Arrowhead Stadium - July 1, 1978
July 01, 1978
also: Missouri; Waylon Jennings and Jesse Colter; Willie Nelson
Friend of the Devil
Me and My Uncle
Playin' in the Band
The Other One
Around and Around
Johnny B. Goode
Attendees of this show
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nothin left to do but smile smile smile!
hung out on the parking lot and finally scored a way in, no tickets just a good hearted security guard and promised him Cardinal baseball tickets the next month. Fulfilled my end of the bargain thanks to my dad!!!!!
Nice day for a Willie Nelson 4th of July Picnic, wearing my event promo T-shirt from 61 Country, it still hangs in my closet, will download some fine pix of the event shortly...Waylon and Jesse played in the lightning and rain that night. Jerry Jeff did a good set. Dead in perfect form for a very short but blessed appearance. Willie was on the money as usual. The pop group "Missouri" started things off, did well.
Never knew they played Arrowhead. I'm a big Chiefs fan.
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Anybody know where there might be some photos of this show posted? I remember it was hotter than hell on that astroturf and they were spraying the crowd with hoses to cool down.
Well, I was spending the summer working on a farm outside of Grinnell Iowa. Friends of friends had driven up from outside Nashville to party and go to the picnic. One friend, known as Chicken Lips saw the Dead over 70 times before Pipgpen died!
So, we hopped in a bunch vehicles and rode on down. Also on the show was Jerry Jeff Walker. As I recall Jerry Jeff started things out. He was in a pretty rockin' streak back then and had recently released a pretty good record including a fine song called L.A. Freeway. Waylon was in his hard drinkin' days. So, his singing was fine. He had pedal steele player Ralph Mooney with him. But, after he sobered up Waylon's guitar playing was a lot better. Some good finger pickin.
The Dead played everything FAST. It was good but kind of funny. Willie tends to play fast too. Most of what I remember was how bloody hot it was on the astroturf and how fast the Dead played everything.
We were lucky to get back alive. The driver of the car I was in was a kid from an incredibly wealthy Iowa farm family. He lived in a TeePee and sported a mohawk. And as I recall, we had a couple of near misses.
After we got back to Grinnell we had a wild (if small) party. I permanently damaged my vision by drinking too much (hardly the first or last time).
-Do lord, deliver our kind.-
I remember it being incredibly hot on the astroturf too. I guess it was at least 110 on the field. Everyone got hosed down which helped tons. Bob Wier said "Welcome to the rock and roll barbeque" I remember the crowd was really in to "Tennesee Jed" but was completely lost (except for the dead fans) when they launched into "Wharf Rat" Willy played "Whiskey River Take my Mind" which was awesome.
We sat in the first row of seats up off the field - had a group of about 15. Seats were right behind concession area on the field and they had bags of ice stacked up they let us use as much as we wanted to keep cool.
The thing I remember most though is the drunk cowboys interacting with the stoned deadheads - I don't recall any trouble, just that the attempts at communication were quite highlarious!
The concert was great but I ended up bribing a worker 3 joints and sat in some shady seats. We saw the storm coming and got out of the parking lot before it rained.
Now these are going to be released in Betty board fashion oh my can't wait to hear what is said about the sound come this May... Oh ya May is my birthday month just in case any kind head wants to send me a copy of the new Box set. ha ha still looking for that free ticket.