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  • #46
    Not so much an interview, as Jerry just sitting around, getting high and shooting the shit with some Deadheads. I love his thoughts on Bobby...

    Found these notes about the "interview" on Deadnet.

    Story Behind "An Evening with Jerry Garcia"
    On June 12th, 2007 MktoSteve said:

    Many of you may have in your tape collection, or seen in other tape collections, an interview with Jerry Garcia, dated July 10, 1981 from St. Paul, Minnesota, labeled "An Evening with Jerry Garcia". This is the story about how this interview came to be.

    I was lucky enough to be one of the participants in the room with Jerry. If I recall correctly, it was in Room 1503 of the Radisson Plaza Hotel, located in the downtown area of St. Paul, MN. I believe the hotel is now owned by the Holiday Inn chain, although I may be mistaken.

    At any rate, my best friend, named Greg, somehow found out where the Dead were staying and called Jerry at the hotel and asked for an interview. Jerry was in fact registered at the hotel by his real name. A side issue: Weir was registered there as "Mr. Wonderful." Greg said he was with the University of Minnesota radio station and would like to do the interview. When Jerry offered to come to the radio station, my friend declined, and said it could just be done in his room. They agreed to do the interview at 4 PM the day of the show in Jerry's room at the hotel. The fact of the matter was that my friend did not work for the University of Minnesota, but like so many of us, just wanted to meet Jerry. Greg called me and told me where the Dead were this day he still hasn't told me how he found out. I called Jerry at the hotel also, the night before the show, and told him I had followed him a lot of years and a lot of miles, and I just wanted to say hi. I remember Jerry's words exactly..."Well, usually that's not too much of a problem. But I'm working on something right now. Come by tomorrow before the show, about 4 PM and that will work much better."

    I guess I'm the one responsible for screwing up the formal part of the interview. After his interview was going about 15 minutes, I called Jerry, and he invited me and my girlfriend at the time up too. What delayed me is that we wanted to meet Weir "Mr. Wonderful" too, and Bobby was kind enough to meet us in the lobby about 15 minutes before we called Jerry. Weir was kind and polite, but almost painfully shy, which kind of surprised me. When I met Bobby, I asked him if he had ever sung "Unbroken Chain." He said he had. My thinking was trying to plant a seed at the time...that if Phil wasn't singing at all then, maybe Weir can sing it and break out Unbroken Chain finally.

    Anyway, my friend stopped the tape when I called, but immediately started it again when we got up there. I had to pretend I didn't know my friend Greg at all when we got together, because I didn't want the thing to come off to Jerry as a "set up".

    What shocked me about Jerry was how immediately comfortable I felt in his presence. I mean, here was JERRY !
    But he had no airs about himself at all. He couldn't have been more kind, cordial, or accommodating. He wasn't "Jerry Garcia, Rock Star." He was just this guy named Jerry, who happened to play guitar for a band that just happened to be popular with a lot of people, and he felt he was amazingly fortunate to be in the circumstances that he was in.

    Jerry could sense that everyone was comfortable with each other. We were later joined by another couple of guys from California, Johav and another guy whose name escapes me. After about 90 minutes of BSing and hanging with Jerry, he had to go do the soundcheck. It was an extremely fun and comforable experience. Jerry was fun, accommodating, funny, and extremely comfortable to be around. In the end we could tell he was in a really good mood. And we all know what that meant...when the big guy was in a good mood, that meant we were in for a big show. The after-Space segment of Uncle Johns Band>Playin in the Band>China Doll>UJB reprise>PIB reprise>Around & Around>Good Lovin is to this day some one of my favorite GD moments ever. If you don't have this show in your collection, find a way to listen to it. It's just tremendous as the tension continues to build throughtout this segment and then releases itself naturally in "Good Lovin". The only down side is that this show apparently does not exist in the vault. It's an audience-only tape.

    Meeting Jerry and spending the time that we did with him goes into a category all by itself. Sitting here now as a 51-year old with what hair I have greying badly, I still cherish this experience. A truly unforgettable and wonderful evening on many levels.


    • #47

      Wow what an experience actually taking and conversing... Love it.


      • #48
        Originally posted by bennyboy View Post
        Wow what an experience actually taking and conversing... Love it.
        Agreed. What an amazing opportunity. What surprises me is just how open Jerry seemed to sitting around in a hotel with some random people. As opposed to today, where you'd have to go through managers, and PR people, to even think about setting up an interview. Really cool story.


