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State Fairgrounds - June 16, 1974

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State Fairgrounds

June 16, 1974

Des Moines, IA US

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Set List:

Bertha
Mexicali Blues
Row Jimmy
Beat it on Down the Line
Scarlet Begonias
Black-Throated Wind
Sugaree
El Paso
It Must Have Been the Roses
Jack Straw
China Cat Sunflower
I know You Rider
Around and Around

U.S. Blues
The Race is On
Eyes of the World
Big River
Playin' in the Band

Tennessee Jed
Me and My Uncle
Deal
Greatest Story Ever Told
Ship Of Fools
Truckin'
Nobody's Jam
Wharf Rat
Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad

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Joined: Jun 14 2007
children of the corn

Distinct memory of this show:
1) The crystal clear Wall o' Sound, first time I'd heard it outdoors... fookin' amazing!!!! Wondering how the people who lived a mile away from the show liked it, as they had to've had a pretty good listen. Turned out to be the last time I'd hear it, too....such a shame, such high hopes, so huge and massive and bulky, and highs and lows and mids and inner...
2) The realization, first time for me, that our community could be a destructive force... The state of Iowa let us camp there for free! The state fairgrounds, with running water, showers(!!!), easy access in & out of the fairgrounds and all that, and we were there a day before the show. Then after the show, a bunch of shitheads intentionally plugged the toilets, kicked 'em apart, flooding the washhouse; the fencing was ripped up and thrown into a bonfire. Why?
Fuzzy memory of the show:
1) Being able to enter with glass bottles of wine and tequila...
2) Seats about the 35 yard line, center. Sweet!! (although in retrospect, the acoustical sweet spot was the whole stadium, with the Wall)
3) Brain boiling humidity.
7 x 10^37) Some big guy a row or two in front of us with a 5 gallon plastic can of beer that he was sharing, emptying, then refilling somewhere. Myself stumbling. lurching to refill my glass to cure the cottonmouth....
143) Bumping into some friends from back home in SD, one of whom didn't want to dose, who got the massive buzz from drinking the cooler water (which had the bag of doses accidently dissolved into it when the ice melted)...

All in all a great show, the last I would see for a few yrs, until after the big break, with the concomitant loss of the Wall.

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des moines... again

my second bus stop. the previous year was my first show and we drove from chicago in my new red celica to my hometown! my life had already changed. this year we thought it might be different. it was. we took 2 large buses with 60 heads on each bus. drove all night. at 11am got enlightened and the ticket from our fearless leader and the rest of my life had started:] the first incident to fall under the gaze of my faithful kodak instamatic! 4 rolls of pics that make this blurry roadtrip look like a Hubble masterpiece. my biggest thrill was seeing an old friend from early 60's woodlawn elementary school at the show!!! my dear friend, roger meyers:) he had the same hunk of white tape on his eye glasses that he had in 6th grade!! what a hoot:) i will remember that moment for the rest of my life!!! this road trip has the makings of a whole book of stories that would make ya wonder:) the show was top notch for a newbie type. the trip home to chi-town was somethun as back then we didn't have designated bus drivers:o yikes. and thats another story.....

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almost.....

fishpalace

First show I almost went to. I was 15 and working at the corner mom and pop grocery store...wanted to hitch from Springfield, Il the 350 miles to Des Moines but didn't know where Des Moines was, had never hitched, and I had to work! I have since seen around 200 shows and have over 10,000 solo miles on my thumb. Footnote: My wife is from Des Moines and that was her first show......just got a photo from the show yesterday.

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My first show too, fishpalace

and my first Scarlet (which I thought was going to be my first china cat, when I heard that lilting intro) Mars Hotel (Ugly Rumors) was not released yet.
The Eyes of the World > Big River was/is remarkable, ladies and gentlemen-please fasten your seatbelts! ;o}
Beyond remarkable. the Wall of Sound, wooooooweeeeeee!!!!!!

The Truth is realized in an instant, the act is practiced step by step.

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Joined: Nov 3 2007
My first show

I was a few weeks shy of 19.
My friends and I drove from central Illinois.
The main thing I always remembered about the music
was the really long and awesome Playing In The Band.

And then after the show the rest area's on Interstate 80 were full
of partying Deadheads.

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Just received DP 29 and was

Just received DP 29 and was surprised to see the hidden gems, which I double checked. As they are not on the official set lists, which shows are the extra 3 songs from Atlanta and 2 songs from the Lakeland show from?

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Just received DP 29 and was

Just received DP 29 and was surprised to see the hidden gems, which I double checked. As they are not on the official set lists, which shows are the extra 3 songs from Atlanta and 2 songs from the Lakeland show from?

New Road Trips Vol. 2 #3 lists China/Rider from the 6/16/74 show. Set List from the show shows no such songs?

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Joined: Jul 9 2007
Setlist not quite right

China > Rider was in the 1st set, after Jack Straw, while Ship of Fools fits in after Greatest Story in the 3rd set.

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Ship of Fools

At setlist .com http://setlist.com/ Ship of Fools is not in the show.??????

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Great photography in Des Moines

Thanks to Lexie and Ray for the terrific color shots, and to Kirk for grate black and white photos from 6/16/74. A thinner Jerry sure was different w no moustache & a clean chin.

Reference setlist.com: There is a Ship of Fools after Greatest Story. Go see the June 1974 Vine or deadlists.com

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State Fairgrounds - June 16, 1974