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RFK, June 14, 1991, (wave that) Flag Day. The last time I would see the band for awhile as I was headed Down Under for a year in less than a month. The first set was one that you couldn't gauge how great it was by just looking at the set list. Nearly every song they played was just taken to the Nth degree, it seemed, esp. by Jerry on Tennessee Jed.

The second set, however, was one anyone could see was a classic by merely looking at the set list: Help>Slip>Franklin's>Estimated>Dark Star! Stuck with 3 friends in some seats to the righto of the stage (and with no view of Jer), somewhere during drums, I thought, through my kaleidoscope eyes, I could see empty seats way up in the upper deck, facing the stage. So I commandeered the group to go on a hike and they all followed me up the concourse up god knows how many ramps during a crazy Space and all manner of Space-behaviors going on during our trek.

finally, I arrived at a portal I thought was near the empty patch of seats and I went in. One of my friends, who I think was starting to wonder why she had left her comfortable seat downstairs, asked politely but firmly: "Do you know where you're going?"

OK, that's a fair question, I thought, and told her that, really, we were almost there. Then we walked into the stadium turned up a narrow aisle and began clumsily traipsing up the steep steps. About halfway up, I looked to my right and yes! there was a mostly empty row. so we straggled to some seats, packed a bowl and waited for the rest of Dark Star to come out of Space.

But then something happened and it was Stella Blue, a song at that time I had usually not preferred to hear. But this time, it made perfect sense. And Jerry's hair was blowing straight up from the air conditioning as we could see on the huge screens above the stage and he gave all he had on Stella Blue that night. It was just breathtaking. then a quick romp through Lovelight and the encore surely had to be US Blues. No wait, they played that 2 shows earlier in Charlotte and I was there. What would it be? Whatever it was, it would be the last Dead I was going to see for awhile.

And don't you know, it was "Baby Blue."

You must leave now, take what you need, you think will last.
But whatever you wish to keep, you better grab it fast.
Yonder stands your orphan with his gun,
Crying like a fire in the sun.
Look out the saints are comin' through
And it's all over now, Baby Blue.

The highway is for gamblers, better use your sense.
Take what you have gathered from coincidence.
The empty-handed painter from your streets
Is drawing crazy patterns on your sheets.
This sky, too, is folding under you
And it's all over now, Baby Blue.

All your seasick sailors, they are rowing home.
All your reindeer armies, are all going home.
The lover who just walked out your door
Has taken all his blankets from the floor.
The carpet, too, is moving under you
And it's all over now, Baby Blue.

Leave your stepping stones behind, something calls for you.
Forget the dead you've left, they will not follow you.
The vagabond who's rapping at your door
Is standing in the clothes that you once wore.
Strike another match, go start anew
And it's all over now, Baby Blue.

The first 2 verses just seemed like Jerry was singing to me and I know that every time I've ever heard or read someone say that, I just cringed. "It's the drugs, dumbass!" I wanted to scream. And of course, I certainly didn't fly straight at the show that night but the pain of my mother's death just 6 months earlier and the fact that I was about to embark on a life-changing journey was not lost on me during those few precious moments I stood and swayed, up at the top of my beloved old RFK, listening to those words of wisdom written and sung by two men who I had always trusted if not met physically.

To get the final blessing on my upcoming trip was very special indeed.

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June 26, 1988

Pittsburgh Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, Pa. (Sun)
1: Half Step> Rooster, Push, Mama Tried> Big River> Cumberland, Start Your Engines, Big RxR Blues, Music
2: Touch, Playin> Uncle John> Playin> Drumz> Mr. Fantasy> Hey Jude Finale> Black Peter> Lovelight E: Black Muddy River
first "Start Your Engines"
my first show...

or 07-14-90
Foxboro Stadium, Foxboro, Ma. (Sat)
1: Shakedown, Walking Blues, Far From Me, Candyman, Memphis Blues, Ramble On, Saturday Night
2: Eyes> Estimated> Crazy Fingers> Uncle John> Drumz> Take You Home> Miracle> GDTRFB> Throwing Stones> Lovelight E: Last Time> We Bid You Goodnight
"Addams Family" tuning, "Take A Step Back" before "Eyes" - final "Take You Home" - venue used to be called "Sullivan Stadium" - Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians opened
... this was the first show that i travelled to...
both shows, if i remember, were smokin'... i was with great friends & had super trips... at some point at the foxboro show, i was seperated from my party & really felt the comraderie of the community.. winding my way closer to the stage, festival seating - everyone shared & smiled & enjoyed the day...

