March 14, 1993
first "IFTL" - sound check: IFTL, Rain
Set List:Cold Rain and Snow
Brown Eyed Women
Tom Thumb's Blues
Lazy River Road
Don't Ease Me In
Touch of Grey
Samson and Delilah
Long Way Home
I Need a Miracle
Turn on Your Love Light
I Fought the Law
Attendees of this show
drove up from Columbus in the blizzard... white knuckle the whole way.. only to have the show cancelled. we were in a hotel, not the holiday inn... lots of stranded straight-life families who didn't know what the heck was going on. they kept threatening to kick us out, and i think the cops actually came at one point. i remember we made chicken soup on a hot plate on top of the toilet in the hotel room. we had two rooms and about 15 people or so. At one point my friend waded throught these huge snow drifts to the hotel next door and came back with two giant balloons in each hand. what a riot. we always felt like the IFTL was the band sympathizing with all of us knowing how much we had all been hassled at the hotels... funny how people's impressions differ.
Ahhh my fondess Dead show next to the rainout at Buckeye. The first night cancelled cause of the blizzard. I told my friend Big W. that they would open with Cold Rain And Snow, and they surly did. What was really cool was that 98.5 out of Cleveland aired the entire concert live on the radio. My friend at home recorded it and I still have it in my archives.
After enduring the blizzard the day before this show was very lackluster. After almost crashing into an 18 wheeler on the interstate back to Oberlin College, which magically appeared in front of us I was hoping for a magical night. Turned into a " Let's get back home and get ready for the Capital Center."
Being a passenger for this tour didn't make it much easier and even though I had a mixed time[bad and good] It was a great time over all. The Holiday inn became one of the largest parties [Holidome had tents and a mini shakedown street, through out the hotel people were hanging out, rooms were open filled with fun... I sold about 50 raw[uncooked but still good I ate a few]Burritos for $2 each to supplement my income[got to Rosemont with one ticket and $2, my freinds made the burrito's and I sold 'em, I got 1/2 the money cuase they didn't sell any and new I worked it[had three hot hippy sisters doing a live comercial for my burrito's[and we partied along the way,with a couple stops to the bar of course] it ruled!!] By the way Ally and freinds hope to see you again someday[last time saw any of you three was in GA, wonder if I can get a hold of Ricky he might know whats up wit you,,,]
"All good things in all good time"-JGB
lol!..i remember the holiday inn being dubbed the hobbledome..they just said fukit and let all the kids crash in the holidome,which of course turned out to be the hobbledome..it was one hell of a party!
We camped out in the lot (hell yeah, one hell of a party!) in our '70 bus, drove to the show and got turned away, thats why we know the band was there and was going to play for anyone who showed up to "fight the law" but "law won" because anyone who did show up got turned away, word on the radio was that the band was there and would play for anyone who showed up but the law wouldn't let us in. On the way home to Buffalo, NY, the front tire of our VW flew off, Jeff went walking down I-90 to try to make it to the next rest area to call AAA and ran into friends of ours from the previous years summer Richfield shows. Yep, miracles do happen.
The word we all heard was that there was no power. Anyone out there know the facts?
The hotel/emergency shelter was the highlite of this experience.
Ahhhh yes....how can anybody forget the drive up to this show. We came from Windsor, Ont and what normally is a 3 hour trip took about 7 hours (if I can recall correctly). Anyhow, some fellow heads from the area (Terry & Connie) put a whole load of us up for the couple nights we were in town.
A very fitting Cold Rain & Snow opened up this decent show. Is there any truth to the rumor that I Fought the Law (and the law won) was played due to the fact that the Dead wanted to play the previous night but local authorities cancelled the concert because of the Blizzard???
What a long, cold,ohio trip it was. The hippys in the parking lot looked like zombies. It being my 1st dead show, everything seemed a little weird 2 me. By the end of the show i was spun like a top!! Im so glad i went, now i can't get enuff of the dead. thank you hippys and the guy who looked like cheech.