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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Anyone who made it to this show is very fortunate; I wish I had. I'm just now listening to it for my first time. I have to say, I think it's pretty horrible compared to some of the scorchers I saw during my short stint between '87-'93. Still, it was the definitive end, and as such it was very, very important.
I saw Brent's last show, and I never felt the same about the Dead afterward, although I still tried to see them when I could. I went through my own substance abuse hell throughout the nineties and Jerry's passing was just another fucked up part of a fucked up time for me.
I didn't listen to the Dead for a long time after 1995—about ten years to be exact. I've rediscovered how magical those mere mortals could be when they hit the stage together. I can't relate to the Dead-head lifestyle anymore—not one bit—but this music touches my soul just as much as it did when I was a kid. Maybe more.
I miss Jerry and those carefree nights with good friends in a strange town far from home, listening to the music that made us feel so damn fine; like nothing mattered but that night.
I think he had packed it in before this Soldiers Field show. He sounds so very frail and small and resigned; miles and miles from that first night that I heard him sing Cold Rain and Snow (I think they did Black Muddy River that night too) in 1987. He never wanted to be our spiritual leader, and he gave all he had to give in spite of a lifelong battle against demons and soul-consuming fire. I don't know how he did it. I'm grateful to have been along for the ride, though. If I had seen this show, I would feel a bit more complete I think.
Thanks Jerry. Thanks, guys.
The last show we left after the encore and as we were heading out they did another. I remeber standing outside listening to the song saying to myself what a horriable tour. We had to drive right home afterwards in the pouring rain. It was sad this was the last one because the whole year just was not right. I love the scene if they were there for the music not the party. It was a closing of a great ride for me ten years following the GREATEST BAND OF ALL TIME.
If I knew then what i know now i would have keyed in on the beauty of the whole Grateful Dead experience that nite,and not the negative obvious shortcomings of the band,fans,and music.I saw my 1st show in CHI92,and as the years went by and Jerrys health declined I heard rumblings of how dead the Dead were becoming,but to me it was and still is some of the greatest times of my life,even when Jerry would nod off and forget some lines or notes, there is nothing more beautiful than Rosebud,Jerry and the rest of the boys live and in color. WAVE THAT FLAG!!!!
nothing left to do but smile, smile, smile...
I went with my buddy B, and on a whim we hit chicago trying to score some tickets. We found everyone that had a ticket wanted like 90 bucks which at that time for me was absurd. So I find a POS that had some tickets for sixty. He was from pittsburgh PA, anyway we look at the tickets and buy them and start talking to some deadheads and they said the backs didn't look the same as theirs, they also said if you burn the edge and it doesen't burn its fake. So we tried it and sure enough it didn't burn. So my friend and I went to find the POS(piece of shit) and were ready to kill this guy. Of couse as the magic of the dead we find the guy in like 2.2 and as he is about to sell some other moron like us some tickets we yell don't buy those tickets from that loser they are fake. We went up to that guy and demanded our money back if he didn't want to be a part of the pavement, he took out a gangster roll, and quickly peeled back six twentys and gave us our money back. The only thing I regret to this day is not pumaling that guy and takeing every ticket and dollar he had on him. And believe you me, I am a very kind, and nice individual, but if I could do it all over again he wouldn't have even a dime on him and no one would have been ripped off from there on out. Any way we go back to talk to the deadheads that told us about the fakes, to thank them, that's when the dead magic hits us for the second time, we are thanking them, one of the guys pipes up and says we heard what you went thru and a couple of our friends can't make the show, we have 2 tickets. They sold us the tickets for face value of like 50 bucks each. very cool guys and great scene normally. Thank you deadhead, and I think about you daily and miss you all that I have hung out with, helped, and have been helped by you more then I can tell. Don't get me wrong there are the pompus deadheads that think because they've toured for 20 or 30 years they are the coolest and younger ones are ruining it, while there is some truth to this, these ones I don't miss. FYI just because your birthday is before mine, and you've seen the dead a few more times then me it does not mean that you are cooler or kinder, or you have more love for the dead. It just means that you will most likely die before me, and we will the link to the next generation to spead the music, love, and magic.
