• Gaelic Park - August 26, 1971
    Pigpen's last show until 12-01-71 - final "Empty Pages"

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Pigpen's last show until 12-01-71 - final "Empty Pages"
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JonnyL my first bad show-there were trains runnin around the stadium-how rude!
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tj crowley allman bros were involved with this..those of who lived in the bronx (especially near the #4 train were use to the added sound(s) and never really heard it
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This show was originally scheduled a week or so before and cancelled at the last minute because of a truck accident with the equipment or something like that. I remember eating tabs in Brooklyn and taking the longest train ride of my life on a hot rainy day to the Bronx. We got off the train and where told the show was postponed. I started to get really bummed out and didn’t want to get back on a train that high. A couple of older fans (they must have been 18) had beer and joints and told us to hang with them for a few hours before going back to Brooklyn. I never saw those guys again but they really helped us out that day.
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Yeah, those of us who grew up in the city got used to the subway noise...kinda like living near an airport. I had just gotten out of the army and was on my way to Europe, but caught ths show. They also joined the Allman Bros at this venue. Anyone know what happened to it. I took my uncle Tim, who was 56 at the time. He was a piano player in a Big Band that travelled all over the country in the 30's & 40's, and he was no stranger to the herb...the sight of this portly, bald "old dude" sharing a joint with fellow concert goers blew a few peoples minds.Are there any recordings of this show around for sale? I'd love to get my hands on a recording, and play it and toast my amazing uncle on the anniversary of his death,
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Johnny B Goode at the end was particularly amazing. Fans dancing on roofs, and on top of idle trains. Drive back home to Long Island that night was something. Rain & Wind was intense. The boys and I must have had an angel on our shoulders. -EW
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STILL EARLY IN MY SHOWS-- EVER EXPANDING.........
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This show could have used a nice "Turn On Your Lovelight" to end the festivities on a high note. However, by mid-1971 "Lovelight" was becoming a rarity. In my opinion, the '71 era shows where NFA ended by itself without going into the Pigpen number seemed a bit of a downer.
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Yes, I remember the long-hot subway ride to Gaelic Park. The venue was a great drawback to the event. I only went back to Gaelic Park one other time, that was for the Allman Bros.
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I lived minutes away. Only concert I ever walked to! Seem to recall that Bobby had vocal issues. Sold the last of my 1st record. Life *truly altering* event that day, as I first met a fellow who later intoduced me to, who introduced me to....
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"In the land of the night the ship of the sun is drawn by the Grateful Dead" on a handbill a girl gave me out outside the park.
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This show can be seen, more or less, as the last show of the Dead's early psychedelic era. The first departure of Pigpen and the arrival of Keith & Donna Godchaux occurred after this show. So when the next gigs occurred in October 1971 there was a noticeable change in style. Plus a whole batch of new songs.
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This was my first Dead show and the first time I dropped acid. It all came together that night. We didn't have tickets but talked a security guard into letting us in. Jerry was playing by himself on stage until the others joined him. Though it was my first show, I loved the tune ups between songs trying to figure out what the next song would be.
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Set 1:Bertha Playing In The Band Mr. Charlie Sugaree El Paso Big Boss Man Big Railroad Blues Hard To Handle Beat It On Down The Line Loser Sugar Magnolia Empty Pages Good Lovin' Casey Jones Set 2: Me And My Uncle China Cat Sunflower -> I Know You Rider Deal Cumberland Blues Truckin' -> Drums -> The Other One Next Time You See Me Me And Bobby McGee Uncle John's Band Saint Stephen ->Not Fade Away ->Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad -> Not Fade Away Encore: Johnny B. Goode
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Ten Years After Gaelic Park Bronx NYC August 26 1971 Alvin Lee - guitar/vox/harp Leo Lyons - bass Chick Churchill - keyboards Ric Lee - drums 74:84 01. one of these days 7:16 02. no title 13:08 03. once there was a time 3:46 04. here they come 5:10 05. hobbit 8:20 06. slow blues in C// 7:17 07. i can't keep from crying sometimes 19:51 08. i'm going home 11:16
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You never forget your first time! I also got the "In the land of the night the ship of the sun is drawn by the Grateful Dead" handbill - still have it... Show started about 20 minutes early - Bobby said that it was to get going before it started to rain. We got really close to the stage, so I never heard the subway during the show. I was an experienced tripper by then and we dropped what we thought was some acid. I was really flying during the show - turns out that the "acid" was saccharine, but the atmosphere was so charged that I was seriously tripping on the placebo until we left the show. We had parked in someone's place so they tore out our plug wires - fortunately we had some auto mechanics in our group. I fell asleep in the car for the ride home and awoke when we hit the guardrail during a spin in a horrendous rain storm along the New Jersey Turnpike back to Cherry Hill. Wow!
