July 02, 1995
*Final version fences crashed after "Broken Arrow" - final/last "Desolation Row": 10-10-94  - "Fire" was first verse only.
Set List:H. C. Sunshine*
All Over Now*
Let It Grow*
Scarlet*> Fire*> Victim*> All Too Much> New Speedway*
> Drumz> Attics*> Sugar Magnolia
Attendees of this show
Unfortunately, this was my last show since the following night was cancelled. I enjoyed the music but I was very disheartened by the idiots that destroyed the venue and our reputations. The house lights were left on for the rest of the evening as helicopters circled with spotlights and police dogs could be heard from the lawn. I am grateful that I avoided the impulse to climb up on the fence and beat back the losers that were crashing the party. The New Speedway was very fitting.
This was not the way I would have wanted to go out. Still, I saw Jerry fourty three times with the Dead. Despite the nightmare that followed, the show was as good as it could be given the lights during the second set and the multiple helicopters buzzing the lawn. Long live the DEAD !
07/02/95 (Sun) Deer Creek Music Center - Noblesville, IN
Set 1: Here Comes Sunshine, Walkin' Blues, Dire Wolf, It's All Over Now, Brokedown Palace, Desolation Row*, Tennessee Jed, Let It Grow
Set 2: Scarlet Begonias > Fire On The Mountain, Victim Or The Crime, It's All Too Much > New Speedway Boogie > Drums > Space > Attics Of My Life > Sugar Magnolia, E: Mighty Quinn
Comment: * Weir on acoustic. Major gate crash occurred during Desolation Row. Police moved in with tear gas. Second show was cancelled.
First off they played Broken Arrow and not Brokedown Palace.
Onto my write up...........
Where do I possibly start to describe my feelings about this show without venting?
How about where I planned my vacation months in advance by mail ordering tickets and scheduling my vacation around the 4th of July. We arrived at Deer Creek nice and early so we could hang out and relax before showtime on a perfect summer afternoon. We also wanted to enter the facility to get a good spot on the hill. So as the afternoon progressed and taking in the vending festivities, everything seemed fine so far. We just knew that after witnessing 2 wonderful shows at The Palace in Michigan days before that we were in for a great time at the Creek.
Eventually we decided about 2.5 hours before showtime to head into the venue to get our coveted hill spot by the Tapers behind the mixing board. We walked around in circles for what seemed like an eternity wondering what was up. Finally after being in line to head into the show for about 2.5 hours we discovered that they only had one enterence open for the whole crowd and they were checking everybody with metal detectors, dogs and the pat down groping.
When we finally got into the venue we noticed that the band had just taken the stage before we even got to our spot. Before we even had a chance to breathe, the band busted into what seemed like the beginnings of a perfect Deer Creek style first set with Here Comes Sunshine. Walkin' Blues, Dire Wolf and All Over Now followed in style. Then Phil busted out Broken Arrow and the crowd mood started to shift. Something did'nt seem right. The band proceeded into Desolation Row and all seemed fine until suddenly everyone on the hill turned their attention from the stage to the top of the hill. Much of the crowd erupted into a loud spontaneous cheer and the next thing I know that theres all these ASSHOLES crawling over the fences like a colony of ants overtaking a beetle. Kids started running past me with the attitude that what they had just done was cool. Whats worse is that the wooden planks that was a fence were being torn down wantonly. At that moment I never felt more ashamed of the scene. Not only the fuckers who crashed the gates but the FUCKERS who cheered them on. The looks on the band members faces were clearly of disappointment and I would'nt have blamed them right then and there to stop performing and end the show but like the troopers they are, continued on in the face of adversity.
As the rest of the first set proceeded, the hill was becoming so packed that it became a total hassle to stand in our great spot.
At that point the set ended.
We then proceeded to walk up to the pavillion and noticed that there were no ushers to be seen so walked up to a couple of seats that were unused, possibly by some innocent bystanders caught in the melee outside of the theater. What seemed only a few minutes later, the band took the stage again but the house lights stayed on. What was a good for 95 second set though marred with it's share of Jerry vocal flubs and missed ques had a couple foreboding moments. The first was New Speedway and the other was Attics.
As the show ended, we decided to exit the theater via the hill and what a sight that was. Police in riot gear, dogs and tear gas canisters scattered on the ground. We made it back to the car and despite the occurences, the vending scene was in full swing. We decided to immediately leave to head back to the hotel and beat traffic and get enough rest so we could arrive earlier for the next nights show.
