August 20, 1987
Set List:Big Boss Man
New Minglewood Blues
It's All Over Now
When Push Comes to Shove
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Man Smart/Woman Smarter
Ship of Fools
Gimme Some Lovin'
All Along the Watchtower
Quinn the Eskimo
Attendees of this show
Because the seating for this concert was the entire ski hill rising up from the ski lodge at the bottom of the hill, there were no restrictions placed on how many tickets were sold for admittance. As a result, there was an enormous crowd at this concert as people hiked up the hill and spread out to perch above the stage. It presaged a lot of the very huge concerts that started happening after "In The Dark" was released just two weeks later.
A significant number of the songs seemed to fit in with the "Wild West" theme of the location of the concert being held in Park West. This is the closest venue to where some of the members of the band had their hobby ranches and hung out in Jackson Hole and Pinedale, Wyoming, and eastern Nevada, so they were playing to their friends and neighbors. This made for a very "Western" feel to the concert.
My friend Phil and I drove up in a rag top from Los Angeles, through miles of barren desert, to see this great show, in that magnificent outdoor venue, replete with a rainbow as a backdrop to the stage, just before show time. wandered around and met up with a young kid named Mario who seemed very innocent until we later saw him selling doses by the dozen. ahhh, so it goes.
from L.A. and given to handing out color-xerox GD dollar bills? He was part of a crowd that stayed at my house after the Greek shows in '81.
but I HATED this show. Hated the dust, hated the crowd, hated losing my car in the lot for just ever, and most especially hated the fact that as the crowd left the venue the ground was absolutely covered in empty single-serving liquor bottles. Setlist wasn't to my taste. I didn't like it one bit.
The fact was, I was utterly burned out from touring after Red Rocks and Telluride. I was staying in this ski condo with a bunch of folks I knew who were very wrapped up in annoying Harmonic Convergence stuff. I woke up the morning after this show and said, enough of this, I'm going HOME. I had tix to the Calaveras show a few days later, but I bailed on my plans and drove straight through from Park City to Oakland just to get HOME.
About the only thing I remember about that long drive was that as I got to the Bonneville Salt Flats the most spectacular thunder and lightning storm I'd ever seen kicked in. To this day I wish I'd had my camera, but I stopped the car and got out and walked on the flats and soaked it all up.
I will say they had very good coffee in Park City, however.
...security guys on horseback trying to intercept the people who were sneaking in over the ridge from the back side of the ski resort?
We were at Park City and loved the show. We were going to Utah State at the time. I remember law enforcement trying to keep the Dead from coming to Utah saying that there would be all sorts of problems. As I recall, the show came and went without much ado. I do remember the guys on horseback. But there are guys on horseback all over Utah so that wasn't anything new.