10 Questions for...Jim
Jim and his ten:
1. 1st Dead Experience – Reading BAM magazine review of their Orpheum Theater shows in 1976. Had never heard the music, but the review described concert starting with Gregorian chants and I just thought, “Whoa, that’s wild.”
2. 1st Dead Show – Oct. 10, 1976 Oakland Coliseum The Dead and the Who. What else is there to say? Two of the greatest bands in the world providing an entire day’s worth of glorious music. I went there to see the Who, but was definitely impressed by the Dead. I was 14 at the time. No idea how I talked my parents into allowing me to go.
3. Last Dead Show – Oct 10, 1982 Frost Amphitheater, Palo Alto, CA
4. How many shows did you go too? 35-40 plus numerous JGB shows at the Keystone in Berkeley and S.F.
5. Favorite year or time period - 1969. About as heavy as it gets. Absolutely mind-blowing stuff that knocks the stuffing out of whatever hard-rock outfit you want to name. Pigpen’s stuff was scorching, too.
6. Favorite band member (if it’s Jerry, 2nd favorite?) Bobby. He seemed to always “have it together” on stage, with clear strong vocals, a good stage presence, and good guitar. I also think Jerry’s guitar work is particularly impressive on Bobby’s songs.
7. Other favorite bands – Jefferson Airplane, Dreams Come True (Japanese), Springsteen, REM, the Who, Jimi Hendrix
8. Favorite movie – The Grateful Dead movie.(Does that count?) Watch part of it nearly every morning as I’m stretching. Puts me in a great mood and reminds me what a wild scene Grateful Dead shows were.
9. I'm currently reading (or I recently read)... Creature from Jekyll Island – A second look at the Federal Reserve. As Willie Nelson states on the jacket, “Scary. It’s the story of the world banking system. Enough said.”
10. When I'm not online or listening to The Grateful Dead... Watching cartoons (with kids) or concert DVDs.