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HOWARD HISTORY

The Baltimore Sun

As reported July 25, 1990, in The Sun:

A longtime member of the Grateful Dead is scheduled for an Aug. 28 concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion, much to the chagrin of police officials, who have lobbied to keep the band's performers out of Howard County.

After police voiced criticism about the Grateful Dead's drug-culture following, managers of the 14,000-seat amphitheater in Columbia announced last month that neither the band nor Jerry Garcia, the lead singer, would be booked for this summer.

But the scheduling of the group's rhythm guitarist, Bob Weir, has touched off a note of discord between police and pavilion administrators, who have differing views on whether musical performers should be banned based on the audiences they attract.

"I'm surprised they're letting one of these guys back in. I thought a special effort was being made to discourage the drug use associated with that band," said Howard County Police Chief Frederick W. Chaney. "It's not what I would have expected."

Police made 29 arrests at a Garcia concert at the pavilion last September, with most charged with distributing or possessing the hallucinogen LSD. In the spring, Chaney told supervisors of the Nederlander Organization, which runs the pavilion, that the band should be excluded from future concerts.

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