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Saratoga Performing Arts Center - June 27, 1985

Saratoga Performing Arts Center

June 27, 1985

Saratoga, NY US

Average: 4.4 (48 votes)

Set List:

Midnight Hour
Little Red Rooster
Stagger Lee
El Paso
Crazy Fingers
High Time
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
Black Peter
Turn on Your Love Light

Johnny B. Goode
Baby Blue

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Attendees of this show

Rob Wright, dubai-escorts-bunnies, carville, Bill H, Brad125, Amy from New York, Chris killer, msmiranda, BobJazzMan, Luvdacheese, rzaiss, Frankie In atlanta, rockit, GeoffHarrison, brezit, Inadrainditch, UncleJoe, jnymac12, Doug Lago, BillyBlair, Totem, palba64, JRSDEAD, docwino, jammal, curieye, pukegrub, TeleSpacePharm, jersey2sandiego, Lavidaes, Seansong64, pkslipknot, Hoopsie, eloicious, V-GOD, mganter, wilber57, Pelke, quickener, philontap, Mike T., DUPES DIAMOND BLUES, Luca B, Laheyrj10, payingdues, scottocs, LLRAINinVT, jbpav1, rymo, chas44, kemo, Gen, ecce homo, kayman714, bluewater, Norwood, Oxford 88, Heywood Jablome, Rickyspill, mtoti1962, jormagarcia, M.Laurentus, hockey_john, kdwilliams63, LongHammer6, DanSeth, tjvh, Tri1pinJ1mmy, chad.e.buck, martinbrador, Quazi, adamwass, hitmeister, Debdeadhead, One Man, DeadManDo, madolyn, MrJonesN, halloweenkid, Phinnegan, Pigman, Gr8ful Ed, mpm4max, hsbeachwalker, minutemouse, blacksharpie, intrepid, jtwoodsrider, gmjbeachside, ChinaRider77, sliver61, Sparky C Monkey, Peak0db, mogulmike, cryptl1028, jdrapp, Sustainabill, moogirl, Dpwilljr, marty212, grateful hawaiian, jackstrawtom, blackmer65, Sequitor, 123IBT, meepzort, broken_angel, Peisenberg, Iriecycle, Deadwhiteandblu, Mr.Palmer, MAConway, viola_stomp, greatfulted, hippierob, lazarus11, hepcatp, kjmcdonagh, tmmoring, turtlemusicfan, greeksam78, BlackMuddyHiker, lynch, gpeach, Frag, darkstarcrashes, spacewalker, tpenn, bill.mayer, ratfart, corrinaandmarin, Drivin That Train, morning_drew, onlythreeshows, mojoman, Hook51, downtownbear, blang16, Mud, mr975j, Randy779, Rip, bobjewellconnecticut, AlaskaDeadHead1, stroukoa, airgarciajams, jsginbull, TomBanjo1969, foreverahead, Starcode, Gr8ful Dean, Cosmic_Charlie_Bippy, StaggerLee69, chefm, mugwa, Fred The Head, deadredhead, jlawless, dangerousdave911, billny59, liberty525, greg.dowling, gnat67, Tweety42, Slebodes, Dan the Dog, cozchaz09, sugarmag68, alovours13, Irongirl01, Fr8nkenstein, chefdarkstar, Danc1n, Marshmallow Warrior, scotty m, ellis d, sludlow, swirlygirl116, Mister_Charlie, Old School Chuck, Terripan Tim, pockeyway, tigman, Hey Now, mercurygd, berger0621, pat L, onebear, Deadercize 4 Life - formerly Bob Quinton, lonesomejohnnie, Iggy, Jamesgangx,, docjbf, jrbird419, DPY, happizen, Odyssey, sdiggs40, powderjunky, iJah420, forever-dead,, m23, Johndalph, jeffbigcur, kenrock, quantum, taggartj, BornInADesert, flach77, who dat, alumedia, BurntDawg, Farsiter, meeaj, lemond, pairdoc, revhd, Laurabass67, The Woodcutters Daughter, CumberlandMine, plogan, MagicPEZ, Bonehead_Bubba, Mzuzu, grooveon, dancingcat, ddick,, gravedigger7, jsomoza, TERRAPINEYES, VermontDeadhead, Lynnzie, Puff, clutch_cargo, sgf64, FreakDaddy, terrapinrichie, peterpreta, NNJDEADHEAD68, trippy, Thepman, steevcat, hwshksaas, rrollerball, brobb, MissReddin, Raucher, rob west, aikox2, sigephead, Forensicdoceleven, Grateful Canuck, YFZ450, wiggy, willydog, Schnebs, Yamis Jewell, skunjelefeti, cosmic_skye, iggy62, free2liv64, DeadPhotog, rami, beandog22, brookeok, Sleepingdragon777, air_garcia_416, nickelless, Boman, flipper, mmmm_beer, wyeknot108, gammalyte, aliceDmillionair, LittleTerry, mountainlynx, bucks-yellow van, jimi864, don of the dead, WaywardBill, gnoodle, BoSoxMatt, Upstate NY, scrltbg, scarletfire16, NM-MCS, dave