July 12, 1990
Set List:Let the Good Times Roll
Feel Like a Stranger
Just a Little Light
Queen Jane Approximately
Music Never Stopped
Box of Rain
Victim or the Crime
All Along the Watchtower
Dear Mr. Fantasy
Hey Jude Reprise
Touch of Grey
Attendees of this show
"Just a little Brent"
Edie Brickell and New Bohemians opened, but didn't really get very loud. The field was general admission, and when it rained like heck a lot of people were getting into the mud thing and doing the running mud slide. I listened to first set up in the 200-level to escape the rain, but it was not very loud up there, so I went down to the field for second set, which was massively cool! Phil had to do TAKE A STEP BACK before Box Of Rain, and Dan Healy put a bunch of effects on it and made it sound really weird, like a march in reverse! The DARK STAR was quite epic, the only one of the tour!!!
". . . Music is the best!" (fz)
Humidity Humidty...DC Dark Star !!!
Edie was not loud, but it didn't matter to me because I was right in front of the soundboard. Do you remember her comments? "Imagine if you will that this stadium is a giant bowl of gumballs. Then imagine that a giant gorilla came over the side and started picking gumballs out one by one."
Obviously, this comment melted my brain. (Especially since my trip was just kicking into high gear).
- My first Dark Star
At the time I remember thinking that this was the worst Dead show I had seen. It was raining, humid and the band was way too quiet. Never really got the sound cranked up. I think the second set had some moments. Next two shows on this tour were much better.
My husband and I went with a friend we hadn't seen in quite a while. He found some old friends to talk to on his way in so he said he would meet us at the seats.
His old friends and he dropped some acid. His old friends didn't realize that he had been recently diagnosed bi-polar and was on lithium.
He showed up at the seats tripping, which didn't bother us, until he told my husband that he was having some really weird auditory hallucinations. Hubby scoped out the location for the first aid station,and before we knew it, our friend went into grand mal seizures. First aid showed up and called the triage room upstairs. Our friend was so rigid, It took them about 20 minutes to get him out from under the bleachers. When they finally got him to the triage room, they called over to the hospital (2 blocks away) probably DOA. They wouldn't let us go with him, and they told us we wouldn't be able to see him or get updates on him since we weren't family. We were told to stay and enjoy the show... yeah right.
Anyway, after the show, we did head over to the hospital. When we asked about him, they couldn't find him. The lady at the desk said "Let me check the morgue." I freaked. She didn't find him listed there so she re-checked her admissions and finally found him in ICU. They wouldn't allow us to visit, and they wouldn't let us know his condition.
We decided to spend the night so we got a hotel. We called the hospital over and over again the next day and still no one would update us. We finally went back to the hospital. He had just been moved to a regular room so we did get to finally visit. He ended up being ok, but I NEVER want to go through that again!
A side note... a couple of days prior, we had gone to the show in Raleigh. I danced a bunch with a guy behind me - Bill from Hickory. At the RFK show, right in the middle of all the trauma, I turned around and there was Bill from Hickory. I was crying, and he held me to calm me down. Bill, if you see this, THANK YOU!
I missed Edie due to car troubles, but really wanted to see her. I couldn't re-start my car after the show either and got towed all 100 mile that my AAA plus card would let me.
I was dropped off at Rockville MD, and had to be towed again from there. I eventually got towed to a place that works on FIAT spiders and had two mechanics working on my car at once trouble shooting. Turned out to be the points.
Anyway with little cash in my pockets and figuring out what the bill would be for 2 guys workin gon my car, I caught a break with the one guy asking if I had money for gas to get home, which I really didn't. He said just give me $20 for the parts. I had a CC saved for just emergencies, but got off the hook that day!
And a Music never stopped that still shakes my bones! Downpour during box of rain got the place juiced.
on the big screen scared me-he looked too high...
Edie was hilariously high during her set, which prompted some people around me to yell stuff like "have another hit!" Bobby kissed her on the cheek when she came off the stage and she had stars in her eyes. Two guys in jester's outfits went around before the Dead came out, dosing everybody down on the field from what looked like big contact-lens solution bottles. The rain didn't really dampen everybody's spirits...especially after it stopped and the boys played one of the best 'Dark Stars' ever. If you haven't heard it, just listen to View from the Vault #2's filler...it's on there. It's simply amazing, Jerry's hoarseness notwithstanding. Probably my favorite Dark Star of all time.
Amazing Dark Star to a downpour with all kinds of thunder and lightning that shook the place!!!