• Rich Stadium - July 16, 1990
    Final "Blow Away" - "Jam" includes brief "Mind Left Body" theme - Crosby, Stills & Nash opened

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Final "Blow Away" - "Jam" includes brief "Mind Left Body" theme - Crosby, Stills & Nash opened
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Hell in a Bucket
Mississippi Half-Step
Blow Away
Mama Tried
Mexicali Blues
Loose Lucy
It's All Over Now
High Time
Let it Grow
Don't Ease Me In

Sugar Magnolia
Scarlet Begonias
Man Smart/Woman Smarter
Ship of Fools
Truckin'
drums
The Wheel
Gimme Some Lovin'
Wharf Rat
Around and Around
Sunshine Daydream

Brokedown Palace
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My first show, I had no idea what to expect. In fact, I had no expectations. I was just going with some buddies from school because I had no other plans that weekend. 

We arrived late in the afternoon. It was so hot, and the traffic was crawling. People walked along the freeway, slow cars packed the breakdown lanes; everywhere you looked all along the creep to Rich Stadium there were hand-lettered signs for needed Miracles. By the time we found a place to stop the car amongst a vast herd of other pilgrims, we could already hear CSN filtering over the high walls of the Stadium.

Our seats were high in the nosebleeds, near the back of the oval, but we had no problem hearing the tunes. There was a guy in front of us wearing a tank top that was too small to cover his beer belly and he wore a baseball cap with his name on it. Lyle. Lyle became our mascot through the rest of that hot, muggy summer evening.

The music was alive, and god, I will never forget that show. Whatever it was, I mean, you could peek over the back of the stadium and see the spinners so far below, their skirts belling out around them like white water lilies on a pond. Surrounding the stadium was a sea of color and glittering windshields. The sun was setting and everyone was dancing and grooving and just loving the beautiful day and the great music.

Brokedown Palace ended the night and because of that set, and that day, and that experience, it became one of my all-time favorite songs on the spot. i remember closing my eyes and just revelling in it. Afterwards we paid $2 bucks for a plate of spaghetti out of the back of someone's van and then we sat, talking, around a fire someone had started in their little portable grill pan until the wee hours of the morning. When the sun came up, I found 2 people asleep on top of my car.

I wasn't around for the heydey of this band, but this show was easily up there in the top ten experiences of my life.

