Kind of cool NYT op-ed: 50th anniversary of famed "Dark Star" performance/recording

"...you have no frame of reference here, Donny. You're like a child who wanders into the middle of a movie and wants to know... "

Picking the best Dark Star is like ... arguing over which goes first on the biscuit, butter or jam. I don't have an opinion myself, beyond stating unequivocally that 1972 was the best year for the Dead.

And of course, the Fillmore West is now a Honda dealership, soon to be demolished to make way for a $2M/unit condo highrise.
 

TubeHiFiNut

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Concert on the Green, I presume.
Talk about cognitive dissonance...
I would loved to have seen that, as they were, and - in a way - still are, two of my favorite rock bands.
Correct - Concert on the Green. :)

The Dead were touring Terrapin Station. Really excellent show.

I am soooo glad to have seen The Who while Keith Moon was still alive. Moon was definitely one of the finest drummers I've ever seen. Just fricking incredible. Plus, his stage presence was incredibly entertaining. What a personality.

In total, one of the best concerts I've ever seen. :)
 

GuyK

Junior Member
Correct - Concert on the Green. :)

The Dead were touring Terrapin Station. Really excellent show.

I am soooo glad to have seen The Who while Keith Moon was still alive. Moon was definitely one of the finest drummers I've ever seen. Just fricking incredible. Plus, his stage presence was incredibly entertaining. What a personality.

In total, one of the best concerts I've ever seen. :)
Two of my absolute favorite bands, but I have a hard time conceptualizing the two at the same show. Especially since I remember seeing a video of Pete Townshend playing with the Dead somewhere... and he looked absolutely lost. I mean totally and completely befuddled. Definitely not a jam-band type of player like, say, Duane Allman.
 

mhardy6647

Señor Member
Townshend's turn jamming with the Dead came a few years later when he was not in a good place in life. :(

Saw the 'OO once with Moon and once with Kenny Jones. Both shows were good, I must say.
 

GuyK

Junior Member
I saw them in '89 with Simon Phillips. Would rather have seen Kenny Jones at the kit, and would REALLY rather have seen Moon the loon back there, but that's the way the ball bounces. It was still a good show.
 

Ilusndweller

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Here’s a great one from a great show thats not in the article’s top 12 list. One of their best songs for sure, perhaps the best. Gotta love the stranger opener, just like 3-24-95 Charlotte when I felt like everone was looking at me LOL. 10-9-89 Hampton Coliseum.

Grateful Dead Live at Hampton Coliseum on 1989-10-09 : Free Borrow & Streaming : Internet Archive

Unfortunately I never saw dark star. I only went to 5 shows and all were after 3/30/94, the last time it was played. My fave show was Charlotte 3-23-95 with Hornsby followed by Vegas 5-21-95.

Thanks for the GR8 read and kudos to you, MHardy. What show did you meet your wife at?
 
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