July 04, 1986
Dylan, Petty & The Heartbreakers played second
Set List:Jack Straw
Dupree's Diamond Blues
My Brother Esau
Touch of Grey
Cold Rain and Snow
Fire on the Mountain
Samson and Delilah
I Need a Miracle
Uncle John's Band
Gimme Some Lovin'
Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad
Turn on Your Love Light
Attendees of this show
This was my first show. Drank a lot of Genny Red Eyes. Sat on the hood of the car for that long, bumper to bumper ride towards the parking lot and just took it all in.
This first set was disapointing but the 2nd set and Dylan/Petty were great.
If you can find the Blowin in the Wind from this show you will have found a gem. A country arrangement with gospel singing girls. It was excellent. Check out Etta James version of that song on i-Tunes.
Headed up to Providence with my cousin Pete to hook up w/ his pal Kevin. On the 3rd, we had a blast in Newport. My wife was home and about 6 months pregnant and I was feeling things closing in, so it was great to get away. Sorry honey. The next day we headed hungover to the show in Kevin's van. He had been living up that way for awhile and when the traffic on the highway backed up, he said he new a shortcut and got off. Bad move. We headed through the back roads in bumper to bumper traffic only to end up hours later in almost the same spot on the highway. If it was bad for us, it was horrible for the locals who were trying to pick up last minute beer and shit for Fought-a-July parties. They couldn't even get out of their drive ways. They are probably still cursing the long hair freaks who ruined their day. Finally got into the parking lot and settled down about a mile from the stadium. Got inside with floor tickets. Instead of having us walk down some stairs, were were instructed to simply jump on to the field. Bad omens were pilling up by the minute, with freaks sitting in the sweltering heat naked as they tried to hang on to their last shreds of reality. Never really liked Petty. The Dead set was really two sets crammed into one and then a second set with Dylan. None of it seemed noteworthy, except it was cool to see Jerry play peddle steel. The show mercifully ended and then we had to head out. Traffic in the lot snarled. Fire works freaked out my cousin, so he had to get out of the van. He grabbed the hibachi, ran about hundred yards ahead and started cooking burgers and dogs. By the time we got to him, they were done. He cooked them all and handed them out to the non-vegetarians stuck in the mire. The next day we drove back to NYC among more traffic and accidents. The night in Newport was great, the show was one of the worst I attended and it was nice to be back home with my pregnant wife. We had a beautiful, redhaired little girl who is almost 20 now. Oh yeah, Touch of Grey had just hit the radio.
During The Wheel, the tune was broadcast to the viewers of Farm Aid...we still need Farm Aid and the Big Wheel
It was REALLY hot that day, that's why the 1st Set was so short. One of the highlights for me was watching a girl lean over the railing from the upper deck and puke over the side. You could hear the SPLAT! as it nailed a girl in a tank top right on the back. She was ordained "Yack Back" for the rest of the show. I thought it was funny...but the acid may have contributed...
I remember Cold Rain and snow kicking ass.
Phil Saying in the 2nd st " Welcome to farm aid TV"
GDTRFB was the highlight for me.
The next morning we caught a plane back to NJ. Before take off the the captain, co-pilot, stewardess walked up and down the isle........looking at all the haeds. Then one stewardess asked me my name and where I was from. I told her thinking there was a problem. she left.
Then before we took off the Captain got on the PA and said
Ladieis and gentalmen, the crew of this plan had a contest, a tie-dyed contest that is. And we think that Gary Hartman in seat 21a has the best looking tie-dye, Gary would stand up and show the people your shirt? I did.....and won a free drink of my choice!!
After this show...........I remember thinks started getting very crowed and crazy.........Touch of Gray Yuppies were amoung us
This day was a fun day for me and my friends. It was awsome walking through the parking lot at night after the show. Lots and Lots of pretty fireworks!!!!!!!!
It was the last leg of a long journey...a crazy tour....Jack Straw on the 4th of July....."leaving Texas......4th day of July!"....and it was hot and then things started to melt and weave...jerry was looking right at me(where is the light show???...awww...hell its an afternoon show) i hate stadium crowds...."sun so hot...the clouds so low" the music began to spring from the stage like giant florencent fireworks...the rays of the sun bounced off the speakers....there was a giant gumby talking to me from the side stage.....red....purple....popping colors of a moving waterfall....cold sweat pouring down my face(ilost my friends....i dont care....a predrums "Wheel"....holy shit.....hang tight.....you can make it...."won't you try just a little bit.."..bobby so smooth today....phil so thundering....bleepBLAHmoooosh---KaSHeeepMop...∞•••§§cold water pleeze(≈™œ´∂ƒ∫ºøæ....damnwhata show!/tour
The sun will shine......in my backdoor someday!
Of course I had to pick the one where Dylan and The Dead DIDN'T play together. But I caught that the following year.
Xhooked up with old high school sweetheart and a bunch of friends from a town i moved away from for this show (army bratt that i was) the lot of them were saying they we going to a dylan show, and i insisted it was a dead show first dead exp for them at the end of the night they all said hey alot of people were there to see the dead and now we know what you mean high school sweetheart is gone now unexpected accident here is to fond memories and young love and all the shows the dead performed especially the magic ones before touch of gray linned the crowd with too many undeadicated