How The Birmingham News destitute teen’s Grateful Dead tip during 1995 show

April 15, 2015 - photo frame

Story by Kaitlyn Blount

When a Grateful Dead announced it was entrance to Birmingham on a 1995 tour, Danielle Miles was a 15­-year-old vital in circuitously Guin. At a time, Miles was roving to Tuscaloosa once a week with her best crony Bridget Gann for majorette use during a University of Alabama. Miles and Gann both wanted to go to a show, though being usually 15, indispensable accede from their parents.

The girls were faced with a doubt of either or not to desire or take a risk and attend a uncover behind their parent’s back. Miles chose a latter.

“We knew a relatives would never let us go or give us any income toward a tickets, so we motionless to skip majorette lessons one week and spend a income on tickets,” Miles said. “I hid those tickets for weeks behind a design frame.”

But a day before a concert, fear got a improved of her, and Miles motionless to come purify to her parents. To her surprise, they authorised her to attend a concert, though usually on one condition: she had to keep it a tip from a rest of her family.

The subsequent day, an vehement Miles set out for a uncover with Gann and 3 other friends. “I was awaiting to usually arrive and go inside to see a concert. we never approaching all of a activity that was on a outside,” Miles said.

A festival­-like atmosphere greeted them outward of a Birmingham-­Jefferson Civic Center. There were caravans of vendors offered food and memorabilia, all surrounded by a sold-out throng of old, young, new and long­devoted Dead fans alike.

As Miles and her friends walked around and dripping it all in, she was approached by a vendor named Thaddeus Reith. The businessman felt that she was “the prettiest lady [he] had seen all day” and had to give her a hug. Despite a startle of being approached so bluntly by a stranger, Miles happily obliged.

The stage held a courtesy of a Birmingham News reporter. To Miles’ surprise, a story finished adult in a paper and a one condition she had concluded to was broken.

Now a rest of her family was certain to find out she had left to a show. (Despite her cover being blown, Miles pronounced all incited out OK with her family).

Miles’ usually bewail concerning a unison was not regulating a backstage pass given to her by a sound man operative a show. Doubting a flawlessness of a pass, Miles pronounced she even asked dual military officers if it was legitimate, though in a finish motionless it was too good to be loyal and enjoyed a uncover with everybody else.

Years later, Miles checked a website of Crestcraft, a association obliged for production backstage passes for a Grateful Dead. It incited out a pass was real.

The Apr 4th uncover in Birmingham would go down as one of a final shows the Grateful Dead achieved before Jerry Garcia died.

Missed opportunities aside, Miles still got to attend a unison that she would always cherish. Twenty years later, she still listens to her favorite songs on a Grateful Dead Sirius XM hire and can demeanour behind during what she considers a loyal coming­-of-­age impulse in her life.

“It was my initial time during a unison with usually friends and not my parents,” Miles said. “My initial and final Grateful Dead Show.”

Lost Stories is a digital storytelling partnership between a University of Alabama broadcasting dialect and Alabama Media Group. Together, we’re revelation a stories behind a photos in The Birmingham News’ archives.

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