June 26, 1986
Dylan, Petty & The Heartbreakers played second
Set List:Gimme Some Lovin'
Little Red Rooster
My Brother Esau
Me and My Uncle
Around and Around
Attendees of this show
Went for Dylan Left a Dead Fan. Even with the poor sound.
Worst show ever! And the media made it sound like it would be the best ever. Thank god for the alpine shows the next few days!
This show happened before the Twins won their first World Series in 87. One of my favorite parts of the World Series highlight film is seeing the Dead banner hanging up in the Metrodome stands. Dead tour had been part of my summer ritual for a bunch of summers in the early 80's, especially since the Twins stunk so BAD. The tide was turning, as the team was building for that championship year, and a new "fat man" (KIR-BEEE Puckett) was rockin' my life pretty hard. Jerry was going through some tough health and legal trouble then, but when the Boyz came to town, ya had to show support! Come on, it was Dylan & the Dead--with a radical new venue. The band organization was still up to a few new tricks at that time--supposedly some modern sound approach to fill the arena. Fluffiest sonic garbage I'd ever heard! Lots of anxiety to see the show and very little payback. Couldn't tell what "Tennessee Jed" was. Second set was a little better--I would have liked to better hear "Terrapin," I remember. "Black Peter" was prophetic. Couldn't make out any of the Dylan part, as I roamed the concourse. Petty was the only one whose music was listenable. Simple arena rock. It felt like the wheels were coming off that night. I do remember scoring a sweet steely/dylan shirt from a friend I went to New Years 83/84 with... I'm glad there were more shows, as it would've been a horrible way to end my Dead run. Way below the "Mendoza Line" that night.
This was maybe the worst show ever in the entire history of rock and roll music, certainly in the top 5. Being from MN we didnt like the idea of the Dead in the Dome from the start. You cant even understand the baseball announcer let alone a band in that place. But the radio said that the dead were sending in their 'Special' sound people ahead of time to make sure everything went smooth. Either that never happened or they came to town dosed to the hilt because the sound just SUCKED!
We started on the upper level because I was seeing some friends up there, and I moved within 5 seconds because the sound was so bad that you couldnt make out anything, just sounded like a bunch of 18 wheelers starting and revin it up. We got to the lower level where it wasnt much better but you were able to make out that a concert was taking place at that level. We saw people jumping the wall to the floor so my wife and I did just that before security put an end to it. On the floor, the sound was at least bearable, but still bad. We made the most of the Deads part, but it was just really really bad.
When Dylan and Petty came out after the Dead, we moved back to the lower level to find the friends we came with and the sound seemed to have gotten even worse than before.
I remember my wifes favorite Dylan song is of course 'like a rolling stone', and during the last chorus, she realizes what song it is and she says "Oh, I like this song" and a few seconds later, the song was over. And so were we. We left early and wondered why we ever trusted that the Dome would be a good place to see the Dead in the first place.
to the justly notorious Moscone Center show with Jefferson Whatever. Let's just say there's a good reason Moscone is not a concert venue...
This was the worst sounding show I have ever been to except for maybe something in some sh*thole bar with a crappy sound system and a leather-eared sound man. It was also one of the lamest Dead shows I've seen. I don't remember there being a set break-- seems to me that they went right from Mexicali into Terrapin, and we knew it was going to be a truncated show.