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Great show, 21 songs made it the longest of the run, and it was really well-played. CSN opened, but David made a comment which struck me really weird- just like in Pittsburgh before they went into Woodstock he said "We haven't played this song in 20 years!" well, I guess he meant before this tour, cause I saw them do it the week before!!! ". . . Music is the best!" (fz)
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A really fine show. The last Brent show I would see. Dusting off Loose Lucy was one of the best decisions the band made that year. What a great tune. Foxboro and Buffalo were really solid shows. Too long a drive though....
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....you know it's a great show but it's just not doing it for you? That was this show for me. I loved the 81, 86 and 89 Buffalo shows I was at and this one should have been right up there with the others. I had lots of family and friends around, but...it just didn't click with me that day. I could tell it was cool with Loose Lucy, All Over Now, Sugar>Scarlet and the rest but my head was full of snakes and by the end of the show I had a rip-roaring headache. I was hoping they would make a dvd of this so I could take another crack at it but after they made the one from the '89 Buffalo show I figure they would not go back to that well.
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met a dude in the lot w/ an amazing golden lab pup-he didn't have a ticket-but somehow he got n2 the show w/ his dog-he slept under the seat-dude thought he had dosed his dog and freaked out-the pup was fine,though-hitch-hiked all the way home to baltimore-last brent show for me-miss him still
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This has to be one of the best shows I have ever seen. The crowd was amazing and Jerry and the boys truly gave us a night to remember. There was quite a sight to be seen on the NYS Thruway between Foxboro and Buffalo. Every place you stopped there where "heads" everywhere. What a long strange trip is was!!
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Very solid show..what I remember is CSN leading a sing a long with 80,000 Dead heads..."Our house is a very very very fine house" Indeed Rich stadium was once again a very fine house for us.
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Funny you mention CSN's preplanned on stage banter - I saw the Buffalo and Three Rivers show and they seemed identical, CSN-wise, but who cares. I remember Graham Nash insulting the audience, saying something to the effect of "show us you deserve to wear those tye-dyes and get into it." This coming from a guy who hadn't written a decent song in 20 years by that point. Oh well, good show, the "Let It Grow" was lights out, although I recall the "Scarlet>Sugar>Women" sequence coming down on the distinctly without jamming side of things.
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I tagged along with 4 other freinds and none of us had tickets. We all got out miracles within 15 minutes after getting out of our car ! CSN opening - whew !! That was extremely cool. The stadium was filled with us - people on roller blades - devil sticks -
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I had mail ordered for this tour before breaking up with my girlfriend/housemate at the time. I was in a very bad place with regard to attitude toward people in general and women in particular. I couldn't get any of my usual tour buddies to go with me, and I really wanted to camp and spend some time at Niagra falls, to get over my breakup. Somehow I get hooked up with John B. who I hadn't talked to since college, we went to the show, camped near niagra, got to dunk our heads at maid of the mist, and then went to the show. I really needed to hear Blow away, and Brent didn't make me wait too long. Very cathartic. Then in the second set, the sugar sandwich was so tasty! It was just the show I needed when I needed it, it helped me get my head back on straight. I never saw John again after that, I hope wherever you are, you're doing well. Thanks for the company when I really needed it Eternal Consciousness Enjoyin the Ride, Haybrown
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I wish I would've realized at the time what a great show it was!
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Earlier that year, I'd gone out to Albany with my friends, figuring we would get tickets. We were wrong, and it was overall a disappointing experience. So, me and three of my close friends back then, bought tickets for Foxboro and Buffalo. I ended up selling my Buffalo ticket, figuring I wasn't going to end up getting to go to New York, plus my friends had tickets for Washington DC, and I didn't. And, my birthday is July 15, and 1990 was the year I graduated high school. So, I had a lame expeience at Foxboro, where the three other tickets I bought for different friends got sold, I got inside, decided my seats were horrible, and spent the whole second set in the parking lot hanging on top of a big ole bus with one of the original three friends, and the crew I came up with was completely incapacitated, and not at all interested in the musical aspect of it all. So I went home and felt unfulfilled. Then, I got the call from another of the original three, who convinced me to go for the ride, even though I was already convinced that I was not getting in without a ticket. So, we drove, I ate a lot of Trix and stayed up all night for the drive. As we got into Buffalo, a local radio station gave word that tickets were going to be released at some record store, so we found it, and we bought a few extras, plus mine. Then we got to the show. Now, at the time, I was only eighteen, but I met so many people who were mutual acquaintances, as well as bumped into so many people i knew from around the Boston area. We walked in as CSN was playing For What It's Worth, from what I remember (no sleep from the drive). I immediately bumped into an old friend, and watched the whole CSN set from the highest seats in the place - I lost my aqua plastic piece up there! Then, when the Dead finally kicked in with Hell In A Bucket, I came to the amazing realization that security/staff didn't give a rat's ass about checking tickets, so I got to enjoy the whole first set from a few feet away from the stage. I remember some folks yelling at the Relix photographers to get out of the way, and the Relix guy yelling back "you'll thank me when you get to see these pictures". During that set, I made friends with some guy who had water - I had something tradable. Turns out, he went to Minuteman. I didn't go there myself, but a lot of my friends did. When I mentioned one of my friends, he looked at me, we both said Morgasm at the same time - I've never laughed so hard in my life! Second set, I hung back near the soundboard, and half-slept through a lot of it. I'd snap out of sleep and see the Space screens, and felt so warm and comfortable. I remember everything, though I was damned sleepy. Sugar Magnolia - Sunshine Daydream sandwich - kind of unique, with a sweet Brokedown Palace to tuck us in to the back of the vans and cars. And there's a lot more to the story, but it's all too personal to get too far into. This show was, to me, what I'd always hoped a Dead show would be like. They played a lot of my favorite songs (Let It Grow, The Wheel, Mexicali, a most passionate Blow Away), and the vibe was all good. I miss it, and i'm proud to have been present.
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Funny, my strongest memory from that show (18 years later) was CSN. I was a HUGE fan of theirs. However, the played the show before. Both shows they said "So, this is what a Grateful Dead audience looks like" and played the same set... same banter... everything. I guess they didn't realize that probably 3/4 of the audience would be at both shows. Rich Stadium is my home stadium, and land of our beloved Bills. Though I spent most of life in Phoenix, Buffalo has a HUGE place in my heart. Though there isn't a huge amount of Brent in this set, that whole tour was really about Brent. Not because he died during it, but because he was such a huge talent and presence on the stage. With Jerry looking perpetually seconds away from death (especially in the summer heat), Brent seemed to be the glue that held the band together that tour. I was at the shows up to Dear Creek... which I believe was his last. I was back in Phoenix when I heard the news. Saw shows with Vince and Bruce at the keys, but no one every matched Brent. It felt like his band those nights. In the end, I think of music as the saving grace of all humanity - Henry Miller www.iamcorrect.com
