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Grateful Dead - Yale Bowl

Grateful Dead - Yale Bowl

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Grateful Dead, Yale Bowl, Yale University, New Haven, CT

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Yale Bowl "Road Trips" CD...actually may NOT be THAT show!!!!?

I may have been pretty wasted, that evening,but, I distinctly remember a quite a few things that happened at the beginning of that show, that are not on the CD [which makes me believe that the show just released is surely from that time period, but from a different venue. I definately remember, that they played El Paso, in the beginning and something "crazy" happened with the whole vibe during that song. The "Intensity" rose,so fast, that after that song, Phil, Bobby and Jerry just stopped and went into kind of a circular huddle on the stage, that lasted quite a few minutes. Then I remember that they proceeded into an excellent version of Dark Star. Then, something else. very "wierd" happened during that song,[that's not apparent on the CD]. During the latter part of that song, Jerry, went into one of his "signature", intense "repetitive riffs" that, I could only recall from the 1969 original Live-Dead recording. At that point, the vibrations got so "heavy", that EVERYONE in the stands, jumped the wall and rushed the stage. Next thing I recall is all of us were packed together like sardines and literally " falling" on each other, but nobody hit the ground because we were so closely grouped and wasted to the max and then, Dark Star ended. Bobby then, did something new, with Ron-"Pigpen" {they started doing around that time}, which was "intoducing" each other to the audience at the beginning of the show, kind of like a mutual admiration intro like; "here he is, the baddest guy in show business...Pigpen" or let's hear it for the prettiest guy in show business...Bobby, and then they flew into Hard-to Handle, which I remember, was as good as the version you can listen to on on of the CD's {Hollywood Palladium}, also available on the Phil Zone CD. My big Question; why didn't I hear that Bobby "intro" of Ron on the Road Trips CD!? After Hard to Handle I don't remember all that much, about the rest of that set, except for two things; 1[ I hallucinated that the Dead were in Spacesuits {like on the back cover of Mars Hotel} and 2] that It was just a little too intense being that high and staying on that crowded football field, colsely packed in with all those crazy "tripping" people, so I somehow got back to my seat, in the stands for the 2nd part of the show. Another thing, I'm 99.9% certain about, is that Jerry reprised his ultimate original, 11-minute phenominal "jam" tune, from their 1st Warner Bros. Album; Viola Lee Blues. I remember finding and reuniting with then friend/neighbor; Al Pine,{ whom I helped get a ticket to the show} and telling him at the start of Viola; "now, you're going to see how Jerry can play, when he's really into it". Finally,all I have left to say about Yale Bowl-1971, it probably one of the last times, I remember them playing TWO phenominal early tunes great and the audience, being about as WASTED as I have ever witnessed, going back to 2/13/70, at Fillmore East.

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Forgot to mention in my last post

Yale Bowl was the FIRST show that I can recall, ever seeing at ANY Dead show, those neon yellow & orange colored, glow in the dark thingees that they sell nowadays, all the time in amusement parks and carnivals...anyone else remember that? Also, it rained that day close up to show time and all the speaker cabinets were beautifully "tie-dyed"!

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Pretty awesome stage! I

Pretty awesome stage! I really like how it was set up on the field. People surely have a great space or I mean the place is very spacious so people can really have a good time there. 

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those light stick things

wow, i'm the guy, my friends and i, who brought the light sticks to that show. it was indeed the first ever appearance of these things in a public venue anywhere. i swear.

how do i know this? my father, (rip), worked at a company that made custom machines that assemble products... think in your head like how do 5 packs of throw away razors get assembled, heat sealed and ready for the check out counter at the store... machines do it.

my father's company got the job from cyalume(sp?), to create the machine that would fill the cylinders, and assemble the parts into finished light sticks. these things were not on the market yet.

soo..when you design and build machines like this, you assemble them at your shop and test them. when you test 'em, they spit out the product.

our garage that spring and summer was filling with boxes, 1,000's of these things.

by the way, they were all neon green at that point, no other colors. the samples in our garage and that we took to the show were not in the wrapper either, just the bare cylinders.

my friends and i were bursting about this as the show got closer. we knew it would be a first, that it would get a big reaction, and it would be a dead show to boot.!! it don't get more cosmic than that for 1971..heh.

As i recall, there were 7 of us, 3 guys and 4 girls. we had back packs and shoulder bags filled up with light sticks. how may is that? jeepers, would have to be like 500-700 of them anyhow.

the show started when it was still light out, we could barely hold ourselves back until dark to do our ultimate prank. then we started the whole thing, grab a stick, break it, shake it, and throw it, as far as you could. not as dark as i wanted it to be..but who cares.

in my memory, the entire end zone of the yale bowl, stopped, even exploded, people cheering, yelling, people around us now, grabbing handfuls of light sticks to throw, watching these green glow things fly around, tossed from area to area of the end zone... the band did not go into their next song while this went on.

how long did that take? several hundred sticks..10 mins? it had to be 15 mins i bet before the band went into their next tune. sorry, i don't remember which tune before or after the show stopped.

we were maybe 1/3 of the way back from the stage, off center, in line with pig pen. these sticks are flying around, all over it seems, and some..i might say as many as 10 ended up on stage. before the crowd settled down, pig pen had 1 or two standing up, several on amplifiers standing upright.

in my mind..as they went into the next tune..jerry had one in his left hand..holds it up...and at the mic says something like "i don't know what these are..but they're pretty fu&&&%%$$# cool".

...our whole lives growing up our garage had stuff like that..boxes of razors...stanley screw drivers...casette tapes...and light sticks..

that's the story.

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