Sam Boyd Silver Bowl - May 21, 1995
May 21, 1995
Dave Matthews Band opened
Set List:Jack Straw
West L. A.
Tom Thumb Blues
So Many Roads>
Attendees of this show
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This was, contrary to other's memories, a very good show, and in the lot people were saying best show in a year and a half. The sound was good, and we didn't freak out on weird drugs. The lot was fun, with no scary vibes at all, but then we had good vibes (and it helps to be a black belt/kick boxer) 'cause if it does get odd, I tend to laugh at it (or kick his feet out from under the idiot before he can blink). Of course Dead shows were never violent for me, only one idiot in decades of shows and if I'd yelled boo he'd have probably shit his pants.
nothing left to do but smile, smile, smile...
What about the pitas thown up in the air by all the people on the floor durning unbroken chain... that was awesome. And guys there really is more to the band then just Jerry. The Just like Tom Thumb Blues was killer, and So Many Roads was great as well. the 2 o clock start was odd, but that first set was excellent in my opinion, the west la fadeaway was teriffic, jack straw opener and ramble on rose please this show was a treat. It did slow down in the 2nd set, but again unbroken was amzazing, and spanish jam into the other one could be heard anywhere anytime in my veiw. I had a great time and I loved the vegas run that year.
Sadly, my last GD show. Sadder still, the first show I ever walked out on after 50 shows. Maybe I was burnt (literally AND figuratively) from the wretched LV sun and 3 days of partying...
but I distinctly felt a lack of passion in Jerry's playing. He walked offstage early, while the boys were still jamming before Drums, leaving an interesting 5-piece jam that soon petered out. I hung for a little bit of drums, then split and hung in the lot (parked next to an N2O dealer) before leaving. Sorry it didn't end happier, but then again after 7 years of stellar shows and beautiful times I cannot complain. After all, the GD were entitled to a not-so-great show, my last concert or not!
this was probably my best show. I remember the opening strains of Unbroken Chain and the crowd realizing what song it was and going nuts......yes, definitely my best show. I think maybe there were thunderstorms?? maybe that was another year..
I always like a good Eyes of the World and also Jack Straw and it was just great. the weather was beautiful. it was also my last show I ever saw.
What a long strange trip it's been. Plain and simple. 33 shows, I am a changed woman for life. I miss you Jerry!!!! HUGS
Interesting the opinions filtered through the various personalities and experiences. This is why two eyewitness accounts of the same event will have marked differences of what happened. Now, MY take on the last Vegas show is that this one smoked! Jerry all alive and everything, boppin' around in his shorts, clearly lucid interactions with band and audience. Sugar Mag closer with the whole place-a-rockin' ! Unlike my usual pattern, I was well rested and fairly clearheaded by the 3rd show in a run, amazing how a little sleep now & then works wonders. Did see the Radiators and Hot Tuna @ the Aladdin theatre one night, midnight show...excellent, and a great model for how a casino could cater to the counterculture bucks. My girlfriend and I made a point to get there early enough to catch the full D Matthews set so missed the worst of the gridlock outside.
So Many Roads. I was front row, completely sober, and moved to tears in the final verses. For me it was Jerry's goodbye. I saw every show of that tour and despite some rockin space jams in Seattle with that alien pedal Jerry picked up for the tour, for me it peaked in this one song. It's certainly not the tightest version but it was as heartfelt and emotional as you'll hear Jerry in his last few years. He knew it was the end.
Most of the Portland and Shoreline were sleepers and the latter was marred by more fencejumpers and Bobby getting pissed. I also had a concussion from falling down some stairs so perhaps that had some influence on my disillusionment as the tour wore one but my memories of '95 always take me back to Vegas.
And most of the commenters are right in that it wasn't a great show by any means. But it sure had it's moments. And goddamn I miss those...
But all things must come to an end sometime. The last time I ever saw Jerry.
I remember the big pita fight in front of the stage before the show, and some guy got whipped on the side of his face. We about died laughing cuz he looked like he was in mid-sentence when he got hit. Of course he wasn't mad, he had a smile on his face after it happened.....it wasn't a painful fight, it was just fun.
Yes my last show too...I was a bit bummed on this show and said that's it I am not going to anymore shows....little did I know what was to come...
Finally saw Furthur at the Hard Rock a few months ago....damn... I wanted to quit working and get back on tour....fun...great tunes..
boy do I miss the carnival....