I'm 17, and a huge deadhead and i was at the Indianapolis show, the only one i caught on the fall tour because of school and i live in indiana, and i was thinking to myself and talking to a couple of my buddies that we might be the youngest deadheads in the building, and this older deadhead who saw jerry with the dead told me that we weren't and we might be the youngest deadheads that actually go to shows for the music, i know people bring their kids to shows but we were there on our own. And i thought about it that i know that the older deadheads respect me and my buddies going to shows because its passing down the torch and when all the original deadheads are gone there's gonna be some generation keeping the flame going. But i was at deer creek in 95 with my dad and technically i've seen the grateful dead but in the mindstate of being 1 years old i don't remember jack shit. But i love how the older deadheads respect the younger ones and i honestly have the most respect for the older ones. But this is just a post for the older deadheads to thank you for the respect that you give me and my friends at shows (:
I was 17 when I first saw the GD. It took a couple shows for me to fully grasp the experience, and my 3rd show I ended up alone in the lot early before showtime because I got there early to buy a ticket and long story longer I ended up spending time with 2 older heads from NJ who were so nice to me it changed my life. "We can share what we got of yours..." I had been to lots of rock concerts but strangers were never so generous and friendly at other concerts. They played the first "bootleg" tapes I ever heard, fed me food, offered me a Heineken, were generous in other ways, and told me stories of the shows they went to, etc.
Now when I go to shows I see young folks and it reminds me of those days. The scene at some of the what I call the "far-way-from-the-big-cities" venues are really no different than back then, minus the cellphones and the internet etc. My theory has been that when the show is away from a major urban center, then the people there are more likely to be really into the music and not just local folks out for a night.
It's great to see young people into the music, and this is why I feel there will always be deadheads. Like the song goes...New ones coming as the old ones go...