Robert F. Kennedy Stadium - June 25, 1995
June 25, 1995
With Bruce Hornsby on grand piano - Bob Dylan opened - soundcheck: "St. Stephen" - Jerry Garcia played on "Train To Cry" and "Rainy Day Women" of Bob Dylan's set
Set 1: Shakedown Street
Wang Dang Doodle
Jack A Roe
Mama Tried* > Mexicali Blues*
Set 2: Box Of Rain
The Rain Song
Samson & Delilah
Ship of Fools
Truckin' > Rollin' & Tumblin' > Samba In The Rain > Drums
> Space > Wharf Rat > Not Fade Away
Attendees of this show
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I had a ticket to this show but decided not to go. Figured that they would be back in the area in the fall. Damn, hind sight is 20/20.
Set 1: Shakedown Street, Wang Dang Doodle, Jack A Roe, Mama Tried* > Mexicali Blues*, Loose Lucy, Picasso Moon
Set 2: Box Of Rain, The Rain Song, Samson & Delilah, Ship of Fools, Truckin' > Rollin' & Tumblin' > Samba In The Rain > Drums > Space > Wharf Rat > Not Fade Away, E: Brokedown Palace
Comment: * Weir on acoustic.Horsby on piano for entire show
From my first show 4/7/85, to this, my last 6/25/95. Thanks to the Dead. You guys showed me this beautiful country and a good time. I still have my full tickets from my mail order to see show's at the Boston Garden 9/17/95. Glad I never returned them.
My last show, large group of friends made the show from different parts of the country. Brokedown left my feeling a little sad, little did I know.
Thanks for the eye opening 15 years of love and friendship. These memories and experiences shall always be carried with me into the future. College educated me on paper, this 15 year tour educated me in life. No words can describe my feelings in the not to distant future. I've got so many stories that I tell now to all the new people that I meet. It shaped my way of thinking towards all living things. Once again, Thanks to all. Love Allen
I'm 46 years old and that small message put a tear in my eye.
What with the Man across the way, if you sit up on the highest half-wall straight back from the stage, and all this might as well have been the scene of my last show (inside). Thanks again is right! So much beauty and fortune and experience and happiness. Brokedown was so beautifully and joyously sad that I can't think of a better last song for me to see them play.
"Moloch the incomprehensible prison! Moloch the crossbone soulless jailhouse and Congress of sorrows!" -[I] Howl[I/}, Allen Ginsberg
u could have returned them and got the jerry stamp on the back of each one.
What a great time this show was. For me it was an eye-opening experience. 16 yrs. old and clueless. My first and last show. It was enough to hook and reel me in for life. There truly was/is nothing like a Grateful Dead concert.
...just get past this tour, take some time, get it together and get goin' again.
St. Stephen, Big Iron, etc..were all on the table and the band was playing pretty well together.
To me the 24th was better. But the Wharf Rat and Brokedown were outstanding. Bruce even comments on the Wharf Rat to this day.
Ironically Garcia seemed to play really well when he was on with Bob D.
“The Omnipotent Grateful Dead!”
This really was a great show, it was pouring rain during the second set and we had an awesome time dancing in the mud, out in the back of the field. They played all the "rain" songs which was fun. The second song of this set was a cover of Beatles song "Rain" and it's true, we didn't mind! Wharf Rat was cosmic. And of course, Brokedown was the perfect encore for any show, and especially this one which turned out to be my last. It brought a tear to my eye that night, and still does to this day thinking about it, 12 years later.
Long Live the Grateful Dead!
RFK was my usual summer spot, hard to get away from work, and the boys stopped coming to Hampton. I really enjoyed this show and, of course, had no idea it would be the last. Thanks for the memories!
Great show! I always missed Box of Rain. Either outside or too long gone. Glad I showed up to this one with my head on straight. And yes I too still have my tickets for the closing of the Garden.
My 100th (I marked my 1st, now I need to find the other 98). Took my 8 year old son to his first, as I felt there was symmetry there. Sitting near a field entrance, my boy saw a balloon go past and broke free from me and rushed the field. Security guard saw movement and lunged, when he realized it was a little kid, I don't know how he got stopped. I apologized profusely, and I've never seen a security guy get so many high fives and slaps on the back from heads.
This was my last show, after 16 years of planning my life around Dead East Coast Tours. I saw over 150 shows, probably closer to 200.
Only with the Dead could you see that many shows and see them perform a song you haven't seen them do before. For me, a few shows before this, it was "Loose Lucy" at Giants Stadium. This show, my last, was my first "Rain".
Makes me want to laugh, makes me want to cry......
"But they kept on dancin' "
The Music Never Stopped
I cannot add much to the wonderful sentiments here. I share them all. I'm getting shivers up my spine reading them.
This was a great show, and couldn't have been scripted any better. I was in front of the stage for the peppy Set 1, and mellowed out in seats across from the stage for the calm, but very muscally rich Set 2.
Some kid complained to me during Shakedown that he hated that song. I told him the best show I ever saw opened with Shakedown. He smiled & his eyes lit up like I just gave him great news. I wonder what he thought after the show.
Closed w/ Brokedown Palace. Enough said.
Thank you, Jerry.
My last my sons first, it was a fathers day gift and that made it the best. The music never ends.
This was my first show and last show. Like the comment above, I was immediately hooked. I was 14 and this was my first concert ever. Decided to go with my sister, drove from ohio, got soaked in the parking lot before the concert. Jerry's vocals on wharf rat still give me chills when I hear the recording. Thanks for the memories.
Yes,this was really good and my last show.
rollin' and tumblin' was cool.
