ODE TO VINCE

1951-2006



THE CHESHIRE CAT, THE COOL CAT CALLER, 

WATERBED LOAFER, YELLOW MG

BIG BLACK CRUIZER SEDAN.

TURQUOISE SKIDS UNDER THE CATMAN DO.

MONKEY POSTURE, CIGS Ní BEANS,

CHILE Ní REEF, EAR TO EAR KIND, 

RED HEAD TO TOE. 

MUCOUS MAMBO, SAMBA IN THE RAIN,

OH MY BABY, O, A LIFE IN PAIN.

THE COMEDY AND TRAGEDY OF MR. V W.

AN ODE TO THE MAN, 

TRUE BLUE ON REPORT, WALKIN IN THE 

SAND, SHORTNESS OF BREATH THE 

SANDMAN SLEEPS NOW, FOREVER, UNTIL

THE MUSIC RISES AGAIN.

IN ALL THE GLORY THAT WAS THEN.




A MUSICOLOGIST, HE TAUGHT US TO COUNT.

WEST SIDER, NEXT OF KIN BABY BROTHER

CALLED ďTHE KIDĒ.

LONG WAY TO GO HOME 

FROM HIGH TO WEST HIGH.

BIG EYED BEAN FROM PHOENIX.

OH MY, OH MY HEART, MY HEART.

THE ANGELSí GRIN, SHE SPARKS 

IN HIS EYES, THE DEVILíS RED WIFE.

THE BEAST WITH TEN FINGERS.

EBONY AND IVORY KEYS TO EVERY CITY.

SO PROUD, SO DEDICATED.

LIFE ON THE ROAD TOOK THE TOLLS.

SOUTHWESTERN SKIES TUMBLE 

AND FALL DOWN WITH RAIN ON ROUTE 66.

LEO THE LION FISH, THE BOSA NOVA KING.

WILD INDIAN WOMAN, TOTEM POLE LIFE

BLOWS ITíS STACKS, CHOPPED DOWN 

IN MID CARVING, THE FROG JUMPS 

AND CRIES, THE HORSE SWATS A FLY, 

SHEDS A TEAR, AND FLIES AWAY FROM

THE SMOG FARM.

DONíT WANT TO WAIT ANYMORE, 

FEEL IT,

FEEL IT COMING, 

AFFORDABLES, FORMATION OF THE MISSING

MAN, NOW THE ONE.

PIMA INDIAN paTTerns ON A

BROKEN CLAY POT, APACHE TEARS WITH A 

LONG, SLOW BURNÖ ALL FOR A SONG.



TUBULAR BROTHER WHERE FOR ART THOU?

NOW EATEN THE COSMOS, SWALLOWED YOU

POLAND WHOLE.

THE DARK STAR, THE STARK BAR,

THE LONG CAR WITH THE LITTLE WHEELS

IN YOUR HEAD TELLING YOU

THAT WHEN YOU DIE, 

YOUíRE GONNA BE A LONG TIME DEAD.



P.P. 6-14-06
FROM THE A - DECK
GD.net is announcing the death of Grateful Vince Welnick 

Today. June 2. Never forget the first time I saw The Tubes doing White Punks On Dope back around '77. 
D-Fan 

My Vince Story 


On June 13, 1997 at Wiggens Park in Camden NJ, I met Vince Welnick. His band at that time, Missing Man Formation with Kimock & Vega, opened up for JS. Diana sang with his band too. Before the JS came on, he walked thru the crowd and I came up to him and as he was surrounded by fans looking for autographs, I asked him a simple question "Do you remember your first GD show?". His answer was yes, "it was in Richfield Ohio". Then, I asked him "Were you scared?". And he said "I was scared shitless". Well, I pulled out a VHS tape and gave him a really good copy of the 1st set and half of the second set from the Richfield Coliseum 9/7/90. He was shocked to see that tape (it was stealth-filmed) and hugged me like it really meant a lot to him. He just thanked me over and over again. I think tears came from his eyes and mine as we looked at the tape and smiled about the significance of it. 

I had purposely brought the tape with me hoping I'd see him. It was well known even then among Deadheads that he was depressed. I thought I'd wipe away some of his depression with this tape. He took me backstage and told everyone what I had done. And then he went looking for a vcr and tv to watch it. I said my goodbyes as JS was taking the stage. 

I filmed the MMF and JS sets from up front. Its on VHS somewhere in my library. I think I'll try to find it tonite to watch. That was the last time I saw Vince.

When the GD came to MSG on that first tour in 1990, there were stickers that read "Yo Vinnie!" given out by GD fans to other fans. Vince autographed my sticker at that Camden show. I still have it in my GD collection of stickers. That's my parting thought.

YO VINNIE! We loved ya. Thanks for everything.

Dave L.



If the Thunder don't get you, then the 


lightning will...
The Wheel....

As Our Brother Vince goes to the Light.....

Jeannie DarkStar