Incorrect Predictions About the Future

From a December 14, 1959 article in Time Magazine:

“I’d be a fool,” said Corporal Elvis Presley last week, “not to pay some attention to it.” The “it” he referred to was the word, which had filtered through to West Germany, that rock ‘n’ roll is suffering a disastrous decline.

Newly sobered by the payola scandal, the nation’s top jocks were acknowledging what everybody has suspected for some time—that their teen-age audience has begun to walk out on them…


F-you songs to old bandmates

After Axl Rose’s hi-jinx at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony this weekend, Slash (or Duff,  Izzy, Adler, or any other of the numerous former members of G n’ R, for that matter). might be tempted to write an F-you song to Axl and slap it on a solo album. They should beware. The results can be questionable. Here are three of the most famous tunes telling a former song-writing partner to bugger off:

Lennon’s song about McCartney – “How Do You sleep?”

Keef’s song about Jagger – “You Don’t Move Me Anymore”

David Gilmour’s song about Roger Waters – “You Know I’m Right”

In my opinion, these tunes largely demonstrate the productive dynamic that can result from a song-writing duo beset by creative tension. In other words, without their partners telling them which parts sucked, these guys’ songs were lame. The exception, I think, is Lennon (his song is actually kind of good), but then again, what couldn’t Lennon do?

Ed & Lerry’s Grateful Dead Tour Journal: 2/23/74

February 23, 1974
Venue: Winterland
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Ed: Bill Graham’s intro: a “social engagement”? Hmmmmmmmmm.

Lerry: Bobby was getting laid.

Ed: Totally. It’s why he went right into a Bobby rocker.

Lerry: Cheesy bastard.

Ed: I just checked the “Tape Timings” section of Deadbase X (the section with every word the band ever uttered onstage) to see if they could explain Graham’s intro. But they don’t even have 2/23/74 in there – maybe tapes weren’t circulating back then (another illustration of the miracle of the age, depending on your outlook). Someone needs to send Deadbase an update. But I can tell you this based on “Tape Timings”: Graham’s intro tomorrow (2/24/74) is going to be really deep, man (and Bobby’s going to use his usual “everybody hang loose” at end of Set 1, and that BIODTL will start with 5 beats – so amazing that someone counted the intro beats, thank you Deadbase, gone but never forgotten)

Some combined notes on the rest of the show:

  • I love a 74 Deal
  • Here Comes Sunshine = dope (unfortunately, last version until the 90’s)
  • Please note that Donna is back
  • Deadbase “Tape Timings” really missed some life-altering stage bantering after Sugaree
  • I’m really looking forward to the time that they stop playing weather report suite every other night
  • Although Jerry is smoking on the Let it Grow jam section
  • The Other One is fucking raaaaaaaaaaaad
  • Controversy on Eyes: Lerry thinks Eyes is a little bit of a buzzkill. He thinks the performance is good but after getting so deep into the Other One, the vibe is just too different for him. Ed respectfully disagrees, thinks it face-meltingly awesome, and that Lerry needs to work on accepting transitions.
  • The He’s Gone -> Truckin’ -> Other One -> Eyes almost earned this show the coveted Ed & Lerry Stealie, but not quite.

Next show: 2/24/74 Grateful Dead

Previous show: 2/22/73 Grateful Dead

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Ed & Lerry’s Grateful Dead Tour Journal: 2/22/74

February 22, 1974
Venue: Winterland
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Lerry: Context is fucking me up man! I’m so into this show, but is it because the last time I listened to the dead was two months ago (for 40th anniversary of the 12/19/73 show), or is it because it is good?!?!?… Must have been the roses!! First performance ever! Phil clearly didn’t know it very well as he stopped playing during parts but maybe that’s me being too refined. Great to get some new blood in the set. As much as I loved the last tour, by the end I was starting to hope for new songs. I love that they are mixing it up a bit here.

Ed:   If for some reason someone asked me for the definitive version of Bobby’s cowboy tunes, I would point him/her to this show. Jerry is tight with his pseudo-lap steel vibe, shredding from the get-go… The band sounds practiced – given the new tunes introduced in this show, I’m going to guess that they were actually writing/rehearsing/practicing on their time off in Jan/Feb ’74. Tight show all around… Slipknot lick is dropped in various places throughout show, which brings up philosophical problem Lerry discussed with me once while baked: can you go back in time and name it slipknot, just because you know in the future it will be called slipknot? Duuude.

Lerry’s favorite quote from internet about this show:
“you are the reason the democrats cannot get elected to office.”

Ed’s favorite quote from internet, not quite about this show, but written about the Dead for the January 1974 issue of Creem Magazine (by none other than Cameron Crowe):
“Their hardcore San Francisco audience may still be locked into a 1967 consciousness, but the Grateful Dead operation is Big Business and strictly 1974. Why, Weir and Garcia have even been known to sport Nudie suits on stage every now and then.”

