Thoughts On The Dead

Musings on the Most Ridiculous Band I Can't Stop Listening To

Lost In The Heart Of Texas

Quickly: what’s better than a new post at Lost Live Dead? Very few things, but one of them might be a new post at Lost Live Dead about Texas. The Dead didn’t play Texas as much as you might think, and certainly not at a ratio commensurate to Texas’ size: only 29 times. (In comparison, they played 55 shows in New Jersey.) To make a long story short, Texas is too fucking big. But trust me on this one: you want to hear the long story. Go read.

All right, Enthusiasts: Trivia Time! Name the five states the Grateful Dead never played. No cheating.


Time’s up! The answer is: Wyoming, Arkansas, Dakota 1, Dakota 2, and…Delaware.

The Dead never played Delaware?

I was as shocked as you.

There’s a big college there.

The Fighting Blue Hens of the University of Delaware, yeah. But, no.

Learn something every day.

Not something useful

No, not useful at all.


  1. Thanks for the kind words. Can your Time Sheath return to 1985, where the Grateful Dead played a Six Flags Amusement Park in Houston , just outside the Astrodome (AstroWorld)? This really happened.

    Do we recall the scene in This Is Spinal Tap, where David St Hubbins girlfriend fumes “They promised that we would be AFTER the Puppet Show!” Aficionados of the film will recall the performance by The Tap of “Jazz Odyssey.”

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      April 9, 2017 at 11:12 pm

      Are there pictures?

    • That was the Southern Star Amphitheater at Astroworld , a venue I knew well. That was 1985 and my first Dead show. It wasn’t really part of the amusement park, but attached to it. I saw Santana, CSN, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Starship and a host of other bands there. The SBD of that night is pretty ragged (lots of digi-noise artifacts in Set I) but contains one of my favorite Row Jimmy’s of all time. Worth seeking out, though it doesn’t circulate as widely as many of the other 20th anniversary shows do.

  2. No Arkansas? The Dead might be the only touring band of the era to miss out on Sweet Connie.

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