April 12, 1983
Set List:Alabama Getaway
Greatest Story Ever Told
New Minglewood Blues
It's All Over Now
Dupree's Diamond Blues
Let it Grow
Help on the Way
Saint of Circumstance
The Other One
Not Fade Away
Attendees of this show
It was just another Tuesday night in upstate New York or was it.For me and a small group of college friends from Clark University it was Pure Magic. We had the experience of our lives. We surendered to the music and were rewarded. It was the first Not Fade Away chant in modern times. The conection between the band and the audience was so strong. The fade away chant blew all of us away and went on to define the next 10+ years. The first set was loaded with jamming songs from bird song cassidy to let it grow...The start of the second set Help/Slip/Franklin's was the first in the north/east since 77/78 and the rest is history to the few in attendance.
I have seen many grate shows in very sacred places ..the greek..frost..red rocks...alpine..kaiser..I've seen many special nights including four new years dylan&dead...etc. Of all those nights this one in Binghamton on a cold Tuesday night in the spring of 83 stands out from the others. Thats part of the Magic. It can happen anywhere anytime...
Thanks for the music and the memories that they bring back.
Health & Happiness
music scene here now is limited to your memories.
I remember easily making it to right in front of the stage, with room to dance. I was a new deadhead and had never heard Help On the Way but it blew me away.
I attended this show as a 15-year-old high school sophomore, and remember it mostly as a solid concert, which I attended with young friends, all of whom I eventually grew apart from, and one who died some years later, sadly. We were chaperoned by my one friend's pot-smoking aunt, who was a cool lady who kept us all together and got us there and back safely and responsibly, on a school night.
At the time, we felt the set list was a great cross-section of what the Dead were up to at the time. I remember Weir making a great entrance in "Greatest Story"; "Bird Song" was very nice. We all loved the sing-along at the end of "Not Fade Away" and talked about it for weeks afterward. We felt so special that it happened in Binghamton and we all thought the Dead had a special affection for our dismal post-industrial city.
I do remember though that Garcia seemed to be having a little bit of an off-night, not to say he played badly, though. He forgot the words entering "Help On the Way", and his time was lagging somewhat during the difficult parts of "Slipknot", even though we felt very fortunate to have heard the "Help On the Way" sequence played in concert; we all loved Blues For Allah and the more jazz-related Dead material. I read later on in posthumous biographies that Garcia was pretty into junk at the time and indeed, at this concert, he was obviously committed to performing but seemed somewhat aloof or separate from the others, or not in good humor, and certainly he has had better nights; his moments were truly good moments but Weir clearly carried the show, and it's obvious on any tape of this show that Weir's tunes had the most impact. I think Garcia may have just wanted to "sit in" with the Bob Weir Band and not be in the position of de facto leader on this particular night. The crowd left the concert chanting "Not Fade Away", continuing even outside. It's a sad thing, the passage of time, but this was a cherished memory from my youth.
I agree this is the day the Not Fade Away clap and begining of the chant. I remember thinking this is so cool back then. Was still new to the whole every show scene even though was maybe my 50th show at this point..
And also out to the parking lots the chant and clapping went. Reminds of what is like to see them in Seattle Had thought wow these people here are crazy beating (in rhythm to the drums)on anything they could get there hands.