July 04, 1984
Set List:Feel Like a Stranger
Friend of the Devil
Beat it on Down the Line
Hell in a Bucket
Don't Ease Me In
Help on the Way
Far From Me
Around and Around
Attendees of this show
keep your character, enjoy living, share your fortune,
OXOX Merple Reddin
I totally remember the fireworks. I thought it was a war also. What a night.
I passed out Mikel stickers at this show. I too remember the fireworks war after the show. You'd never have guessed you couldn't buy 'em in Iowa. Everyone must have stocked up in Eagleville on the way up the interstate from KC.
According to the Des Moines newspaper, among those rousted out of the hotel by the fire alarm was one of Iowa's senators. This guy was later tossed out of office when he was caught patronizing a "massage parlor."
I never knew Paul. I remember driving up to Iowa after the K.C. show after dark and passing what looked like a van or bus that had gone into a ditch on the left side of the road. There were police cars everywhere and we had no idea what had happened at the time.
It wasn't until the next morning when we heard people talking about it. Then that night they dedicated He's Gone (I think Phil said it) to Paul and the Rainbow Bus.
In my humble opinion, this was one of the most solid/well played shows of that tour. The first set has flawless versions of every song. This remains the best Cumberland I ever saw.
I still have the McDonald/Mikel sticker from this show.
It's white with dark blue skeleton and of course red roses.
I think I have most of the stickers from that tour still in my songbook.
it was after the pine knob show that paul passed away. And he had asked me if there was room for him in your truck dave. I am the one who told him to go ask the busses. I dont feel guilt I just feel as if fate took over. We were just leaving the parking lot when he approached me to see if there was any room. You probably never knew he even asked dave. that summer was one of those tours were You did give me a ride to almost every show along with vinny and mark steve. i remember getting pulled over on the way to the cedar rapids show and we had to follow the police officer to a psot office box to pay our ticket,either that or wait till after the 4th and see the judge he told us we opted for payment on the spot.
Paul was just like all of us. Getting by how we all did. From show to show with each others help. I knew him for maybe a year or so up to his untimely passing. Its fate and could of happened to any of us. He was traveling in a bus that had a accident on the way to the Starlight theater, he was crushed by all the baggage in the bus and it just happens that they crashed in one of those drain ditches along every highway. Not a big pond not big river a drainage ditch. When people say one can drown in an inch or so of water if the circumstances are rite its true.
Paul was a good soul a peaceful brother to so many of us. He just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. He had asked us for a ride but the truck I was in already had 4 or 5 people in the back of it.