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
I found myself at one point way up front just getting crushed! Had to get away, finally found a shady spot couldn't see anything, but the sounds were some of the best.
What a day!
We started out 4 Oclock in the morning, 2 bus loads and about 6-8 car loads of friends. My girlfriend at the time, and I each ate about 3-4 hits of tee to start out. When we arrived, we paid some homeowner $10.00 to park on his front lawn. The whole track was encircled by tractor trailers and the Hell's Angels were on top of the tractor trailers and at the gate as the security for the show. During the day, it was about 100 Degrees, and the only way to get water, was to walk thru knee deep mud.We parked ourselves right in front of the stage. You couldn't get on the stage because there was chain-linked fence to hold the fans back. When the New Riders came on, we had just ate some qualudes and started the party off the right way. And we had about a quarter-pound of Gold for the day. The day when great. Then, we see fans walking around with this makeshift cross, with a cows skull on top, with a sign that read, "We Need LSD". Out of nowhere, this guy walks up to us dressed as the Keep on Truckin" man, with and old man's mask on. He was selling Red Dragonfly acid. Well, when the dead came on, that's when everything got interesting, and crazy.!!! What a party! The Marijunna laws were suspended in New Jersey for the day, and the Jersey Turnpike was stopped from all the traffic that had backed up on it. The Dead played the very best outdoor show I have ever attended. I will never ever forget that show. The one scary thing though, my girlfriend at the time, that did all those drugs with us, is now a Brain Surgeon. How scary is that???? And, myself, along with a few other close friends, all went on to have successful careers, and are now retired. But, if the Dead ever decided to get together again, I will be attending, no matter how old I get.
Five of us drove down from Waterbury, CT , three drove back.
When we arrived at about 3am the road was jammed and we abandened my car in the road. Scooter and Kurt went ahead to the gates -- that's the last we saw of them for a couple of days.
We found our spot, 20 yards or so from the stage, "dead" center, and relaxed on a blanket and Igloo cooler. As the morning progressed,an announcement told all those people who left their cars in the road to move them before they are towed, so Kurt an I left Dan to protect the space while we moved the car. My '70 Nova sat all alone in the road by the time we got there, and some kind soul let me park on his lawn for ten bucks or so. When we returned to the blanket there was a sea of people behind us.
An amazing day.
Scooter and Kurt hitched home, we shared our stories.
There's nothing like a Grateful Dead concert.
It was Karl who accompanied me to get the car while Dan patiently waited for us to return. N.R.P.S. hit the stage as we returned. Marshall Tucker cooked also, and The Dead were magical.
"What a long strange trip it's been."
An amazing first show! In tune with the Movie, people were selling bumper stickers that said "There is nothing like a Grateful Dead Concert".
By the end of the nite, I understood.
It was nice what Jerry said at break-time- "Don't anybody go anywhere, we'll be right back".
I don't think many of the 125,000 went anywhere.
My 64 impala overheated and had to park 5 miles away. It was f-ing hot and I was 100,000 people away from the stage. The sound sucked during the New Rider and Marshall Tucker. It was actually affected by the wind as the sound came from the relay towers.
The sun started to go down and the Dead came on. Suddenly all was good. The wind stopped blowing and the Sound was GREAT! I thought the dead put on Mediocre shows at the Tower the year before and I was a little jaded. This show blew me away! Jerry was on fired and the jams were awesome. My best friend and I ran into someone we new who had a lot of weed :) Remember laying back on a blanket - looking at the stars and listening to the most amazing Eyes of the World...a night I will never forget.
I had seen them out West, and my new wife Donna, had been to Woodstock, but this was our first show together. Everyone had to discard their booze at the gates and each one had a collection of totally soused die-hards determined to drink it all. There was the usual naked guy who ran screaming through the crowd, and some character who would throw people's Frisbees over the stage, and out of sight forever. John Shear, the promoter, opened by snorting something about crooked ass-hole politicians who had tried to stop him.
Marshall Tucker was great, and the NRPS played their song and a few others, but in the evening, the Dead's magic made it all worthwhile.
Oh yeah, Donna and I are still together after 30+ years, four kids, and countless shows. If only the boys still were!
This show was also the first of a succession of GD outdoor Labor Day extravaganzas. In 78 was Giants Stadium, in 79 was Rochester, and in 80 was Lewiston Fairgrounds.
Nothing in 81, but in early September 82 was the US Festival.
Although I was still a glimmer in the eyes of my parents in 1977, I feel like I was there everytime I hear this beautiful version of Mississippi Halfstep. Not only is is one of the EPIC versions the band played of any song....it displays the uncanny ability of the band to reinvent songs that youve heard hundreds of times. It only takes 1 note of inspiration for the song to take off on a whole new, fascinating direction, and thus is one of the most played songs in my collection.
I remember standing in line the whole time Marshall Tucker was on stage to get a pack of cigs. Guys in front of me and my friends passed a joint around that tasted funny. After a few hits I asked what the stuff was. They said it was angle dust. The stage was melting the rest of the show. I had done just about every drug under the sun, but never dust. Do remember the heat and girls taking off their tops. One of my many great shows