Grateful Dead

The Spectrum - March 24, 1986

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The Spectrum

March 24, 1986

Philadelphia, PA US

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Notes:

final "Sailor"

Set List:

Alabama Getaway
Greatest Story Ever Told
Dire Wolf
Little Red Rooster
Brown Eyed Women
My Brother Esau
Ramble on Rose
El Paso
Box of Rain

Mississippi Half-Step
Man Smart/Woman Smarter
High Time
Lost Sailor
Saint of Circumstance
drums
Morning Dew

Midnight Hour

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Attendees of this show

UncleJohn61, Mayor of Bay Terrace, dewahba, sugaree511, dhaivyd, kennethstaber, payingdues, rymo, IkoIko95, Gen, doug moyer, BillyBlastoff, Wryan40, neotis, mtoti1962, hockey_john, v32, Quazi, LongHammer6, docjbf, Charlie Mosbrook, jojomosgo, munclemex, salart, Debdeadhead, GinoP, MrJonesN, halloweenkid, Phinnegan, TrippyPete, amy_leader, gloucestercitydeadhead, minutemouse, carolina bubba, intrepid, pjam, ChinaRider77, hershfly, matt stein, seltz, yodel9, Jaypro, Dpwilljr, jackstrawtom, jbyerly1, Sequitor, mmtapeop, chyams, lotsofgreensmiles, rainman67ko, Dr Dimento, hippierob, lazarus11, jz, Gr8fulGlenn, turtlemusicfan, samchaz, diamond dudeegs, Richy-twotimes, CherylB, BlackMuddyHiker, lynch, carolsnyder68, darkstarcrashes, spacewalker, BIODTR58, tpenn, Bigcatz1, corrinaandmarin, M4M, Iko37, pitzdidg, rodiebluez1, joebroomhead, Mr.Natural, Mud, swa, redcoatblues, AlaskaDeadHead1, illicoug, stroukoa, flip0512, jsginbull, foreverahead, paintgangster, deadredhead, deadratdog, jlawless, zebadya, Rickyspill, Tweety42, Terrathea, sugarmag68, HlpSlpFrank, alovours13, Fr8nkenstein, chefdarkstar, RaymondMBrown, Pedro2009, hightimeloser, Disco Stu, ellis d, cassidy11, gr8fulal, swirlygirl116, mercurygd, jaxxtraw, pat L, onebear, jackjones45, JohnDC, BongHitter, whipple, rjus, gatzapaul, powderjunky, Bettinadragonfly, kjk611, CarlaDCArea, CEDFLOM, kenrock, chaoslodge, BornInADesert, LuigiDied, BurntDawg, Farsiter, 86Hamptons, lemond, pairdoc, SCDeadhead, Savage, MagicPEZ, wharfrat1016, Phaldo, grooveon, terrapinbill, ladnarc, jsomoza, spaceyoface, chrisfic, hippie-hugs, deadheadii, DireWolfStudios, diamond-eyed jack, deadheadfrom76, pflugs, gr8fulcraig, jerseyjed369, Sugar Mag, Beadwhisperer, uconnjhd, ruk1nd, henma02, tomsned66, Cassidy18, kat64, dankstressny, tardis, Peppermint Patty, voodoonola, terrapinrichie, Billyho67, redeft, mps6102, brobb, The_Music_Danced_Me, BarefeetBob, Birdsong1969NJ, aikox2, bobbyb, DinoBam, tonymasiello, MICKE527, zig zag man, Yamis Jewell, skunjelefeti, cosmic_skye, philmaywalt, refsta, tattoohippy, zappy, rami, beandog22, nickelless, cepx, cub, flipper, Jimmy