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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I have a feeling this tour will definitely bring back the good vibes! Despite the tough times, 2009 will be a great year for live music! So dust off your camping gear, get into tour shape, and grab a ride cuz we'll be rockin this spring/summer!
Have just spent the last hour reading all of these comments and posts, some good some bad. I was 20 yrs old in 95 and had just gotten the fever that spring tour in Memphis. I clearly remember the Wharf Rat I heard on the second night and that was basically it for me. I had always been a free spirit maybe born a decade too late? Who knows.But I had found a place a group where people took care of one another.Where you could literally sit and visit with 3 generations in one family...I dont know why at my young age that always struck me but i can still see the faces of the family i met in deer creek sitting on a blanket having a picnic and it was grandma,grandpa,mom dad, and bro and sis...all at a dead show. Sure i saw and partook in my share of excess and deriliction but it wasnt the hub it was merely part of it. When I would get up on the morning of show day i would put my ticket in a "special" pocket. Nothing else went in this pocket all day long, and maybe four or five hundred times i would reach in my pocket and grin ear to ear as i felt it in my pocket and knew i still had my lil piece of magic. I can distinctly remember swaying an skipping to my seats no matter how good or how bad, once inside the venue. When summer tour 95 was announced we mail ordered the whole deal, and then i asked for time off from work. I was working as a delivery boy for a printing company at the time and had a pretty secure thing going. I can remember my boss calling me in to his office to tell me that i just couldn't take any more time off and that I wouldnt be able to go on tour. I calmly walked out of his office, took all my keys off my key ring and went back in,placed them on his desk and said "I Quit" I had no idea what my next job would be or how i would pay my rent but i knew i had tickets to the summer 95 tour and i was going. Looking back it was one of the best decisions i ever made....My parents were absolutely freaked out. My dad layed into me telling me how he had never quit a job without having another one lined up and how irresponsible and yada yada yada. I went on tour that summer and experienced things and people that helped to shape me into the 33 yr old husband and father i am today.The day that Jerry died my former boss(the one that wouldn't give me time off)was the one to call me and give me the news......He said he was sorry. Shortly afterward my mother called and reassured me that i had done the right thing and how grateful she was that i had the experience. In reading all of these posts from others i have laughed and cried, gotten chills recalling the VOJ and BMR from soldier field, but mostly i have felt a part of me come back alive as i await the upcoming tour. I am working stiff today with mouths to feed and bills to pay so i too was somewhat put off by the prices and the fiasco of getting tickets.But here today I realize that i have been and always will be a Head. Always in search of my next adventure, my next experience, and my next oppurtunity to meet some of the most righteous people to walk the face of the earth. So thank you Ron, Brent,Keith,Donna,Tom,Vince,Bruce,Jerry,Bobby,Phil,Mickey,Bill for being apart of something so big and so life changing to so many. You are truly appreciated for your skill and your craft. No good night bad night bad sound B>S>from me. Only humble and simple thanks for being you and doing what you do. Look forward to seeing you all in chicago(hey i could only get a couple days off work) Nothing left to do but smile smile smile!!!!!!!
this was the craziest night . it was the opposit of everything good and pure. my friend ted was getting sent to india for medical school his dads friend had luxury box seats we were partying like rockstars[we drank half the booze in the bar i was so fucked up that i watched blurily at the television and barely caught any of it by the time jerry played black muddy river my friends were carrying me out
My face is still missing from my head. Don't think it will ever be found...
This was the first Dead show that I was completely sober for. The tour had taken it's toll on me by the time I had gotten back to my home in Chicago. Trying to get a second wind on day when the wind won't blow is very difficult. I can recall having long conversations about how this was, most likely, going to be the last tour for the band, something many people did like to hear. Many of my fellow deadheads shared in the fact that the scene surrounding the dead had changed unfortuanely for the worst. I was so emotionally spent by the time these shows came around that the first night I was numb to the whole scene. The second night, confirmed to me that the tour was over and so was the dead. Phil sang three times that night a rarity for any show and the song selection resonated and confirmed my feelings. I can't help you with your troubles, If you won't help with mine and I don't know now, I just don't know, If I'm goin' back again rang in my ears that night as it does today. But at least I can say, in some respects, that I am going back again and look foward to the Spring Tour!!! May your hearts be kind and the road be safe for everyone on tour this spring and lets give one last round of applause for the Good Ol' Grateful Dead.
Yes, this tour came into Chicago with an already "trouble ahead" at both Deer Creek and St. Louis. I was saddened to hear those reports and had for several years tiring of all the people showing up at Dead shows not to see the band, but just to party in the parking lot. Regardless, having gone to Sat.'s show, coupled with all the mess in the lots, I hadn't planned on going to Sun.'s show. However, a friend of mind had called me to explain how he had befriended Steven Marcus (GDP's ticket guy) at a restaurant he worked at and as a result scored two free tics. We arrived early Sun. and met up with Steve to get the tickets. As if that wasn't' cool enough, along with the two tics (right up front) Steve also gave us back stage passes in the form of Marvel Comics Kid Colt (posted on this site under pics f/show). Good news is we were able to briefly meet the band after the first set and I'm forever grateful for that! Because after the show we tried again to go back stage but security wasn't letting anyone back there regardless of credentials!? Thanks to "TomBanjo" comments on this site quoting Phil in his book stating that "the band stayed behind and watched the spectacular fireworks after the show was over which they had never done before." I always wondered why we couldn't get back stage again, now it makes sense. R.I.P 4ever Jerry...
After over 100 shows, being at this one and the night before was very sad indeed, painfully so. I could barely stand it at times, I was in the front 10 rows (thanks GDTS and Ruby). It hurt so bad to see jer in that shape, he was pasty white and lost lost lost. The most painful was the night before in sugaree, he could not even find his way in that simple song, once each night, and from my point of view only once, he snapped abruptly awake, shockingly so, so many roads tonight and visions from the night before. They were both as stunningly beautiful as the rest was painful. Thank g-d for phil breaking out box of rain, it was the only way it made it ok. After the show my friend turned to be and said jer will die soon, I said no, sadly I was wrong... I was just reading Phil's book, which is great by the way, and he says when pig died, jer told phil, "that motherfucker...now HE KNOWS....
thank you for many many many good years,
thank you to the band for so much joy and fun and even wisdom and light.
The night before Sat the 8th was my birthday. So needless to say by Sundays show I was pretty tired and hadn't slept yet.
Jerry was badly off and the whole air felt "wrong" so I am embaressed to say I dozed off a little. If I had know it would be the last show I would have stayed awake and treasured it despite it's quality.
I came back 2 days later to see Pearl Jam play Soldier Field, so for me it was a great birthday week. Until about a month later of course. Then I was mad at myself for sleeping through about 20 minutes of music at what turned out to be the last show.
If you have an opportunity to listen to this show,pay attention to the first refrain of BMR ,jerry clearly says LAST MUDDY RIVER.and when he dropped his hands to his side during SMR,looks to the sky and says"Lord,i've been walking that road,"i looked at my friend and said this is it man,the last show.Little did i know how right i was.But the music and memories will be with us forever.thank you guys for the best thirteen years of my life!
Sweet Home Chicago.
I kept seeing the stickers and shirts that said "All the years combine, they melt into a dream 1965-1995." This was exactly my life (I was born New Year's Eve 1964!!!) and I kept saying to my friends "It's my life flashing before my eyes!"...turned out to by Jerry's life with the band...
A broken angel sings...