Now on to the show, yeah it wasn't the best, but still some highlights for sure. That so many roads was out of this world, the opener of touch of grey was great, yeah i know he screwed it up, but that was Jerry and the timming of everything, but the sheer meaning of the tune, yeah Jer we will get by...how anyone can complain about unbroken chain is beyond me, they could have done it without the PA system and it would have rocked ass. This was amazing for any fan. I really enjoyed the lazy river road i thought he wailed that one out and a real gem in the first set. The cumberland blues blew me away, I know you deadheads that have seen shows since 71' this may not have been the best rendition, but I though it was stellar and was happy to hear it live. I loved the Shakedown to open the 2nd set another classic, and the double encore of black muddy river was tear jerking, the box of rain was completely off the hook. Phil was on fire and just ripped that one, I still think about that song 14 years latter. Thanks phil, and thanks to the boys and all you REAL deadheads, you know who you are. I'll see you at the allstate arena in may and then in Colorado two days latter for the reunion tour.
I was privileged to attend only 6 shows from 91' to 95'. I was only 14 years old at my first show and nearly 18 at Jerry's last show, but for me as a very young fan, it wasn't just about the drugs, or the label of "hippie", or any cool trend..... it was a kindred peace, a long gone spirit of kindness and awareness of one another, our differences and similarities as emotional human beings, just being together and being alright with that. This formed who I am, and I am oh so glad for that early experience. There was truly no show like a Grateful Dead show and nothing that can ease an aching soul like being present and hearing the beautiful music fill the air. No matter how you pick apart the sound; good, bad, lacking, whatever it became in the 90's, at least they we're present and there for the world still, hope much needed. I know I needed what I gleaned from them as a kid, I miss this so very much....I am grateful for the time though, and grateful for the music still......but "every silver linings got a touch of grey." And as always, from then to now, there is nothing left to do but smile, smile, smile.....so this emotional rose can just ramble on now..........
I had tickets to both Chicago shows, and was very happy about it. We had done most of the 94 summer tour, and after being back in the fold, I was happy to see Deer Creek and Chicago. When we got to the hotel on the 9th, two friends of mine told me they had just found out they were pregnant with their first baby. Allison and Jesse were super excited, and without tickets for the show. I handed mine over and said "you guys are going to be sidelined from tour for a while, and I'll always have next summer."
It was the end of an era, but the beginning of another. They went to the show, and I went back to the hotel with my then boyfriend. I found out I was pregnant the morning Jerry died, which was a month later. We later calculated that the night of the last dead show was the night I got pregnant.
I named my daugher Jaryn which means "to sing or cry out with joy".
One man gathers what another man spills.
I had scored 8th row floor seats, first time ever that close, I loved the show, it felt like a Grand Good bye, So Many Roads, When I Paint, Shakedown-Samaon, Black Muddy. It just felt like a Good Bye Speech, remebering the good, and the bad, and the length of time the journey took....I turned to a friend after the show and even said, I think this was the last show, I think they are retiring, that was the feeling I had, I know others talk about a strange feeling that night, to me it just felt like the end...I kept telling people that the Dead were retiring for good, but with the releae of the fall tour dates I saw I was wrong...little did I know it was truly the last show
I was there, I was 17 years old, it was my second tour- show #10. My mom was the one who told me when Jerry passed. She wasn't a fan but she came upstairs crying with regret of her news. The years pass but my memories never fade.
I HAVE MANY STORIES FROM THAT NIGHT,,,,,,,WE WALK FROM OUR HOTEL TO SOLDIERS FIELD, I WAS DOING PRETTY WELL FOR MY SELF THAT TOUR WE BOUGHT EVER TIX WE FOUND ON OUR WAY, 9 IN ALL WE GOT TO THE STADIUM AND WERE ABLE TO MIRICLE 7 PEOPLE THAT NIGHT, HALF WAY THROUGH THE SECOND SET I RAN IN TO MY BROTHER, HE WAS WAY HIGH AND CRYING AND HE TOLD ME HE HAD JUST SAW THE FUTURE AND THIS WAS THE LAST TIME WE WERE GOING TO SEE JERRY I TRIED TO CALM HIM DOWN, BUT SOMETING INSIDE OF ME TOLD ME TO WATCH JERRY FOR THE REST OF THE SHOW, I DID,RIGHT TILL HE WALKED OFF STAGE AND DOWN THE HALL,,,,, THATS JUST TWO STORIES FROM THAT NIGHT MAYBE ONE DAY ILL TELL THE REST,,,, IF I TOLD ALL THAT WENT DOWN IT WOULD BURN OFF BOTH YOUR EARS,,,,,,,,,,JINGLE - FEW GOOD MEN MC - NEW YORK
After attending god knows how many shows since '76 , my
tank was almost as empty as Jerry's. Not sure why, maybe in my heart I knew the best was long gone. 14 years later , I'm starting to listen again , never stopped really , phil shows & ratdog kept the juices flowing. Lets hope this years tour brings back the good vibes, We all need it.