July 02, 1986
only "Don't Think Twice" - Dylan, Petty & The Heartbreakers opened
Set List:Alabama Getaway
Greatest Story Ever Told
They Love Each Other
Little Red Rooster
Don't Think Twice It's Alright
Me and My Uncle
Don't Ease Me In
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Playin' in the Band
Box of Rain
Attendees of this show
I had just turned 16, and wasn't a Dead fan. Although I always had been a huge music fan, I was a bigger fan of getting high, the reason for going in all honesty.
To this day I'am not sure if it was the vitamins, the vibe, or what exactly. But I never missed a local show after.
I was hooked, and I miss the scene immensely. There is nothing like the feeling of grooving with 30,000 like minded family to the same tune. And there is no way to explain it to one who hasn't had the pleasure.
The Akron Beacon Journal reported the following day: that there was an estimated 100,000 people 'there', and the stadium only holds 30,000.
So as far as I am concerned, I give it 5 1/2 stars for being more than just a show to me. It was a life changing experience!
The waiting was the hardest part!I've always been a Petty & Dylan fan,but this was a strange day,strange gig & strange venue.
Both Bobby & Jerry seemed like the didn't want to share their mikes w/ Dylan when they sang together.
Desolation Row & Box Of Rain cooked!
The best part was the funky round hotel we all stayed @!
Round edges to all the rooms,round hallways,& alot of fun after the show in a town created by the tire business.
I drove up from FL alone and stayed in the cheesiest motel ever made, right in Akron. It was ugly. The guest spot with Dylan (LRR thru Baby Blue) is godawful. Don't listen to it! Can't believe Dylan still wanted to play with these guys after that. His own set with Petty was fantastic. Met GD luminary Gordon Sharpless in the crowd. I think we traded tapes and/or he sold me a book of set lists, pre-Dead Base.
My first show as well.
Truth be told, I was more into Dylan and Petty, but the Dead stole the show, even when not at their best. But heck, I didn't know that at the time!
I got the bug, and still have it today.
The two defining moments of the show are Dylan dropping by to do a rough and ready couple of tunes in the first set and Jerry, who would lapse into a diabetic coma a week later, walking off during Desolation Row. The Dylan part, though not musically brilliant, was fun, Jerry's health problems were not.