April 04, 1994
sound check: "Comes A Time" (x3))*
Attendees of this show
How sad it was for the innocent. Babies, children and pets that got tear gassed. I remember how pissed the authorities where because they could not get on the private property everybody camped at after the show... Does anybody remember the helicopters flying over? Or the bands that played on the property? That was a lot of fun.
During this tour, before the shows sold hair wraps, clothes and beads I made. What a wonderful time.
Hey just wanted to throw my 2 cents in on this particular set of shows. First night of course just as we got to the gate the news came down that the show was cancelled. It was a total bummer seeing that my group was cubed up and really to go. The second mistake from that night was going back to the hotel room and not going to the party on "The Farm". From what I heard that night, and still hear to this day, that it was one of the wildest parties to ever take place on a Dead tour! I still kick myself for not going!!!
The second night we got in and unfortunately what I thought was killer seats (the first row right behind where the Magic sit for basketball games) were actually sorry seats due to the 6'8'' security guard standing the entire time next to me, which any chance of me "sparking up". The show was great (remember when the beach ball rolled up on stage next to Jerry and he kicked it???....the eruption almost brought the building down...lol). During the first break I ran to back upper balcony where my friends and their cupped lighters were and asked if someone wanted to trade...of course they just laughed at that...lol...then they came out and played "I Fought The Law" and left the stage. Everyone in there that I was around knew something was up, so as we left we could see the piles of pepper that had been dispensed from the canisters that had been thrown (on sidewalks, drum circle area and such) then as people were trying to figure out what happened, the helicopter came right over top of us and was saying "Disperse now!!!" and by them getting so close, the wind from the propellers stirred up the pepper and it was like throwing the canisters all over again. There were kids coming out of the show (I mean like babies and a little older) screaming and puking from the pepper. As we ran out from there we came in contact with a cop, and simply asked "Why?" He threatened to those us all in jail. I told him he could F himself and as he got on his radio we ran.
We found out later the next day what had happened and why, and also that they had threw so much pepper that it had made it to the interstate and as people drove by with their AC running, the pepper came into their cars and caused major havoc. Two weeks later the Orlando Police Dept made a request to restock their pepper supply with more potent pepper on account of the World Cup coming to town, and the Sheriff said "You seen what trouble we had with the hippies from the GD show at the arena, and now we're talking soccer fanatics from all over the world, we need to be able to control any issues that may arise." Of course they were granted the restock and higher concentrated pepper.
It was a great show, but very wild and unfortunate night for folks who's only wish was to see the GD and enjoy the love of The Family!!!