Monday, March 19, 2007

Jerry On Broadway...

I recently received a box from my parents, and this was one of the things inside( along with some old football cards, a few Star Wars action figures(Greedo, Snaggletooth,a Gamorrean Guard, a Bespin Guard) a NOID(destroyer of pizzas) bendable toy, a Gumby & Pokey,Tweetu Bird PEZ Dispenser-they are emptying my childhood room). I remembered going to the show, but I totally forgot that I had a Playbill from it.
I will not SWEAR to this, but the Late Show of 10/25/87 is the show I believe I saw. I am going to look for my ticket stub, to verify, and perhaps ask my compadre if he remembers.
10/25/87 (Sun) Lunt-Fontanne Theater - New York City, NY
Set 1: Acoustic: Deep Elem Blues, I'm Troubled, Spike Driver Blues, Blue Yodel No. 9 (Standing On The Corner), Short Life Of Trouble, If I Lose, Get My Baby Out Of Jail, Oh Babe It Ain't No Lie, Drifting With The Tide, I'm Ragged But I'm Right
Set 2: Electric: How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You, Forever Young, Stop That Train, Think, Mission In The Rain, The Harder They Come*, When I Paint My Masterpiece** > Deal*, E: All Along The Watchtower** *** ****
Comment: Late show. Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band/ Jerry Garcia Band*=w/Bob Weir. **=w/Bob Weir vocals, ***=first time played, ****=only time played. "Ain't No Lie" dedicated to Elizabeth Cotton, who wrote it.
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I remember that there was a game of the World Series played that night, because as a rather rabid Mets fan, I was desperately rooting AGAINST that Whitey Herzog and those damned St. Louis Cardinals, and we tried to get a score on the way home to Jersey.
I definitely remember that they played "Oh, Babe It Ain't No Lie" because me and a friend of mine got in a fight over it, he thought it was "Been All Around This World", but the first line of "Oh, babe It Ain't No Lie" is "Been All around this great big world, and I just got back today" or something like that.
I remember the Bob Weir visit, but I could be imagining having witnessed that. But I'm pretty sure that's the show we saw. It was so damn exciting to see Jerry in such a small place. It was very cool. Compared to MSG and Giants Stadium, it was practically like he was in my living room.
And he was in such good spirits then, and it really came through in the music. I have always felt that the 2 or 3 times I saw the JGB, Jerry seemed to enjoy himself much more than with the Grateful Dead. Maybe that's just my perception, I don't know.
Either way the show was great. It had a once in a lifetime feel to it, that's for sure. I'm grateful(groan) to have seen it.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

10 MINT Lunt Fontanne '87 Garcia on Broadway playbills for sale.