September 02, 1983
Set List:Wang Dang Doodle
They Love Each Other
Brown Eyed Women
New Minglewood Blues
Big Railroad Blues
Looks Like Rain
Help on the Way
Eyes of the World
Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad
Attendees of this show
Certainly the smallest crowd I ever saw a show with... about 3,000 people in a place that held 12,000. I'll bet 2,500 were Tourheads too. The locals did not take too kindly to the takeover, but it sure was fun to blow their minds. Those were the days....
Rode a greyhound in and got a room with about 12 other Deadheads. Sorry for keeping you up all night, but it felt good to laugh. Don't remember the crowd as particularly small, but the best dancing was in the back hallway, which was open to the arena. Remember the locals walking thru the dancers, clutching on to each other for dear life. Also remember perhaps the most respectful preview of a dead show that I've ever read in a newspaper. My first Wang Dang Doodle, which I described to a friend as "you'll know it as soon as they start it". He wasn't familiar with Howlin' Wolf, but when he 1st heard it, he knew exactly what it was.
We drove from Chicago to see this show and the following 6 of the tour. We drove straight through except for gas and an early morning mushroom enhanced observation of jack rabbits running around the Wyoming landscape (by the non-driving people in our party). We got into Boise and hit the lot in the late morning.
There are 3 things that I remember clearly from this show:
- At some point in the day in the lot, we heard something that sounded like a machine gun and ran over to see a cop car that had just gotten plastered with about 50 stickers all slapped on in rapid succession. That cop must have had a fun ride back to the station.
- The crowd was SO small. I couldn't believe it. Later I found out that most of the mezzanine and balcony had climbed down to the main floor with very lax security. Boise is a Morman town and most of the students at BSU were probably Mormon and didn't go to this show.
- We had no rolling papers and someone had the idea to roll joints with Gideon Bible pages from the bible in the hotel. We were dancing around the mezzanine and ran into a couple of guys who were tripping pretty bad. We sat with them and got them high with God's word and cheered them up a bit. They were up dancing around with us pretty soon after.
This was the only and last really intimate Dead show I remember seeing. It was a very special event.
We found a really cool hot springs on our way to Park City the next day and spent hours there just soaking. I found that same place with my wife years later when we were out traveling out West.
I was the Resident Director of Chaffee Hall that sat about 150' feet from the BSU Pavillion. Show was a blast and then the tourheads invaded Chaffee for showers and chill-out. Funny to watch the Idaho youngsters take in the diversity.
A friend of mine had checked side doors of the arena and found none locked. We told all of our friends to sell the tix they had and not to buy any. When I went in some ticket holders were going in with the tourheads because that seemed to be the way in. So many were going in that way...
this is one of my all time favortie tours let alone show here. I was one of thoes who showered in the dorm next to the show. alos remember the show as being basically free. I still have my ticket from this one said complimentary on it. I had been waiting to walk in when the side door opened and Mark Steve was yelling come on its a free show as he stood there holding the door as we walked in not running walking. Then there was the police car covered with stickers. One last note was the ride from Eugene To this show was a thing of beauty.
was anyone in the local store near the pavilion? time was 5 past the hour. 5 minutes past the local time for the sale of boooze. One of us had taken a broom stick and pushed the hand to 5 of and tried to buy some beer. The local police where there within It seemed like less then a minute. Being a broke and hungry head I had the brilliant idea to stuff a ham and cheese down the front of my pants out of hunger,Not one to steal from stores in those day. When the police showed up I had been walking out of the store and was instructed to stay rite there. thinking it was me they wanted I was in a panic. One minute later they turned to me a told me to be on my way. was the guy who changed the clock they were looking for. I did not take another thing from a store until the next night in park west when the entire store was free for the taking. Those who were in that 7 11 know what am talking about. On a brighter note anyone remember gordon and stagger lee from peoples park? Old smelly hippies that I always wondered who drove them here????????? I too was a smelly hippie just thought I smelled abit better Funny thing is I am driving stagger lee to a meeting tonight. my AA group has a commitment in Mansfield and he and I are in the same group. same group for over 20 years now. As the world turns.
Sorry to go on and on about this night,can ya tell its one of my all time favorites? Anyway we were just beyond the floor on Jerry's side near a small stair case that took people to the floor. The lady usher probably some local grand mother was talking us up before the show asking what to expect from the night. We were informing her of the mellowness of the people who follow the band and told her she might be very surprised by the crowd this night... And so the show began and we had jumped down to the floor next to her still within talking distance. At the break she called us over and told us she was very impressed by the concert goers and the music itself. Kinda country like she told us. Also telling us what a well behaved crowd we were.
WELL THEN CAME THE ROCKING SECOND SET AND THE LOOK ON HER FACE CHANGED ABIT, LIKE WOW THIS IS CRAZY NOW. After the pre drums space she told us we were a fun bunch. Wonder what she told the other Lady's at bingo later that week. I will also add she had said to us we had some other rock bands her with really odd names before but this band the Grateful Dead kinda scared her. After all was said and done she was very pleased by our demeanor