The Grateful Dead was gave me really good times , friends
and grateful days with the band. I can't foreget those memories. Thank you so much and love the grateful dead
I remember playing hackey sack out by the stadium gates and hearing them jam St.Stephen inside. The gosh darn security guard wouldn't take a bribe to let me in though :(
this space for rent
My final grateful dead show, and I had a great run. I will never forget the final notes of Brokedown Palace. All that is left to say is fare thee well.
People around me were rude, very unkind. Nevertheless, the music made it all worth while. In recent years, every time I saw Jerry I would think, "this could be the last time..." Unfortunately, June 25, 1995 was. From Radio City to RFK, every show brought something special.
Ran into a friend who had almost died in a terrible car crash the year before. "My 100th show!" he said. "Thank God you made it!" I said, hugging him.
I watched the show from the nosebleed seats at the 500 level, where Candace's lights were always SO beautiful. And afterwards, sitting in the parking lot at RFK, watching the lot fireworks and listening to the Disco van in the distance... I remember saying to another friend, "I would rather be here than anywhere else in the world right now." And it never crossed my mind that this would be the last time.
"Fair thee well, fair thee well, I've loved you more than words can tell..."
Brokedown Palace. Rain coming down. The people I came with were waiting for me because they wanted to leave. I just stood there, lost in imagery that the lyrics brought to me, and then falling in love (as I always did) with a girl twirling around, arms sretched out, and embracing the rain and the wonder. I always get sad when I hear this song now. I hope Jerry is laying peacefully my the mythical riverside. I hope one day to join him. I believe he left the clues on how to get there.
..but it was one too many. It would have been my lest show. It was the last time Dylan and Jerry played live together. I have the bootleg. I really regret this. The marriage only lasted 10 months anyway.
Think I'll come back .... from time to time .... every now and then
and what a way to go . .. will always remember brokedown
I did not realize 19 years ago in Williamsburg, VA and 103 magical nights later that this would be my last show>>>a powerful and emotional Brokedown Palace>>>luved it better than all the versions I heard before and now I know why!!
thanks to all the good friends I met>>>I DO BELIEVE IN THE LAND OF THE DARK THE SHIP OF THE SUN IS STEERED BY THE GRATEFUL DEAD>>>good nite
Shakedown was incredible.I would watch Jerry and go to myself "you know,he looks great.They will go on forever."Little did I know.
I went with a group of friends to the show the night before. I had an extra ticket so I managed to trade it for a ticket to this night's show. This was the only time I went alone to a show (as it took me too long to see the light I only made it to 7 shows) and I debated whether to even go. So glad I did. Being alone I did not participate in the parking lot scene so I went in early for Dylan and got to see Jerry play two songs with Dylan. Because I was alone (and I assumed I would be seeing them in NYC in the fall) I left after the first set and missed the Brokedown Palace everyone is raving about. Bummed about that but so glad I made the effort to go out by myself to see the magic one last time!!!
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This was my last show, felt like Jerry was saying goodbye. I had a blast and will never forget that night. I still listen to these shows often and tears well up when I hear Brokedown Palace.
The title to the second song of the second set is "Rain'. The song was put out as the b side for the single Paper back writer. "The rain song" on the other hand was a led zeppelin song, for those who would like to hear the orig.
Ticketed (mail-order) for first night - miracled for the second.
Less than 30-yrds. from the bolts when they hit the lot. Tragic.
But from death comes life.
One of the most memorable experiences of my life, and my last with Jer. God I miss him.
Didn't really sink in until Continental Airlines Arena (formerly Brendan Byrne) in '98.
Can't go back and you can't stand still.
My last show. I remember driving home that evening confused and wondering what was going to happen. I saw a boy dead at the campsite I was at. I freaked out over it, not only because he was so young, but from a distance he looked liked a dear friend. I left the show early and drove home to get to my son, who was 3 at the time. I didn't know at the time, it was my last time with Jerry.
On March 28th, 2009 wonderbred said:
Man, I was fifteen feet from that tree that was hit be the lightning.
But i was really blown away by my second, and unfortunatly, last, Shakedown.
>>Anybody got a sticker/T with the Shakedown struttin' on a lightning bolt?
I believe this was the night they jumped the wall and ran onto the field. i remember that the stadium bounced as they played. I kinda was scared that it would fall,lol. i think they tore it down shortly after. I thought Dylan sucked! but them the dead opened with my favorite song, i am getting goose bumps! this was my last show and i will never forget the drama,lol. Good times
This was also my last show. I had been seeing fewer and fewer shows over the last few years and I hadn't planned on seeing this show. I was talking about dead shows to one of my interns on the day of this show and it got me thinking, and once I start thinking about the dead, was all over except the driving. The feeling was as powerful as the jones for any other drug. Well, the two of drove over to DC, and got tickets during the Dylan set and she saw her first show and I got a chance to hear Jerry for the last time. Brokedown Palace was always so beautiful and wharf rat was exceptionally nice. Miss you Jer.
RFK was my first show in 86 and my last in 95. Both featured Brokedown as an encore. The Dead always brought and still bring such symmetry and balance to my life. I listened to the Brokedown from this show today, with deep joy and sadness both. Jerry sang it with such soul that night.
Thank you all, for everything.
...I love you more than words can tell.
My last of 56 shows starting in 1978. I think the '95 shows WERE better than the '94 shows. The scene had started to change with anti-social smack heads hanging out in their cars and tents all day and not mingling with the rest of us. Very unusual. I guess we knew things were changing but we just thought a band pause was in the future. Such a shocking end but I'm glad for what I experienced and lots of Bobby shows and annual movie meets since.
GB the GD
This was my first and last as well, and I too was a wee lad of 14! My dad, who liked the Dead but had gotten off the bus in the early 70s took me... this show got him back on board!