Once upon a time, technical presidential candidate John Kasich did something not boring and kind of funny, if you can even believe it. He tried to get onstage at a Grateful Dead show in 1991 and when that didn’t work, he threatened to blacklist the band.
The Grateful Dead was playing RFK Stadium. Kasich had a backstage pass through Dwight Yoakam, the opener, and was onstage during Yoakam’s set. When Kasich tried to use his credentials to rejoin the spectating entourage on stage as the Dead played, he was blocked by the tour manager. Kasich pulled the “don’t you know who I am?” card, according to a witness interviewed by Post reporter Lois Romano, and said he could prevent the Dead from ever playing Washington again.
Kasich, for his part, denied some of the details, telling Romano, “Telling the Grateful Dead you’re a congressman is not going to get you onstage. This is way off the mark. . . I said, ‘Hey, why won’t you let me on — I can’t understand why you’re not letting me on.’ I argued with him for a few minutes and then I left. I probably should not have argued with the guy. I don’t think I was angry. I’m a pretty upbeat guy.”
Either way, not the most flattering story, but praise the content gods—finally, a reason to write about John Kasich.