Tour Head's Insight into
the period of 1979-1990 I attended over 100
Dead shows. I saw the country from West to East
more family each tour. Sense of community
important to me & I did like the older guys had done
me and tried to teach new young tour heads respect
the scene and each other. This respect for kindness &
other seemed to start getting lost as the scene got
right around the time that "Touch Of Grey" was
of new people joined in and there was now
too many people in the lots w/out tickets.
to turn my musical attention much more toward
Garcia Band at this time and went to 0ver 20
& collected tapes from shows I didn't see,
shows & tapes are my favorites still to this day.
that J.G.B. gave Jerry the freedom he lacked in the Dead
was the definite leader-& was able to let his favorite
influences-Bob Dylan-the Beatles-Motown-
blues & rock-take over and he could do musically
he felt like since he was the leader.
is also the period when I realized how serious his drug addictions
affecting his playing and his preparation with
band. There were shows when it was damn obvious
band wasn't ready to try certain songs.
when they were on they rocked my soul and
me singing & feeling emotions I didn't feel at Dead
90's my Grateful Dead show touring slowed down-
so much because I was older-but as a musician i
down and many nights physically unable to play
stand up for 3-4 hours. At one show my friend remarked
he couldn't hear Jerry very well and why wouldn't Healy
him up. I took his binoculars out and looked and simply
to my friend-"His right hand is not moving-he's not
nothing to turn up." It took my
a few shows to see what I meant as he was not a musician like me.
final 3 shows in Atlanta Ga. in '95 I noticed
a lot at different points in the shows-It was the
I had ever seen Jerry-the rest of the band sounded good
he was hurting bad. I wish i had gone to the last show
Field Chicago-that tour
on on his last two songs he ever sang
Roads-Black Muddy River
spirit woke him up and he left us with
performances-almost like he knew the calling was there.
believe in fate now. And i do miss
I try to tell friends & loved ones that there is a
careful with the use of drugs-and when
over your life-you need to regain that personal control.
it is a hard lesson to learn
fields are full of dancin'
of singing and romancin'
music never stopped"
part 5 of my grateful dead story