Stronger Than Dirt
  • Stronger Than Dirt
  • Grateful Dead
  • 75-03-23 Kezar Stadium, San Francisco, CA

Today’s Daily Dose of Dead is the jam from which all other jam band music is derived. This is Stronger Than Dirt performed at the March 23, 1975 show in Kezar Stadium.

The quality is raw and loud which suits this jam just fine. If you ever had any question about Jerry’s ability on guitar and to improvise this should answer all questions.

Simply a spectacular piece of improvisational music!!!!


The Starship & Caesar’s Chariot

Travelling was always considered a major chore by Zeppelin. Neither Jimmy Page nor Peter Grant were particularly fond of flying, and Bonham was often known to require a drink or two to calm his nerves before taking off. In a country the size of America, air travel was a necessity, and so some sort of accomodations had to be made.

Beginning with the 1972 U.S. tour, the band traveled in a small private Falcon Jet hired by Grant. Unfortunately, these aircraft are comparatively light and susceptible to air turbulence. After performing a show at San Francisco’s Kezar Stadium on June 2, 1973, Zeppelin encountered bad turbulence on a flight back to Los Angeles. This unnerving incident persuaded Grant that if they were going to have to fly, they would do it in as much style, comfort and safety as possible-regardless of cost ($30,000 for the remainder of the 1973 US Tour).

The Starship, N7201U (CN: 17907), was the first Boeing 720-022 built. It was delivered to United Airlines on Oct. 05, 1960 and then purchased on Jan. 15, 1973 by Contemporary Entertainment for $750,000. Owner Ward Sylvester, manager of performer Bobby Sherman, spent another $750,000 renovating the interior of The Starship.

Inside, the main cabin contained seats and tables, revolving arm chairs, a 30-foot long couch running along the right hand side of the plane opposite the bar, a television set and video cassette player; an electronic organ was built into the bar. At the rear of the plane were two back rooms, one a den with a low couch and pillows on the floor, the other a bedroom, complete with a white fur bedspread and shower room.

The Starship was even staffed by two stewardesses, Susie, and attractive eighteen-year old blonde, and Bianca, a twenty-two year old with a dark complexion and a sense of humor.

The Starship was again used throughout the entire 1975 U.S. tour (at a cost of $2,500 per hour or $5 per mile - whichever came higher), by which time Bonzo liked to occupy the co-pilot’s seat. “He flew us all the way from New York to L.A. once,” Peter Grant told a startled fellow traveler on one tour, “He ain’t got a license, mind…”

The Starship was used by Alice Cooper, Allman Brothers Band, Deep Purple, Elton John, Olivia Newton-John and Peter Frampton on their tours.

The Starship was leased by McCulloch Int. in Nov. 1975, repossessed by Bank of America on Nov. 10, 1977, purchased by AeroAmerica on June 21, 1978, subleased as a private plane on Sept. 1978 through Mar. 1979 and then it went into storage at Luton Airport in London. It was then parted out in July 1982 because it was too corroded for flight.

Warriors San Francisco Stadium Plan Gets Boost From Sacramento Lawmakers

Warriors San Francisco Stadium Plan Gets Boost From Sacramento Lawmakers

SACRAMENTO (CBS SF) — On the same day the Golden State Warriors were lighting up Oakland with an NBA Championship parade, lawmakers in Sacramento were finalizing the state’s budget, including an environmental law exemption for the planned Warriors stadium at San Francisco’s Mission Bay.

“It saves them some time in court,” State Senator Mark Leno said.

Leno talked about it on KPIX 5 Sunday…

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LGBT night at Giants stadium! I feel honored to be in the gayest/best city in the world on the most important day of gay history so far. #prideweekend (at San Francisco Giants Stadium)