I can't think of a better place to take a newly sober person than a Dead/JGB show!Noodle wrote:I was pretty heavy into the Dead for a period of about six years or show. Went to a bunch of shows on both coasts, both the Dead and JGB. Used to collect and trade bootlegs - my absolute favorite was one in Ithaca in 1971, which makes me believe it was a tune up show for the epic 1972 tour. I think a lot of it comes down to personal song preference - I really liked the Eyes of the World from that show.
Or there are certain moments that make a show memorable - I remember seeing them (with Crosby, Stills and Nash opening) in Pittsburgh in the summer of 1990. They were in towards the end of a rather lackluster Not Fade Away, when Phil Lesh moved too close to the mic stand and accidentally touched one of his bass strings to the stand. It made a horrible sound, and everyone stopped playing and looked at him. He paused a split second, and then absolutely tore into the bass line of (Turn on Your) Lovelight. The rest of the show was absolutely incredible from an energy standpoint, like they were all compensating for his goof.
There's a JGB show from 1992, where I got tickets for my youngest brother and myself to congratulate him for kicking hard drugs and getting back into college. It was at UCLA, we had floor passes, and got within about five feet of Jerry as he played. Amazing to see up close - he had such an efficiency of movement that it didn't seem possible he was hitting so many notes. But it was mostly about my brother and I enjoying the time and show together.
So for me at least, favorite shows are personal and based on the situation more than sound quality.
Great stories. I wish I had gone to at least one show. I think it would help with my appreciation.