Grateful Dead

San Diego Sports Arena

Location

San Diego, CA
United States

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10982 hwy 180 w po box 2647
silver city, NM 88062
United States
32° 45' 48.9564" N, 108° 18' 9.0504" W
Joined: Jan 3 2009
wall of sound

Was a Senior at San Diego State when I attended this show. Was a big Grateful Dead fan by this time and had been following the Band's split from Warner Bros., the foray into Grateful Dead Records, and the Wall of Sound.
The stack of speakers was awesome to see, even in a venue as large as the Sports Arena. I was just off the floor, stage center. The sound was unbelievable. The whole place seemed to pulsate.
The new "Wake of the Flood" material got a good workout and "Eyes of the World" was a highlight.
May have been one of the early shows w/Keith and Donna Godchaux. A weird moment occurred towards the end of the show as a guy at the front jumped on the stage, approached Donna Jean, and appeared to be leading her off stage. The Band continued on as some of the Roadie Crew grabbed the guy and led him away. Night was also memorable for the lack of an encore, which I always attributed to the incident.
The San Diego press gave lousy reviews for a show I quite enjoyed.

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San Diego Sports Arena