Next show: 2/23/74 Grateful Dead

Previous show: 12/19/73 Grateful Dead

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Ed & Lerry’s Grateful Dead Tour Journal: an index

Here’s an index of Ed & Lerry’s Grateful Dead Winter 1973 Tour Journal of 2013, published in 2014:

11/09/73 Winterland Arena, San Francisco, CA
11/10/73 Winterland Arena, San Francisco, CA
11/11/73 Winterland Arena, San Francisco, CA
11/14/73 San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, CA
11/17/73 Pauley Pavilion, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
11/20/73 Denver Coliseum, Denver, CO
11/21/73 Denver Coliseum, Denver, CO
11/23/73 County Coliseum, El Paso, TX
11/25/73 Feyline Field, Tempe, AZ
11/30/73 Boston Music Hall, Boston, MA
12/01/73 Boston Music Hall, Boston, MA
12/02/73 Boston Music Hall, Boston, MA
12/04/73 Cincinnati Gardens, Cincinnati, OH
12/06/73 Convention Center, Cleveland, OH
12/08/73 Cameron Indoor Stadium (Duke University), Durham, NC
12/10/73 Charlotte Coliseum, Charlotte, NC
12/12/73 The Omni, Atlanta, GA
12/18/73 Curtis Hixon Convention Hall, Tampa, FL
12/19/73 Curtis Hixon Convention Hall, Tampa, FL

For the whole thing on one page, go here

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Ed & Lerry’s Grateful Dead Tour Journal: 12/19/73

December 19, 1973
Venue:Curtis Hixon Convention Hall
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Ed: Last show of the tour, and it’s phenomenal. We’ve been coming down the mountaintop, still up in rarefied air yet slowly descending, when we turn a corner and see a vast vista of total awesome Jerriness. It’s like an alpine lake filled with the teardrops from the crying of Jerry’s tears. I can see why Dick would choose this as his first pick. The jam section after Truckin’ is some of the best Dead there is. Some notes:

  • Moments of absolute pure awesomeness in this show include: Here Comes Sunshine, Playin’ in the Band, and everything after Truckin’.
  • The post-truckin jam is total brain-fry
  • I mean, this jam is totally freaking incredible.
  • Side note – I wonder why they took a week off in between the Omni show and these two shows? I mean Atlanta can’t be more than a day’s drive from Tampa. What happened in the week in between? Maybe the boys wanted to stay warm in the south for an extra week in winter? I would genuinely like Deadessays to write a blogpost about it
  • This jam is just unbelievable.
  • Couple of interesting factoids from allmusic about DP1 ( “With a surfeit of options to inaugurate the ongoing project, Latvala cited his desire to disseminate items that were “lesser known” by Deadheads and to reveal the sonic splendor of the opener “Here Comes Sunshine” when asked the reasons that he chose this specific date to christen Dick’s Picks.” and “A further point of contention between connoisseurs of the music was the out and out hatchet job done to “Playing in the Band” at the behest of Phil Lesh (bass/vocals). A caveat of including the performance was the removal of his bass solo.”  I think this means we need to compare the Playin’ from the auds to the DP1.
  • That jam blew my mind
  • The end of the tour is a bittersweet moment.

Favorite Quote, from
“Subject: Best Dicks Picks
Here’s what I consider to be the best:
1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 12, 14, 16, 18, 19, 22, 26, 28, 29, 31, 34, and 36”

Lerry: This is the perfect end to the tour and our 41 pages of notes.  I will absolutely give this show a Stealie.  So so so so good.

Set 1:
Killer killer killer.  Nice song choices by both guys.  The Workingman’s/AB songs sound great (and both were omitted from DP).  In fact, CANDYMAN!  Such a great version.  The band sounded great during the first 6 songs. They really started rippin’ at Jack Straw and beyond (coincidence?).  Here Come Sunshine is AMAZING.  Very possibly my favorite yet.  I feel like I keep saying that.  The Playin’ here is fantastic as they have been as of late.

Set 2:
To get the negative out of the way, there are 26 minutes in a row that I am not too fond of… Row Jimmy into Weather Report Suite.  Row Jimmy is so bland at this point to me and Weather Report Suite is basically just a bad song.  OK, enough negativity.  The He’s Gone > Truckin > Other One > Stella Blue jam is AMAZING.  So amazing.  It does make sense that Dick chose this as his first pick.  The freak out sections are great and they very naturally slide back into more structured material. I love it. One of the best ever.

Favorite quote:
As this show was Dick’s Picks 1, I figured a quote having to do with Dick would be appropriate:
“Though his ‘day job’ in Hawaii was working at the zoo, Latvala’s main focus was growing pot”

Next up: 1974

Previous show: 12/18/73 Grateful Dead

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Ed & Lerry’s Grateful Dead Tour Journal: 12/18/73

December 18, 1973
Venue:Curtis Hixon Convention Hall
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Lerry: I’m going to sum up this excellent show in a haiku:
Amazing playing
Weather songs thus no Stealie
Fucking great Dark Star

Favorite quote:
“This is it,just stream Dark Star I dare ya!!!!!!!!I billion stars best thing I ever heard period.”

Ed: You captured the essence of the show so beautifully that I am not going to mar it with any more words.

Favorite quote:
“OK…I amend my previous post…the music pre-verse is makeout music. The music post verse is downright freaked. Maybe that’s the time you have baked-out sex. Let me listen to the rest of it…
-Steve (07/14/2008)”

Next show: 12/19/73 Grateful Dead

Previous show: 12/12/73 Grateful Dead

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