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
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My daughters first show, She wasn't yet a year old but she loved it I held her in my arms and danced with her through the entire show, she smiled and giggled and hummed and looked into my eyes as if she knew. Knew what I had left behind to take care of her, Knew the joy that I was filled with to be back (HOME), it was like she was tuned in and was affected by the music the way I had always been. . . . sadly it was the last time that she would have the chance to feel that understanding. Thank you Jerry we miss you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I wish I was there, You all are so lucky to have been at such an important show in history... Just remember, energy does not ever die!!! Jerry IS alive and well on the other side and he will be back on this earth after he has rested and reincarnated 100 years from now or so!! GOD BLESS YOU JERRY AND ALL THE GRATEFUL DEAD AND DEAD HEADS IN THE WORLD!!!! Jerry, I will see you up above when it is MY time, with LOVE and your songs in my heart forever! Thank you!
Cosmic Travelers - Gypsy Blue
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I have to say, Im glad I wasn't there. My first show was late in Dead time, 1983, but for me, it was over in 94. After the worst RFK show I could remember, I decided my tour was done. The Dead for me is always been about joy, although they could make me cry too. And in the end, the scene, the music and Jerry was to sad for me to handle. Jerks at shows, obvious miscues and other issues on stage, plus Jer just mailing it in. It was too much of a downer. I did not need to see it firsthand. The music and Jerry mean too much to me to watch it crumbling. I'm happy for newbies to see the band at all, but my time was over, and I think Jerry's time was over long before Chicago.
His job is to shed light, not to master.
This is a tough show to write about. I saw 84 shows since 1981 and pretty much stopped going in the 1990's. I missed a lot of opportunities because my best friend worked for GDTS and I could get great tickets and passes for any show I wanted, but I was tired of the huge stadiums and crowds.
I was getting married on July 15, and my best man (the GDTS guy) was in town so we had killer seats and backstage passes for both shows. I skipped out 1/2-way through the night before so we could go have a bachelor's party. On the 9th, my wife and I went exploring backstage and found a quiet place to catch up. We were hanging around just backstage on stage right when Jerry walked down the runway and to the stage. He walked past us and I remember him looking at the crowd and the people applauding his entry with amazement. I know he had said he never really got used to that and you could genuinely see it on his face. I will say that he also looked in very bad shape, sort of white and pastey. I really had a hard time seeing him like that.
We went to our seats which were row 15 or so center and I really thought the rest of the band was tight. I continued to feel disappointed with Jerry because he seemed to be having a tough time playing. I even physically threw my hands up with disgust during Unbroken Chain. The song came to the part that should have taken off with a beautiful solo and he couldn't hit the notes.
This was a very Jerry heavy setlist so it is fitting for his last show. I suppose my critique of him at his last show will spark some anger, but it is my memory of the night and none of us knew it would be his last.
Fare Thee Well, Jerry and thanks for a being part of 14 years of my life.
I was at the last two shows. All I can say is it was better than the night before.Thats not saying much though! Wasn't horrible but wasn't great. At least I got to see the last show with the exact same friends I seen my first show with! Fitting huh! I remember sitting at work (carpenter) having lunch and I here on the radio that Jerry Garcia died. And some asshole starts joking about it and bad mouthing Jerry.A fit of rage overcame me. I was about to knock his fucking teeth out, but the boss stepped in and just told me to go home early.I cried all the way home and went straight to the bar. But I cherish every moment I had following the dead, and have no regrets! The best time of my life!What a fitting name Grateful Dead!
Two unused tickets for this show, We never made it to Chi-town..The tix are from the GDTS and in absolute mint condition...I aslo have to Fall 95 Tour poster which never happened framed under glass.They are for sale anybody interested
today is April 17 2008
I want DH's to have first crack at them before I sell the lot on ebay
I posted my comment about the summer of '95 and these last shows on the July 8th page, but I couldn't help comment in response to 'dustyrose'.
I hear ya! I had returned to Minneapolis after finishing school and was spending time with family. On the day of Jerry's death I was out and about running errands, shopping, etc. I returned home and my mom told me (of all people, my mom gave me the news- I'm a 1st gen beatnik/hippie/deadhead in my family- so getting the news from my mom seemed a bit surreal). But my response was even more surreal. I remember it so vividly. I was eating a banana and peanut butter sandwich while sipping on some milk and said, "..... I know."
God, it gives me chills to this day. I walked around the neighborhood stunned, returned home and drank a whole bottle of gin while watching GD videos and listening to miscellaneous snips of various shows.
Dead shows are still my life's soundtrack, and that day was no exception. I lamented and paid hommage to the greatest (most versatile) guitarist of all time, but the joy he, and Bobby, Phil, Mickey, Bill, Vince, and Brett brought to my life outweighs any of the sadness on that day in August of '95.
The only Soldier Field shows we missed were these. We were in the process of buying our first house, and decided to pick up the fall tour in Philly instead. I have video of the show, and of course have heard the tapes, but its not the same as being there. I truly miss everything about the Dead as they were, most especially Jerry. Nothing lasts forever, though.
My first show, I was 19 and a lover of the scene -still am. We spent the entire day of the show wondering through the huge parking lot. Browsing through the homemade crafts, jewlery, and clothing, munching on grilled cheese, and enjoying the culture of the hippies. I remember being stunned at the number of balloons that were scattered about the ground. It was a colorful display that I spotted from the highway as we were pulling in.
I thought the show was fantastic and I felt amazed at the setlist. My friends said this was a great list that you don't usually see all of them together like that. I did notice the vibe felt off or more mellow. But of course I had nothing to compare this to. i loved this night and am forever grateful to the dead!
Moving ahead one month to August 9th and I got up and went to work as I usually did. Just before lunch my boyfriend called to tell me Jerry died. Without missing a beat, I said, "I know" "But wait, no I don't know..." As he said those words a dream from the night before flashed in my head. Just a short scene in the darkness of my dream I was at a house where jerry was and I heard somebody yell down the hall, call an ambulance Jerry is dead.
I still keep a deadhead sticker on my car.
I was honored to be at this "last" show and unfortunately, I was at Brent's last show as well. And as another footnote, Stevie Ray's last show at Alpine as well. People started telling me to stop going to the shows as I was bringing bad luck. The one thing that struck me was when Jerry was first shown in close-up on the big screen, I turned to my friend and told him I thought Brother Jerry was not long for this world. His forehead looked sunken in and it was obvious, at least to me, that he was not in good health. A memorable show to say the least and Bobby screwed up lyrics in defference to Jerry's miscues, which provided some levity to the whole proceeding..... We miss you G-Man!