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... is still there. It was and still is a playing field for Manhattan College sports teams -- soccer, lacrosse. It's artificial turf now, though. As far as I know, there were only a few summers where some promoter placed concerts there. I saw ELP there once; not sure if it was 1971. On the weekends, the field was also used by a Gaelic Football league in the city; if they're still playing, I think they have a different venue. I don't recall noticing the trains, which still get parked there at the end of the No. 1 subway line. I wish I could locate more information about that particular show and which songs which Allman Bros. personnel played on. I imagine if the trains bummed out a lot of fans the feeling was shared by the production team. I hope they didn't destroy the tapes; maybe they're just at the bottom of some "bad-sound" stack. One of these Gaelic Park shows was the first time I had ever heard anyone start to "Moo" as a wide mass of people slowly headed toward one narrow exit gate.
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a good time in the bronx wish I was 17 again hot muggy night good music good friends - too many gone now from one thing or another started seeing shows in 1970 listen to the boys all the time going to see a gd movie on thursday night down the block from the old academy of music / palladium god bless the grateful dead tom
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Somehow early in onto the grounds of Gaelic Park on August 26, 1971, hearing screams and a roar, I turn to look and there's Bobby and Pig Pen in a Jeep coming straight at me, screaming and whooping, I jump out of the way, as do a few others. They turn the Jeep around and head in on us again, and again. Like matadors, we gracefully jump away at the very last minute, astounded we are in this particular relationship with these folks. Then, suddenly, they turn and drive away. No fanfare. We look at each other. Of course.
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I was there and they did indeed close with a Lovelight encore after that rocking JBG, which I may add had NYCs Finest boogying hard up there on the El platform! I just finished listening to it, all 24:48 of it, which I downloaded years ago from archive.org, and it is epic. Empty Pages, a rare one by Pig, was performed too. That, Uncle John's Band and Big Boss Man are on You Tube in fact: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVOfeb0soxc
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    BKLYN BOY
    1 year 3 months ago
    Gaelic Park 71 Lovelight
    I was there and they did indeed close with a Lovelight encore after that rocking JBG, which I may add had NYCs Finest boogying hard up there on the El platform! I just finished listening to it, all 24:48 of it, which I downloaded years ago from archive.org, and it is epic. Empty Pages, a rare one by Pig, was performed too. That, Uncle John's Band and Big Boss Man are on You Tube in fact: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVOfeb0soxc
  • Wavesofviolet
    3 years 2 months ago
    Gaelic Park
    Somehow early in onto the grounds of Gaelic Park on August 26, 1971, hearing screams and a roar, I turn to look and there's Bobby and Pig Pen in a Jeep coming straight at me, screaming and whooping, I jump out of the way, as do a few others. They turn the Jeep around and head in on us again, and again. Like matadors, we gracefully jump away at the very last minute, astounded we are in this particular relationship with these folks. Then, suddenly, they turn and drive away. No fanfare. We look at each other. Of course.
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    bklynpolar
    4 years 10 months ago
    took the train up got a ride home
    a good time in the bronx wish I was 17 again hot muggy night good music good friends - too many gone now from one thing or another started seeing shows in 1970 listen to the boys all the time going to see a gd movie on thursday night down the block from the old academy of music / palladium god bless the grateful dead tom