Evans Field House - October 29, 1977
October 29, 1977
Set List:Might As Well
Looks Like Rain
Ramble on Rose
New Minglewood Blues
It Must Have Been the Roses
Let it Grow
Friend of the Devil
Eyes of the World
Not Fade Away
One More Saturday Night
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Attendees of this show
JetS165101, John Kovacs, andychatfield, astone, T-bear, jpruitt53, elobster, kaminskis comet, janrock, yourrainfallslikecrazyfingers, oldeadhead, dnathans, jamie60, rsalit, mobay2001, alatcamp, santori3, another jerry, Icky and Red, Darkstar58, PeterB, dickelliott, niusteve, astone516, messy13, davidg528, edgeman, drumzspace72, Fillmore Midwest, hatayama, gremmie1, paisley, grd55, Flip, grdaed73
I bought 24 tickets and sold them to kids I went to school with. I went with three women and had another time of my life. Thanks Dixie, Pat, and Laura
This was the culmination of more than four years of trying to get the Dead to come to NIU. The first attempt was in 1973 when the NIU Bail Bond Committee (an anti-war student group) set up a show as a fundraiser. When they used the initial ticket sales for promotion and the show fell through, many folks lost money. They finally came and a splendid time was guaranteed for all.
We were too poor to buy tickets, so my friends and I begged to get stage crew jobs from the student concert commitee. We worked all day: some of us set up thousands of chairs in the arena, while others pulled the neatly packed stage components and lights out of semi-trailers and assembled them under the official crew's patient direction.
The band stayed out of the way in rooms behind the stage. Late in the day we could smell the aromas from the amazing dinner that their cook had created for them. Later we got to listen to the sound check - Jerry seemed to be particularly happy, and played a stanza of Cream's "Spoonful" for us.
The student crew mostly didn't get backstage passes and didn't have assigned seats either, so we mingled with twirley dancers and wandered through the crowd. The concert was very excellent, and the encore, 'Saturday Night', was a balls-out boogie with Bob screaming his heart out.
After the show, many of the student stage crew were toasted to a crisp. The few of us left standing struggled to dissasemble the stage and then pile the parts back onto the trucks.
I think I slept for two days afterwards.
Great versions of Jack Straw, Minglewood and Grow highlight set 1. Set 2 is awesome all around, but definitely check out Bertha, eues, NFA, Black Peter and the MONSTER Stephen. Great show, 10/10.
Girl friend was on a college year exchange program in Chico and had just been diagnosed with leukemia. Took pictures to send her. Remember reflecting somberly during "Black Peter". By this time they only played Saturday Night on Saturdays. Always a pick me up to hear that. Would retrieve her and her stuff from CA later that year.