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  posted on 7/9/2011 at 09:13 PM
Soldier Field July 9, 1995

Man is it really that long ago? We miss u Jerry.


 
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  posted on 7/9/2011 at 10:02 PM
Man, time flies. I didnt realize it had been that long.That's a good pic of Jerry. He is missed. Nice post nypeach. Thanks bro.

 

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  posted on 7/10/2011 at 02:13 PM
mine was 6/30/95 3Rivers
 
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  posted on 7/10/2011 at 03:05 PM
My last ones of 95 were 2 in NJ 2 in DC and my final 6-30 Pittsburgh

 

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  posted on 7/10/2011 at 04:31 PM
I've never seen Jerry, unfortunately.
Haven listened to lots of Grateful Dead shows, seen a few concert films, read a book and having all Pure Jerry's, I would have loved to see him.

 

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  posted on 7/10/2011 at 06:31 PM
I was at the Dark Star Orchestra show in Raleigh, NC last nihgt (the 9th) and they announced the anniversary. They played one of their own setlists though, not a GD show setlist. It was unbelievable nonetheless......If you closed your eyes, it was almost like Jerry was there.

DSO is fabulous!

Miss Jerry too---only saw the GD once (got on the bus way too late) in 81 in Greensboro (I think). I am trying my best though to see as many DSO and Furthur shows as possible .

BD

[Edited on 7/10/2011 by bluesdisciple]

 

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  posted on 7/10/2011 at 06:33 PM
Thought I heard a blackbird singin'
up on Bluebird Hill
Call me a whinin' boy if you will
Born where the sun don't shine
and I don't deny my name
Got no place to go, ain't that a shame?

Thought I heard that KC whistle
moanin' sweet & low
Thought I heard that KC when she blow
Down where the sun don't shine
Underneath the Kokomo
Whinin' boy -- got no place else to go


So many roads I tell you
So many roads I know
So many roads --
so many roads --
Mountain high, river wide
So many roads to ride
So many roads
So many roads


Thought I heard a jug band playin'
"If you don't -- who else will?"
from over on the far side of the hill
All I know the sun don't shine,
the rain refuse to fall
and you don't seem to hear me when I call


Wind inside & the wind outside
Tangled in the window blind
Tell me why you treat me so unkind
Down where the sun don't shine
Lonely and I call your name
No place left to go, ain't that a shame?


So many roads I tell you
New York to San Francisco
All I want is one
to take me home
From the high road to the low
So many roads I know
So many roads - So many roads


From the land of the midnight sun
where ice blue roses grow
'long those roads of gold and silver snow
Howlin' wide or moanin low
So many roads I know
So many roads to ease my soul


 

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  posted on 7/11/2011 at 11:39 AM
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Soldier Field July 9, 1995

Man is it really that long ago? We miss u Jerry.


I was there. Didn't have a clue that it would be my last show with Jerry, though...

 

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  posted on 7/11/2011 at 01:52 PM
Jerrys last song was Box of rain

 

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  posted on 7/11/2011 at 02:21 PM
My last show was at RFK in 1995 and I actually got to sit on stage. I have told the story before, but I sat with Senator Leahy, who is an old college friend of my father’s, and also a Deadhead. Garcia came up to us before we were about to leave and told us not to leave early (Leahy wanted to beat the crowds, being a senator and all!!). He said, “I got something special for ya” to Sen. Leahy. They went out and played Black Muddy River, which is Sen. Leahy’s favorite song and one they had not played in several years. Very cool moment.

Here is some cool Jerry stuff for ya.....great insight into what drives his unique soloing. and shows he was not ''noodling' as many critics try to argue to pass him off.... well, maybe sometimes he was noodling….

http://newsgroups.derkeiler.com/Archive/Rec/rec.music.gdead/2006-01/msg0244 0.html

Jerry Garcia Speaks

How would you describe your style?
My theory is that style is defined largely by what you can't do, but
there are a couple of elements I think are typical of my playing. I
really like a clear note, I like syncopations where I can get them in,
and I like longer ideas. I think of myself as musically conservative,
even though I don't play that way very much. What I like about music
is simplicity. It's hard to let something be simple. There's kind
of a fear of silence.

