SO when was your first show? (if you remember the date awesome, if not, year will do!)
and do you have a good story about that show? maybe something that got you hooked or maybe the acid was real good that night, or maybe there was a really hot chick in the row in front of you?
I never saw the grateful dead, i am 21 so i was 4 when jerry died. My parents were not deadheads.
My first show was The Dead - April 18th, 2009 and then April 19th, 2009
i started listening to the grateful dead about 5 months prior to the show and knew very few songs. The song that really opened my eyes to the dead was "Let the good times roll". Brent let out this howl in the middle that, to this day, gives me chills. I knew your big ones such as scarlet begonias, fire on the mountain, ryder, uncle johns, one more saturday night etc.
I remember the anticipation my buddy sean and i felt walking into the show, just had a feeling it was gonna be something special. We were on the floor surrounded by OG Deadheads that were looking at me like i had 10 heads standing there in my Ramones T-shirt.
Finally the band started playing, opened with Feel like a Stranger i think, i didn't know it at the time, in fact throughout the coarse of the show i think i knew maybe 3 songs. Over both nights maybe 5 songs.
I can honestly say that night, April 19th was the first time in my life that i danced. I danced like crazy, every note they played seemed to pierce my soul in the most amazing way. I had never felt such a feeling of euphoria in my life. I knew i was completely hooked and never wanted to listen to anyone else again.
at the end of the show my buddy and i were standing outside smoking a cigarette and talking about the feeling we both had in our chest, this feeling like we were apart of something.
Here i am 4 years later, roughly 20 furthur shows, 3 bobby solo shows, 5ish dark star shows and 1 PL&F show and i still get that euphoric feeling every show i go to. It is truly amazing.
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