Raceway Park - September 3, 1977
September 03, 1977
"Take a Step Back" before "Half Step" - the Dead left the stage for a few minutes after Samson - last "Truckin": 09-28-75  - FM broadcast WNEW-New York - also: Marshall Tucker; NRPS
Set List:Promised Land
They Love Each Other
Me and My Uncle
Looks Like Rain
New Minglewood Blues
Friend of the Devil
Music Never Stopped
Eyes of the World
Samson and Delilah
Not Fade Away
Attendees of this show
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It sure was hot. They had closed the roads. Me and my sister hitchhiked to a store. Two motorcycles picked us up since there were no cars moving. The only thing to drink on the shelves were some sort of sugar juice. The only thing in the local package store was vodka...so we drank sugar water and vodka all weekend.
A lady behind us had a baby that day...(a boy). I haven't been the same since.
I had heard a few tunes on the radio, anyone remeber WLIR, but was totally unprepared for the change that was going to take place in my life. Parked what seemed like miles away and played frisbee until time to get in. At some point they turned on the hoses and I think that saved alot of people.
Tripped the day before, I had a healthy supply of these monster green blotters months later they were cut in half & re-named 1/2 moons lol. I defeinitely didn't want to trip again so I scored some dexadrine's from a local we barterwed and aprox 45 mins after I consumed three of them I concluded I got beat so I took 2 hits of the mean green & low & behold not 5 minutes passed before I felt the ups. Hold on I told myself you're in for one helluva ride. I had to leave between the The Riders & Tucker. I was so sunburnt that this old couple called me into their home, let me shower , gave me a clean tee-shirt and put aloe from an a plant on their widow sill all over my face and shoulders. Back to the show, it did cool off quite a bit by the time the Dead appeared on stage but I'll never forget my 1st show thats for dam sure.
My seventeenth summer..and my first Dead show....great to read all the reminiscing....i remember the heat...i remember the hoses and the hoses causing a mudbog in front of the portapotties...the music was stellar..... and grooving half naked was peaceful.......this is my first time here....does someone REALLY have the music from THIS concert??? i would LOVE to get that tape/cd/whatever.........peace~K
I had friends working the gates that let us bring in our coolers filled with beer. Thanks again Billy, one of the Glassboro State good old boys. The security had been working long hours through the night without much rest and food. Once they started to let people in I found my buddy's gate, all the security guys wanted was food and water for themselves, they were starving. They were very happy that we shared our food with them and they let us bring in two big coolers filled with beer!
I remember the Marshall Tucker Band being very good and loud. Some of my friends who had never seen the Dead were doubtful that the Dead could out do the Tuckers. Well the boys TURNED UP THE VOLUME once they came on, it made the Tuckers sound like a bar band. Great show, lots of fun but basically no sleep for 2 days in the blistering heat, with the Dead playin what else could you ask for! Nothing left to do but smile, smile, smile :-))
I've been to great concerts since this one, but have NEVER had a concert experience like Englishtown. the sound was spectacular, especially once the sun went down. It was really hot, and the people at the (limited) concession stands were REAL slow, which wasn't great, but I remember the good stuff more. And wading through the sea of bottles on the way out.....
BTW, I agree about the comment from gleng1 about the tape mix. I recorded the show a year later on WMMR (Philly), and I like that mix better than DP's. DP's is still VERY nice to have, but I was a bit disappointed with the mix. Lost a little bit of the overall feel of the show.
This also marked the time when I got on the bus. I remember driving past hordes of people walking up the road from miles away to get to the railroad car lined venue. We stopped at a little store about a mile out and bought a case of Heineken ( at about 6 a.m.) and driving right up to the venue and parking. We purchased some blond going in and the three of us settled into a small spot about 40 yards out from Jerry's side of the stage. Watching the helicopter witht he steal your face logo coming in was very cool. The first set was really hot right from the start...probably never a better Half Step and when Phil slapped that funky base line to open the second set with Music Never Stopped we all new we were in for a great ride. For a time jerry really loved that Travis Bean he was playing. I remember trucking all the way around the venue to find our car during Trucking and catching the Terripin ourside so we could beat the traffic. What better way to enjoy a hot, sunny late summer afternoon when one was a teenager from Maryland. What exit was that again? Rossboy777
And one of my favorites.
First show and first trip..... What a time..... Stayed up all night just watching people come in......Good times... good beer... good wine... GOOD GOD.... I WAS HOOKED FOR LIFE!!!!!
We worked for John Scher/MONARCH ENTETAINMENT back in the day.
We got there two weeks before the show to begin the construction of the immense stage and sound delay towers. We were right on schedule. Chip (the stage crew chief) got busted for tripping the day of the show. Maybe somebody dosed him. Par for the course. Frank Stedlter took over and did a great job.
What a great group of guys working with us.
We never had so much fun, and what a show.
The New Riders of the Purple Sage, Marshall Tucker Band, and the Grateful Dead.. If anyone wants to share memories Sept 3rd, 1977 shoot me and email. Don Gaess at this address: LimousineOne@aol.com.
That gig got me a job touring with the Dead.
Jerry Garcia was a true gentleman, friend, and in my opinion...a musical genius. Bob, Billy, Mickey, Keith and Donna were amazing to be around back in the day. The music couldn't have been better. (We ain't never had too much fun).
Many thanks to all the tour support people that made these shows happen, and to the fans. Special thanks to Ramrod and to his family (condolences) and to Steve Parrish. Hello to Dan Healy wherever you are! High five Dan ;-) Thanks for everything ;-) Visit www.archive.org to hear all the shows.