I'm always leaning on the edges of "Does this work?" If it
doesn't, I change it. I like the sound of some things that are
dissonant and strange, and some I don't-I don't really know why.
The hardest thing in the world for me is to judge my own playing.

How do you approach building solos?
I start by learning a tune's literal melody-if there is one-in
any position. Then I construct solos as if the melody was happening,
and I'm either playing with it or against it. I'm very attracted to
melody. A song with a beautiful melody can knock me off my feet, but
the greatest chord changes on earth don't mean anything to me if they
don't have a great melody tying them together in some sense. I rarely
plan, because I'm much better at changing direction than I am at
leading the way. I can turn on a dime-that's my forte. The illusion
is I'm leading the band, but really, I'm just loud.

As I develop ideas, they provide little pieces of furniture for me to
say, "Okay, I know I can use this broken mode where the first part is
Lydian and the second part starts a half-step higher and continues as a
double-diminished scale." These mechanical things sound good up to a
point, but I'm always interested in having little surprises-like
accenting all the offbeats for a bar. The constant playing in odd
meters with the Dead contributes to that. For instance, if the band is
playing in 7/4 time, I might play in 4/4. Doing that, you begin to
notice certain ways the two rhythms synchronize over a long period of
time. Thinking in these long lengths, you automatically start to
develop rhythmic ideas that have a way of interconnecting. It then
becomes a thing of syncopations based on other syncopations.

For example, I like to start an idea on a sixteenth-note triplet on
beat four. If I start my phrase there, it's like constructing one
sentence off another before the first sentence is completed. Or I might
play a figure that's seven beats long, starting, say, on the end of
beat four. This creates incredible tension, and the next thing you play
is either going to increase the tension, or you'll find yourself back
on a new one. It's like a hypothetical jigsaw puzzle where all the
pieces are white and shaped the same.



http://jasobrecht.com/jerry-garcia-the-complete-1985-interview/


 

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  posted on 7/11/2011 at 02:24 PM
thanks for posting that,Jim

really enjoy Jerry's focus on melody

miss him alot

 

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  posted on 7/11/2011 at 02:46 PM
quote:
How do you approach building solos?
I start by learning a tune's literal melody-if there is one-in
any position. Then I construct solos as if the melody was happening,
and I'm either playing with it or against it. I'm very attracted to
melody. A song with a beautiful melody can knock me off my feet, but
the greatest chord changes on earth don't mean anything to me if they
don't have a great melody tying them together in some sense. I rarely
plan, because I'm much better at changing direction than I am at
leading the way.


Here's an example...

During the Truckin' in this show...

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1974-06-20.sbd-set2.finney.211.shnf

...at around 4:55 Jerry starts phrasing the jam during the vocal codas. He does a chord played in a set of 4s (Truckin' is in 12/8 and my last music theory class was over 25 years ago, so bear with me, if you listen to it, you'll get it ) over and over again where he sets the tempo and the feel for the jam, and when the whole band takes off at 5:33, it's so damn cool.

 

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  posted on 7/11/2011 at 02:56 PM
man we are getting so old!!! you really appreciate that so many of the greats from our time are still out there performing. Putting aside our favorite band, McCartney, the Stones, Roger Waters, Beck, Clapton, Carlos Santana, and many others. I hope all these guys keep going because they are all still great!!!!
 

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  posted on 7/11/2011 at 04:20 PM
According to my ticket stubs, my last Grateful Dead concert was June 17, 1991
at Giants Stadium, NJ (Little Feat was the opener). Didn't get a chance
to see them 1992-95 for one reason or another.

Time marches on, but Garcia is still missed more than ever.

 

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  posted on 7/11/2011 at 06:36 PM
I think its kinda prophetic that the last song Jerry played was Box of Rain as this was the song that Phil wrote for Jerry to help him get through the death of his mother. Kinda like Jerry left it for us to get through his own death.

