August 04, 1976
New Minglewood Blues
Looks Like Rain
They Love Each Other
Music Never Stopped
Help on the Way
Dancin' in the Streets
Samson and Delilah
It Must Have Been the Roses
Not Fade Away
The Other One
Ship of Fools
Johnny B. Goode
Attendees of this show
14 years old ,not a care in the world ,older bro and friends initiated me just right,Long day, bit to stoned for the show to stand out,but Betty boards brought lots of memories back.For you DSO haters out there,Got to see them perform this over the summer at the Stone Pony.What a nite .What a show
This show had to be rescheduled as there was a murder in the parking lot of the venue after a Yes concert earlier in the year. For awhile, it was up in the air as to whether it would be re-scheduled at all. The original show was to take place on July 2nd or 3rd, and my me and two friends planned to catch the show and head to the Shore for the weekend. The Bi-Centenial weekend. Big deal. Well, a month later it was on and I was at my first full time job, so we couldn't get their until just before show time, racing from Brooklyn through the tunnel and over to the venue. We sat in the back of the seats in this former minor league baseball stadium that, by this time was a hell hole, even by Jersey City standards. Beer bottles all over the place and those nasty old pee troughs. We mixed up some nice, nonelectric, Gin and Lemonade, and had a few bones. The kids behind us were way stoned and puking. The boys came on and opened with Sugaree, a rare opener and my first show. Great show all in all, with a nice ship of fools and an Other One with only one verse. A vivid memory is the half time show. They played some black and white movies, I believe Stooges and WC Fields, and a magician/juggler with a monkey on a bicycle. I think his name was Mr. Chips, the monkey, that is. Some of the freaks thought it would be fun to throw stuff at the primate and the monkey's handler, nearly in tears exited the stage with him. I have been employed by the same company since then and haven't stopped listening.
Thanks Adrey2 (see coment above) I was sitting here looking at a ticket stub for Jul 02, 1976, and trying to find the show. Yea I remeber the film. In those days they tried to do cool stuff during intermission. (That was before wharf rat meetings!)
Didn't they also have fire works at that show, that spelled out the band members names? It was one of those RS shows.
I recall fireworks, but don't recall band member names
this was my first dead experience and it blew me away. i was pretty straight in those days and was not ready for the full spectre of a dead concert. it was also my first experience standing in front of a stage for most of the night. i came away with some new ideas about the music scene and what was going on around me at that time and truly touched me in a way that i can never fully comprehend. some 150 shows later, i can truly say that the dead was one of the most truly memorable experiences of my life and would not trade in the memories nor the friends that i met for anything in this wolrd.
Jerry switched to stage left and was also a "clean shaven Jerry"
During a very long break (standard back then) there was also a guy walking on hot coals or broken glass or something.
Honestly, the show was not real terrific Best was Scarlet ending first set. Rate the show maybe a 6 out of 10.
It was my first and worst show. I thought it was because I never saw the dead before so I didn't know what to expect. But years later I heard the tape and I didn't even want it. 77 was redeeming.
Any negativity I attribute to Jersey City Vibes. A lifetime resident and witness to a prme example of what happens to an industrial area when Indusery abandons it. Ten years previous, RS was a romantic place to walk on a Friday or Saturday night. If anyone could bring a little joy to this type of situation, the Dead concert is one of the few cultural events (Jersey City had no culture) that can pull it off. On this night it did not happen.The Stanley Theater was the one venue that could have helped, but shortly after The Dead played there, it was sold to Jehovah;s Witnesses and from what I heard of the renovations, revealed its possibilies.
Took busses, subways, Path Trains and Jersey City locals to get to show. We stopped by the new WTC on our way and snuck up to some very high, unfinished floors.
Anywho, 1st show. I began to understand the magic rather quickly when the crowd vibed on "Looks Like Rain" with a collective whoop. I remember like it was yesterday. Never felt that before and was hooked.
I recall the scene being a little tinged with danger. There was a group that insisted on blowing things up in the stands. Then there was that monkey getting pelted with stuff. Wierd vibe.
Yes I remember Mr. Chips...his handler saying "he smokes cigarettes...smokes pot too!" at that people began throwing stuff at him. It was weird. I was so excited however at finally seeing The Dead...I also remember the fireworks. The large screens projected the band in black and white if memory serves. When I heard the tape years later, the playing was kinda sloooow...but it was a great time.