Cleveland Public Hall - November 29, 1979
November 29, 1979
Set List:Alabama Getaway
They Love Each Other
Easy to Love You
New Minglewood Blues
Brown Eyed Women
Looks Like Rain
Don't Ease Me In
Samson and Delilah
Eyes of the World
Not Fade Away
Around and Around
Johnny B. Goode
Attendees of this show
acornaxe, 1979-01-20, dewahba, azforker, terrapinjim, gggrove, Crabbie, andychatfield, DaisyDeadhead, Eirenaeus, packymalley, ctadead, docmark, woodymoose, Kryptical1Clearwater, fostever, rbull, aikox2, ohio4peace, Doseme, PeterB, uncle lefty, Bennyj, Dr Feelgood, Ted S, jimiz61, bigdancingbear, tgig56, kennedk23, Mister Benson, jeffhead, jonnyy, uncleduke, Gratefullawyer, gregk63, pomo1, Post N. Steiner, gratefuldad1960
my first show
I had been waiting for this moment for many years, I was not disappointed. I was in the second row, left side, Jerry's side. I saw him walk around the speakers just before eyes and big steve gave Jerry a huge hit off of a pipe, then Jerry walked back around and lit into it. Great Shakedown with the mirror ball lights.
First of 53 shows.
"A man has a right to be as big as he feels it in him to be"
fostever This was my first show. I traveled from Loudonville, Ohio with my neighbor to Warren Ohio to visit his brother Angelo who was living there with his uncle. From there I traveled by Greyhound bus to Cleveland where my friend from college, Chico, picked me up and let me stay at his parents' house in Shaker Heights. The show was incredible and electrifying. I was hooked. My seat was occupied by rough looking Hell's Angel types. I ended up yielding my seat to them and sat in the aisle. They paid me back by passing fatties to us all night. We were in the balcony on the left side of the stage. It seemed like Shakedown Street went on forever.
This was far and away the worst show of the many that I attended. The crew never did get the sound system right and the band was off-kilter all night. If you think that this was a good show you've obviously missed the bus.
I was attending the University of Akron at the time, and was dying to see the boys live, especially after getting turned on to Europe 72. I had a great time, despite the gripes about this being a lackluster show. I had nothing to compare it to, so it was all good for me! The only lame thing was when I was hitting off a bowl filled with expensive black hash and someone grabbed it from me. I turned around to see a badge and the cop threatened me with jail if he caught me getting high again. I spent the rest of the show missing that bowl of hash.
My wife and I had gotten married in October, and went to see Timothy Leary give a talk at Case-Western Reserve University the following weekend. Interestingly, he predicted much of the right-wing political darkness that is troubling us today, and I got it on cassette, too.
You know, when you are working for bastards, in a career that puts you under law enforcement scrutiny - i.e. they can show up at your house at any time and interview you (they did, on January 2, 1980) regarding the security of your facility, and you're nearly broke, ANY Dead show is a good Dead show! That's how I felt about it. I felt exalted because they did one of my all time favorites - U.S. Blues as the encore.
The vibe helped with the long dreary winter on Lake Erie to follow, 70 miles to the east!