Cool.

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  posted on 7/11/2011 at 08:46 PM
I was lucky enough to see Jerry regularly here in the bay area. I saw dozens of JGB shows but just handful of Dead show. I liked the song selection he did with JGB. RIP Jerry you are loved and missed by all of us you touched though your spirit and music

 

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  posted on 7/11/2011 at 09:23 PM
Unfortunately, I was at the Deer Creek show when they stormed the fence. We were in the lawn and you could fee the influx of people piling into the lawn from the fence. I knew it was bad when the police helicopters were overhead with spotlights on the wall. We really knew it was bad when we got home and it was on CNN. They used to charge ten dollars a carload to get in and there were just as many people in the lot as there were inside the venue. We had tickets to the next night at Deer Creek, but they cancelled that show. I think they maybe did St. Louis and then Chicago after that, but not sure. Then it was over. I was just fotunate to see Jerry a dozen times or so with the Dead.

Deer Creek 95' Gate Crashing
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  posted on 7/11/2011 at 11:08 PM
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mine was 6/30/95 3Rivers
Me too

[Edited on 7/12/2011 by TRMGDEAD]

 

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  posted on 7/11/2011 at 11:11 PM
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Unfortunately, I was at the Deer Creek show when they stormed the fence. We were in the lawn and you could fee the influx of people piling into the lawn from the fence. I knew it was bad when the police helicopters were overhead with spotlights on the wall. We really knew it was bad when we got home and it was on CNN. They used to charge ten dollars a carload to get in and there were just as many people in the lot as there were inside the venue. We had tickets to the next night at Deer Creek, but they cancelled that show. I think they maybe did St. Louis and then Chicago after that, but not sure. Then it was over. I was just fotunate to see Jerry a dozen times or so with the Dead.

Deer Creek 95' Gate Crashing
http://www.youtub 8e.com/watch?v=EzuMCVVKLPk
There is some great audio from that show where you can hear Jerry and Phil discussing what to do after the fence incident onstage. I'm pretty sure it is on archive.org or something like that.

 

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  posted on 7/12/2011 at 08:46 AM
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According to my ticket stubs, my last Grateful Dead concert was June 17, 1991
at Giants Stadium, NJ (Little Feat was the opener).


This was a phenomal show and one I wish they would release. I was a little late to the GD game, so my first show was actually the night before this one, which was also a good one. The 17th was actually shown on that ABC show In Concert (was that what it was called?). I believe its a first only time they opened with Eyes. Also a great Dark Star tease running through the whole show. I could be wrong, but didn't they also film a Levi's jeans commerical at Giants Stadium during this run? I also remember it being hot as hell that day. Random stuff going through my head this morning!!!

06/16/91
Giants Stadium - East Rutherford, NJ
Set 1:
Picasso Moon
Bertha
Little Red Rooster
Candyman
Stuck Inside Of Mobile
Stagger Lee
Let It Grow


Set 2:
Jack Straw
Crazy Fingers
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Drums
Space
I Need A Miracle
Black Peter
Throwin' Stones
Not Fade Away


Encore:
Box Of Rain




06/17/91
Giants Stadium - East Rutherford, NJ
Set 1:
Eyes Of The World
Walkin' Blues
Brown-Eyed Women
When I Paint My Masterpiece
Loose Lucy
Cassidy
Might As Well


Set 2:
Saint Of Circumstance
Ship Of Fools
Truckin'
New Speedway Boogie
Uncle John's Band
Drums
Space
China Doll
Playin' Reprise
Sugar Magnolia


Encore:
The Weight


 

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  posted on 7/12/2011 at 09:31 AM
My last show was 4-5-95 in Birmingham, and out of the meager 27 shows I saw, this was truly my favorite. By this time, I had become a big fan of the drums, and the Neville's Willie Green sat in on drums and they played the Belafonte song Mathilda.

