Celebrating Jerry Garcia on the 28th anniversary of his passing with some memories of seeing the ABB on the night he died, and more...
I read the latest book on my way to Illinois to see Govt Mule’s Dark Side of the Mule show. Another great book👍. I wondered how the Frankie’s tower intro to Blue Sky came about. Meeting you and Kirk West at the pop up store before the Brothers 50th anniversary show remains a highlight in my life.
Great stuff, thank you for sharing your "Jerry Day" story. I was still living in South Jersey when he died, what a waste to lose this iconic part of our musical history to drugs like all-too-many of our "heroes." A couple of days later, there was a huge memorial gathering at the Philadelphia Art Museum and they showed the GD Movie, it was an emotionally draining but cathartic experience. Lots of tears.
1st time 1990 on 7 Turns. Then on next studio record and on the live record in 93.
When I first heard Warren's "Patchwork Quilt", I always wondered what that show was like at Jones Beach. I wonder if there's a good soundboard out there of ABB on 8/9/1995. Time to scour the internet. The lyric I'm referring to:
We were at Jones Beach
When we got the word
Saddest sound that I ever heard
The bluest note that nobody could play
Ravens sang with us that night on the stage
Tears of sadness, tears of rage
But nobody spoke, we all felt old
And in the way
So good. Full lyrics here: https://www.lyrics.com/lyric/6587562/Warren+Haynes/Patchwork+Quilt
Great book Alan! Thank you.
Moving piece. Typo in the sentence that ends “Jones Beach.” Jerry died in 1995, not 1985.
I was lucky enough to have worked with The Allmans and The Dead. The Dead’s Bob Weir and Brent Mydland came into the studio in Oct 1989 to do some vocals on a track they recorded for earthquake relief in Northern Cal. I Remember the receptionist at the front desk calling into the studio and saying that Jerry Garcia was on line 1. I think it was Dan Healy that picked up the phone and tried to convince Jerry to come in and do some singing. He was still at the hotel in bed at around 7:30 in the evening, to no avail. It was just one evening but one I’ll never forget. They left passes for us at the Miami Arena to see them the following night live. We hung out at the soundboard and then we were brought backstage to see the recording truck they were using. Very impressive!