September 03, 1977
"Take a Step Back" before "Half Step" - the Dead left the stage for a few minutes after Samson - last "Truckin": 09-28-75  - FM broadcast WNEW-New York - also: Marshall Tucker; NRPS
Set List:Promised Land
They Love Each Other
Me and My Uncle
Looks Like Rain
New Minglewood Blues
Friend of the Devil
Music Never Stopped
Eyes of the World
Samson and Delilah
Not Fade Away
Attendees of this show
First show; first dose. The Dead have been following me around ever since!
I grew up in Freehold, so it was like a field trip home for me to go to Englishtown, as I used to frequent the flea market there on Saturday mornings.
If I remember correctly, they sold 40,000 tix and 150,000 showed up. I still remember when the people came over the trailers that surrounded the "stadium" - it looked like water flowing into a bowl. We had our blanket spread out, lounging comfortably with our various picnic baskets of goodies spread out... and then in a matter of seconds there was nary enough room for us to sit down.
Marshall Tucker sounded just like on the record, to the extent that they even faded their songs out. NRPS were just awesome. And of course my first Dead show ever was just that - the first of many!
I do remember that they confiscated all glass bottles on the way in, and on the way out (a lifetime later!) we all had to walk over crunching glass on the way out. We carried two of our friends who had lost their shoes.
I can still attest that the finding of our car after the show was a complete miracle!
"The need for mystery is greater than the need for an answer." - Ken Kesey
yes this also was my first of many dead shows and this column brings back many flashbacks! all true and an all night, all day, all night weekend. there was a child born at the show and was wondering if anyone knows this person? glad to have found this site. thank you
My buddy and I hitchhiked our way down to this show from Kutztown State College, w/o any tickets and hoping to meet our friend who had our tickets. Also attending the show from K-Town was a good party friend of ours - some guy named Keith Haring - who had made a slew of t-shirts featuring what was to become his trademark curlicues inside a "steal your face" type skeleton. He took a different journey than us, but lo and behold, not only did we find the guy who had our tickets on the road to the raceway among the mass of humanity, but we also found Keith and helped him to sell his shirts. I still have one of them - which he unfortuantely did not sign (whe knew what he was to become as he was only a Kutztown High School kid at the time). I fortunately did get a little drawing he had done titled "Cosmic Charlie" which he did sign. I only found it recently and hope to get it appraised some day.
It was a stupendous show w/ NRPS (Charlie Daniels not so much) and the Dead putting on a great show as detailed above.
Definitely a trip to remember all my days!
I had ever seen in my young life, an unforgettable experience...arriving before dawn & taking a party ride on an open flatbed truck into the dark unknown. Following along with the singing crowd to our campsite, waking up with the surise & the sight massive speaker towers.
Alone & lost after a walk to the ladies room...many thanks to the kind water truck driver who let me sit on the cab roof above the crowds to watch & wait to be found.
Reuniting with friends, enjoying true freedom that a first concert experience can only bring...... I am so grateful it was the Dead that turned me onto it.
I pulled into the parking lot the night before with many cases of beer and alot of ice. Whoops...forgot the cooler. No problem put the beer in the trunk and poored ice on top. Stayed cold until we finished the last one early in the morning. Entered the show and wow there were a lot of people. I remember smoking a bowl during Tucker and the wooden bowl burst into flames from too many hours of burning. Later turned aroung to find that close to us was my buddy's (who was with me) cousin sitting only 4 people away. Unbelievable because there were soo many people there. The Dead rocked the night away! At some point I remember a pregnant lady going into labor and being lifted by helicopter. The band stopped playing and told everyone to take one step back....and another....and another. The crowd was pushing the fence in front of the stage and people were getting crushed. It seemed like tens of thousands of people moved back at once. That is the way I remember it.......or maybe it was the acid? Who knows but the show was AWSOME. Left the show and drove to Sandy Hook were we found some sand to sleep on. I was so happy to find the show on Dick's Picks. The first show of more than 30!
this was my first show and I'll never forget the wild and crazy time we had. Had to walk for miles as RTE. 9 and Texas RD. was shut down. Left home friday and didn't get home till sunday. beautiful trip for life. THANKS MARK for turning me on to the dead.
the event. I grew up in Jersey but I was 14 when this happened and my parents said, "No."
I didn't get to my first show until two years later, but many of my friends went and the utter chaos of the event made the news...
Thanks for sharing that. Beautiful story. God bless you and your wife!
Although I was there to see the Grateful Dead most of all, I was set adrift in a parallel universe by the entire show. In all this time, few shows have had the effect this event had. It will surely be one of those things that flashes before eyes as I go to meet my Maker.
The hippie scene just smoked me...then i believe they were playing The Music never stopped and all 400k in attendance got up and started dancing....(I seem to recall it being Dancing in the streets) LOL,.....