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I first saw “The Song Remains The Same” as a midnight movie there in 1982. We were driven in by a friend’s parents, who went with us. I was 12 and this was my first-ever “concert” experience. I clearly remember someone coming over the PA before the show and saying “we’ve cleared it with the fire marshals and you’re all allowed to smoke- WHATEVER YOU WANT!!!” you can imagine the applause. It was a monstrous sound system and my ears were ringing for days.
Fifteen years later I ended up working at Electric Lady (I was there when the wall went down), and there was a trap-door that opened from our third-floor storage that went down to the second floor of the theater. I was afraid to go down there but one day the studio cat got loose and ended up in the theater so I wandered through and it was a very surreal experience. I grabbed some ticket stubs, and found a blue plastic bong with a Jerry Garcia sticker on it that I still have. Anyone can shed light on where that came from? Also was there one Sunday morning when they pulled the marquees down. The plastic side marquee was laying on the ground and I grabbed all ten feet of it and still have it as well! Very interested in the history of the building going back to 1929- anyone doing a serious project on it please email me at