Tyrone Guthrie Theatre - October 18, 1970
October 18, 1970
10:30 show - also: NRPS
This was my first show. We drove up from Iowa City. It was a two show night and we only had tickests for the first show. We tried to hide in the bathroom for the second show but got caught. I don't remember that the NRPS played. The show ended with Good Lovin'. We went to St. Louis the next weekend. That was when it all came together. Been listening to Jerry ever since.
Yeah. Two shows. No New Riders. I had tickets to both shows, but gave away the first show ticket to a guy from out of town that was staying with friends.
Saw some friends from Rochester in the lobby, and they said the Dead had played some Anthem of the Sun in the first show (The OtherOne?), and I was real disappointed to miss that.
The sound in the Guthrie was just incredible! It's a tiny little box in the half-round - the seats are in a semi-circle about 270 degrees around the stage. I believe it had baffles suspended from the ceiling that could be raised and lowered to adjust the acoustic shape of the room - like Lincoln Center. It's very difficult and expensive to play loud electric music indoors with such clarity and high fidelity, but if anybody can do it, it's the GD.
Pig Pen did King Bee, Easy Wind, and ended with Lovelight. I remember a lot of Working Man's and American Beauty, China Cat and Dancin' In The Streets. The encore was Uncle John's Band a capella except for Jerry's acoustic Martin.
In those days, some small brown glass jars appeared in the Twin Cities with a label that read something like: "Contents: 1000 weighed doses (350mg) of the cleanest, purest d-lysergic acid n,n diethylamide 25 that you've ever seen in your life. Non-injectable. Thank you. The Good Kharma Pharmaceutical Company."
By this time, I'd learned to cut 'em in halves or quarters for concerts, so I wouldn't take a side trip to Alpha Centauri and miss the show.
Some guy kept yelling for Dark Star, and I thought he was saying "Start the car."
We all sat quietly for the first few tunes, and mightily resisted the urge to dance. I had a fantasy of making the Dead work for it, but China Cat blew away any inhibitions.