Thoughts On The Dead

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

Some Folks Up In Tree Tops

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The 1976 all-arboretum tour went poorly, at best. Phil was allergic to everything and Billy would climb.


  1. The photo tags show that this was at a Day on the Green, which was at the Oakland Coliseum. The Dead were the opening act that weekend – the headliner was The Who, who were, of course, amazing. The day I went, Keith Moon was sober, or at least sober enough to keep from passing out mid-song like he did (twice) when I saw them at the Cow Palace in ’73. Moon even tried to sing Johnny B. Goode for an encore, which didn’t work so well since he didn’t know many of the words.

    The show came close to not happening. On the Dick’s Picks release, you can hear Bobby thanking the Oakland A’s for making the show possible – by losing. If the A’s had made it into the playoffs, it would have pre-empted the concert.

    • I meant “concerts” – they played Saturday and Sunday.

      • Which show did you go to? Remember anything else about The Who’s set?

      • I went to the Sunday show. I remember a lot of Townshend’s famous windmill (and Weir doing a rather feeble imitation during the Dead’s set).

        Also, Daltrey swinging his mic at the end of what seemed like an impossibly long cord, then catching it in time for the next verse. That must have been a lot of strain on the cord, because the crew had to replace the mic in mid-song once.

        And at the climax of “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” Townshend, who had gone off the stage, coming back on with a long, almost baseball-style slide to accompany Daltrey’s scream.

        I mentioned “Johnny B. Goode” earlier. Keith Moon introduced it by saying that Bill Graham had offered them another $100 to play an encore.

        After all these years, and at this age, it’s amazing I can even remember that much!

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