I miss "Grateful Dead" tour
Posted 05 June 2012 - 12:48 PM
I was a pro at it, as I'm sure many of you were too.
Start anticipating where, sorting out the rumors. Get my handy old tour journal out, the one with all the preferred hotels and places to crash for tour.
If theres time, maybe get to painting up some posters or t-shirts to vend.
Oh man you're right, that good ole' tingling feeling .... as we get ready to roll down Fennario
Thanks for this
Posted 05 June 2012 - 01:10 PM
I was pretty deep into it for years and years. To use Elder's words..."Pro". It only takes hearing a few Garcia licks to catapult my mind right back to it though. I was always somewhat nervous and tingley before shows.... Stepping into the unknown of the upcoming cosmic drvg/music adventure...knowing that things might get intense, sometimes galaxies more intense than what I bargained for..
I don't always miss all the planning and preparing though. That was a lot of work. ticket acquisition, ticket distribution, travel arrangements, meeting spots, food/beverage, tour support equipment, last minute changes and clusterfucks... what an ordeal sometimes. All done without cellphones too! LOL,
Posted 05 June 2012 - 01:20 PM
i only had a small taste but what a taste it was
soooo many stories
i have some young mule/phish pals whom i saw quite a bit of this weekend and tim was so into hearing my tour stories
made me think about them a lot and miss them terribly
but i feel so lucky to have had the experiences i had
and i am having fun making new ones to different music, too
Posted 05 June 2012 - 02:25 PM
Wow, you're right EZ. I didn't even think about that. No cell phones. Imagine how easy all that planning and shit would have been with an iPhone?!
Man, lots of things would be easier today. Remember the only source of ticket information was the Grateful Dead hotline? We'd sit there for hours dialing that number till we finally broke thru, and try to transcribe the information.
I was big into tape trading too.. I remember our taper parties were all done in realtime, with all sorts of tape decks daisy chained from the source deck. 4 hours later, you were the proud owner of a lo generation copy of the last hot show... That face to face interaction formed the basis of many friendships I still maintain today. Nowadays, you click a button and download a full show in minutes...far less personal, but soooooo easy. (I'm still trying to figure out what to do with 4 milkcrates full of GD cassettes i haven't listened to in years).
Posted 05 June 2012 - 02:34 PM
I was a reluctant adopter of cell phone technology, and remember going to some post-Jerry iteration of the band for the first time since he'd died, 8 or 10 years ago, seeing alla the kids on alla the phones, and being baffled.
Who remembers payphone lines at setbreak to call home to folks who weren't lucky enough to be there and let 'em know the setlist?
Posted 05 June 2012 - 03:37 PM
If there was the technology we have back then, I'd have known a lot of you folks on tour and that would have been really neat
One a side note; I'm going to make my coffee table into my memories ticket table
Posted 05 June 2012 - 03:58 PM
"can i borrow a dime for the phone to call my old lady, dude?"
"i just got a pack of maxells from terrapin tapes!"
"i heard from this dude that jerry played dark star in philly last night!"
"i am going to go call mars hotel and get the setlist"
all things i will never hear again at a show...
i embrace the new, but the old was just so innocent and fun
Posted 05 June 2012 - 09:43 PM
I don't have a cel phone right now, maybe next month.... I seem to say that every month, tho.
"You can go back, but never to the same place."
Posted 06 June 2012 - 02:48 AM
.....i'm starting to well up ...Watkins Glen was my first
I was at Watkins Glen, Sound check, and the real show. My first shows were 10/30-31/70. I remember getting on the "fan club" list from the Europe '72 album. A few times (not many) they would send advanced notice for mail-ins.
Might be easier with cell phones and GPS, but that first show was $5.00, and Watkin's Glen was something like $14
Posted 06 June 2012 - 11:50 AM
I am so grateful I was able to experience CA shows.....happened upon them in 1989, traveling down the CA coast when we came upon East Coast Deadheads - "The boys are in Monterray this weekend - tickets no problem"....Bud pulled up the race track to find a dude with STACKS of tickets for the upcoming 3 shows with Los Lobos and David Lindley....and Jerry's B-day!
Posted 06 June 2012 - 12:04 PM
3 days before tickets were on sale wait in a ticket-tron line to get a numbered wristband (and meet some fine folks!)
Show up morning of ticket sales a couple of hours early, find out what random number wristband the line is starting at and fall in to line.
Stress in line as soon as tickets are on sale cause you know the Friday and Saturday nights are being sold like hotcakes and you will end up with 6 for Tuesday night instead of one for each night.
Spend you wad of cash on any available tickets for the run. Do some ticket trading on the spot. Leave line and smile smile smile.
Start the show run and work the lots for trades to the nights sold out at ticket-tron
and then dance, dance, dance!!!
Posted 06 June 2012 - 12:11 PM
All done without cellphones too! LOL,
I can't imagine how it all worked before cell phones, the internet, and GPS. Maps and payphones? Jesus!
"Meet me right in front of will call."
It's amazing how well that worked. Sometimes it was easier than meeting someone WITH a cell phone.
Posted 06 June 2012 - 12:46 PM
and when mail order didn't hook you up...wristbands! 3 days before tickets were on sale wait in a ticket-tron line to get a numbered wristband (and meet some fine folks!) Show up morning of ticket sales a couple of hours early, find out what random number wristband the line is starting at and fall in to line. Stress in line as soon as tickets are on sale cause you know the Friday and Saturday nights are being sold like hotcakes and you will end up with 6 for Tuesday night instead of one for each night. Spend you wad of cash on any available tickets for the run. Do some ticket trading on the spot. Leave line and smile smile smile. Start the show run and work the lots for trades to the nights sold out at ticket-tron and then dance, dance, dance!!!
I CAN NOT stop smiling when reading this. Spot on Wonka!
Such great memories all coming rushing back....
Posted 06 June 2012 - 03:14 PM
The original one for 3, two for 5. Strangers hugging strangers. Trades.
I miss it all......so much
Posted 06 June 2012 - 03:30 PM
And grabbing the latest Duprees Diamond News in the lot after a show. The disco burrito bus. Vendors shaking ankle bells. Guatemalan shorts and bracelets. The spinny disc things that made a little light show with a flashlight. Caravans to the next show. Living on grilled cheese and Molson Ice. Tour sex!!!! The original one for 3, two for 5. Strangers hugging strangers. Trades. I miss it all......so much
Hair wraps made from embroidery thread, too.
Posted 06 June 2012 - 03:31 PM
I love this thread! Yep, we did it all without cell phones, credit cards or glowy things. Meeting in front of will call DID work out so well
Took awhile sometimes...lotsa damn hippies loitering by will call waiting for their friends. Met some great people that way, and in those ticketron lines.
Posted 06 June 2012 - 03:36 PM
"and remember, you can't dance with a broken ankle"
Posted 06 June 2012 - 05:25 PM
Posted 06 June 2012 - 05:42 PM
My first show was in '88, my birthday at The Brendan Byrne Arena. I was 15. I remember instantly feeling that I stumbled upon something truly magical and how right I was!! I wouldn't trade that life for anything in the world
I love love love this thread. Its provided me with countless, much needed smiles