h, JMY714, sakparadise, temp_q, whitebird, gHawk, planlorr, zofo, PatrickJP07, StaggerLee32, funkygoodpants, Wharfrat1963, wanderer, bobalou, BEGGERSPAY, BabylonDon, Dupreediamond420, Bluebird3434, wheels69, BertRei, gfr, ginsu710, ladyfinger, gr8tfulandy, bigbob, jgaito, mp51, macdoogle, still-dead, terrapinchick, hopdawg04, ericbic, tjvhaiko, Mark Hotchkiss, Mike Wid, theleven, DeMaumau, Slidiouse, AoxoA, rebo05, goldgreek, picnic, tpiader, jbass77bc, big dave, Babuyaya, geriskids83, jobyallwaysdead, SocietysPliers, Ted S, CT-CA-Head, gratefulgreg1, mrkaos63, JMRDead, klaussmith, lisainpotown, HowardH, carlroeser, Zombielover, jozeppy, manzanita stark, Rum Jungle, KingLono, tourdog12, blondon1, MoonshineCito, jackstrw, jeffreygoodman, logstirl, trugg, whatthefunk, DFBWM, Grateful Diver, Longnook, Valerie Stevenson, terrapin85, BlondeJim, jpjp, chinarider69, andrewmyers, OSH, mstaggerlee, JurassicBlueberries, Josef, powdrhnd, mary-sunshine, daphne,, JJammm, catchmohl, burningpawn, adker, wubai65, jacofny, bdpalace, jackerowe, melloslo, jbirdme, Canadian Deadhead, watersong, REWHBLCAIN, henry, JackStrawfromOttawa, brweldon81, deadhead11, johnh, AnnieRoses, Big Boss Man, ez2lovu, crushedbyadwarf, Forever_Deadicated, gullybull, Dire Wolff, OBY-BEN-WAH-KENOBY, waltyoung, Harpersedg, moosilauke, Big Bad Bill, wharfrat8199, Ginsengsully, wilsongc, chef, drumzspace, crippledbutfree, tommyd, Oroborous, AikoBearzly, Charbroiled, Brian710, dharmagum, jeffy8, augustwest41, drkstrcrashes, jonnyy, Margs, Mike Edwards, Truckin79, nalex, Charlies_Pasture, shackt, EstellaBlue, griffinn40, shugamag, GARCIAHEAD, tjwalls8, Emerald4689, dwhite10, Friend of the Devil, riggertoo, Katemae, budculbertson, Univax, Tabie, trippysky, bonz713, Finster, Cosmic Chas, kentmitchell1961, August_Midwest, billman, mmolman, batcavejoe, CatHamp, Dodaman, chinacat42, tree1270, njwreckdiver, saint, levitonjl, raftgide, spyder9, truckinup2buffalo, jkelley, judyc7, SkookS, nybill, gilco, Won-I, augwest386, Bobby33914, Grateful2bdad, Tony_S, austindead, jillstraw, TomK, direwolf23, riggamortis, Steph, Columbia, johnlo, georgewweir, rdnzl, Kenman, jay_harrs, paulb, Majordomo, Grateful1313, TC_Wharf Rat, 333mike, rainbow-trout, unclephil, sgolston, Kenpb, Far-L, vinylanimyl, WalpoleChinaCat, zebweber, jw, Jon Cornick, HardyWeinberg, Born Cross Eyed, mike850, grendel, Hank Breeze, jonesgang, joeybug69, Billy Delion, prentsloan, the wood fam, kgbdeadhead, Levon Lovelight, battman, Duggles, avarose325, Ski_Nose, tbsjr65, Bach 2 Bach, TigerTrance, B42, jimjimmyjimbo, PeteSink, Miggs, REK, gcrueger, MrnDw, Bozo Bus, jims, Tom Banjo, beecue, other1, Alsflorida, ststfn, tn2nadoes, Reverend Rev


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TigerTrance's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
Great 1st Set.

Great 1st Set.

Majordomo's picture
Joined: Jun 8 2007
Totally. But then we were

Totally. But then we were pretty high, so I don't really remember...

Duggles's picture
Joined: Jun 5 2007
Massive first set!

Great show!


Joined: Jun 14 2007
Famous Final Show...

what an amazing last show before I went off to basic training :-)

Joined: Jun 14 2007
My First Electric Show!!!

Please don't hang off the balcony...50,000 people are waiting for you to get back in your seat......

Ginsengsully's picture
Joined: Jun 20 2007
The bus came by....

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...



Joined: Jun 4 2007
Midnight Hour Indeed

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!

Bozo Bus's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007

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.

melloslo's picture
Joined: Jun 25 2007
A great Show!

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.

Joined: Jul 17 2007
Took a Newbie

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


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Saratoga Performing Arts Center - June 27, 1985