Grateful Dead

Laguna Seca Recreation Area - May 9, 1987

Laguna Seca Recreation Area

May 09, 1987

Monterey, CA US

Average: 4.7 (12 votes)


Bruce Hornsby & The Range, then Ry Cooder opened

Set List:

Sugar Magnolia
Me and My Uncle
Mexicali Blues
When Push Comes to Shove
Tons of Steel
My Brother Esau
Tennessee Jed
Let it Grow

Touch of Grey
Looks Like Rain
He's Gone
The Wheel
The Other One
Wharf Rat
Around and Around
Sunshine Daydream

Iko Iko

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Attendees of this show

dubai-escorts-bunnies, susadave, seastones79, Flatbed Floyd, Amy from New York, JennD, dbdweller, dahainer, jamessoai, brezit, 3-dog-Allison, Tripwire, msharvey, patrickford, kmcmullen2264, julex, gben, ethanhay, crunchyfrog, nitecat, lafingh2o, quickener, Dealin' Dave, hollywood74, Teibar, LocoBrian, MDB52, AntSirMan, rlrs, crazy4golf2003, detroitligtn, Berkeley Bruce, Joe Cat, hockey_john, jimbahan, michizzle, jonney, boltalightning, katluvsblues, hoggan300, reidsville, andychatfield, snafu, heypebbles, DANNG, Phinnegan, Calif Bill, Sugarmagkauai, shrinkrap50, latelyItOccursToMe, stuart walker, Llollo, RayDad, shannonsapitbull, ChinaRider77, thelopsidedboy, revelation bus, southbayrik, gregantonioli, FatherTime, bubu13, Sustainabill, RobBob, grateful hawaiian, nipsyhustle, smarcus, magicchef, jimpeckham, Doctorpat, darkstarcrashes, peterBud, Pamie, Cosmichris, esau54, AmazonTracy, HowldaMoon, DeepSpace, rodiebluez1, joebroomhead, terrapin_nw, eep-hour, grubstake, SurfSurfer, AlaskaDeadHead1, POLARTOX, alovours13, 10.000Mic_Johnson, Eladius55, digitunes, Stella Bleu, ChantalAndGeorge, hbajams, kimdance, tcrider, Iggy, Beamers, ratterd, sdiggs40, goodlivin, superwelz, MagicPEZ, LadyoftheIsland, kathyk26, Bonehead_Bubba, Mr.SanJose, rd2rune, Front Row Jerry Side, FlyinEye, 4 Rivers, Susie Q, kdawno, Mick Flaire, moses, guitarman93061, trout, hoffmnj, Missi Lynn, trippy, sitirose, Christo, dedahed, MissReddin, spikedriver, The_Music_Danced_Me, DinoBam, wsp420, pavlovsdog, kcjonez, honestjohnee, ajarnaloha, BornXeyed64, Tom Mittemeyer, rami, IB Virg, beandog22, red feather, RythmDevil, gammalyte, aliceDmillionair, turnpro, WaywardBill, ausbro1994, quinnever, Upstate NY, teachpeace, dave h, uncjhn, Paul from North Dakota, nextshow, DissN00, tahoedead, Sleepy Monkey, Johnny_A, BertRei, SF_328, ginsu710, Ungnome, NickPannozzo, Gr8ful2b1, fatmanrocks, romp711, dannymac21, ketch22, FattyMatty, jdarr, darkstarjedi, phlpsvll, Gypsy Cowgirl, rideclean, AugustWest0809, laura.christine, Skjellyfetti, FrankB777, GreensAndNettles, eddpao, jolie, Rum Jungle, mcochran, tee, cactus420, bshaky256, rreid, jbecan, treesdream, BlondeJim, crazyfingers73, Michael Sofris, delta, ratly-simms, Josef, spinyn, windidawn, mary-sunshine, smallwarfrat, craig maceachern 2 dustyrose, badtpyist, bdpalace, thfalk, edgeman, UncleMarc, JohnDillinger, Dire Wolff, wharfrat8199, Barbara, richthephotog, Ouizzzl, Bob Minkin, taz buddddy, probable cosby, 1DEDHED, spudvw67bus, granfallooon, MovinGroovin, robcork, SCM GD LVR, griffinn40, kenco, Terrapin_Tommy, dead4days, ecmitch, Fillmore Midwest, Danger, Jim Gore, Bubbiesdad, budculbertson, juicediva, OrygunFreebird, wolff, goodkarma, stevgex, Drusius, OtherOne, garrynet, Tom Thumb, scamperoni, AJ, Staggerlee, gilco, jjoops, Barch, aaron, jcmarckx, gratefulygroovin, dysbtwn, NorthwestMichael, theoneandonlycorky, tommyfogarty, Zomby D Wulf, manacatsunflower, kezardead, Hank Stamper, tramp, bozospace, themusicarchive, Far-L, dennisdster, UncleWaldo, Hlpslpfrnk, dannyclark1966, tzuriel, tse, skioa, crazyfingers, cpousen, Zippatron, bradleyg, mandala, Johnnycable, dreamtime


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Joined: Jun 5 2007
The infamous Touch of Grey video show

A true blast when they came to the campgrounds around 10 PM and walked us back to the show area. We got to watch the making of the video and I think I'm actually visible in one scene. Watching the boys pose for the cameras was hilarious!

