May 14, 1978
Set List:Mississippi Half-Step
They Love Each Other
Looks Like Rain
It Must Have Been the Roses
Me and My Uncle
Brown Eyed Women
Let it Grow
Samson and Delilah
Ship of Fools
Eyes of the World
Not Fade Away
Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad
Around and Around
Attendees of this show
Extremely influential! 5th row center, dosed to the gills;
I had a vision of myself juggling in the future and to this day I am a professional juggler. It all came together!
Most memorable: The end of the First Set, the Let it Grow
was so monster that with a couple of minutes left in the song they started shredding as if it was the end of the song, and then they kept playing at that intensity, and the whole stage basically rose up like a spaceship. And I rose with it.
I was 18, and my friends and I had not exactly figured out where we were going to sleep so we followed a stream of Deadheads up to Brown University and crashed in a common room, if you can call it crashing. I stayed up most of the night playing a grand piano while Deadheads gently danced around the room.
A night that forever changed me!
I swear the boys & Donna took the stage and started tuning and then Bob stepped up to the mic. & said "C'mon everybody! Get up and dance! Then they smoked through Samson. It's either edited out of every recording or it was from another Prov. show.
They opened the 2nd set several times in that era in Prov. with Samson. All of which I was privileged to see. All RI shows had that typical East Coast intensity that peaked in 86, at least for Prov. shows.
87 Fall tour opener was the end of playing the Providence Civic Center. A 12,000 seat basketball/hockey arena type venue in what used to be New Englands's 3rd largest city, incredibly sleepy and closed in the evenings.
Small enough downtown that the circus always amused the locals, till the end -- much like Worcester (40 miles away) where the Dead were booted in 88.
After a while, even the circus is annoying to the local burghers.
But we twirled, how we twirled...
That was fun night! My girlfriend and I hit the show, wandering down from our seats in the loge to the floor during It Must Have Been the Roses. This is one of my favorite rundowns of this ballad. There was a strong It Look Likes Rain too in the first set along with a lightning tempo cover of Eyes of the World in the second (see 5/11/79 for another played at this speed).
"When it comes to humility, I'm the greatest!" - Bullwinkle Moose