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
Just saw Nickelback at SPAC a few weeks ago with my wife and 2 daughters and couldn't help thinking about that Dead concert there back in 85, it was magical and sitting there on the lawn brought back some great memories. Till this day its still the largest crowd ever assembled there. I never thought then how much I would miss those day's now, great memories for sure. I wish my kids could have seen Jerry and the boys play.
Sounds like this was a first show for many of us. I echo some earlier posters by saying that this was shortly after I graduated high school and my first show. I had been "experienced" a few times over the previous few years but had no idea about the Grateful Dead. I had seen a lot of pretty cool concerts such as Roger Waters, and Rush. Really, some decent music but basically canned performances. The entire day at SPAC was full of magic. To this day (120+ Grateful Dead shows and countless JGB, Phil and Friends, etc) I'm not sure if the overall vibe had a little extra something going for it or if that was only my impression due to the fact that it was my first show. I went with a group of 10 or so from my hometown. One of the impossible things that kept happening that day is that we would lose track of each other and then out of nowhere we would bump in to each other. In the seething masses in the tens of thousands, that is quite a feat. I also remember a group meditating around a lit candle on top of the hill inside the venue in-between sets. When everyone was "locked in" the candle didn't even flicker in a pretty stiff breeze. At some point it was clear the little session was over and the candle blew right out. There was the naked guy posing on the walkway into the seating area. People making love on the grass inside on the backside of the hill. I happened to peer into the big white tent where it appeared that they were depositing mostly bad trippers (although there was probably a twisted ankle or two being attended to as well) and made sure to stay away from the golf cart that seemed to be scooping up people to take them to there. I agree with others that the place just exploded at the opening of Midnight Hour. All color and movement. As I stood and gawked, someone offered me a mouthful of wine from a boda bag that really hit the spot. I watched (yes, watched) large swirls of color rolling up the hill during Eyes of the World. I thought my twisted mind was taking normal music and turning it into Space. The only time I saw the stage was on my friend's shoulders during Goin Down the Road. I saw two friends dancing during Lovelight and literally grabbing energy from the music out of the air and playing with it between themselves. Damn!!! I couldn't believe it when someone told me most of the crowd would head to Merriwether Post to do it all again in a few days. I had to wait until November to see them in Worcester and made sure I saw them as much as possible for the next 10 years. The greatest achievement of American Culture ever (well, maybe Jazz would have an arguement with that), but you know what I mean.
Correction: Hershey was the next show.
My buddy Frankie and I drove up from CT in his '68 beetle. Rained pretty good on the way up and the floorboards were almost non existant. Every time he would hit the breaks we would have to lift our feet so they wouldn't get soaked from the water rushing forward! Parked in a field across from the PAC the night before, no one around us when we went to sleep. Woke up to a city! Bought tickets at the box office, about 50th in line. Bought the max and went to the back of the line, sold the extras to the last folks in line for face value so they could go enjoy the rest of their day. My wrist still hurts from the nasty spill I took on my skatebaord at the bottom of the paved path. Rolled right into group of DeadHeads with a nitrous tank! Lucky me!!
Rain started in the middle of Black Peter ("Who can the weather command?"). Came to an end all to soon (didn't they all?) and it was back to the Ct coast. There was that moment when the turn for Hershey came up and we almost took it. To this day I wish that we had!!
Marshmallows everywhere!! In '88, a sign above the entrance read "No Marshmallows".
Cops driving real slow thru the lot and people placing Dead stickers on the bumpers.
Great show...slept in car and headed to Hershey in morning...
Once again the boys rip SPAC. This might one of the most memorable shows I ever saw. From the opener, to the band stopping and Jerry and Phil getting on that guy in the balcony all the way to the end this night is insane. It's also the last time I bothered to tape a show myself. AFter this night I left it to others to record it and give me the tapes later. Much more fun anyway with out the gear. This might be the best Stagger Lee I ever saw too. It doesn't do much to calm the already fired up crowd after the balcony incident. This was the first Crazy Fingers in a while also which was sweet to hear again.Jerry tries to push Weir hard to actually do the Lazy Lightning with his persistent Supplication riffs, but gives up and throws in High Time which was a great choice. Second set is strong too. I had a dude stumble through the taping section and shut my deck off during the Eyes. It's alright I love that blip on my tape. They always ripped here and kept the tradition going by doing a double encore here again.
Long live SPAC!
It was my first Dead show, we waited for the mail before we left cause we had ordered tickets through the mail. We were going to go tickets or no tickets, as the mail man approached he handed me a stack of mail and I flipped wildly through the stack and their they were 2 tickets to the Golden Road. We yelled with joy as we loaded into my little Chevy and hit the road. As we pulled into the venue we were awe struck with the happenings all around us and proceeded to drink back the dosed root beer we brought with us. We had general tickets on the grassy hill looking into the venue, what a trip it was to expand our minds at a Dead show. I still laugh when I think of that naked guy walking across the bridge to enter the upper level seating. Nobody was on the bridge except the naked guy and a security guy... crazy. Later after the show the trip continued in the parking lot and we woke up in the car a little hazy with a fuzzy mouth. We met a guy in the morning who had a bag of goodies and tickets for the next show in Hershey PA. but no ride. As I look back on that moment I still wonder what would have been if we went with him to continue the trip. 20 YEARS SO FAR.... WHAT A LONG STRANGE TRIP IT'S BEEN...............
Marshmellows, Window Pane, Nude Dancer on the bridge during Rooster The infamous joke My dog has no nose....etc juts some of my memories but to have been there and buy tickets the day of the show at cost priceless thank god for the tapers for which the music brings me back to that point in time for each show I attended
This is the show that got boys banned from SPAC for 3 years! I guess 42,000 people and 3 days of garbage clean up was too much for the staid and stoic city of Saratoga to handle! I attended every SPAC show they played, but this one was probably the craziest. Yes, I remember the naked dude, I remember the boys stopping for the idiot in the balcony. I was lucky enough to have inside seats, although I didn't stay there the entire show. I have 2 vivid memories from this show (ones that I never forgot). One was when I heard the first notes of Crazy Fingers, I yelled at the top of my lungs, "It's f***ing Crazy Fingers!!!" One of my favorite tunes. The second memory is that I thought Jerry actually looked at me during the show. Not sure if he really did or not (for all I know he was probably blinded by the lighting), but I remember that he looked in my direction and I felt like I was struck by some incredible energy source or something like it! I felt absolutely amazing! I grinned for months about it. Man, do I miss Jerry! It's fun seeing what is left of the band, but it's still like a giant hole in the world without him. I hope I get to meet him again on the other side when this life is done.
~Don't lend your hand to raise no flag atop no ship of fools!~
This was my first show and what a show to see. We were sitting out on the lawn as the show went on I think I saw some one drop from the top second level? The SPAC is a stellar venue to see a show, after the show in the parking lot we danced and sang songs and then crashed in the car. In the morning my buddy had to clear a path to drive out cause of all of the beer bottles around. Hell or high water I am heading back to the SPAC in 2008 to see a show to relive the day I GOT ON THE BUS.