
  6. Gomorrah
  7. Harder They Come
SET 2
  1. Love In The Afternoon
  2. Tore Up Over You
  3. Knockin' On Heaven's Door
  4. Mystery Train
  5. Cats Under The Stars
  6. Mission In The Rain





Tuesday, June 23, 2020

UC Davis Aggie Archive Hits Online, and the Grateful Dead, 1966-1976

Hooray, I'm a Davis, you're a Davis, my soon-to-be 30 year son Evan Davis is an alum.

The first gig at UC Davis was October 28, 1966


Dead debut here at the MUSC Dance, not mentioned here 
but JGMF found this Sacramento Bee clip














And for your pleasure, the Aggie newspaper archives and the Grateful Dead


I didn't remember Quicksilver 1966 at the Greek in Berkeley




















Economics of booking the Grateful Dead, 1967
First $800, then $1,000 then $1,300 easily

Other 1967 Mentions
So was there another Dead show at UC Davis before or soon after January 6, 1967?
And did the Dead "split to New Mexico" in 1967?  Corry or Caleb needs to check this out
The 1-6-67 concert ad does not even speak of the actual band playing






"MUSC Dance and Show"



1968
wtf? funny college student i suspect



1969-1970





1971: Dead Return to UC Davis










The Day After the Dead






Grateful Dead ticket stubs will be honored for a $.50 discount on medium and giant pizzas on January 21, 1971 at the Lantern. 5



Editor: Regarding the review of the Grateful Dead in Wednesday’s Aggie: Who was that crazy reviewer? First of all, he doesn’t even know that the title of one of the Dead’s best songs is “Casey Jones,” not “High on Cocaine.” (Not to mention that “Reelin’ and Rockin’” is actually “Round and Round”-a vintage Rolling Stones/Chuck Berry cut.) And he can’t even see straight—the only member of the Dead that is also a member of the New Riders is Jerry Garcia, not “many of the same musicians.” Finally, there were at least two strobe lights-I was sitting and dancing in one. As for the quality of the review, that, too, leaves much to be desired. Why didn’t he say anything about what it was

really like that night in Freeborn—hot and stuffy and, for those in the middle and front, VERY crowded? And the incredible pedal steel guitar that Jerry Garcia played in the New Riders set, that took us so high? And the Dead getting it on, and turning us on? But they didn’t play long enough. In spite of his apparent condescending attitude toward “teeny-boppers” and “high school cools,” the audience was very mellow, that is, very good. I notice he didn’t even give his name. Why? He certainly wasn’t a Grateful Dead fan. Jerome Callens P.S. And in case anyone else turns up, I demand to review the John Sebastian/Poco Show.


Something has been bothering me for some time, now, and for lack of anything better to write about, I might as well unload. The subject is conduct of three of four groups concerned with staging the Grateful Dead concert held in Freeborn January 21. While it may be old news now, it has some definite connections to the John Sebastian/Poco concert set for Saturday night. First of all, I think some sort of line arrangements should be made for those people waiting outside for the doors to open. People started arriving for the Dead before 6 pm -a good two hours before the first set. Once there, they began forming into a large, amorphous glob of humanity outside the doors. When the place finally did open, there was a natural rush toward the front, resulting in a rather painful pressure on the bodies of many people - particularly those up front Hopefully some sort of strict line formation will be set up for Sebastian, thus avoiding the big push-shove hassle. Next, I hope somebody will be able to open side doors while the concert is in progress. I realize that people try to slip in through these doors for a little gratis viewing, but the place was almost unbearably stifling last time - even before the Dead first appeared. So much for logistical complaints. What really bothered me about the whole Grateful Dead Concert was the "law and order" power play staged by Chief McEwen and the campus police. Corky Brown and the so-called Police Advisory Board and the Student Activities Off ice. Standing outside in line was a rather irritating procedure. People were looking forward to the concert, but they were also more than a little aggravated about the hassle in getting through the doors. So when you finally make it through the main outside doors, two things happened which struck an already raw nerve in the collective student body. Initially, there was this big sign in the main foyer: "Mr. Natural says smoking dope can be harmful to your freedom." Well, that's okay, you said to yourself, they can't help themselves. But then, as you headed towards the inner doors to the hall itself, you found yourself confronted by Corky Brown,

member of the Police Advisory Board. Brown was busily handing out little slips of paper which told everyone that if they smoked any dope, they were running a big chance of getting busted. Well, even then, you said to yourself that it was okay - it was his trip if he wanted to pass out that information...maybe it was a good thing to know. All this time you were still intent on getting through those inside doors and settling down to a good show. Fantastic music, lights and all those people... But those two incidents out in the foyer sort of lurked at the back of your mind. They were a very sour note in an otherwise mellow atmosphere. So you get into the hall and who was waiting just inside the doors but Officer Randy Selby. Now this is just a personal opinion, but it seemed to me that Selby, who sports a rather negative reputation, was doing his damnedest to look the part of an overzealous pig. There he was: hat pulled low over his eyes, small challenging smile on his face. Randy Selby on display. ’'' There were quite a few other cops patrolling about the place, and around this time, I began asking myself just what the hell was going on. These three incidents, along with a verbal warning just before the first group came on, had everybody in the place a little uneasy, or just slightly hostile. The thing that was strange about it was that no one could possibly have gotten away with a bust in there. The place was packed, and there was that little sour note playing in the back of everybody's mind. That pushing and all those warnings and all those cops automatically put you in a defensive position...an adversary position. One attempt at a bust and the place would have gone wild. I don't think there was any real intent to bust anybody. Chief McEwen isn't that stupid, although I know he's been getting pressured by the Yolo County District Attorney for being "soft on dope." But the way the whole thing was staged - the implicit intimidation - created a tense atmosphere. One false move from one uptight person (spectator or cop) and Freeborn could have gone up in smoke. A few changes seem to be in order.

by Jim Dooley