Grateful Dead

Oakland Coliseum Stadium - May 27, 1989

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Oakland Coliseum Stadium

May 27, 1989

Oakland, CA US

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Notes:

In Concert Against AIDS - also: Tower Of Power; Joe Satriani; Los Lobos; John Fogerty; Tracy Chapman - John Fogerty's band included Bob & Jerry on guitar and vocals, Randy Jackson on bassЉ - Steve Jordan on drums; Clarence Clemons joined for Fogerty's encore

Set List:

Touch of Grey
Greatest Story Ever Told
Althea
Walkin' Blues
Iko Iko
Stuck Inside of Mobile
Bird Song
Promised Land

Hell in a Bucket
Fire on the Mountain
Blow Away
Truckin'
drums
I Will Take You Home
The Other One
Wharf Rat
Turn on Your Love Light

Brokedown Palace

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Attendees of this show

jerryme4, jodisalmonson, rainshine, gypsyta2r, jed152, rlrs, olddeadhead_NFA, valsandler@yahoo.com, dedhed1963, michizzle, moses, tstrit, andychatfield, snafu, digitunes, bosbruin4, gigoid, heypebbles, Phinnegan, Sugarmagkauai, shrinkrap50, jenniferandjenson, kwjazz, puroshaggy, AlpineValley81, RayDad, shannonsapitbull, ChinaRider77, paintchip, dicface, shug9, FatherTime, zepthompson, magawolff, flyinghen, gordy, clawdia5k, smarcus, magicchef, lotsofgreensmiles, marccanter, aSid, eyeswerethere, jimpeckham, Doctorpat, darkstarcrashes, Balloonatic Austinweird, ForrestInFallbrook, esau54, zeekbythecreek12345, rodiebluez1, Mr.Natural, terrapin_nw, eep-hour, GDrew, Napa Al, Gr8flHd, AlaskaDeadHead1, POLARTOX, Polarcelt, laura-o, Flickster, zebadya, taperjeff, Zakstraw, fellow deadhead, deadinpcbfla., picasso_moon420, sweetthang, Heynow from The Well, Hennig, ChantalAndGeorge, kimdance, gallabill, goodlivin, lemond, jokaroo, Alaskahead, lagnaf, alpine84, abbilu, MagicPEZ, kathyk26, Mr.SanJose, Kosher-Pigpen, equanimityman, diamond-eyed jack, cupid1250, Susie Q, Mick Flaire, deadinmadtown, kd7lyj, StillBill, glriggi, Kindbus, vaportrail, hoffmnj, Christo, thehagg01, dfong74, grtfuldad, MissReddin, cothrex13, kitty, spikedriver, 10NCJED, byrdgirl_01, Ms. Cindy, beandog22, gammalyte, HappyCat1970, had, sunshinedaydream9, turnpro, WaywardBill, BoSoxMatt, oTHr1, quinnever, mikewantsabeer, jimmy_row, johnman, dave h, Lady of the River, supagaijin, jgminerals, Markdm, Tenner, thndrbill, jakestraw, camcam99, NickPannozzo, dreiner2, Duude, OakHillAce, romp711, musickatman, deadheadland, jdarr, hamal, inka3d, dead_red, ravenward, Box-of-rain, Lawrence66, Skjellyfetti, hippomon, Gr8fulglow, spacekat, eddpao, sequoiadean, lisainpotown, Thrillian, Tdiddy, Bear, tommygutt, bshaky256, rreid, weird72, Valerie Stevenson, Bob_Who, treesdream, BlondeJim, ratly-simms, spinyn, windidawn, mary-sunshine, ScarletRog, grahamalx, UncleJon, craig maceachern 2 dustyrose, bdpalace, chunn, kim, spacecowboy, edgeman, Walstib, threesaints2003, eminor7thfunk, beeesr, keepergary, wharfrat8199, Barbara, KoHoSo, richthephotog, Jim Vaughn, Ozhead, Ouizzzl, probable cosby, granfallooon, joker4153, robcork, Terrapin_Tommy, dead4days, Danger, FreewheelingFranklin, cutter, Jodester, wolff, kiote, jemusser, bamstutz, ksclarke, murphthesurf, heidiaintnoho, scamperoni, TheRealFirecat, fred williams, AJ, OneGratefulDad, Staggerlee, thefine, jjoops, gratefulygroovin, Gr8ful, JayLif, drchampagne, Zomby D Wulf, bkind-fg2all, manacatsunflower, dustyflyerdrums, PsillyJim, Anomalator, tramp, geostrong, themusicarchive, insect_fear, jaya, Toothoftime, SatNightDead, Hlpslpfrnk, dannyclark1966, BlackandWhite.Peter, deadahead, Polarbearwv, crazyfingers, Zippatron, Larntz, mandala, Post N. Steiner, dreamtime, Charlie Miller, Jack Straw

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What a weird show!

