July 25, 1982
Set List:Mississippi Half-Step
Saint of Circumstance
Fire on the Mountain
Samson and Delilah
Not Fade Away
Don't Ease Me In
Attendees of this show
I actually attended this show alone. I was visiting Arizona and read that the show was coming and bought a ticket. I got dropped off and picked up by family, but no one could do the show with me.
I may have attended alone, but I was among friends everywhere I looked!
This is the show I yelled at the band throughout the first set to play Scarlett Begonias. I like to think that my persistence created good vibes which spread far and wide, thus the band opened the second set with the song. Or maybe I was obnoxious enough that they played it anyway. lol. I dont know, maybe none of the above.
I'm glad you had a goodtime, Handgathered.:) Summer night concerts in Phoenix can be a rather warm experience. But the crowd usually watches out for each other.
Maybe it was partly because I was bogged down wirth grad student worries about growing up at the time, also it is the only Dead show I went to alone. I was attending nearby AGSIM at the time. Still this concert seemed to drag to me. There were a lot Deadheads selling stuff in the parking lot but the show seemed kind of empty with lots of people aimlesssly woaking around. The music never really seemed to get going to me and stuff seemed off-key or ragged. Disappointed, I walked out early ...but I usually hang on every precious note of Dead shows. Also, some guy wouldn't stop yelling at the band to play Scarlett Begonias.. :-)
keep your character, enjoy living, share your fortune,
OXOX Merple Reddin
I remember this show has being the show that I ran out of money. It was a 3 week trip where we were originally going to start at the Ventura shows, but the car broke down various times along the way, and we finally fixed it for good in Ely, Nevada (of all places) where some local dude repaired the water pump for us for some beer, some weed, and we had to jam (me on drums and the guitar player from my band) with him and his friend for a couple of songs. They were into Judas Priest and such so that was fairly entertaining.
Anyway, by the time all this was done, we were getting short on cash and time and decided to skip the Ventura shows (which I regret to this day, but whater-ya-gona-do) and went to Phoenix, and on to Red Rocks where we already had a ticket for one show before going back home.
As for the running out of money part, when this show started I had $5 and change left and spent that on the following: One Cheeseburger, One Beer, One Pack of Smokes, and a Hit of Acid (5 bucks went a lot farther back then). I was 1500 miles from home and called my dad to wire me some money and he said "you found a way out there, you'll find a way home" (tough love). But he was right, I got by the next few days, Red Rocks was unreal, and I made it home alive and well.
Your story made me chuckle. It seems like every road trip we went on back in the day we had no money. One time 3 of us drove from CO to CA with nothing but tickets to the Shoreline shows, some sticky green buds, and an almost maxed out credit card, that was it. We had just enough credit to buy our gas to get out there and 2 cases of decent beer that we planned on selling in the parking lot. On the way home we had maybe $20 profit from the beer sales. We stopped in Reno and had a $10 bill left. So what do we do? We go into the casino and bet the $10 on black jack. First hand we pushed. So we play again and of course lose. So much for dinner and gas money! So we had to beg for money (which isn't easy to do in a gambling town!) and somehow made it home. Oh the memories!! I keep thinking - imagine the amount of Dead concerts I could have went to if only I had some money!!
"I've stayed in every blue-light cheap hotel. Can't win for tryin. Dust off those rusty strings just one more time. Gonna make em shine."