In 1977 we started to concentrate more on the grateful dead band since we already knew that they finaly got the permition to give thier show in Egypt,heard lots of storys about how difficult it was till they managed to do it, one of these storys is" it took them 5 years till they managed to do it"any way me myself and I forgetting about all other names were very tight friends, living on ... , vitamin c and ....... made us discover the music and hear it clear , me myself and i turned our love lights on and became new DEAD HEADS in the early 78, there was only one older dead head than us in the house and it was the mom of I .I was a 17 years old american ,myself came from jordan and me an egyptian but that did n´t mean any thing for us .we used to run open partys in the house and lots of freaky freaks used to show up it was the golden age of EGYPT we were free like the eagles everything was legal no prb. getting high any where and every where , the policys were fair and fine the people were getting used to be free from the old russian system which ruled them from the late 60s to the early 70s, so any fashion or any new trend was accepted straight ahead.....
waking up one day after a long wild night I came up to meand told me that there is a vip from the grateful dead band is coming to EGYPT to organize the tour for the deads, , we were so young and so happy about that AND READY TO GIVE ANY HELP IF ITS POSSIBLE, that what exactly happend we had to give a hand and run down to the wierd market and score some fresh flowers for the band , the flowers smelled very well and it was enough for the deads and may be some other bands too, we met the vip man again and gave him the roses , so he gave us some blue back stage cards ,tshirts ,posters , buckels , records etc etc. and a very special present made very special for the dead family but we had apart of it, we started to count the days cleaning our souls and brians to be as pure as we can, for sure we had lots of infos about the opening and that the former first lady and a couple of ministers gonna be there "first row" and the band gonna play mellow stuff for like 20 to 30 mins and then they would turn the volume up that the DEAD HEADS would switch places and come in the front after the delegation goes.That what exactly happend ,as they planed it, but the magic in the whole three nights is how the dead came on stage it was a dream ,let me try to describe it shortly, THE HIGH LIGHTS were zoomed to the pyramids with diffrent light colors, me myself and i saw the flag waving on the peak ,and we were peaking too and thought of going up and stealing it,but it never happend then comes Hamza eldin with his percusionists joined for sure with Mr. M Hart ,then after a while comes Mr. B. Kreuzman with one arm in the Gips after a motor byc. accident but both started to jam with the ten or 15 head band with Hamza eldin, slowly we found Phil also jamming with the band but never saw from where he came ,after a short while we could hear Jerrys guitar but we cann´t see him yet a grate jam was going on and suddenly it was the GRATEFUL DEAD on stage jamming as if they were playing since days ago and no any signs from Hamza eldin and his band they disapeard and do n´t ask me how , for us egyptians the music is a bit strange to be more clear" the native people would never understand any thing about it" BUT WE SAW THEM ON THE ROCKS AND THE HILLS AROUND THE STAGE WITH THIER CAMELS ;DONKEYS AND HORSES DANCING AND DANCING AND DANCING it was so amazing even for the band , the moon was shining upon us all and there were about 500 dead heads came to egypt specially for this show a couple stayed back in egypt and never left since, we were like 20 persons atleast together in the front line and on stage in the break had a short talk with phil and hamza eldin , KEITH was wearing his eye shades BOB was hot on the mic and jerry used to give us his back and Jamm but we could smell our roses every where i even saw jerry puting one on the amp and every now and then he goes and smell it it was pretty cloudy on stage we all fell in love with DONNA in the second set there was a dead head "she" WENT SCREAMING jerry JERRRRRRRRRRYYYYYYYYYYYYY ;till the cops came over and wanted to bust the whole bunsh of people around her and I was supposed to be busted with them but they took her and after few mins she came back, after the first show the sky was yellow and the sun went blue it was a powerful place , heard that it was phils idea to make a show in Egypt and he visited the country few times before 1978 , he is the heart of the band and Jerry is the soul , gonna text the rest pretty soon
ps. sorry for my bad english and week grammar ,please don´t complain and also sorry for not mentioning the real names
Well well !! good to hear from/about you again brother, sorry i've been hiding for a while "things" kept getting from bad to worse with everything! work, family, life in general but I will get by. I just woke up one morning and found six hundred pounds of sin grinnin at my window and all I said was "come on in" .. so now i'm dealing with the wolf :o) - gonna chase him away so far and be happy when .. he's gone.
Ash .. looking 4ward to hear that story bro ..
salams .. iko
Wanna read it too, any way you't send the original version in a pm?? Would appreciate it :-)
Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone, you will still exist, but you have ceased to live.
gonna do it pretty soon , a couple of dead heads here managed to read it before it vanishe d away AS LONG AS YOU ARE STANDING STRONG NOTHING IS GONNA BE WRONG
nice to hear from ya ,gonna repeat it soon and thanx and respect for Marye who is always friendly and awake for such mistakes and dangerous lines but as all the dead heads knows even home WHERE EVER WE GO PEOPLE ALWAYS COMPLAIN so dead heads are used to it but we ´ll make things better next time .......loving to be among ya and sharing the vibes with all my humble brothers and sisters......... peace and harmony............Ash ..............AS LONG AS YOU ARE STANDING STRONG NOTHING IS GONNA BE WRONG
I was lucky enough to have read that story before it got clobbered. And I can readily understand why it got clobbered. But it is a good story, and you should repost an appropriately sanitized version, ie leave the names/specific roles out of it. There are other ways to get their meaning in the story across without direct identification, and I'm sure that many here would be most appreciative. You can do this without endangering anyone if you write carefully.
Conversation is always more interesting than recitation, so speak your mind and not someone else's.
:( - iko
hey ash, change the names of the guilty so the hearts and minds of the innocence are not corrupted by your torrid tale and spin it for us again,it must be good : )
RESPECT and let the good times roll Ash
PM sent, thanks!
And please tell more stories! As a cautionary note to all: keep in mind that we live in weird times, Internet posts are essentially forever, and it's better to keep people's names out of some of these tales on grounds of general prudence.
ME, removing mod hat