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Still Takin it Weirder
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Weir/Hart arrested in SD 7/1/80 truckin ca tonight

#199809 2 years ago
Here's why I think Furthur is gonna play truckin tonight--"Busted!" ---

That year's tour (1980) still managed to bring out the deadheads in big numbers for an appearance at the Sports Arena. Advance press reports made it clear that local police were "on guard" for the expected influx of illicit drugs and illegal activity in the parking lot and audience seats.

Even before the show started, several people were arrested for smoking pot. One bust was witnessed from alongside the stage by Dead members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, and band manager Danny Rifkin.

The trio tried to intervene, cajoling onlookers to join them in separating the young potsmoker from police officers trying to effect the arrest. Cops pulled out additional handcuffs and arrested Weir, Hart and Rifkin for "suspicion of inciting a riot."


...and this is why the GD boycotted San Diego for many years. Ended up paying fines but spent the night in the pokey.
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Genshu
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Re: Weir/Hart arrested in SD 7/1/80 truckin ca tonight

#200038 2 years ago
Are you serious! that is bs, but right on for them.
kevin
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Re: Weir/Hart arrested in SD 7/1/80 truckin ca tonight

#200047 2 years ago
Still Takin it Weirder wrote:
Here's why I think Furthur is gonna play truckin tonight--"Busted!" ---

That year's tour (1980) still managed to bring out the deadheads in big numbers for an appearance at the Sports Arena. Advance press reports made it clear that local police were "on guard" for the expected influx of illicit drugs and illegal activity in the parking lot and audience seats.

Even before the show started, several people were arrested for smoking pot. One bust was witnessed from alongside the stage by Dead members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, and band manager Danny Rifkin.

The trio tried to intervene, cajoling onlookers to join them in separating the young potsmoker from police officers trying to effect the arrest. Cops pulled out additional handcuffs and arrested Weir, Hart and Rifkin for "suspicion of inciting a riot."


...and this is why the GD boycotted San Diego for many years. Ended up paying fines but spent the night in the pokey.


no pokey, just fines

archive.org/details/gd80-07-01.sbd.cole.9361.sbeok.shnf


Even before the show started, several people were arrested for smoking pot. One bust was witnessed from alongside the stage by Dead members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, and band manager Danny Rifkin.

The trio tried to intervene, cajoling onlookers to join them in separating the young potsmoker from police officers trying to effect the arrest. Cops pulled out additional handcuffs and arrested Weir, Hart and Rifkin for "suspicion of inciting a riot."

The three defendants had to return to San Diego several weeks later to face charges. Their offense was reduced to a low-grade misdemeanor, fines were paid, and everyone walked out of the courtroom with a grudge against the SDPD that lingers to this day.

"We couldn't believe what fascists they are down there," Weir told Golden Scarab, a Dead fanzine, in 1999. "We almost never went further south than Irvine after that. We didn't wanna set the kids up to be busted by a bunch of gorillas with no education, who hate rock and roll music."
-- smell every flower --
Last Edit: 2 years ago by kevin.
Still Takin it Weirder
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Re: Weir/Hart arrested in SD 7/1/80 truckin ca tonight

#200055 2 years ago
The arrest actually happened on july 2nd after the concert. I've also read in different reports that it happened backstage. They most definately spent the night in the pokey and got bailed out the next day. You don't get charged with inciting a riot (which the fascist police were probably LOL most pissed off about) get arrested and not spend the night locked up. Oh well and a strikeout on the Truckin call. To bad no stream looks like a smoker on paper.. looking forward to first hand reviews.
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