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Dances Onstage While I Sing For You

Who’s that lady?

“Some lady, man.”

The professionalism of your security staff is nonpareil.

“Oh, I’m sure they patted her down thoroughly.”

True. This Lindley Meadows?

“I told you I didn’t know her name, man.”

Lindley Meadows. The park.

“Yeah, huh, good question.”

Lemme ask you something.


Is the entire band tripping balls?

“Well, Donna isn’t.”

Is the entire band on acid?

“Seems that way.”

Is someone having a baby as you’re soloing?

“Think so.”

It’s Lindley Meadows.

“Learn something new every day.”

Meadow; Tenor, Baritone, Alto

We now know what Billy did during the Hiatus: eat away the sadness.


Respected and revered commentator Corry342 (proprietor of Lost Live Dead* and Hooterollin’, two of the greatest Dead sites on the Innertubes) points us to the San Francisco Chronicle’s slideshow of 9/28/75, and you need to check it out.

The show was a double, the Dead and Jefferson Airplane, but no recording of the Airplane exists and only a few pictures. Nowadays, of course, there would be reams of shots, too many to wade through, but it was a different time.

Saigon had fallen less than six months earlier.

lindley officersAccording to legend, the band was all hepped up on lysergic goofballs, but does this look like the face of a guy tripping his balls off?

bobby acid lindley

*Go check out Lost Live Dead and read the brand-spanking new goodness about the ’76 Day on the Green with The Who. Seriously: go. His stuff’s better than mine.

Meadow, Lark

band lindleyMost of the shots from the Lindley Meadows free show are more than familiar, but here’s one taken–seemingly–by a fan. (I am just assuming that a picture containing the professional photographers was not taken by said professional photographers.)

Garcia In A Leather Jacket

Jerry Garcia.orglindley
In the interest of fairness, we now present Garcia with all the sexy in the world in a pic from Lindley Meadows I don’t know if I’ve seen before.

Meadow Tenor And Baritone

jerry billy bobby lindley wha?

Another cool shot from the legendary (and criminally unreleased) Lindley Meadows show in ’75. Garcia is yelling at someone getting too close to his hoagie; Bobby is looking at Goose, who is a giant duck, good friend of Bobby, and imaginary; Billy is taking a piss.

Lazy Jones

jerry lindley meadows

Who’s Johnny Casual on the left there?

Also: just a little more humidity and we would be in the land of the Full Muppet.

Winterland Is Coming

band lindley meadows hodor


Stranger Danger

jerry van


Listen: if you told Garcia there was candy in the van, he would get in the van.

Help>Slip And Hend Grenades

I won’t go on about this one: you’ve heard it before: 9/28/75 in Lindley Meadows. Hell, I’ve written about it before┬ábut something just occurred to me: much like how the year they retired was their most consistently brilliant, the BEST EVAR Help>Slip>Franklin’s is the one that doesn’t quite exist.

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