C., hippiedino, aliceDmillionair, LittleTerry, flahead, jimi864, WaywardBill, Denali, InTheSticksUBEPA, skullfu, shwaggy, scarletfire16, NM-MCS, WMC Preacher-Rock, EcoBen, sakparadise, Bettylou, zofo, PatrickJP07, StaggerLee32, funkygoodpants, Wharfrat1963, gusfromcbus, Sprybert, DissN00, AlanSheckter, Ice Cream Kid, Nikolai, Sleepy Monkey, twilaq1, waitingontheterrapin, wheels69, Mr.Skjellyfetti, ginsu710, Wandering Soul, gr8tfulandy, 10sejed, bigbob, estimatedprofits, macdoogle, still-dead, bigstush, rastarick, dupree49, hopdawg04, Mike Wid, WHARFRAT917, theleven, Slidiouse, koopman, hamal, AoxoA, gr8fuldrew, goldgreek, rgreene, picnic, Bill Stratton, big dave, Babuyaya, geriskids83, Brownie, notfade, philphreek, jobyallwaysdead, toneye, iamslinky, SocietysPliers, jz323, Ted S, ujband233, klaussmith, GratefulGigi, eclipse, Sluys Guys, HowardH, ganga, chinacatcumberland5, Space69, jozeppy, ptedhath, willdup, KingLono, Majuroguy, blondon1, miggon, garydobson, MoonshineCito, George C. Hartman, DFBWM, Longnook, johnkiely, DedHedMom, terrapin85, GaryHartman, jpjp, mcthwait, shnaholic, andrewmyers, OSH, mstaggerlee, Mr.Wooz, Shimanto, Josef, mary-sunshine, warphrat, Uncle Jimmie, kegger, catchmohl, burningpawn, BornCrossEyed69, deshafe, jbirdme, Diceking, wolf, brainman, ChinaCat63, jackl921, sugarmag122, brweldon81, Kima, johnh, bg905, gregp123, ez2lovu, Forever_Deadicated, ewile, Dire Wolff, Harpersedg, Big Bad Bill, Ginsengsully, chef, Oroborous, dharmagum, augustwest41, RAUCHFEST, Moonflower, davemix, drkstrcrashes, lappdog1, taperdave, Cub42, physsijim, Scranton1968, scarletbegonia, legionmary, nalex, scottlovett, MovinGroovin, IkoIko65, HDDave, Symmetry, shugamag, JOEG, tjwalls8, Jim Gore, claw, Friend of the Devil, Cosmiccharlie, bonz713, Finster, WWTyson, ajsedel, raven0618, ScottL57, batcavejoe, whitewolf, TracyS, dmfresco, njwreckdiver, levitonjl, jodoyle, duboman, Raoul Duke, Born2BDead, darrrkstarrr-billy, OneGratefulDad, judyc7, Lesh-Is-More, mcleary, gilco, mapfreak, augwest386, c1042, brazilhead, sunshine daydream, jillstraw, micp1274, stickyfingers, Lorenr, TomK, mksmith, direwolf23, toshchance, cyberdelica_space, peter, EDupree, hbgbill, jdwilgus, squishmon, paulb, tcerneskie, Lazy-Supp-Deal, cumberlandcase, spoondivy, 333mike, lindas, Maliz, RZ12-4-71, Kenpb, bgr8fll, vinylanimyl, Jon Cornick, Hank Breeze, mitchell, GrandMasterG, jonesgang, mcumm1165, pzz, Billy Delion, Zippatron, Duggles, boxorain62, PeteSink, augustwest, rodger allinson, ratskrad, Spender, Bozo Bus, Half-step, sbd61, 2pigpen, Alsflorida, kuu

