Holleder Memorial Stadium
My second show.
I went with a buddy from Buffalo and met two friends that had travelled there from Syracuse. It was a meltingly hot day. We bought some acid in the parking lot that turned out to be no good, so we bought another round of red dragons. About 10 minutes later we realized that the first hits we did weren't so bad after all.
I remember sitting up near the top of the stadium rolling/smoking joints during the Good Rats when some guy comes running up the aisle with an unplugged electric guitar and starts playing. Turns out it was their lead guitarist with a wireless. I wondered why everyone was watching him.
By the time the boys came onstage I was in full bake mode. It was about half way through Half-step that I realized they were playing it. They also played a version of FOTD that was so slow and unlike what I knew from the record.
I remember dancing and having a great time, but have no memory at all of them playing the second set.
Classes hadn't really geared up at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA that Labor Day weekend so after a happy hour / midnight madness party we decided it would be a good idea to head 10 hours up the road to Rochester to see the Dead. (Woke up in a van full of mostly strangers near Lebanon, PA completely disoriented!)
Far too many nutty stories to describe here, suffice to say it was one of my fondest memories out of 40 plus shows in the 70's.
While the songlist of this show does not look impressive, just basic. Such great preformances. I remember the good rats throwng garbage cans of rubber rats at us. Ideed it was hot, but they had the genesse beer truck parked in the floor section. I was able to download this soundboard...Wow...what a wharf rat...best ever for me ! Phil is just insane on this !