The shows were fun too. Nice venue

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Joined: Jun 13 2007
What a blast

Took the company van down from SF. (got fired for it) The people we camped next to had a keg!

I remember when they were taping the video Bill K was shit faced! Not that I was in the greatest condition.

Great weekend. Don, Mary, Bobby, Steve D. and assorted other miscreants.

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Joined: Sep 4 2007
1am and tuning noises from the stage!!?

It had been a good saturday Dead show. I didn't realize it at the time, but I would be with the beautiful and super fun girl Beth that I had just met that day for the following three years! I was chillin', it was about 1am, I was sitting in front of my tent taking another rip and hearing a rise of applause coming closer. As the clapping came really close, a HUGE soap bubble flew overhead towards the stage and of course I applauded too. Cool.

Minutes later, as if by omen, there were tuning noises starting to come from the stage. Nobody knew what to think. It's frikin' 1am right? People were waking up and running towards the stage chomping mushrooms as they ran. We all did.

Laguna Seca is a beautiful grassy flat camping by a pond in the middle of the racetrack. The stage faced up a dry slope about 200m from my tent. I was in the show five minutes later and began tripping (again) 40 minutes after that.

We were in a slight fog, it was a bit cold, there were about 5,000 of us, and the boys did Touch of Grey a hundred times it seemed, repeating parts, individual parts, licks, giant skeleton marionettes were on the stage dancing too, and Jerry looked tired. It was A LOT of fun.

I got back to my tent about 4:30am with this great tale to tell.

Joined: Feb 9 2008
my first show!!!

4 of us left from Palm Springs to see these shows and a half hour later, minus one of us, something about some credit cards that he didn't the three made it and won't forget that weekend for years to come...

Joined: Jul 4 2007
My friend's dog made it into the video!

that was pretty cool

Joined: May 10 2009

Always remember these shows, front or therabouts all 3 days, it was hot, and a even hotter chick in a bikini walked right up to my face as we were sitting at halftime leaning against the barrier, and she stuck it in my face, talk about steal ur face lol...if im not mistaken 1 of the 3 days the drummers were playing so LOUD we had to duck for each drum note, and they blew half thier speakers out with a SINGLE MUSICAL NOTE and set a guinness book of records for the LOUDEST sound ever produced with a single musical note. LOS LOBOS was too shabby either....camping on the hillside ina pup tent.,.trippin 1 day on doses the next on shrooms the next, went home with pneumonia from sleeping on the cold ground and screaming and whooping and dont forget whatever that girl in the bikini gave me lol

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Joined: Aug 25 2012
3rd set

I thought we were given a flyer after this show something to affect that once dark we were to come back into the show and would be treated to 3rd set. Can not be for sure on this seeing it is 30 something years later.
I do remember walking back up the hill into the stage area,had my sleeping bag draped over my girlfriend Tracy and I's shoulders cause a bit colder then usual.Also remember being the paranoid years of not wanting to be caught on any type of recording equipment.So as the camera's scanned the crowd we more or less ducked out of sight. Yet there is tall Vinny in the video for a life times worth of viewing and we also knew the dog that runs across the stage.I was let down because they never actually played anything but Touch of grey. Wa wa wa spoiled head that I was at the time as if seeing them over 400 times isn't enough to be grateful about.........

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Joined: Aug 25 2012
Nice little 8 minute

Nice 8 minute clip of us waiting around for ever to film the Touch video. Is on the internet archive.

Joined: Oct 11 2011
One Beautiful Moment

Likely the best show I ever attended and I went to dozens - not hundreds like some of my friends.

We had a young new guy visiting, at his first show and needing to stretch his legs, so I volunteered to run him up the hill and back. Laguna Seca is a natural ampitheater shaped by hill-sized sand dunes. When we got to the top, we were flying high on emotions - and almost bumped into a Native American guy with his arms out, praying to the winds coming in off the sea. Then we saw an eagle hovering on the wind about twenty yards away facing him. Minds blown.

We swooped and whooped and squawked and screed all the way around the rim of the basin and soared back down into the scene in time for the encores, the crowd now hazed golden from the setting sunlight on the rising dust everyone had been kicking up all afternoon. I remember "Knockin' At Heaven's Door" playing as one of the encores. (Same show?) I'll never forget all the fists raised, knock knock knockin', with the enormous golden setting sun behind the stage and all the golden dusty haze. Tears in our eyes and hugs from everyone welcoming us back into the fold

Later, we helped friends make tabouli for about an hour in the bazaar in exchange for dinner, then.... we were locked in for the night! None of us knew the surrounding military reserve locked its gates at sunset! So, we slept in a sandy arroyo - the surprise "Touch of Grey" night-time music video-recording scene - and we awoke in the cozy ditch with dewy faces and warm sleeping bags, smiling, drove away after the gates re-opened, and spent the rest of that day and the next de-tuning at a house in the Berkeley hills.

"... still I'd run but I'll take my time, ..."


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Laguna Seca Recreation Area - May 9, 1987