I'VE GOT TWO EXTRAS FOR HERSHEY -- SEC. B ROW 5 -- SHOOT ME AN E-MAIL IF ANYONE IS INTERESTED
Admission to Hershey park is reduced to $18.00
(from $34.00) if you show them your Phil tix...
Roller coasters before the show!
rastafari is taking the Hershey highway there!
JORMA will play with Phil in Hershey!!!
from www.jormakaukonen.com tour diaries:
Phil is into his set and we're on the way to Woodstock. Derek Trucks' show was fantastic. He's just better than ever. Our set went really well. We threw some old Hot Tuna chestnuts into the mix and the crowd really responded well to us. Phil asked me if I would jam with him tonight and because we had to leave, unfortunately I had to beg off. However, in Hershey on Friday I told him I was in! That's something to look forward to.
That's music to my ears, tiny, thanks for sharing the love! And, oh, what a show in Holmdel . . .
where we gonna meet in Hershey sistah is ALL I wanna know!!!
YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY
Hope Jorma does Mr. Charlie w/Phil, like he did at a Phil show in 1998 or 9 (I know I've heard the tape . . .)
.....anyone going to spend time on the rides and slides at Hershey Park before the show?....mindless fun to be had by all...love roller coaster...say what?
Mr. Megabuzz- you going to be in Hershey? If so, let's hook up...
Mr. MegaBuzz - I like rides and usually no one will ride with me so I plan on getting there early and scaring my sorry ass sillllllly. (see you at the show, SI?)
and jill, you're too kind, chica. All good things...you know how it goes.
Huck- We'll definitely hook up somewhere along the line!
Ms. Jill- Good to see you again at JB. Hope to see ya again in Hershey.
Safe travels all,
JORMA WILL JAM WITH PHIL !!!
he posted it on www.jormakaukoken.com
god I hope we get another Mr charlie and Dupree's diamond blues !!!!
i'm going to hit the rides if we get there early enough. i just road a rollercoaster at kennywood last weekend for the first time in like six years. man, what a feeling to come back to. i felt like a kid again. are the coasters in hershey pretty good? see you all at the show! can't wait to see jorma jam with phil....cheers!
Definitely looking forward to Friday! Would like to meet some of you folks, but, as usual, it looks like it's gonna be yet another last minute arrival. Hope that the show being in the Starlight Amph or whatever they call it instead of the stadium will mean less traffic hassles. Hershey can be murder to get into... Wonder who will open?
At Jones Beach it went Hunter-Mickey-Phil.
Hey Huck or anyone else: Any good meeting spots for intermission? I don't really remember any particular place from last year...
Bander- I'll email you when I get home, and we'll try and hook something up. If you didn't see from my other post-get on over to Nascar and make your pick, if you would...
As to the traffic hassles, remember that there's still going to be the park traffic. Also, the amphitheatre is attached to the stadium, so I don't think that's gonna matter...
Is it possibly true, that I may meet both Jill and Huck at Hershey? Not to mention a bonus SIhead, SideshowBob MrMegaBuzz and others?
This trip will almost make up for missing the GOTZ and will surely be much warmer...
Glowsticks for everybody!
See you there and Dew has my Cell #, so give me a call. I should hit the park about 4-4:30 if I have my shit together... Course that's a big IF!
Headlight - looking forward to seeing you again tomorrow. Sad to say, I've got to work most of the day and don't land until 5:30 so I'm probably gonna miss Jorma. Hopfully he really does play with Phil so I can at least see that. See ya' there guys.
.....hey SI, Huck, Damon, Headlight and others....lets do it.....I'm hitting the road around 8:00 and staying at hotel outside of Hershey tonite so I can work on my buzz ahead of time....traveling with BassGreatLeshPhilling....we plan to hit Wally World early so we can get a good parking space and go riding and sliding....
...if you like maximizing your fun and entertainment value I'm all for it...I already emailed Phil my desired setlist and told him exactly how I wanted him and the band to play it...so we should all be in for a good show...
***SI-tried to email you from mom's computer with my cell # so give me a call...I seems to have misplaced yours...mine is same as it was for Beacon last fall....
on my way to hershey in 3-2-1....
"Join the circus like you wanted to
when you were a kid
Climb aboard before it moves on
And you'll thank your lucky stars you did
Went to bed in Minneapolis
woke up in PA
packed my roll, my brush and my comb again
ready to roll again
ready to stray
Bless My Soul I'll NEVER go home again
when the circus comes my way...."
almost ready to leave....SOON
The long drive to Hershey will be underway soon.
