June 27, 1985
Set List:Midnight Hour
Little Red Rooster
Hell in a Bucket
Don't Ease Me In
Feel Like a Stranger
Eyes of the World
Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad
Man Smart/Woman Smarter
Turn on Your Love Light
Johnny B. Goode
Attendees of this show
Great 1st Set.
Totally. But then we were pretty high, so I don't really remember...
what an amazing last show before I went off to basic training :-)
Please don't hang off the balcony...50,000 people are waiting for you to get back in your seat......
First show...week before graduating high school. I had only been listening to the band for a few months but heard great things.
Drove up from Dutchess County with a bunch of friends and we just got fried! Got lost in the woods, cops and hippies ran through a big hole in the fence, found the line only to find saw some dude on a rock with a hand puppet talking to folks in line while people just calling out random names just to make folks look (or maybe that was just me). Overall things were just getting freaky! So we found ourselves in the burger line and funny thing is, we were not hungry, and started walking across the bridge. The cows were mooing all around me and then band came out, everyone stood up, and BAM...Midnight Hour. The place started to move. Never saw a reaction to any band like that before! When MH ended and Bertha took off the place was just grooving so hard that we just went with the flow. Our group got splintered and I swear I only saw the stage that day during drums. There was so much going on around me I did not even care. Don't recall the 2nd set, with the exception of Truckin' of course. ;) And JB Goode, and good it was!
That was my account of the festivities...
Ah yes the Midnight Hour opener. As soon as they launched into MH my buddy A.G. (name withheld to protect the innocent, er, guilty) decided he needed to be closer to the action and stormed the covered section. That was the last I saw of him. Then reports started surfacing during the show that something awful had happened. When A.G. didn't show up at the car afterwards, the rest of our group had no choice but to drive to the hotel without him. Lo and behold, there inside was A.G.--minus one shoe and with a completely shaved head, sporting a nice set of cranial stitches. Turns out A.G. had been on the losing side of an altercation with a security guard's flashlight and was dispatched to the local emergency room well before MH had even finished. No worse for wear, but bummed that he missed the show, A.G. regaled us with tales of what life inside the E.R. was like during a Dead show. Lots of far-out individuals, for sure.
If anyone remembers seeing a security clock somebody on the head during the MH opener, I'd love to hear all the gory details. After twenty-plus years the story needs to be told!
We always referred to the woods as "The Mindless Forrest." This show was a rocker. The Stagger Lee and the Eyes->GDTRFB stick out in my mind.
Drove up to 'Toga with a bunch of friends a week after graduating high school. We arrived many hours before show and set up camp in a parking lot. My group kind of split up before the show and I was by myself for a while. I found a group of hippies who were sitting around singing and one dude was playing guitar. I must have sat with those guys for about a half hour just singing and drinking wine out of a jug. I particularly remember singing "Aimee" by Pure Praire League. Found my friends before the show and we were way out on the lawn. Show rocked - but is kind of a blur. After show was awesome too - until the Saratoga Police came into the parking lot/camp ground and blared their sirens and shouted over load speakers that everybody had to leave the lot. We made our way to an IHOP and waited until it opened at around six in the morning. I think the waitresses were horrified at a bunch of muddy young Dead Heads wolfing down eggs and pancakes.
This was a show my friends and I took one of my nieces too. She was 16 and had no idea what she was going to see or hear. It was the golden era of MTV and she prolly would have been more excited going to see Duran Duran.
Needless to say it was love at first sight ( listen). Recently she got one of the boxed sets on e-bay and was sure to burn copies of all for me!! 'nuff said