April 09, 1983
first "Bob Star"
only "Smokestack Jam"
West L.A. Fadeaway
My Brother Esau
New Minglewood Blues
Brown Eyed Women
Looks Like Rain
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Help on the Way
Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad
One More Saturday Night
Attendees of this show
I remember the house lights coming on after the 2nd set to a rousing chorus of booing from the audience. Then they went out again and we were treated to a great Satisfaction encore. Indeed....
This was the opening night of the East Coast Spring Tour...and the Boys did not disappoint! The Help On the Way > Slipknot!> Franklin's Tower was absolutely unreal.
I think my favorite part was at the end of Franklin's, and it seemed they didn't know what to do next, Jerry Bob and Phil formed a circle and they broke out Truckin'. Lest we forget the Smokestack Tease...The arena eRUPTED.
This show ranks in my top 10 for sure.
For those of you who care about these things. "Bob Star" the brief "As long as we're gonna be, as long as we are. I just wanna be one of those little stars" poem originated this night going from space into throwing stones. Not 4.15.83 Rochester, NY as deadbaser would have you believe. Listen closely to the right channel on the deadlist SBD.
Daniel A. Dincher
This Hampton show was my first general admission show and I took full advantage of it. I got front and center. Both sets were fantastic. Bertha>Promised Land, West LA, Esau, Candyman, Minglewood, B.E. Women, LL Rain China Cat>Rider. What a kick ass first set. And the second set was all kinds of crazy. I just loved the Smokestack jam and Black Peter>GDTRFB. What a wonderful show. I got my satisfaction that night.
RODGER ALLINSON i really loveed it when a hot china rider closed the 1rst set it was an indication of a real hot 2nd set as this show proves
I drove all night from Florida spring break to get there. The Phil bombs during Bertha woke me up. Does anybody notice that around this period that it took a couple of songs to get the sound up? What does it say on the home page? They got it right, eventually. I have to say Hi to the man in the overalls with the mikes and tape deck tucked into his top pockets next to me in front of the stage. I got a copy of that tape a couple of years later from a friend. I Still have them. This was a great show from beginning to end. Really.
ill tell you what. the music this night couldnt have been any better. my mind was blown to pieces. the only problem i had was leaving the show a thick fog rolled in and i had trouble finding the days inn i was staying at. what a trip.
This was my first Dead show. I drove down from Richmond Va.with 3 friends to see the show.I was 19 at the time and my friends were all still in high school. I'll never forget my friend Scott asking some deadhead chick ,who was decked out in a peasant skirt and beads, if this was her first show too. She sacastically replied.."sure kid". We sat stage right just above the walkway the band used to get to the stage. My friend Meredith brought a bouquet of roses which she dropped at Jerry's feet as he walked under us.Jerry bent down and picked them up and smiled at her.She absolutely freaked. During a very quiet part of space my buddy Scott screamed out.."Jerryyyyyyyyyy". Jerry looked up from his guitar and gave him a nod of the head.What a great show.
I think I was at that show too.
It was also my birthday. Drove down from northern VA with 4 friends and my future wife. Stayed in a motel off of Mercury Blvd. Didn't know much about the music, but sure did enjoy the scene. Little did I know that 24 years and about 80 shows
later I would still be enjoying the music as much as ever.