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A smokin show, I lose myself when I listen to it now, all the memories flood back.

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Box of Rain, Lost Sailor/Saint, Dew

Yeah, I was on the ceiling throughout that concert.
I drove down from Jersey with college pals all week. Didn't really need to go to class--absolutely no regrets.

We figured we'd hear Box of Rain at one of those three Spectrum shows, as the boys had played it in Hampton just before. Last performance of Sailor was a bonus. Morning Dew fantastic, as well--slow and devastating, and when Jerry hit the last chord, he whipped off his guitar and bolted from the stage. (Of course feeling an intense mind-meld with Jerry that night, I could just tell that he wanted the set to end with profundity rather than farce, with no room for Bobby to play something frivolous and break the spell).

btw, saw Phil Lesh and Family at "Deadhead Night" at my college reunion a month ago! Son Brian was graduating and older boy Grahame came from Cali--both played guitar and sang. Marco Benevento on keys and Joe Russo on drums. Special guest Stanley Jordan was mind-blowing on guitar.

Phil incredibly gracious after the sound check earlier in the day. I had lovely convo and snapped a pic with PL, who really could not have been nicer. Sons super chill as well....

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Box of Rain, Lost Sailor/Saint, Dew

Yeah, I was on the ceiling throughout that concert.
I drove down from Jersey with college pals all week. Didn't really need to go to class--absolutely no regrets.

We figured we'd hear Box of Rain at one of those three Spectrum shows, as the boys had played it in Hampton just before. Last performance of Sailor was a bonus. Morning Dew fantastic, as well--slow and devastating, and when Jerry hit the last chord, he whipped off his guitar and bolted from the stage. (Of course feeling an intense mind-meld with Jerry that night, I could just tell that he wanted the set to end with profundity rather than farce, with no room for Bobby to play something frivolous and break the spell).

btw, saw Phil Lesh and Family at "Deadhead Night" at my college reunion a month ago! Son Brian was graduating and older boy Grahame came from Cali--both played guitar and sang. Marco Benevento on keys and Joe Russo on drums. Special guest Stanley Jordan was mind-blowing on guitar.

Phil incredibly gracious after the sound check earlier in the day. I had lovely convo and snapped a pic with PL, who really could not have been nicer. Sons super chill as well....

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Short but oh so...........

Comment on page before about bombing of Libya is correct. Hence the dew only out of space seeing as its a song about nuclear Holocaust. After hearing the news of the bombing we got back to hotel to see it on the news and wondered what was next. Next in the world that is. I know to alot of us this was our world but we still lived in the real world. Just under a spell.

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One of the best

I will never forget this second set. There were times when a set would start and you knew something special was happening onstage. I have never seen a better Half-Step or Sailor>Saint. The Dew was undeniably powerful and apparently deliberately placed due to the decision to bomb Libya in retaliation for the Lockerbie Pan Am bombing.
Another reason this show has meaning for me. I was on the floor, separated from friends as usual with my habit for roaming. Although I was alone, I was surrounded by people that felt like family. We were all so happy...all guards were down. That's what the Grateful Dead did to you.
When it was over, I don't think any of us felt shorted. We all left the Spectrum shaking our heads, overwhelmed by the intensity of the show.
" I guess it doesn't matter....anyway "

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Under a spell...

John's comment had resonated within me for sometime so i wanted to write this.
When we were on tour back then, every moment was magic. It was like we were in some kind of alternate reality/utopia.
We would travel from town to town and look at people living their normal lives and realize we were in on this cosmic secret that no one else knew about.
Whatever happened in the outside world, it seemed we were shielded from it. We lived in a beautiful dream world.
Like Jerry sings in To Lay Me Down "Let the world go by, all lost in dreaming".

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Drums-The Dew-Done!

I have to comment on AZWeiback's statement re: mind meld w/ Jerry and wanting the set to end with that Killer Dew. As the Dew was nearing it's end, I turned to my friend and said "they need to leave the stage and not ruin it w/ Around & Around or Lovelight" (and usually I would love a good Around & Around or Lovelight). This was the only show (out of 100+) that I ever said/felt anything like that or did not want another song. Also the only show I attended where they played only one song after drums/space. What are the odds that would occur the one time I could just feel/sense it (even before the song had ended). There was truly a strange collective/cosmic conciousness that occurred at Dead shows. Especially that night.

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Back to the good old Spectrum

Back to the good old Spectrum our Home venue so to speak !

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High Time, indeed

One of my most memorable moments in my many of Dead shows was dancing on the floor at this show and having a remarkable cathartic release during High Time: "I was having a high time...living the good life!" That was definitely the good life. Turned my friend John onto live Dead shows at this one.

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The Spectrum - March 24, 1986