my first show
Willie Nelson's picnic! Waylon, Willie and The Boys. It was god awful hot on the astro turf. I never thought I'd say I thought they played the songs too fast. But, they seemed a bit rushed. Much like Willie's tempos those days. Still a good show (they pretty much all were).
Partied until 1 am somewhere in the St. Louis 'burbs 6/30, then drove in a state of maximum inebriation (something like Tucker Max drunk) 80 mph on I-70 to Kansas City, finishing off another case and a prodigious numbers of doobs, arriving at Arrowhead 7 am utterly incoherent. We all promptly bought tickets from a kindly scalper. These tix looked great, until we found out they were counterfeit! But hey, concert management was pretty cool - they exchanged the bogus for legit, and we were able to take our place on or about the 50-yard line, surrounded by cowboys and their sweaty t-shirted babes, and thus began the broil. Sorry I missed the ice giveaway mentioned earlier; we bought jumbo containers of ice water all afternoon to keep the heat prostration at bay. Waylon was at least as toasted as us, and had a hard time not falling over, but still in classic Waylon mode. Not sure of the complete lineup, but the Country did rock! Dead came out as the oven temp subsided, and did a real stand-up show. They cowboys (and their babes) couldn't understand what I was all excited about, but they were polite enough. Stayed at an apartment in Kansas City, KS overnight. Went swimming the next day at Lone Star Lake. My friend slipped on a rock and nearly severed his Achilles tendon! So, we relaxed at the nearest emergency room whilst he got sewed up and fitted for a giant boot. Back to St. Louis in my '70 VW Bug before sundown. Did the Dead play too fast? Whatever, I loved the show, and the whole weekend experience, so what the hell?