I'm 38 (39 in February) & I was started YOUNG..... My first show was in 85 at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA. I'm a Georgia native, so during that fateful afternoon of 10/28/85, I was a "leader in training" at a local "Y" camp. The leader of my cabin, Kenny, told me we were going into Atlanta to have some fun on a "night out". Little did I know I was about to embark on an adventure that would change my life forever. I was amazed, in awe, & overwhelmed.....oh yeah, & I was 13 years old!! If youve ever been to the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, you can relate - there is a reason they call it the "Fabulous Fox". The Dead sucked me in , chewed me up spit me out a completely changed person that night. I was hookled & "on the bus" from then on. I followed the dead the better part of my youth up & down the eastern seaboard all the way until 1995!
Ha! I remember that night, I was a medic downtown Atlanta, fellow head friend had a spare ticket and I could not get my shift covered, had to work. Ended up covering downtown and ran a half dozen runs around the fox for folks who had dosed a touch to much. Security let us in the back for a patient and I got to hear a touch of a tune, they promised to let us back in if we had the time but never did!!! Fun times anyway those were......
That's awesome! I distinctly remember they came outta Truckin' into a Smokestack Lightning sort of reprise (Of course, at the time I had no idea it was smokestack...) & I remember Bobby just laying it on thick, leanin into the microphone...."Whoa-ooooooooooo........"...Ha ha - great time & surrounded by FREAKS!