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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The most memorable thing about the show was the piles of garbage on the way out. It was like climbing a MT. EVEREST OF BEER CANS AND PINT BOTTLES. The show was a blur and the heat was immense. I think the band was amazed a the amount of people that made it their and I was more amazed we made it out of New Jersey without getting arrested. A great day of fun and wish I could turn back the hands of time and do it once again.
I was there. It kicked ass. I lived in Lakewood. I was 17. We partied in Bricktown. all night and then ate breakfast at Trotters and Pacers Diner on Rte 9 in Freehold at about 6 AM before heading to the track. People were sitting on the hood of Zebras white Newport as we slowly crept towards the parking area. Home owners were selling bottled water and parking spaces in their yards. The concert area was completely over run and almost filled to capacity before the ticket people even got there. Somebody died that day and a woman gave birth and was airlifted out. It was like Woodstock. Even though there werent nearly that many tickets sold, it was estimated by local media at the time that over 300,000 people converged on the area. How come this web site only mentions 2 other bands New Riders and Marshall Tucker? J Geils was there also. In fact , they were late getting there and circled overhead in the chopper waving at the crowd when they finally arrived. What a show. What an experience. Masybe because of my still youthful age, but an experience of a lifetime that Ill never forget. I have the concert on hard disc and still love to listen to it. Im so glad I got to see Jerry before his untimely death. I think about this show when ever I hear Patchwork Quilt by Govt Mule which Warren Haynes wrote while on tour with the Allman Bros many years ago immediately upon heaqring of Garcias death. It was personal and he never intended to record it but ended up contributing it to Phil Lesh and Friends when he was still playing lead guitar for that band prior to Jimmy Herring. This Englishtown concert was one of the highlights of my youth.
I don't recall J. Giles being a part of the show.
No J Giles at this show. But there was more weird shit than at anything I've attended before or since.
Anybody remember the "Marshall Dead" t-shirts??? Wish I still had mine..
Yes, as I've often posted on other forums - this was my favorite show of all the Dead concerts I attended. Musically, was it the best? I couldn't tell you. But I had the best time I'd ever had at a Dead concert that day!
My friend Rob and I drove out to Englishtown from Manhattan together that morning, armed with a massive cooler of beer and an assortment of other recreational toys. We hooked up with a trio of nice ladies who were similarly equipped and the five of us laughed and danced our asses off all day and well into the night. I did a lot of fun things with Rob over the years, but that day was just special.
Robbie died in the spring of 1982, in a terrible car accident. He managed to save the life of his passenger, but he couldn't save himself. He was my friend and I miss him terribly. I want to go back to that perfect day in '77, to enjoy just hanging out with him one more time and to tell him how much I love him.
I was a 20 year old kid, having the time of my life with my best friend and about a hundred thousand new pals. It's tough to top that.
"When it comes to humility, I'm the greatest!" - Bullwinkle Moose
Went not knowing what to expect. Left knowing to expect I would never be the same.
this was a show in my backyard, and the 8 of us were there the night before and were one of the first ones in.
A lot of my friends (including my closest friend from HS) from my hometown were there for Tucker (some took PCP and fried in that sun. It was 95* out by the time the Riders came on at around 11am). We finally rescued them, how we came across them in that crowd was pure luck, but they provided us with laughs the whole day.
The Magnificent 8 were in fine form. Enjoyed MTB (I was digging their music at the time, and they were a nice warmup to the Dead along with the Riders) but we were there for the heavyweight main event - the Dead were going to play not more than 5 miles from my house. Dropped mid afternoon, and just grooved with my friends. We did the big green blotter which was nice and a walk in the park (unlike the Sunshine barrels). Just a nice stoned groove, where we danced and laughed. Sun went down probably around the set break and what a night was to follow.
I'll always remember the 1/2 Step, the Eyes was just unbelievable and we rocked with the band to NFA>GDTRFB.
Just an amazing Labor Day weekend.
Hitch-hiked from Tennessee to this show because we had no gas money. HAD to make it- it was right where I grew up and watched cars go fast when I was little. The D.A. and cops were stirring up shit in the days before, trying to cancel the show and saying they couldn't guarantee anyone's safety, Hell's Angels would be there, etc. Fuck em, the show went on; but the promoters were so nervous that they hired a bunch of people off the street as "security"! We got hired a couple days before the show as we were driving out in front of the place. We stood by the front gate until we heard the music start, then we deserted our post for the gig. Two weeks later I got a check in Tennessee for $75. Thanks, John Scher Productions!
I just found from this date: GD, Marshall Tucker Band, NRPS so it says.....think I took it off the refrigerator @ Winterland (the building was going to be closed), since I didn't go to this one......:)))