I attended this show W/ the same friends i went to Englishtown the year before and i must admit there was not the same buzz and the show was just ok!! I mean a big stadium crowd and no encore!! This was the last show before the band went to Egypt and maybe that was on thier collective mind. But i do remember being disappointed w/ the show @ the ripe old age of 17!! Of course i would give anything to go back and experince that show again!! But hindsight is alway's 2020
I attended the 1993 run here. Easy to get to off hwy 3 as I recall - Had floor seats one night - Kind of cool how one minute your in the parking lot and then you walk down a ramp and your on the floor. . The big screens with band members pleading for people not to jump from the bleachers to the floor which the dumbshits did anyway....However the majority of the East Coast heads I spoke with were really cool!
my very first show.... some poor dude died at this show after he jumped from the top one of the spiral ramps,claiming to be superman i believe.
My wife was five month's pregnant with our first son, so we had to stay up in the seats. It was the first concert held inside the stadium itself (before the arena was built) and the place was pretty new. Wayne Newton was playing at the racetrack in the complex behind the stadium which made for an interesting mix of crowds. The Meadowlands security force had been quoted in the newspapers as saying that their arena was impregnable, and that no one without a ticket was going to get in. HAH! What a joke! Rowdy, skinny, long haired, drug-crazed degenerates were climbing over the fences in droves! Security guards were running around, tripping and falling like the Keystone Cops. They would grab one guy, while six ran by, it was hysterical.
Waylon Jennings was supposed to open, but at the start, John Scher the promoter got on stage and said, "Waylon Jennings wouldn't be here with us today, so fuck him!" Then he introduced Willie Nelson. At first, the sound was terrible with squeaks and echoes so bad, people were booing and walking out. The Dead started but then they walked off the stage after only a few minutes. For the next few hours or so, their magnificent crew worked like demons. At one point, Bobby came out and coined his, now legendary quote, "We must make everything absolutely perfect for you..." The crew worked feverishly pulling wires, climbing poles, and testing, constantly testing, but it all paid off; they sounded wonderful!
In the years that followed, I've heard people claim that the band wasn't at their best that day but i beg to differ. With the sound problems, obvious internal issues, and the pigs smacking Dead-Heads right and left, i'd say that they did far better than they ever could have been expected to. Billy was the only drummer then, and he had a big cast on his right arm, but he played his ass off! He did a solo that had people screaming and rolling around like they were having fits. He had a mallet in his left hand and he was using the cast against the drum heads with his right. Plaster was flying everywhere! At the end of it, his cast was hanging in shreds.
My son Sean was born in January of the next year, and his I.Q. is genius; coincidence? (LOL) Actually, he's an avid Nine Inch Nails fan (y'know, Trent Watzizname), but he loves to memorize lyrics of all genres, especially Hunter's. We've taken all four of our kids to Grateful Dead shows and although they have their own personal preferences, they all love the Dead!
As I remember, the guy who jumped from the spiral ramp and fell something like eighty feet to his death was really drunk. His ramp was crowded and the one next to it looked empty. He thought he could jump from one to another. Well, at least he got to see the band before he died! I hope that he enjoyed the show.
My buddy was singing Sampson and Deliliah hours before the show-and they played it!
So little time, so many judgements. I'll share with you something I once said to a kid on the train home from MSG one night, " I want to see you get up there on half as many drugs and play half as well and then you may criticize Jerry." This elustrious night's Lucy was the last song I ever heard Jerry play and this particular one does so rock my soul to this very day. The music never stoppped in my heart and that is where Jerry willl remain for me. It occurs to me now ,though it didn't really at the time beacuse I just didn't want to believe it was true, but I think we all knew the end was near at this point, band and audience included. So yes, these shows had a somber, sad note to them. We are an intuitive group. But oh, what I'd give to see Jerry just once more, even on an off night, which I never will consider this night. My Love has not faded or wavered in any way!
Peace and Love!
Mickey was also there....1989.......did he not play @ this show or something?
I'm looking @ a video of this date & sure as hell looks like Mickey Hart to me playing drums along with Billy....think we all got a bit mixed up.....xoxox
man I had forgotten all about that guy that jumped off the ramp,until I started reading these posts. this was one of my first shows but it wasn't to be nearly the last for me..I remember trippin so hard my buddy ended up in the mens room chewing on a whole pack of cigs we had bought, just sitting in the corner out of his mind and I had always loved hearing mickey come on screen before the lights went down " remember you can';t dance with a broken leg"... I miss jerry and dead .. "you knwow our love wont fade away"