July 02, 1988
Little Feat opened - "Mexican Hat Dance" tuning before "Memphis Blues"
Set List:Iko Iko
West L.A. Fadeaway
Stuck Inside of Mobile
Victim or the Crime
Playin' in the Band
Uncle John's Band
Gimme Some Lovin'
All Along the Watchtower
Quinn the Eskimo
Attendees of this show
Best Grateful Dead scene ever...Lobster before show...Lots of people / camping...Last of cool scenes...UltraLight fly over...
This was a great scene. Remember after the 2nd night when the copter took off with (presumably) the band in it and the crowd cheered? Great moment. Lots of band member banter too which was nice to hear.
Yes, this was an amazing scene. Totally lawless yet peaceful. Little Feat were a blast but the Dead were right on top of their game. My favorite Crazy Fingers of all time.
The first night I didn't have a ticket. But they had PA cabinets on forklifts all around the back of the place. I found a spot with one forklift just on the other side of a plain old wire fence. It was facing away from me of course but you still heard everything pretty good.
There were a bunch of people there enjoying the show, and there was no trying to jump the fence or anything like that. Things were soo cool that by drums & space the security guards were sitting down.
I think that's a great example of how relaxed the scene was there.
Great weather, great crowd, great scene, great shows. Definitely one of my peak Head experiences. And what a vending scene; probably only the little park across from the Kaiser in Oakland offered a better one. Roast lamb with hummus on a bagel for $3: best (legal) thing I ever bought from a vendor!
"I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy."
The summer of 1988 I was between 7th and 8th grade, and had been a deadhead since 5th grade when I bought my first tape of the GD with my own money after hearing. My older cousin had (unknown to me) been going on tour here and there for many years. She finds out I like the Dead and she says next time they come round she’ll take me. Well my parents weren’t going for this, but they said if my older sister (at the time she was about 16/17, and a total prude) went with us than I could go. They knew she would keep a tight leash on me. Well just 2 weeks before the show her a-hole BF told her that “only druggies go to Dead shows and if you go, we are through.” So needless to say my prudish and emotionally abused sister decides not to go, which means I didn’t get to go. I almost went anyway, but my parents caught me hiding in my neighbor’s car (who was going). The Dead never come back to Maine and it was one of the greatest shows! Argh! It’s almost 20 years later and I am still pissed, is that wrong? It’s the one thing I’ve ever regretted not doing. I was able to get a bootleg within days of the show, but man; I really hated her for that. Especially since she went to the Foxboro show the next summer and had a friggin’ blast.
Yeah that ultralight went over and the Band got off the stage. Very
short first set. Really well decribed by everybody. Peaceful and the cops stayed clear. I only saw two the whole time.
This was my first show I remember that during Jack Straw Phil started dropping these enourmous bass notes during the closing jam. From where I was in the Phil Zone up front it was so powerful it buckled your knees. I never heard or saw him do that again. The band was clearly having fun as can be heard in the first set stage banter. I had a friend in the front row that kept yelling for Mickey to sing.
The scene outside the show was enourmous I remember looking from the grandstands outside the show and realizing their were as many people outside the show as inside. Too bad the Dead never returned to Maine.
DKNJ: This was THE Best East Coast scene ever. Beautiful setting. Once you were in, you were staying, and thank god.
We were planning to get yet another crappy hotel and we ended up camping Woodstock Style. Completely ungoverned and totally mellow. I sold enough Phil Zone stickers to have lobster dinner in portland the next day.
Thanks to tigertrance for the one he put up but we need more from the camp grounds, since we all agree about how beautyful this place was.
Also I remeber the morning of the 2nd show the local paper did a story about these shows and we all came off very well. Evidently these shows went much better than "The Monsters Of Rock" the week before. I've tried to find out what paper that might have been in on the net but no luck. If anyone out there knows what paper it was(or heck if anyone saved a copy they could post that!) getting ahold of that would be really cool.