Grateful Dead

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Englishtown, NJ
United States

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Joined: Jun 12 2007
The gang was all there

This show has so many special memories. It was the very first time that ALL the people from our little gang of Deadheads made it to a show together. The drive, the cheap sandwich meat from Waldbaums, NRPS, Marshall Tucker Band, and of course, the Grateful Dead and Terrapin Station as a closer. What a night....30 years ago and still embedded in my mind.

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Joined: Aug 16 2007
MONROE SHUTTLE

WOW, remember like it was yesterday. Drove down from Monroe NY in my friends Dodge Challanger and got pulled over on the Turnpike by the Jersey State Police doing 90. Never got the stash, just the ticket. There were 2 other car loads of friends following us and they waited off the exit ahead of us and trailed behind when we finally got to go again. The concert was great, lots of pink and purple colored tabs. The thing I remember most was it was hazy and hot and the Dead as good as they were took quite a while between breaks, much longer than the other Dead concerts I went to. I also remember the trailers all around. At the end of the concert we walked through bottles and cans piled everywhere and I remember there were folks all banged up throwing bottles off the trailers at folks leaving, it was crazy. But the concert was great and I miss those day's big time.

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Joined: Aug 20 2007
great show

My folks droped my stuff off at RU from Brooklyn NY as a freshman and then droped me off on Rt 1. I hitched to the show by myself. Great show and nice people. After show I hitched back and somehow found my dorm room. Looking back wow. Could my kids do that now?

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Joined: Jun 5 2007
30 Years on!*!

"What a Long Strange Trip"

Thanks for the time machine Dick.
It's always fun to take that ride again.
I know you are out there somewhere.
Everything was left just as it was.

See you again next year.

~Marshun~

"Not Fade Away!"

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Joined: Sep 8 2007
THE BEST TIME EVER!

What a great time we had!

I bought a great concert T shirt there (wish I still had it). It had the one eyed skull and said something like – Grateful Dead and Friends “End of The Summer Concert”. The New Riders and Marshall Tucker also played.

The most memorable – The day before the show the radio reports were already talking about the amount of people and traffic in the Englishtown area. All my friends were going and me and two friends left the night before. Since there were like 200,000 people there, we never found any of our other friends.

Memories:

- This was shortly after Terrapin Station was released - this was a spectacular show!
- Sleeping in the car the night before.
- Long, long walk from the car to the concert.
- The concert area was surrounded with trailers (from tractor trailer trucks).
- Great crowd. BIG Crowd.
- My feet suctioned in the mud when we made our way up near the stage.
- Great, great show.

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Joined: Sep 8 2007
WHAT A GREAT TIME!

What a great time we had!

I bought a great concert T shirt there (wish I still had it). It had the one eyed skull and said something like – Grateful Dead and Friends “End of The Summer Concert”. The New riders and Marshall Tucker also played.

The most memorable – The day before the show the radio reports were already talking about the amount of people and traffic in the Englishtown area. All my friends were going and me and two friends left the night before. Since there were like 200,000 people there, we never found any of our other friends.

Memories:

- The first show I saw after Terrapin Station was released
- Sleeping in the car the night before.
- Long, long walk from the car to the concert.
- The concert area was surrounded with trailers (from tractor trailer trucks).
- Great crowd. BIG Crowd.
- My feet suctioned in the mud when we made our way up near the stage.
- Great, great show.
- Long, long walk back to the car that was gone!

Our car was toed, as well as many others. We had to walk to downtown Englishtown and wait on these lines with crowds of people all attempting to find out where the hell our cars got toed to. Since there were so many toed cars, the town was unable to keep track of where each car was toed to. It was up to us to find out.

After sleeping in some apartment hall way that night, we proceeded to go from police station to police station and gas station to gas station to find the car. Luckily, there were still many people around from the concert. We had no trouble getting rides, but a lot of trouble finding these stations.

We finally found our car parked on the side of a gas station. We had hardly any money, but we did have the car key. We stole our car back – VOOOOOOOOM back to NY we went. Just with enough money to pay the tolls.

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Joined: Oct 30 2007
My favorite show of all time

My favorite show of all time went on Fri. left on Sun. meet up with friends from my hometown Sat. morning What a long strange trip it was

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Joined: Jul 5 2007
luvthisshowtodeath

Listening to this show as I type (Jerry's singing "Loser")...I remember riding around in the passenger of seat of my buddy's Volks Bug all throughout the end of the '70's, listening to WNEW's broadcast that he had on cassette. We listened to it constantly. Such a tight performance from a great period. Still 2 years before my 1st show (1/4/79 MSG)...

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Joined: Jun 14 2007
My first show!

...The bus pulled up, I got on thats when it all began...
It all started here and still goes on today!

...Choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil...
Jerry Garcia

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Memorable for things other than music

Frankly don't remember much of this show....wish the Dead had gone on FIRST when I was more awake/alert. I went with my brother and a friend and I think my sister and a friend or two of hers, but I think sister and friend(s) weren't with us during the concert (separated somehow). We were tripped out on something, probably non-organic.

My memories are fairly vivid and somewhat paranoid. Let's see. We were surrounded by semi-trailers with security guards on top of them. As the day wore on and it got hotter and hotter, it was easy to feel you were in some horrible prison death camp. Water and facilities were minimal. Getting to the facilities the ground was so walked on it was spongy and moist/damp/gross underfoot. Another thing, there seemed to be two basic head ornaments, red bandanas and these green visor things that I think a vendor was hawking. So everywhere you looked you saw these red and green circles on people's heads. I remember watching the stage through binoculars and seeing a green ring on the left and red ring on the right bopping up and down in time to music. In my tripped out state it was like there were two opposing camps -- angels and devils maybe? -- at the concert.

I think I fell asleep during the 2nd or 3rd (I think there were 3?) Dead set. Just too tired from arriving at the site around 3 am the night before, and the drugs. Memorable, for me, for how potentially horrible it was. A previoius comment said a friend wound up in Bellevue partially as result of this show -- I can understand why, the vibes weren't so good this day. This has to rank as my least favorite Dead experience.

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