July 13, 1984
last "Dark Star": 12-31-81  - shooting star before Dark Star
Greatest Story Ever Told
Dupree's Diamond Blues
Hell in a Bucket
Might As Well
Touch of Grey
Fire on the Mountain
Man Smart/Woman Smarter
I Need a Miracle
Attendees of this show
Did a road trip down from Portland and stayed at
Kyle's house in Oakland. I just remember that
each day, the show started earlier and earlier,
and it was harder and harder to get moving for
the next show.
But these shows were great, I liked the Sat. show
the best, but that Dark Star on the 13th was really
Bertha is always a great way to get things started. Bucket>Might As Well is a ripping way to close a set. They did the Scarlet>Touch>Fire like the Starlight earlier. Everything always seems bigger here at the Greek! After the second set the band left the stage and the lights went down and they unveiled some large screens. Everyone was filled with anticipation because they started showing photos af Stars, Galaxies, Planets, and the like. Then Phil came out and stepped up to the mike and said, "We're going to do something special for you; one night and one night only." and then he exited the stage. If that doesn't excite you then nothing will. I can remember that we were all on pins and needles right up to the first notes. It is kind of like my comments about the Garden show in 83' the year before. I am sure there were people here who had inside information about the Darkstar (like I had for the St Stevens) and I am glad I wasn't one of them here. I just love surprises. Especially ones like this one. Friday the 13th - full moon! One for the ages.
Hard again to be specific about all the time I spent on that hillside, but I definitely remember being there that night because of the deep space photos projected during Dark Star. Phil's tone was especially good during that song.
My favorite show of all time. First California show, first Dark Star and the first for many things in my life. Drove across the country with a buddy of mine. Was totally broke by the time I got to California from the East Coast, had not eaten or showered for days, what fun it was. We had about $40 left between us with no place to sleep by the time we hit the Greeks on the 13th, loved the Friday the 13th thing for our first show in CA. Tickets were really tough to get and with hardly any money other then enough cash to get us to LA, we weren't sure we could find face value tickets or even afford them if we could. I think they were about $21 at face per ticket. Finally a few hours before the show someone sold me just one ticket at face, so me and my buddy had a dilemma but with a few hours to go we thought we might get lucky, then before you know it, it was about 20 minutes until show time and we were panicking with the one ticket between us. Since I found the ticket, I decided to let my buddy have it and enjoy the ride. I told him I would go on top of the hill and hear the music from there and just then as we were bumming out, it seemed like Jerry Christ had come down from heaven, some couple out of no where walked up to the both of us and asked us if we needed an extra ticket. We were stunned, thank you Grateful Dead couple whoever you were, I love you forever. And to make it even sweeter they gave it to us for free...Jerry Christ we were speechless in Berkeley. Well, we got into the show with $20 left to our name, made our way to the front row barrier on the right side of the stage and waited...oh what seemed like a lifetime. We were nice and high by then thank you very much to all our neighbors who kindly shared their weed with us. We were really thirsty by now so my buddy went back out to get us a Coke and 15 minutes later he came back with 2 hits of blotter for each of us... all for free again. Destiny was on our side that week. We took the first hit just before the show started and then the second just at the beginning of the second half of the show. By the time Phil came out and said something like "We're going to do something special tonight" we were so high for DARK STAR it was a dream come true. As one Dead Head had said "man it was great to be young, stupid and foolish" ...what fun it was. After the show we hooked up with some DHs from Santa Cruz who invited us to their pad if we gave them a ride back and forth for the next two shows and yes they even had FREE tickets for my buddy and myself for the 14th and 15th...thank you, thank you, thank you to all those friends we met at the GREEK in 84. Don't ask me if I saw the shooting star everyone was talking about, I was seeing my own. And to make things even more interesting before spending one final night in Santa Cruz before heading to LA in the morning, the guy's girlfirend who let us stay at his house, snuck into my sleeping bag in the middle of the night for a send off booty call...wow, a time I'll never forget and wish I could experience just one more time. Those were the days.
In Jerry Christ Amem!
My 1st time in California,9th show,3rd on the mini tour. I just want to say this, the 2nd set is probably in the top 50 sets the dead have ever played,and i wouldn't have to include Dark Star to say this. But, with it, It was such a surprise, and done somewhat in Bird song style for this time in their history. I didnt realize what this weekend would mean in my life come 2008. Very important.
After a rippin show and the Phil comes out with the announcement about something special. I was tripping out on the slide show watching space in space when we hear Phil fumbleing then that famous Phil intro to Dark Star. On Friday the 13th my first Dark Star. Ain't life grand. and later in life say about 2002 my son started using Dark Star and his night night music. Spaced out dreams I guess.
Flickster Wow, I got goose bumps just readin that about when Phil came out. Fantastic, incredible. the next afternoon drivingaway (had to get back to school)There was a triple rainbow right over the greeks. the energy was just exploding all over Berkeley that day
Phil had been talking for the few days before the Friday the 13th show about how it was going to be a very special show that "you don't want to miss."
That was an understatement!
Thank you, and Stay In Touch!
The summer Greek shows were as good as it gets. I was lucky enough to go to all of them and this show was one of the best. My one and only Dark Star. Mahalo Phil!!!
I felt the presence of God. I kid you not.