The following morning when we were checking out of our hotel, the staff informed us that they were charging us for an additional night though we were ahead of check out time. Packing up our stuff in the car and stewing about getting double charged for one nights stay, a deadhead walked through the lot informing everyone that the show was cancelled. In disbelief we drove past Deer Creek and our fears were confirmed. A big hand painted wooden sign (possible made with pieces of broken fence planks) with some police officers were waving everybody past. Tonights Show Is Cancelled. We then drove home ultra disappointed that our vacation the took months of planning, cost thousands of dollars and cut short was completely ruined by STUPID FUCKING ASSHOLES. If you are reading this now and you crashed the gates at Deer Creek, FUCK YOU!!!!!!!!!!
I apologise about the liberal use of expletives but perhaps if someone who crashed the gates at Deer Creek reads this post, they'll realize that they ruined the whole scene for everybody and hopefully they'll show some remorse and perhaps to learn to show respect to people, property and themselves.
Recapping the memory of this show still burns me up and I still vented.
I didn't crash in, that's for sure. I saw a young girl get beaten with billy-clubs by three cops though. She was completely helpless and screaming and they just kept hitting her. No kidding! I meandered back to the other side of the pond and listened to the hullabaloo and couldn't believe it. I last recall Jerry forgetting a good deal of verses of Fire (I think) and thinkin how much the scene was just plain crazy. And I was new to the scene just four years prior. So this was my last show attended but not inside. We made our way from there to the National Rainbow in New Mexico (which was outstanding and beautiful and much more peaceful than the remaining shows of the tour). Sure would have wished I would have gone to Chicago instead, but I think I was better off in the mts north of Taos.
"Moloch the incomprehensible prison! Moloch the crossbone soulless jailhouse and Congress of sorrows!" -[I] Howl[I/}, Allen Ginsberg
I'll walk you in the morning sunshine
I had a blanket set up with my daugher, Cassidy, who was 6 at the time, back by the fence and had just met up with a boy Tim, who I used to date and we heard a roar, looked back and saw the fence coming down, it was frightening to be on the other side of the fence with my little girl next to me, I scooped her up said goodby to tim(who I was supposed to meet in the second row the next night- which was cancelled) saw the look on the band's faces and we left the lawn. I was really sad. I couldn't believe they broke down the fence. I was a good tour too. Too bad. I think it was the begining of the end : (
I still have the ticket for the second row of the cancelled show where I was supposed to meet up with a long lost love. I was never so ashamed of people as that night. I had thought those days were over. I still get a flood of emotions remembering that night! I bought a sticker that said "gate crashers suck" and still have that too. what a sad night! I felt so bad for the band. They must have been ssoooo disappointed in thier so called fans.
I'll walk you in the morning sunshine
I'm sad to say this is the only show I ever attended. I almost didn't go in favor of the Oregon show later on in the tour, but decided on the closer, midwestern Indiana show (I'm from Iowa). It was a hard night right before the show camping, and I was so drained I could barely pay attention to the music or what was going on. I missed all the helicopters and gate crashers, I got separated from my friends and had to take a bus back home when I found out the show for the next day was cancelled, and I love the Grateful Dead so I'm very sad. This was an altogether very bad experience. I wish I could redeem it and go to another show, but it'll never be again. :-( Not in this world, anyway. I met one of the gate-crashers a couple years back. I'm sorry to say I didn't cuss them out or anything. They didn't sound at all remorseful, though, so like Keller Williams said: "Fuck you" all. It could have been so beautiful. Is this the only show "fans" ever made such havoc at?
also my last show and also a total bummer cuz of the scene. i remember there were so many people in the lot... way more than the venue could hold, so lots of folks came without tickets, which i think helped encourage the gate crashing... i heard that one guy tried to rush the fence and it distracted the security guys who were watching it, so when they all left thier posts, people just saw their chance and went for it. I was inside and remember turning around and it looked like cockroaches coming over the fence. Sorry to say one of my friends crashed and came in. I found out later a girl I went to college with was there working as a state trooper and tear gassed people etc. She said folks were throwing bottles at the cops. All in all it was a bad scene, too many people coming without tickets and expecting something for nothing. Miss you Jerry.
My friend told me someone wrote a song about that. Its called the gates or something of that matter. If anyone could find it or tell me about it that would be cool. Phish rocks.