August 26, 1988
Set List:Hell in a Bucket
Good Time Blues
When Push Comes to Shove
Music Never Stopped
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Playin' in the Band
Uncle John's Band
Touch of Grey
I Need a Miracle
Turn on Your Love Light
Black Muddy River
Attendees of this show
The previous month in Laguna Seca they had played a kind of sloppy China>Crazy Fingers>Rider. In Tacoma (my only "hometown" show) it looked like Jerry was trying to do this again because in the middle of the mid-China>Rider jam Weir was violently shaking his head back and forth as if to say "We are NOT doing that again."
I think he was shaking his head becasue he was having some serious amp problems. Very nice Sugaree this night, and the only Touch of Grey out of space!
I recall the boys crashing and burning during Good Times Blues, creating quite an opportunity for some wild music. This venue had the worst acoustics I've ever experienced. Fun, though.
Yeah, my memory was that this was possibly the worst venue ever for any show I attended. And the show seemed "off" most of the night, the band seemed to be clunking around, trying to find their way most of the time. The jams were very uneven and something just didn't seem rightt.
Santana was fabulous. But this was the worst of my Dead shows. The sound was terrible and the boys seemed to be disinterested as a result. I always remembered it as a show they cut short, even playing just one set. My buddy set me straight a few years ago, but I seem to recall an unceremonious withdrawal from the stage at the end of the night. Wonder how I coulda misremembered that???
The best thing about this show - leaving Tacoma and driving
down along the coast of Oregon to catch Eugene.
Oh! and Santana was good!
Santana and the Grateful Dead in the NW. Closer than ever for us rusted folk in this corner. But yes, my sights were set on Eugene pretty early in. For having a wooden roof, this dome was stony cold for acoustics.
Worst venue I ever saw the Dead in and probably the worst show I ever saw. Nothing good about that night. The sound was so bad that I remember my ears felt like they were gonna explode during some loud Jerry leads. I think I may have even left early. This was my last show for a while, probably due to how bad it was.
I was so bummed about the terrible sound quality that it kind of overshadowed the fact that it was Santana and the Dead together in one show. All of that was made better though by an amazing day of sunshine that followed in Autzen Stadium watching Jimmy Cliff, Robert Cray and Good Ol' Grateful Dead as they sprayed the crowd with the hose to cool us all off. It doesn't get much better than that.
man i got to show right when it started,had to sit down you know!!!!!and i passed out,when i woke up it was the encore song.only time that ever happend,im laughing looking back.