April 04, 1994
sound check: "Comes A Time" (x3))*
Attendees of this show
I remember my eyes were burning in the line, and wondered why. Only to find out after the show that cops sent tear gas flying. The people who had tickets from the day before could'nt get because it had been cancelled. I thought it was Mickey's dad who died?
And I'm not even talking about the tear gas. The night prior to "that" show we were partying at a Residence Inn (our room) when some disrespectful Head was told twice to stop making calls from our room phone. After the 3rd time he was called out the scene got a big out of control and this punk sucker-punched my buddy Jonesy and broke his jaw. We wound up in the E.R later that night where they gave him pain pills and not much more as we are Canadian and didn't have the Insurance nor the cash to get him operated on.
The next night came and Jonesy toughed it out and rocked with us at the Show only to fly home the next day. His two week vacation came to a halt after 3 nights because of some jacked up punk. Good show, sh!tty times !!!
I will never forget my eye's burning after the show and not finding out what happened until the teary eye's dried up. Had a great time afterward in the Keys being on standbye for 3 days.
I spent 3 hrs in a drum circle ... Had no idea how much time went by.... Show was good ... I remember leaving the venue and the first thing I saw was a girl pushing a baby carriage (both crying) I thought how sad! Then it hit us.... the tear gas!
Next show.... a bumper sticker was ready.... I had a gas in Orlando!
the thing we remember about this Florida show......the tear gas....what a shame it came to that. We barely got in the door........xoxo Gypsy Cowgirl
I thought it was Billy's dad
Stayed at the hotel by the arena. Made some new freak friends who asked if they could use the shower that morning. Five minutes later, Orlando cop banging at the door threatening me with arrest for "theft of service" for letting friends in the room. (Guess they like us stinky).
Then severely sprained my ankle. Cop wouldn't let me use the hotel pay phone to call a cab because I had already checked out. Said the next nearest phone was 3 blocks away. Thank you very little officer. There was no wind, not even a breeze so the pepper gas hung like fog around the area long after the show.
On the plus side, good show. Liked Louie Louie and There Were Days. Also a very kind local head gave me his very nice hand made driftwood walking stick when he saw my purple-black ankle. I offered to buy it but he wouldn't take money. He does have my undying gratitude though. People like that make up for a whole raft of bad vibes.
I remember clearly what happened that crazy Orlando night! Unfortunately, I didn't have tickets to get into this show, so I hung out with my friends outside of the concert on the lawn in a drum circle. It was a peaceful and harmonious gathering. After a while, I noticed the police riding up the street/parking lot on horseback. I specifically heard one cops say to another, "We're going to clean it up this year!" Then, I saw several cops remove green tinted bottles and throw them into the crowd. The smoke was thick and people were panicking and running down the hillside towards the highway. Children were being separated from their parents and mothers and fathers were hysterically looking for their children. It was a dangerous and unnecessary situation! I remember many of us took refuge inside of a Burger King restroom, trying to wash the burning sensation from our eyes. A few minutes later, the police spoke over the Burger King intercom, threatening to teargas the restaurant if we did not leave. It was total chaos and bullshit! F the police! Their conduct was inappropriate and uncalled for! Nobody rushed any doors!!!
having lived in Orlando for thirty-five years and working with the city, mayor's staff and the arena director, I can only tell you what I believe to be what went down.
In 91, during the 3 day run, it was a much different vibe, cops on horseback smiling and talking to heads, not gassing them, but in that time, there was a different mayor and arena director, both cool and the dead and all the bozo's were welcomed with open arms, hell, we even got great reviews in the local orlando slantinel.
fastforward to 94, female mayor, born and raised in oville, hated the dead, old fart arena director who thought the eagles were too heavy. Same nazi-like sheriff who was given a free hand to "clean up" the lot. Also, remember that Orlando had been selected to host several world cup soccer games that year, first time anything that big ever in oville, so several thousand dollars was allocated for "riot control devices" In the event of a riot at these games. Put this all together, plus a cancelled show the nite before, and it was a police riot waiting to happen.
There had been some kind of rush to the doors by several ticketless people who had been left out by the previous night's cancellation, some damage occured to one door on the west side of the arena. It was over as quick as it began, but this is what the police needed and the word was given to clear the lot.
All this happened before the show was over, so anyone inside did not know what was going on outside, but I thought it was quite poetic for the encore to be "I fought the law". By the way, this was a great show, Jerry looked so tired, but he still delivered in a big way, even repeating lines that he had missed or misqued.
Stepping outside it hit you, tear gas, not the wimpy stuff, riot grade A burn your eyes out tear gas, everyone had to walk through it to get to their cars, assh@%! cops threating to arrest anyone who wasn't "leaving now" Bad vibes, the beginning of the end. In 91, it was like stepping back in time, in 94, it was like a warning for the future.
"one way or another, this darkness' got to end"
How sad it was for the innocent. Babies, children and pets that got tear gassed. I remember how pissed the authorities where because they could not get on the private property everybody camped at after the show... Does anybody remember the helicopters flying over? Or the bands that played on the property? That was a lot of fun.