July 29, 1988
Set List:Iko Iko
Queen Jane Approximately
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Playin' in the Band
Gimme Some Lovin'
Believe it or Not
Black Muddy River
Attendees of this show
A dandy race track, too. I did a Driver's Training there for a couple days in '92. A good place for rhythms of all kinds!
Pretty neat sequence if not pulled off all that smoothly.
The next month in Tacoma 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 remember the folks up the hill, behind the fence...it was a military base...and they were lookin' down at us and I KNEW that some of those folks REALLY wanted to ''get off the tank and hop on the Bus"...
My emigration paperwork had been postponed several times, but clearance was imminent and I'd be moving to the other side of Planet Earth. Ralph and Tina and the kids proposed one more/last Dead run camp-out, for which I'll always be grateful.
We arrived late at night and saw a whole hillside lit with a hundred campfires. Next morning it was inside for a day of multiple acts (the always delightful Lindley & El Rayo-X, and Los Lobos) and the Dead. It was a weekend of new tunes, Blow Away, Believe It Or Not, Victim Or The Crime (I'd only heard Bobby do an acoustic solo instrumental version at a Seva Benefit a few months earlier), and Gentlemen Start Your engines. The first day was my favorite; with a very wacky attempt to sandwich Crazy Fingers between Chinacat and Rider (nice try, no cigar!), and a spectacularly long and nutty Playin' that had everything including the kitchen sink.
Back at campsite the next couple nights/mornings, I really had to hand it to the Powers; trucks coming through with ice to top up ice chests, info leaflets, and cleaned port-o-potty's (I wandered into one spattered from floor to ceiling with shit..and wondered.."do DeadHeads explode?") Tina stayed at camp with the kids at least one of the subsequent days and photographed proof that the DeadHeads danced up a dustcloud 40 ft high during songs that would settle during the breaks.
The first few day's tapes were slightly overloaded, and the last day by wind as we sat on the hill at my very last Dead show, but it was all beautiful and didn't matter. What a privilege to have spent so many afternoons and evenings (and even a morning) with these guys over the years! They're THE BEST band that ever was!!
This was my first show, it took me a few more years before I got on the bus, but I did. I worked on the trash crew the last tour.
the weather was blazing hot.i remember bill gram cruzing around the lot seen,first time i ever saw him.bad trip and got poisen oak.fliped out! one of if not the only show i exp.like that! green bus could not get up hill,fragmented memorys,but pretty nice set...
"I know yew ryder>greatest story ever told>
sahink ahset face the alms and nsational noodles lured in metalic creatures rise from an abandoned kitchen to dance in a flash pan aura - nobody seems to visit the kitchen, so they bond with pots of gold in doves to fluff off to better meals>
wheel > gimme sum lovin'>juz a few moments >sugar magnoliahsunshine daydream(z) (hearts fly free)...E: black muddy river
keep your character, enjoy living, share your fortune,
OXOX Merple Reddin