SAY YOUR PEACE & GET OUT

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09/07/87 CS&N and the Dead same day

My second show was quite memorable...I saw Crosby Stills & Nash at Greatwoods in a special daytime show then drove down to Providence with a few thousand of my closest friends to see the Dead. Man what a fucking amazing day.

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Most life changing show

My first show 9/2/78 at Giants stadium w/ Willie Nelson,N.R.P.S I could not move from my seat, I was mealting.
10/11/83 MSG St.Stephen break out
11/1/85 Richmond (Gloria)
6/27/85 Saratoga
So many "special" shows but these seem to stand out. Also 7/2&3/88 Oxford,Maine.
Oh I could go on and on ,but ain't that why we are all here?

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LIFE-CHANGING SHOW, RE;RELEASE TERRAPIN STATION '77

My origional life-changing show was my first; August '67. I beleive, the Yale Bowl, New Haven. The halcyion days of the dead, more or less the origional line up. I saw the Dead do "Dark Star" "St Stephen". a lot of material from their "Live Dead' release.
But with the news, this moring of the pre-sale of "Terrapin Station-Hartford '77; it brings back a flood of memories. For starters, I was born in Hartford., in May 1977 I was plannng to take the Greyhound bus to San Francisco(I've been on three cross-country bus trips. It's seems Simon and Garfunkle's "America" was written, just for me.)
Anyway, I heard the Dead were going to be in town, at the Civic Center.I delayed my trip. I lived about a short 2 mile ride from the venue; I still do
Because I was planning to go to San Francisco, I was hoping that the Dead would play "Estimated Prophet' a tribute to California. I was floored, when They did play it!. I left several days later.
1977 was the last time I've been to my favorite city in the whole world, San Francisco. As I remember, we picked up quite a few Deadheads, headed, both east and west, who have either seen the Dead, or were on their way to see them. .
Today, I ordered,"Terrapin Station; Hartford '77'"
June 16th, I'm flying to San Francisco,
, for an extended vacation in the bay area. I'me going to be visiting my lifelong friend, and attend The Kate Wolf Memorial Folk Festival,. It should be fun . I had to get this cd.
Among other things, while im in the Bay Area, I plan on going to the polo fields in Golden Gate Park, where, as you know, after our beloved Jerry passed, ther surviving members of the Dead led in a cerimony, honoring Jerry's legacy. I plan on doing, in my own way,the same. albiet 14 years later.
We all miss you Jerry, very, very much.

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MY DUI ACCIDENT

My DUI accident pretty much changed me. By the fate of God, I I survived. Needles to say, I dont drink anymore.
As for my first show, it was 1991-06-09, I was new to the scene and had only heard Truckin before. I was so impressed with the parking lot and thought to myself, "Is this for real?, could there really be this many people together in one spot getting along in perfect harmony?"
I NEVER WANTED TO LEAVE!!!
Been collecting shows since!!!
LONG LIVE THE DEAD!!!!!!!
Phatmoye

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NYE Oakland Aud. 81

I think it was 81 - Morning Dew, Dark Star...

I died there.

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Cap Center 87

The first night of this three night run may not have been the best show that I ever attended but for some reason halfway through the first set, I was overcome by a profound sense of enlightened bliss and an elevated group consiousness. I began to hug everyone I came across. I gave away my Jerry side rail seat stub to someone looking for a seat. Spent the better part of the second set carrying water to dancing sweaty heads (until the concessionaires quit giving me cups). I even struck up conversations with a couple of cops and security folks. I felt so lucky to have been born at a time that I could be a part of this community. I remember carrying that bliss through my daily life for several months thereafter.

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Life change Englishtown NJ 9-77

Englishtown NJ 9-77 w Dead, Marshal Tucker, NRPS.
My folks took me to freshman orientation at Rutgers, droped my stuff off at the dorm, and then droped me off on route 1 so I can hitch to Englishtown. I was still 17 and thought my folks were strict. Different times. Made it there, great show all way around (A Dick Pick's Picks). Hitched back having no idea where I was and forgot where my room was. But everyone along the way was so cool. Even the NJ State Troopers that day. WOW
My kids would have tough time if they didnt have enough bottled water and a ride to and from the show.

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Every Show Was Life Changing

I can't think of a show that wasn't life changing.

I have spent my life seeking all thats still unsung.
Bent my ear to hear the tune, and closed my eyes to see.
When there was no strings to play, you played to me.

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