I was sick as a dog for the 2 B'ham shows, and should not have even gone, but I just had to. The B'ham lot scene was very cool too, much improved over the police state that Atlanta had become in those last few yrs (Tell me this town ain't got no heart was our expression for it). A great way to end it, if it had to end. It still hurts.

 

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  posted on 7/12/2011 at 09:41 AM
My last great GD memory was 5/21/95, the last night of the last weekend stand at the Sam Boyd Silver Bowl in Vegas...

1:
Jack Straw
West LA Fadeaway
Little Red Rooster
Ramble On Rose
Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
So Many Roads
Promised Land


Set 2:
Samson And Delilah
Unbroken Chain
Eyes Of The World
Corrina
Drums
Space
Spanish Jam
The Other One
The Days Between
Sugar Magnolia


Encore:
Liberty


The weekend was kind of rough. JG was, well, inconsistent, shall we say. The weekend had major highlights...the Standing On The Moon on Friday night, the Morning Dew on Saturday. But what really was special was the Sugar>Sunshine that closed the 2nd set on Sunday. Sunshine Daydream was just an all out groove-a$$ jam. The freight train was a rollin'! We looked around and noticed...every man, every woman, every fan, every usher, every security guard, every EMT, every freakin' COP...every single person in that stadium was dancing. 25,000 people. Total communal joy. I'll take that memory to the grave.

 

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  posted on 7/12/2011 at 10:41 AM
Love this thread, bringing back some good memories. I had some great experience in 1993, doing 6 shows out west, 3 at Shoreline and then another 3 at Cal Expo. The day off in between we hit Laguna Seca Daze, which was like the ABB, Blues Traveler, Phish, Jeff Healey, and a few others. The GD shows were off the hook though. It’s almost like they captured some of the old magic during that run. On 5/22/93, they did the first Supplication with lyrics since like the mid-80s. The Playin’ from Cal Expo on 5/26/93 is as good as anything from the early to mid 70s. Then on 5/27/93, during the second set they did a Cassidy>UJB>Cassidy in the middle of the second set. They actually just released some of these shows on the Road Trips series.

Just coming to me now, but I also saw them on the Fall tour of 1993 at MSG, when Edie Brikell sat in with them. That was a pretty cool show too. They did the Race Is On, which was always a favorite of mine, but one which I thought I would never hear them play. I believe it was the last Race Is On ever for the band.

 

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  posted on 7/12/2011 at 10:44 AM
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they played the Belafonte song Mathilda.


Love this tune. They played only a few times on that last tour I think. For some reason I always think of the movie with the boxing kangaroo though!!

 

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  posted on 7/12/2011 at 11:42 AM
I just wanted to put this thread up for the anniversary of the last show but love what its turning into

My last Dead show was 6/21/95 Knickerbocker in Albany NY. Went to the 2 Giant Stadium shows and the day of this show a buddy of mine stopped by and we are hanging out in my apartment bored as hell. He says man lets head to Albany and see if we can get into the show. Just like that we drove upstate 2 hrs, spent the day walking around looking for tickets and scored two floor seats about 15 minutes before the show started. Heard the last Morning Dew ever. For that I am grateful. Who knew at the time but looking back I am so happy we had nothing to do that day. It might never had happened.

Man I miss him.

Walk me out in the morning dew my honey,
Walk me out in the morning dew today.
I can't walk you out in the morning dew my honey,
I can't walk you out in the morning dew today.

I thought I heard a baby cry this morning,
I thought I heard a baby cry this today.
You didn't hear no baby cry this morning,
You didn't hear no baby cry today.

Where have all the people gone my honey,
Where have all the people gone today.
There's no need for you to be worrying about all those people,
You never see those people anyway.

I thought I heard a young man morn this morning,
I thought I heard a young man morn today.
I thought I heard a young man morn this morning,
I can't walk you out in the morning dew today.

Walk me out in the morning dew my honey,
Walk me out in the morning dew today.
I'll walk you out in the morning dew my honey,
I guess it doesn't really matter anyway,
I guess it doesn't matter anyway,
I guess it doesn't matter anyway,
Guess it doesn't matter anyway.


 
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