This was one of the stranger shows I ever saw. The stuff with Fogerty was awesome! It was a genuine musical love fest between the boys and John. The Dead's set was average, but nice in energy. The thing I will remember was the raunchy comedians between sets. I was one of 30,000 heads dosed out of their minds, and these comedians had us in tears,laughing at the raunchiest material. It was a weird trip. I remember listening to this comedian dropping the F Bomb over and over, and I would look around and see young children running around listening and trying to understand what was being conveyed. I was sitting there, tears streaming down my face in laughter, watching these young kids innocently playing and looking at us, wondering why we were crying. Too weird! News flash! Raunchy comedians and a dead show do not mix! All in all, a great day to help fight AIDS. Midnight on a carousel ride, reaching for that gold ring down inside. Never could reach it. It just slips away. BUT I TRY!

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Great Bird Song

It was a strange day. The Fogerty set, as mentioned by Crazy Fingers, was great-- thopugh Garcia never stretched out like we all thought he would-- especially on Suzie Q, a jam song if I have ever heard one! The Dead set was good-- with a Bird Song that was scary and beautiful! Los Lobos and Tracy Chapman also played good sets.

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My first time!

I had to give this show a five just because it was the first Dead show I ever attended...and my life has never been the same since! I owe it all to my friend "Gumby" who insisted on taking me to the show because he knew I would have a GOOD time. Boy, was he right! I'll never be able to thank him enough for taking me to this show.

"See you next Wednesday."

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What an amazing show!

Robert Sousa

This is a show I will always remember. Being a gay man and having the Dead do a benefit show to help fight AIDS really meant the world to me. At that time AIDS had already killed a couple of my close friends and a number of other friends had already contracted it. At the time, I do not remember any other major artist outside of the gay community that had stepped out to do a major benefit for this cause. It was a wonderful feeling to know that my favorite band was the first to step up to the plate. I will always love them for the effort they put forth to help fight this dreaded disease. I remember it was a wonderful day of great intertainment. I remember being on the top row of the stadium looking at the sun setting over San Francisco during the Dead's set. I remember being right up front during the beginning of each set and I remember a great Scarlet Begonias/Fire on the Mountain. I remember being up in the stands for Wharf Rat and The Other One and I remember being down on the lawn for a great Lovelight. But I got to tell you, when they played Brokedown Palace for their encore, I broke down and started crying. I had never done that before at a rock concert and have never done it since. It just made me fill up with so much emotion regarding why we were all there and the friends that I had lost and just what a terrible nightmare AIDS had become and just how beautiful it was that the Dead were trying to do something to help. It was the perfect song to do for an encore that night and it was played with so much feeling. I will never forget it.

I remember parts of the show were played on KQED and I used to have a VHS of the Dead/Fogerty set and Fire on the Mountain and Truckin. It would be great if those video tapes were still available somewhere. It would be wonderful to see them again.

The Grateful Dead will always be my favorite band. God bless all of you.

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Jack Straw to open

I am sure the boys opened with Jack Straw. Fogerty was special.

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Dirty Work

How's this? How's it doing? yad di du da Hello AID! Having a good time spreading around? Banana peel on stairs!

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Good show...

I was at the Irvine shows prior and the Shorline shows after, but misssed this one. I just got a crisp SBD of it and have played it many times over. Its great to hear Bob and Jerry thank everyone after Brokedown

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A long strange day

I have never seen a Dead show like this one. I did enjoy John Fogerty, with Jerry and Bob on guitar, and vocals. Los Lobos was pretty good, and Tracy Chapman shared some of her soul with the crowd.

I was caught by surprise by the comedian MC between sets. I didn't get that he was trying to be funny, with all the cussing. It really tripped me out.

Later, that night the boys never really got into it. Drums and "I will take you home" were mind bending, but the grand finale I expected from the Dead never took shape...

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What a Long Strange Trip

I remember thinking this was going to be a great concert. I had met my soon to be wife and for our third date 4 of us loaded in to a Dotson B210 and headed off across the country from Michigan to California to see the Dead. This proved to be only the first of many trips to follow the Dead. We drove straight well we drove through to CA and just walking was a task that only got harder as the day progressed. The music was out of this world. By the end of the day it was all we could do to get a hotel and drop. This was my first trip to CA to see the Dead and the next would be on my honeymoon, six shows from Cal Expo to Shoreline.

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ALL TIME BEST CONCERT w/ multi BANDS

I was ripped all day on a ball of opium i smoked on my aids pin....but nobody had seen CCR in 20 years JOHN FOGHERTY with the DEAD as his band it was awesome...and we have vidoe tape of the show that shows us near the front row...my kids like that 1.....Tracey Chapman impressed me too......

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Oakland Coliseum Stadium - May 27, 1989