Soldier Field - July 9, 1995
July 09, 1995
Jerry Garcia's last show.
Last non-medly, two-song encore: 11-03-91  - fireworks display set to Jimi Hendrix's "Star Spangled Banner" after the show - The Band opened
Set 1: Touch of Grey
Little Red Rooster
Lazy River Road
When I Paint My Masterpiece*
Set 2: Shakedown Street
Samson & Delilah
So Many Roads
Samba In The Rain
Corrina > Drums > Space > Unbroken Chain
Black Muddy River
Box Of Rain
Attendees of this show
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Excuse me I called 'Rosebud' 'Bertha' by accident... anyway I just read a review on archive.org saying Jerry indeed began with Rosebud and switched to Tiger after tech difficulties...
I think I had so much fun partly because Jerry had no serious lapses of memory or blatant flubs...I feel this was one of the better 95 shows for that reason. No really great moments, but nothing horrible...
Personally I was ecstatic!
Weird thing for me was the feeling of "The End"...I was convinced they were going to take another "retirement" for Jer to get healthy and finish the studio album and to simply get interested in playing together again...
And they kept playing songs with lyrics like "sure has been a long hard climb" and "I just don't know now, I just don't know if I'm going back again"...and songs like Childhood's End, So Many Roads, and Black Muddy River...and the way Phil emphasized "Dead dreams" in Box of Rain, and bellowed out the final lines..."Such a long, long time to be gone, and a short time TO BE THERE!!!!!" There was such a finality to it all...double encore even? hmmm...
I was sure this was IT! My friends thought I was crazy...but I ran around like we had witnessed history...
I'm not at all happy that I was right....though I recall feeling somewhat disappointed in the band for scheduling fall tour...they needed a break...
Regardless, I actually had a blast at this show !
There would be no more grateful dead shows.
BECAUSE..............IT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED AGAIN!!
And the band WOULD NOT have put up with the YOUNG YUPPIE ASSHOLES that crashed the gates.
I was not at this show and I am glad a was'nt.
What the fuck were you people thinking????
I would have made a bumper sticker.
"REAL DEADHEADS DON"T CRASH GATES"
I hope security beat the fuck out of as many possible gate crasher as they could.............They fucking deserved it!!
I can go on and on..............................
The above post doesn't understand why people were honored to be at this show... I guess you had to be there to understand. There was a wake like quality to it, and I was honored to be at Jerry's wake. There was a sense that Jerry was saying goodbye, and I teared up. I turned to my tour buddies and said after the show, "It's over." I was glad to have the opportunity to listen to Jerry's goodbye to us.
Oh yeah, I chose no to rate this show because there really is something about it that makes it impossible to rate it. (For me)
I agree that this show had a genuine sadness coming from Jerry throuhgout most of it. This was not uncommon in the last couple years, but I remember So Many Roads and as someone else said it gave me shivers up and down my spine. The utter sadness that Jerry was expressing along with a bitter sweet remembrance of years past. I actually remember hearing Jerry cry at one point during the show. I don't know if this was just his voice breaking or if he really was chocking up from emotion. After listening to the tapes it is still hard to tell, but it still gives me shivers all the same. Despite the uneveness of the show, there were still moments when that magic showed through, and it was clear that at that point in his life Jerry was most musically and emotionally engaged with the ballads. I feel honored to have witnessed Jerry play at all, and I will certainly never forget that night, sadness and all.
Solid show but you could tell Jerry was on this last rope. Very mellow. Was fortunate to see the very last show with one of my good friends HELMET.
Jerry's last show was my first. I was 18 and fresh out of high school and didn't have 30 years against which to compare July 9th, 1995. Maybe that's why I can remember nearly every event of the day and why the music sounded sooooo sweet regardless of how sick or tired anyone in the band may have been. I'm listening to "To the Sky" as I type this and it still sounds perfect to me.
i happened to be working in the antique restoration field the day jerry died...........in dublin cal...........my boss said sit down...... your guitar hero has just given up the ghost...............he told me to take the day off.....................patrick's pub was right next door....i went over there and had bloolymary after bloodymary, watched every news story that they had ...over and over andover........miss you jerry............always will............i'll always remember your kindness and fine licks and lyrics .....................................restinpeace..........................................see you someday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!had a chance to meet bruce peters yet...............look him up ...............he might suprise you..............................time to pick up my guitar and gently weep for all of those that have gone before...............................................got one stop at the rainbow bridge to make before i join you...............hows the acoustics there?????????????????????? love is all there is
reading this just brought me to tears