August 04, 1976
New Minglewood Blues
Looks Like Rain
They Love Each Other
Music Never Stopped
Help on the Way
Dancin' in the Streets
Samson and Delilah
It Must Have Been the Roses
Not Fade Away
The Other One
Ship of Fools
Johnny B. Goode
Attendees of this show
when I was posting today's shows over in the forum I was thinking about all the stuff i saw this week and flashed on that dang monkey on the motorcycle and a vivid memory of Parrish coming out to protect equipment up on the screens... came here to read comments and see if anybody else remembered that... Scher always had weird stuff during the breaks and preshow.
i was one who was very happy this show was in August as i wanted to escape Philly on the over-hyped bicentennial weekend (and did, to a bluegrass festival in Vermont).
this was the night that in the car headed south on the turnpike i realized i had no shoes on...and had all sorts of little shards of glass and wire in them. ewwwwww. but gee, didn't notice 'til long after the show ;)
Actually saw NRPS more times than the dead. NRPS at Newark State Teachers College (aka Kean) in 1974 was first concert ever.
Only thing I remember about Roosevelt 1976 was walking over bodies passed out in the dirt to get near the stage. Wished I had seen more dead shows, but none of my friends were into it.
It seems like this was the first initiation to the Dead for many people. I was 14 and amazed at what was going on. I don't remember the quality of the music from being there but have it now and I think it sounds pretty good. Did the same public transportation thing as a lot of you did and got lost. I don't remember what time I got back to Queens NY but my parents were pretty worried. No cell phones then. They didn't know this was the first of many more to come.
In general and specifically about this show. I'm sure I was there we went to all the RS shows. The venue may have sucked donkey dinkies but the Dead ALWAYS played great there. The same can NOT be said for Eric Clapton & Pink Floyd. 2 of the worst shows I've ever been to. That must have been in 73? I think I was just out of HS
Hey Wharf Rat Pete, i think the fireworks were at my first show also at Roosevelt on jerry's b'day on 1973. As i recall it was during the 1st set ending Casey Jones and they had a fog machine, and fireworks spelling out the names around the stadium...it was a long time ago but that is how i remember it. It was a crappy place, but man i saw some great shows there from 73-76!
The monkeys name was Mr Jiggs and the last I heard he was bartending at a bar in NYC
Right on the heels of Colt Park. Even w/all the nasty shit that happened in CT, I was hooked. Yeah, the place was a dump but it was a great show. Jerry's birthday party w/chimps was crazy. Getting home we got screwed on NJ Transit going the wrong way, so bunch of deadheads decided to serenade the rest of the train w/tunes. Took 3 hours to get back to Manhattan and another 2 to get back to Queens. As we were to find out over the years, getting to and back from the shows is half the fun :) and brings back so many crazy memories. See everyone on the road in '09!
For the most part getting in and out of the place was a nightmare and even worse when trying to pick up a friend on 440 hitching a mile after you have seen him and tripping with cops all over the place. Stopped to pick him up and after a 10 minute walk back and another 10 minutes back to the car to only see 3 trooper cars surrounding my car with all friends inside freaking out. The cool thing was that they knew we were all high but just said get the hell out of here. I thought the opening with Sugaree was perfect for the crowd that was there but the rest is a blur.
I remember this show, it was the show where the Dead had to exit the parking lot at the same time as all of us. I also remember meeting up with a chick with a tee shirt that had a a big eye ball on it with the writting under it of: "I ball". Between sets we all met up with the warf Rat group, quite the scean. The place was a dump but we where able to hitch to and from Hauppauge LI to the show. My best shows where in '77 and '78 with Troy NY RPI fieldhouse being one of the best shows for me.
Its amazing to see this! I grew up in JC, though I left as soon as I could drive, and really never returned. The dead show in 76 may have been the first big concert I ever attended. I was 16. My freaky brother-in-law took me for my birthday on the back of his chopper (and almost got into a fight with hell's angels when he wanted to race them). I remember Mr. Jiggs the monkey! What a racist name, in hindsight :) My brother-in-law was a bit of a scam artist, and had badges made up that said we were from "NJ Sound Systems", and amazingly that got us into a small "back stage" area - not with the band, but it was one section of stadium-style seats adjacent to the side of the stage. It was the first time I ever heard of (or tried) hash oil. I remember really enjoying the show. I also saw Yes and Kiss there that same year.
Can you believe there are some videos of this show on youtube! http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=grateful+dead+roosevelt+stadium+1976&search_type=&aq=f
and also photos
what a blast from the past!