Unfortunatly I just got on the bus at the Ratdog/Allman Brothers show 8/20/08 - the Meadows in CT. The Allmans were still great but I thought Ratdog blew them away and have seen every Dead related show in my area that I could make ever since.
Theres a few that I wish I went to like the Brooklyn shows last year were close enough for me and I never saw Phil & Friends which I def could of made some of those. From now on though I wont be missing anything within 3 hours of me and I'll consider them if there not to much farther. I'm lucky enough to be in CT and have a bunch of shows around me but I would travel farther for Furthur if they wern't playing close....I have to make it out to Red Rocks sometime to.
I am only 24 so really never had a chance at seeing Jerry enless my parents were really into it but I still could have gotten into it sooner, luckily my days of listening to rap were short lived!
I'll forever be mad at myself for not getting on the bus sooner but what can I do? just hope that the bus keeps rolling on....
Don't be mad at yourself dude. Simply rejoice in the fact that you did indeed get on the bus. When I think back to the shows I missed because I wasn't in to it (actually I was anti until about age 16 1/2 or so-sometime during 11th grade) iyeah it's a bummer but then I think of the gems I did see and continue to see in the modern era and it's all good! Just for reference I was in 11th grade from 1983-84-First show SPAC 1984-some missed shows that I definitely could have attended if I had been down with the Dead-Lake Placid 1983, SPAC 1983 (told a kid who wanted me to go with him that I needed to save my money for Men at Work-so sad indeed), Glens Falls 1981 or 82. Now some of the gems I attended-Halloween 1985 in SC, the Ripple show Landover 1988, NYE 1988-89, MSG LaBamba show with the incredible Shakedown and Dew 1987, SPAC 1984, SPAC 1988-Met Jerry, Phil, and Bobby, and Brent at the Gideon Putnam Hotel the night before and actually drank a few beers with Brent and Phil at the bar. So anyways my point is that it's natural to wish you had gotten on board earlier- Hell I am in awe when I meet heads that saw Pig or Keith. It all started somewhere and sometime for everyone of us and it is simply a duty to keep on keeping on.