Thoughts On The Dead

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

Tab Killer

This is about the Grateful Dead; the author falls in love with He’s Gone from the Europe ’72 album, and I agree with his choice: that is a perfect song to fall in love with. Also, the author’s name is Andy Cush, and cush is a type of doobie.

Some Trumpsucker up in Buffalo is offering $500 for a tape which does not exist. The Dead filled in at the last minute for The Byrds in Buffalo on 3/17/70 at the Kleinhans Music Hall, jamming with the orchestra (whom had been dosed). There were tapers at the time, but none of them got to the show; Bear couldn’t leave California, so no one hooked the recorder up to the soundboard.

Here’s a rundown of everything we know about the show from the Internet Archive. There may have been two orchestras, and there may have been two sets, and one guy swears that there was a laser show. Everyone remembers Pigpen doing Lovelight. Beyond that, it’s lost; no setlist, and no tape. (Doesn’t stop the guy offering the (paltry) reward from claiming that he used to listen to the show in his car. Weird relationship with reality those folks have.)

This is another thing about the Grateful Dead, and I thought I was not going to like it but I liked it.

And now my desktop is clear.

7 Comments

  1. Custie! Live and learn. In the 1970s I was a Weekend Hippie, but managed to buy an ounce of Afghani hash for $60.

    I also liked the another thing. My own beloved, Kate, has made little effort to learn to love the Grateful Dead, rarely achieving even ambivalence. Then again, I have made no secret of my contempt for Feargal Sharkey.

  2. The ‘another thing ‘ I had found on my own and loved that it had a happy ending.

  3. Luther Von Baconson

    January 12, 2017 at 11:16 am

    danny has the tapes

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