        • #49
          When Captain Trips met Poppa Funk...

          The meeting of two great American bands ( 2nd set ) !!!!

          I'm pretty sure this is the first time the Dead and Nevilles played together. I was at this run and stayed at the same hotel in Oakland as the Brothers ( until we got kicked out for having twelve Deadheads in one small room and having too much fun ). The magic was flowing at Kaiser, despite the fact that the Dead sounded ragged and unrehearsed. 86 was a tough year but they were on this night.

          China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, Minglewood Blues, Dupree's Diamond Blues, Me & My Uncle-> Mexicali Blues, Bird Song-> The Music Never Stopped-> Might...

          Notes about the post show jam from

          Subject: you all missed the real show
          Steve Marcus (you know who he is right?) tapped me on the shoulder late in the second set and said "_____ stick around after the show" i say OK. i use to work for the band in the 80's. Right after everyone had been cleared out of the venue who didn't belong there THE PARTY STARTED!!! The Dead the Nevilles anyone and everyone played on that stage until 7:30 the next morning. I'm a guitar player myself and I've seen alot of music in my 54 years here in the Bay Area and I got to tell you, I was brought to my knees with tears in my eyes. They all could have hung up their instruments that morning, because they did it all. And the stories I could tell you about what went on that night would "burn off both your ears" and I'd lose a few friends along the way. This was one of the BEST nights in my entire life. should have been there. oh, I have the tapes too!!

          "I would LOVE a copy of those tapes" !!!!
          Last edited by marignygreg; 09-01-2010, 12:49 AM.


          • #50
            "I would LOVE a copy of those tapes" !!!!

            Me too. I was at the show but sadly did not get invited for the fun. Jerry and the boys jammin with the Nevilles. Man oh man, that musta been some kind of fun...


            • #51
              I posted this in the sendspace thread awhile back in keeping with today's theme. I hope the link is still active. I can't tell from work.


              Neville Brothers (opening for The Grateful Dead)
              SBD > Cassette Master (Nakamichi DR-1/Dolby B) > Sound Devices 744T (24bit/48k) >
              Samplitude Professional v11.03 > flac > wav > mp3
              All Transfers and Mastering By Charlie Miller 2010

              February 11, 1986 (NO AARON NEVILLE)
              Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center, Oakland, CA
              d1t01 - Mardi Gras Mambo
              d1t03 - Willie And The Hand Jive
              d1t10 - Meet De Boys On De Battlefront
              February 12, 1986 (NO AARON NEVILLE)
              Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center, Oakland, CA
              d1t03 - Run Joe
              d1t04 - People Say
              d1t06 - Sitting in Limbo
              d1t07 - Fear, Hate, Envy, and Jealousy
              d1t08 - Tipitina > Mardi Gras In New Orleans
              d1t10 - Big Chief
              December 27, 1986
              Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center, Oakland, CA
              d1t01 - ?The Time Is Right?
              d1t05 - Tell It Like It Is
              d1t06 - Medley inc. Rockin Pneumonia, Something You Got, She Don't Love Me No More, Since I Fell For You, etc..
              December 28, 1986
              Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center, Oakland, CA
              d1t03 - Love Me Forever
              d1t04 - Fever
              d1t05 - The Only One > She's A Lady
              December 30, 1986
              Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center, Oakland, CA
              d1t01 - Dance Your Blues Away
              d1t04 - Love The One You're With
              d1t08 - "You're The Only One"
              d1t10 - Medley: Johnny B Goode > Making Love Underneath The Appletree > Dizzy Miss Lizzy
              December 31, 1986
              Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center, Oakland, CA
              d1t02 - Africa
              d1t04 - Midnight Key
              d1t06 - Brother John > Iko Iko
              d1t07 - Ain't No Use > Jam
              d1t08 - Amazing Grace > Down By The Riverside > Amen
              December 30, 1987
              Oakland Coliseum Arena - Oakland, CA
              d1t01 - Saturday Night Fish Fry
              d1t02 - "Get On Up" Jam
              December 31, 1987
              Oakland Coliseum Arena - Oakland, CA
              d1t01 - Hey Pocky Way > Walk On Guilded Splinters
              d1t02 - Mojo Hannah
              d1t03 - "You're My Kind Of Girl"
              d1t04 - ?Judgment Day?
              d1t06 - Wake Up
              d1t07 - Yellow Moon
              d1t08 - My Blood
              d1t09 - Fire On The Bayou


              • #52
                Originally posted by marignygreg View Post
                The meeting of two great American bands!!
                I can draw a straight line between seeing the Neville Brothers open for both the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia Band and my eventual discovery of the music and magic of Jazzfest (and New Orleans as a whole).

