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    My greatest memory of a Grateful Dead concert was tied to the date of August 13, 1979.

    The concert was supposed to have been held at Red Rocks, but that locale was rained out, so the show was held at McNichols Sports Arena in Denver.

    It'll do some of you people good to know that it's raining like hell outside!
        -- Bob Weir, just before the band opened with "Shakedown Street"

    The entire concert was superlative, of course. In my humble opinion, that night's "Shakedown Street" (all 12 minutes of it!) was the best the band ever played. I certainly haven't managed to collect its equal, anywhere.

    The "He's Gone" leading into "The Other One" segment was also potent in the extreme.

    Completely unforgettable.

    This concert was significant in my life for another reason.

    It ran past midnight that night, so I emerged from McNichols Arena into the wee hours of August 14, 1979.

    My birthday.

    My 21st birthday.

    Never forgotten, of course.


    "He hid in the forest, read books with great zeal.... He loved Che Guevara, a revolutionary Veal..... Cow Tse Tongue...." -- Cows With Guns, Dana Lyons

    by thanatokephaloides on Sat Aug 02, 2014 at 01:21:01 AM PDT

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