I'm an Aussie who is new to site and a big fan of the Dead's music since the mid Seventies, Unfortunately I never got to see them live. They never came to Australia so it wasn't easy. I did make it to San Francisco in 2006 and saw Phil Lesh and Friends at the Warfield, but that's the closest I've come so far.
I've got heaps of albums, CD's and DVDs and get together with a few like like minded souls every so often and jam Dead songs on the acoustics. When I discovered the guitar tabs on this site I thought I'd gone to heaven.
Love reading all the posts about seeing and playing Dead cover bands etc. You guys don't know how lucky you are.