                Of course the Dead/Garcia turned me on to many of my favorite musicians, (Van Morrison, Los Lobos) but the flow and synergy that the Grateful Dead and the Neville Brothers had when jamming together was a smooth, bayou infused groove that would get everyone up for a little Crescent City meets Haight Ashbury boogie.

                Art Neville and Jerry Garcia, the leaders of two of the fattest, tastiest dance bands in musical history........
                Last edited by MormonMatthew; 09-01-2010, 01:55 PM.


                • #53
                  I never missed a Dead Mardi Gras show, which were better than NYE for me. They were really fun at Henry J. Kaiser because of the dancefloor, which was crazy with energy as the parade went through. But even the ones at the Coliseum were good because there was always an interesting opening act, something you didn't get at that many Bay Area Dead shows. I know some of the later stadium tours including another band but that was not often the case at home.


                  • #54
                    Originally posted by chopitulas View Post
                    I never missed a Dead Mardi Gras show, which were better than NYE for me. They were really fun at Henry J. Kaiser because of the dancefloor, which was crazy with energy as the parade went through. But even the ones at the Coliseum were good because there was always an interesting opening act, something you didn't get at that many Bay Area Dead shows. I know some of the later stadium tours including another band but that was not often the case at home.
                    Did you catch the Jerry Garcia Band, Neville Brothers, Booker T and the MG's, Los Lobos, Jimmy Cliff, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones weekend at Squaw Valley back in Aug 1991?

                    That one was kinda fun.......

                    The GD's Mardi Gras shows were generally excellent---In 1990, Mchael Doucet and Beausoleil was the opening band, which was my introduction to thier music. Let The Good Times Roll!!!
                    Last edited by MormonMatthew; 09-01-2010, 02:26 PM.


                    • #55
                      I still have special memories of Squaw Valley. A great Ripple with Bela on banjo and Aaron singing Amazing Grace with a full moon rising over the lake. It was amazing what Bill Graham was able to pull off. Likewise Matthew the Nevilles playing with the Dead opened my ears to New Orleans music as well. I agree about the Mardi Gras shows - outside of the Greek or Red Rocks they were my favorite shows of the year.


                      • #56
                        The Squaw shows are legendary. So much fun and quite possibly my favorite Bill Graham moment when he said "I laid awake all night figuring out how to get all of you down of the mountain with one cable car...and what did you people do...YOU WALKED! you all are amazing..."

                        Out of those shows High sierra Music Festival was born according to Roy,Rebecca and Dave...


                        • #57
                          I loved the Mardi Gras shows as well as the Chinese NYE shows that were around the same time......


                          • #58
                            Yeah, when I said "kinda fun" I thought some of you might understand what I was trying to say........


                            • #59
                              I didn't get to Squaw for that weekend with that amazing lineup. Last year, though, I won tickets from Relix magazine online to the Wanderlust Festival there (including air fare from NOLA and a suite in the Inn At The Village!). Wanderlust is a combination yoga retreat/indie rock festival. The stage was up at Gold Coast, I presume more or less in the same spot as it was before. I don't think there had been anything like it up there since Bill's production. Pretty amazing venue indeed! What a view...

                              It was really a trip for me to win that and get to go because I learned to ski as a kid at Squaw and it has always been a special place to me. I literally was having flashbacks, remembering where I had taken off my skis before heading into the lodge for a burger some 40 years ago. And it was odd to be back in Placer County, where I spent a couple of years after evacuating Katrina.

                              Really enjoyed the new-to-me Broken Social Scene and Spoon at the festival. Jenny Lewis was good, too, as well as the always great Gillian Welch and David Rawlings.
                              Last edited by chopitulas; 09-01-2010, 09:28 PM.


                              • #60
                                Yeah it is kind of funny that Wanderlust has managed to break the "No music" edict at Squaw on the hill after the Jerry Shows there. Last year Spearhead was supposed to play but Franti got sick and had to cancel.......