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
I remember the crowd cheering as the gate crashers came over the fence.. we didn't realize anything bad had happened until the next day when we heard the 7/3 show had been canceled. There are some great videos of the back side of the hill at deer creek while everyone was running up it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzuMCVVKLPk
Musically I didn't think anything on the 1995 tour was anything to write home about. But it was a hell of a party.. I remember the biggest party of my life at Pine Lakes on 7/3/95 we danced all night to the BurittoBego and I also remember a guy in a Corvette getting chased out of Indy, crashing through the cornfields and dead into a tree inside the entrance to Pine Lakes. Crazy Times.
I agree with the above post from SPACEBROTHER. The crashers were mostly wannabe fucking party crashers. They had nothing better to do, but disrespect "everything I loved the most". Thanks for the last show dumb-asses!
I stopped attending shows regularly in '84. My theory is that MTV helped ruin things. In MTV's early days they needed content and showed the Dead Movies often, exposing the scene to those that never would have learned of it. Around that time (to me) it seemed that the DEA was a permanent fixture on tour.
Truthfully, when it came to getting inside, few options were off the table.
Violence and destruction were among the very few though.
However, I do not consider fence climbing to be violent or destructive.
Fake tickets were always a favorite, but if your fake was detected at the turnstiles your options were to A) Stand and accept your punishment B) Run backward (people behind, difficult) C) run forward into the show and blend into the throng.
Option A worked one time(RedRox82) when I convinced the ticket taker that my mom had washed my ticket in my jeans pocket and that is why it is trashed. (it was the worst fake I had ever seen, but a guy gave it to me)
Option C makes you a gate crasher by definition, so the bumper sticker you described, may I suggest a location for the sticking?
In the 70s there was some bad stuff at a stadium in Jersey City(?) Roosevelt Stadium maybe? Tons of folks outside, tons of space inside, zealous cops with clubs to swing. I don't know if a show ever got canceled though, I am not too big on the trivia.
I will acknowledge that being there when the melee is swirling has a way of burning the thing into your memory. Since I wasn't there AND I have never scene a Florida show, this one doesn't sound any worse than some of the Nassau/Hartford/Providence crap I'd seen, but as I said, the stuff you see stays with you.
I was at the show and had only tickets for the second night!! I was standing by will call looking to buy a ticket when the gates got crashed. A man name John just had picked up two tickets from will call and decided to be a saint and give me one. Getting a miracle at this show meant something more to me. I had always loved the scene at shows but it just seemed that the younger generation were more into the party than the show, which was evident at Deer Creek and again at River Port. This was not the first time the gates were crashed that year. The first night at Memphis they also tried to crash the gates, but to no avail!!! It was a shame to see the kindness disappear amist the young kids on tour. It was def. a long stange trip and one I will never forget despite the tragedy and drama at the end of 95.
Being a fellow Ohio native, this was to be my first show, or hoped it would have been. I was 15 years old, just recovering from a broken leg. Long Story short, I should have gone, but couldn't swing it with the leg and all. Needless to say, I woke up one morning in August, to hear the news. I never got to see my beloved Dead preform with the grand 'ol master himself. It still hurts, really. I'm 28 now, and have made up for it since, thanks Bobby, Phil, Billy, Mickey and friends!
after reading a few of these other comments, I figured why not add some more commentary since this is one of the shows that always sticks out, and not for good reasons. plus, it was my last time seeing jerry.
i remember thinking the 95 summer itinerary looked odd and kinda short. the only real venue, as always, that looked enticing was deer creek. i grew up in indy, so it was always convenient to jet back and see the deer creek shows.
first major red flag was traffic getting in. normally an hour to get to your seats. this time it was 2+ just to find a friggin' parking spot, which wasn't even in a normal lot but someone's yard parking. never had to do that before at deer creek.
to complicate things even more, I get rear-ended midway through the traffic jam. always an extra bonus, as idiots are jeering at you as you exchange insurance info. the vibe wasn't exactly patchouli and roses.
onto the show, it was definitely packed to the gills. but i did have a pavilion seat. so went directly to the pavilion which was much more relaxed. a respectable first set until the gate crash incident. what can you do but watch, there's an army of people between you and them. i do remember some people were cheering, but most were like WTF. let it grow was a pretty solid closer all things considered.
setbreak. uneasiness, there was a helicopter flying around the venue. and the lights were on for along time after they started playing. can't remember if it was all set or not. new speedway, victim, all too much. yep, we get the point. but you have to give the band and crowd credit, by time attics rolled out of space, we were all in sync. and sugar magnolia / mighty quinn saw much happiness around. people chalked it up to just another wild dead show going back to the lot. what could tomorrow night possibly hold?
not so quick: my friend calls the next morning to tell me night 2 is canceled. the proverbial s-sandwich was served. pretty sad ending to a venue with excellent acoustics that hosted many a great dead show. granted, it still can't overshadow all the great times I've had at deer creek but it always makes me cringe thinking about 7/2/05.
I remember the break out of Desolation Row and then a riot ensued outside. Still to this day I can see an unarmed girl getting an extendable riot stick to the head. It was a horrible site outside. What a shame.
but this, I believe, is the show that inspired Keller Williams's deathless "Gate Crashers Suck," which I heartily recommend!
my last time seeing Jerry play as well. i was on that hill and was knocked around quite a bit. our trip home the next day was quiet and we brought 2 newly met friends with us. heading to SC, none of us spoke from Deer Creek until we got to our next campground in southern Kentucky.
i think it's all been said at one point or another how completely surreal the scene was that night and the next day in the campground that was quiet as a church. our "church" had been hit by arsonists...
still get goosebumps from the band all the time and moved to tears of joy or sadness...such an amazing group of musicians that changed my life for the better. i could not be more thankful for the Grateful Dead.
This show and the last show are actually the most attended shows ever. Despite holding only 20,000 people over 500,000 people claim to have attended this show and will regale you with stories of helicopters zooming over the lawn and hordes of invaders.
But in seriousness it did take a real long time to get in and a lot of people did not have tickets. The Scarlet>Fire was cool and weird- sorta dissonant but had only 1 verse. Even so it was a solid 20 minutes long. And strange. Dire Wolf was great- it is very personal for me as it is something of a "themesong" with added meaning for me as it recalls the various vulgar appetites and addictions I have battled over the years.