April 02, 1989
sound check: Help> Slipknot> Franklin's
Set List:Iko Iko
Little Red Rooster
It's All Over Now
We Can Run But We Can't Hide
Brown Eyed Women
Queen Jane Approximately
Music Never Stopped
Man Smart/Woman Smarter
Dear Mr. Fantasy
Hey Jude Reprise
Around and Around
Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad
Turn on Your Love Light
Attendees of this show
Aside from the unfortunate "We Can Run..." this show flat out smoked. After drums in 2nd set was just great run of big ole Dead tunes. No soft ballads. Boys just tore it up.
The second set of this show was my intro to the Dead. My Dad gave me the tape and I just went nuts! I never heard anything quite like it. This show is still one of my all time favs! And the We Can Run in the first only adds to this already stellar performance, (in my humble opinion).
"The bottle was dusty but the liquor was clean."
Best Shakedown I ever saw live. Great show throughout unfortunately things weren't proceeding as nicely outside the arena.
This was my first show, and unfortunately my only 'Shakedown.' I mean, I went to a lot more shows and I never caught it again. But this one was so good, I guess I don't mind. Future versions never seemed to capture the little spark of this one. I love the simple-yet-funky riff that Jerry plays as the 'theme' of this Shakedown.
I didn't go in to the next night, but I was outside in the lot getting chased around by riot police when all hell broke loose. I was actually standing next to the guy who got punched in the face by Officer George T. Trosky which precipitated the rest of the violence. For the record: no Deadhead did anything threatening towards any member of the Pittsburgh police. They just sort of broke like a wave and rushed us soon after Trosky struck his handcuffed prisoner. Now, that jerk Trosky is the front-runner for a Commander position in the Pittsburgh police force, even after a domestic abuse charge where he allegedly punched his wife just like he punched that poor 'head. What a jerk.
Show was great fun, events caused by the police were horrible. They should be ashamed of Trosky not rewarding him. Anyway my best friends first Iko, he was excited to say the least. Great to have you along for the ride Bob! We had some great times!!!!
I got the tix and TR drove. A ticket agent in New Jersey hooked me up! As it turned out it was a very tough ticket. We had a hell of a time parking, so many ticketless....the band had stayed away from the northeast, so the anticipation for this show was so palatable, it wasn't surprising that some folks didn't know how to properly handle their energy and frustration. Of course the police exacerbated the problem instead of helping to calm things down they reacted with violence. I guess they couldn't handle the vibes either. I wonder if the dude who broke the plate glass in the arena got in through the hole? I hope nobody got cut. That was out of line, for sure.
Eternal Consciousness Enjoyin the Ride,
This was also my first show. Guess I'm one of those 'TOUCH-HEADS'. Wish I had better memories... Tennessee, BEW, Shakedown, Fantasy/Jude, Lovelight all still stand-out. Vibe inside was something I've never felt before, but would feel ften in the future. Had no idea about the outside problems. My friend, Uncle Joe, got DUI'd on the way home and I walked all the way back to Sewickley in the rain. We had tickets for the next nite but didn't go. That was the last time that would happen!! 'If the horse don't pull you got to carry the load...'
I remeber how hard it was to get into this show. Man it was crazy! When we came out it was surreal! Riot police everywhere. In full riot gear with 3 foot batons, and police
dogs. But it was the last year where we could stay in the parking lot. I slept in that lot for two nights. Great view of
the city from there. When we were inside, we didn't know what was going down outside. The second night was much
My first shakedown of two (My last being RFK in lightning storm)
Thing was I was outside....But Whooooshshhhhhhhh!
89 was awesome and this show was a kick ass highlight!
riots that night pissed off the cops but still... start to finish rockin in the igloo.