DEAD HEAD FOR PARADISE AND POINTS EAST
The Grateful Dead, having completed an extremely successful tour of the Pacific Northwest, are turning their attention to Europe. At the end of March the band will leave San Francisco to play several Eastern cities, then Paradise Island in the Bahamas, visit Paradise Island in the Bahamas [sic], and so on to the Continent.
Paradise Island was purchased a number of years ago by Howard Hughes, the secretive plutocrat, who erected a giant resort hotel there. Friends of the Dead, the Mary Carter Paint Company, have just bought the property from Hughes and the group will provide the music for a housewarming party at their private residence on the island.
After engagements in Washington, D.C., the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and probably Detroit and Cleveland, and the Paradise party, the Grateful Dead sail for France. They will perform in Paris (most likely at the Olympic Theatre), Grenoble and Lyons in April, and then head for the Scandinavian countries. Appearances are set for Helsinki, Oslo, Copenhagen, Upsala, and Stockholm in May. Stops in Holland and England will complete the long-projected tour. There are also plans, but less definite ones, to return to San Francisco the long way around and play Japan and Australia.
Recording on the group's next album should be completed before they depart ("We've already spent $60,000 of Warner Brothers' money and they want to see something for it," Rock Scully, the Dead's manager, commented) and they expect it and two single records, all as yet untitled, to be released sometime in March. A St. Valentine's Day dance at the Carousel Ballroom with Country Joe and the Fish - to be broadcast live by KMPX in San Francisco - and a Washington's Birthday weekend stand at King's Beach in Lake Tahoe with the Youngbloods are also on their crowded schedule. The last two events, like the Northwest tour, are being produced and promoted by the Dead themselves in a move for artistic and financial independence.
(from Rolling Stone, March 9 1968)