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We were down front before CSN and saw Dave at stage right and we all started fcalling DAA_VE! DAVE!! he looked over and flipped us off! It was another classic moment for me. That and slow Dancing ballroom style with an older woman who was missing some teeth during high time and she was criticizing all these "new comers" who didnt know any of the songs... and I was only 20 at the time! But I did agree. I saw my 5th Grade English teacher, Her husband, another teacher, and a couple of "preppy" girls from high school, all of the above whom had no fucking place being there, I think "touch of grey" and MTV had created a monster... or maybe I saw them all the year before... I dont know... shit i was on acid man.. but they definitely werent. Overall a good show but I agree with the guy who said it should have cut it for him but didnt. 89 is a far superior show musically and vibe -wise and on that "intangible" level. . . and woodstocks too... .
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this was my second show and the most fun i ever had at a grateful dead show. brent kicked ass on 'blow away' and the 'don't ease...' after 'let it grow' was a nice bonus. i remember being mesmerized by 'the wheel' after space...the whole kit and kaboodle was amazing...glad i was there!!!
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i still remember as it were yesterday lolwe had moved seats cuz we were close to security to smoke some good ol cali bud and hash a little teen age girl with her friends and what appeared to be her father were sitting behind us said that stuff stinks my friend said it supposed to nothing said for a while then she actually said this song sucks when they broke into Wharf Rat i turned around asked her isnt past your bed time then they left Was i rude? i dont think so but will never forget it great show still wish i knew the conversion rate back then from Canadian to Us currency got burnt a bit but helll well woirth it
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This is the show that totally changed my life and its path....I took a week off of work and drove all the way from Nova Scotia, Canada with my fellow deadhead....What an awesome time, i will never forget it...beautiful people, cosmic music..and they hooked me from there on...i went on tour for 2 years after that with my soon to be first husband...Life changing times and better knowledge than any university could ever teach you...I miss you guys....
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I know several other people who attended and feel the same way. Aside from the actual show (which kept me uplifted for the entire time), there was something about this day that was special. It was cosmic & communal, The parking lot had such an amazing vibe. I drove up 8 hrs from Long Island with my cousin but lost him in the lot for a couple of hours. But that wasnt a bad thing as I met a few new interesting people while walking around aimlessly. After I found my cousin, we met up with some friends and broke out a couple of acoustic guitars and played CSN's Southern Cross. I dont know if it sounded that good, but we played it a couple of times and a few people gathered around to sing with us. Everyone kept shouting "play Southern Cross again!!!" We did. And more & more people joined in, some improvising their own instruments. We must've played that friggen song like 20 times and had about 20 people singing by time we finally packed up to go in. I walked into the show with such a euphoric feeling that I wish I could bottle it up to drink at a later time. As far as the music, get a copy of it and I hope it brings you back if you were there or if you werent, I hope you feel a similar vibe. The show was THAT good. When the 2nd set ended, I remember experiencing an exaggerated exhilarated feeling that Ive never felt from any show before. Obviously others felt the same because when the Sunshine Daydream reprise finally ended, we were jumping up and down and even the people behind us were so amped that we all just stood there hugging each other. It was ridiculously intense. No other show has lifted me to such heights before and I am so glad I was here.
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Without a doubt one of the best shows I attended. Camped just off the Parking Lot in a Private Yard. Met a guy named Dave Maltese, from Patterson NJ. Great Guy. If you're out there Dave. Hi from George. There was a very big downer that weekend. 2 or 3 spots over from us were a couple of dudes who were traveling in a U-Haul. 1 of the guys got too messed up and passed out in the back. He ended up dying from the heat in the back of the U-Haul. Walking back after the show and witnessing the scene was one of the biggest downers, and I have never been able to scrub it from my memory. So very sad. Anyone camp in that area? Peace All.
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....officially got on the bus and never looked back, life has been changed forever since. What a fantastic first attendance.
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  • Sixtus_
    4 years 2 months ago
    My First Show
    ....officially got on the bus and never looked back, life has been changed forever since. What a fantastic first attendance.
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    seven2nds
    4 years 8 months ago
    Great Show! One bad memory though.
    Without a doubt one of the best shows I attended. Camped just off the Parking Lot in a Private Yard. Met a guy named Dave Maltese, from Patterson NJ. Great Guy. If you're out there Dave. Hi from George. There was a very big downer that weekend. 2 or 3 spots over from us were a couple of dudes who were traveling in a U-Haul. 1 of the guys got too messed up and passed out in the back. He ended up dying from the heat in the back of the U-Haul. Walking back after the show and witnessing the scene was one of the biggest downers, and I have never been able to scrub it from my memory. So very sad. Anyone camp in that area? Peace All.
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    Jazdead
    9 years 5 months ago
    Favorite Show of all Time
    I know several other people who attended and feel the same way. Aside from the actual show (which kept me uplifted for the entire time), there was something about this day that was special. It was cosmic & communal, The parking lot had such an amazing vibe. I drove up 8 hrs from Long Island with my cousin but lost him in the lot for a couple of hours. But that wasnt a bad thing as I met a few new interesting people while walking around aimlessly. After I found my cousin, we met up with some friends and broke out a couple of acoustic guitars and played CSN's Southern Cross. I dont know if it sounded that good, but we played it a couple of times and a few people gathered around to sing with us. Everyone kept shouting "play Southern Cross again!!!" We did. And more & more people joined in, some improvising their own instruments. We must've played that friggen song like 20 times and had about 20 people singing by time we finally packed up to go in. I walked into the show with such a euphoric feeling that I wish I could bottle it up to drink at a later time. As far as the music, get a copy of it and I hope it brings you back if you were there or if you werent, I hope you feel a similar vibe. The show was THAT good. When the 2nd set ended, I remember experiencing an exaggerated exhilarated feeling that Ive never felt from any show before. Obviously others felt the same because when the Sunshine Daydream reprise finally ended, we were jumping up and down and even the people behind us were so amped that we all just stood there hugging each other. It was ridiculously intense. No other show has lifted me to such heights before and I am so glad I was here.