Candy’s First Show

June, 30th 1979 • International Raceway •  Portland, Oregon

SET 1: Jack Straw • Candyman • Me & My Uncle • Big River • Tennessee Jed • Looks Like Rain • Deal

SET 2: Miracle • Bertha • Good Lovin • Friend of the Devil • Estimated • He’s Gone • Drums • Other One • Wharf Rat • Sugar Magnolia • Saturday Night

Dan's first show

 August 14th, 1979 • McNichols arena • Denver, CO 

(Show was supposed to be at Red Rocks but it got rained out)

SET 1: Jack Straw (Ha) • Jack A. Row • Mama Tried • Mexicali • Tennessee Jed • Easy To Love You • Passenger • Stagger Lee • Music Never Stopped

SET 2: Promised Land • Ship Of Fools • Samson and Delilah • Terrapin • Playing In The Band • Drums • Not Fade Away • Stella Blue • Good Lovin • U.S. Blues • Johnny B. Goode

(we got on the bus in 1979 before we met in Feb. of 1981)

Venues

(not in any order)

International Raceway Portland Or.

Oakland Auditorium, Oakland Ca.

Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison Co.

We saw the Grateful Dead at some of these venues many times. We never missed a Red Rocks show. We loved to travel to the West coast to partake in the music, however we never seemed to make it east of Chicago, except to go to Europe. There may be more venues that we don’t have ticket stubs for, we didn’t think to save the stubs in the early years! 

We saw the Grateful Dead at some of these venues many times. We never missed a Red Rocks show. We loved to travel to the West coast to partake in the music, however we never seemed to make it east of Chicago, except to go to Europe. There may be more venues that we don’t have ticket stubs for, we didn’t think to save the stubs in the early years! 

McNichols Sports Arena, Denver Co.

Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, Wi.

Civic Center Arena, St. Paul, Mn.

Compton Terrace Amphitheater, Tempe, Az.

Aladdin Theatre, Las Vegas, Nv.

Greek Theatre, University of California, Berkeley, Ca.

Rosemont Horizon, Rosemont, Il.

Events Center, University of Colorado, Co.

County Fairgrounds, Ventura Ca.

Seattle Center Coliseum, Seattle Wa.

Frost Amphitheater, Stanford University, Palo Alto, Ca.

Irvine Meadows Amphitheater, Irvine Ca.

Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center, Oakland Ca.

Berkeley Community Theatre, Berkeley Ca.

Laguna Seca Recreation Area, Monterey Ca.

UIC Pavilion, Racine, Il.

Town Park, Telluride, Co.

Ice Stadium, Stockholm, Sweden

Grugahalle, Essen, Germany

Internationales Congress Centrum, Berlin, Germany

Festhalle, Frankfurut, Germany

Sporthalle, Hamburg, Germany

Zenith, Paris, France

Wembley Arena, London, England

Sam Boyd Sliver Bowl, U.N.L.V. Las Vegas, Nv.

Mile High Stadium, Denver Co.

Mecca, Milwaukee, Wi.

Blockbuster Desert Sky, Phoenix, Az.

Mary

In 1983 I began working in a deli in downtown Denver. One morning while I was running the register and selling coffee and sweets to the early morning customers a new employee walked in and introduced herself. She kind of gave me this weird look and I wasn’t sure why. I was wearing my jean jacket which was of course covered with Grateful Dead patches and a painting I had done of a rose on the back. I could see her thinking “oh God a Deadhead.”

Later that morning we were prepping food for the lunch rush and she said to me, “Well I might as well tell you now because you’re going to find out sooner or later, but my sister Jerilyn was married to Mickey Hart.” Well of course with that I bombarded her with a million questions! Mary and I became fast friends and on Sept. 8th,1983 and June, 12th,1984 she took me back stage at Red Rocks! What a treat! At this time the Grateful Dead had started limiting the number of people hanging out on stage when they played, not like in the early years when there would be twenty or thirty twirlers dancing behind the band. But I was allowed to stand off to the side behind Brent and watch the show. I could see every note he played on his keyboard and every string Jerry and Bobby strummed. Unbelievable! Although I have to say the sound was not as clear as it was out front in the audience.

One year we went back to the hotel and partied with Rock Scully, I won’t tell what we did! Last year when I started writing my book I searched for Mary on Facebook because we had lost touch with each other as the years had passed. I could not find her so I did reach out to her sister Jerilyn and she informed me Mary had died the year before. It saddened my heart for I always remembered her with a smile and a jolly laugh.

NYE Shows

The New Year’s Eve shows were always a blast. At the midnight hour thousand balloons and confetti would float from the rafters as Bill Graham, as Father Time, would make his way through the crowd. in 1982 he was atop a gigantic mushroom, in 1985 he flew down from the ceiling as paper ache heads of the band members sat on a large birthday cake floated through the tripping fans.  Robert Hunter and his then new band opened the show in 1982 and  Etta James and the Tower of Power join the band for the encore. The Neville Brothers and Baba Olatunji were the guest for the 1985 New Years.

Bob and Jerry's Side Projects

Along with seeing the Grateful Dead we saw Bobby and Jerry when they toured in Colorado with their own bands. Here are some of the shows:

Bobby and the Midnights, Rainbow Music Hall, Denver Co. January, 1982 and, June, 1982

Jerry Garcia, Acoustic, Macky Auditorium, Boulder Co. July, 1992

Jerry Gracia Band, Rainbow Music Hall, Denver Co. May, 1983

Bobby and the Midnights, Rainbow Music Hall, Denver Co. August, 1984

Kingfish, Rainbow Music Hall, Denver Co. February, 1985

Jerry Garcia and John Kahn, Rainbow Music Hall, Denver Co. May, 1985

Kingfish, Rainbow Music Hall, Denver Co. August, 1986 

Bob Weir and Rob Wasserman, Gothic Theatre, Denver Co. May, 1991

Bob Weir and Rob Wasserman, Red Rocks, Denver Co. July, 1992

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