I liked the sound at this venue last year, really clean.
Maybe a full blown out "cumberland" for this old
mining state tonight.
Hard to "blow a roof off" of a place with no roof, but these boy's can do it.
Jorma and Hunter to boot!!
Weather looks like it will hold up, who could ask for more??
Have a great day folks, drive and arrive safe both ways.
Packing my bags and my cooler....Then just waiting for the boss to get home. Safe travels Zoners.
Set 1: Jam> Half-Step> Tennessee Jed> Cumberland Blues> Crazy Fingers, *Rider> *GDTRFB
Set 2: Cold Rain and Snow> Brown Eyed Women, Beautifully Broken> Unbroken Chain> Keep on Growin', %Viola Lee Blues, %Lovelight
E: Casey Jones
*with Willie Nelson
%with Derek Trucks
That would be chocalicious there Huck...
Headlight & Huck!!!!!!!!!!!!
I will be in the handi lot, if such a thing exists...& I SOOOOOOOOOOO hope to meet up tonight!!!
I'm sure up for a tasty chocolate Viola sandwich - two hours til my plane leaves. I'll miss Jorma, but be there in plenty of time for PLQ - can't wait to see THE GREATEST BAND ON EARTH!
Just booked airfare to Reed Rocks - Delta just released a new western saele today on their web site.
07/19/02 Hershey Park, PA
blue train blues
red river blues
death dont have no mercy
prohibition has done me wrong
that will never happen no more
light of this world
mission in the rain
into the blue
doin that rag
keys to the ring
set 1: * w/jorma
*duprees diamond blues
*goin' down the road
ramble on rose
dear mr fantasy>
jam(get up stand up)>
china cat sunflower>
slipknot outro w/molo scat>
viola lee blues>
pride of cucamonga
hard to handle(v1)>
the real thing
i know you rider.....
?? >will fill in the missing title as soon as I get them
Thanks Rob. Looks like another nice set in the land of chocolate.
>>>>>keys to the ring
I think that tune is Keys to the rain. ?
you da man!
07/19/02 Hershey Park, PA
blue railroad train
red river blues
death dont have no mercy
prohibition has done me wrong
that will never happen no more
uncle sam blues
light of this world
mission in the rain
into the blue
doin that rag
aim at the heart
keys to the ring
pretty solid show with some outstanding bottom end courtesy of PLF. I think that fancy french chocolate cake is called Le Bombe oui?
Huge drops of thick bass fell from Lesh's fingertips during Bertha and mostly all of the second set.
saw all my zoner friends except one....but have birthday presents in tow for camden so that should make up for it.
Best line of the night "yeah well a trampoline party sounds like a great idea"
Super solid great sound.
Loved John breaking loose
I got to the stadium about an hour before Phil, so I missed Robert and Jorma's sets. It was a compromise, we were taking our daughter (now 15 months) to her first show and we weren't sure how long she'd hold up.
The whole night was really great. We had light rain throughout the first set, but it was warm enough that we didn't mind. The band sounded tight as usual and the setlist was completely unique.
Celebration - a great way to start the show and get a real positive mood going. Dupree's was a change of pace, back to the old western saloon sound. This was my third straight Phil show with Goin' Down the Road, never a bad choice. Jorma's contribution became evident several times during this song. Ramble on Rose was a nice choice because when I first drug my wife into the music of the Dead, Ramble was the first one that hooked her. I was hearing teases all night (some may have been wishful thinking) but the Get Up Stand Up Jam was real. I was so hoping they'd go all the way... Slip/Frank was a very nice way to end the first set. All through Franklin's, the band would slow to a crawl, then burst out full speed. Set break allowed some time for the rain to dry up, and for us to let Cassidy run around on the hill to burn off some energy.
Right out of the gates, in your face, Viola Lee. Last year's Hershey show had a Viola's as well, and this one measured up. Good fast start, into a spacy jam, bringing it around with a big finish. Hard to Handle had me shaking my head, it seemed out of nowhere, a quick version of a decent song. The Real Thing must be one of the band's new ones, and it puts Warren and Jimmy alternately in the spotlight. It was a very nice ballad, and like Beautifully Broken, you don't need to have heard it before to love it when you hear it for the first time. The Wheel is always welcome at any show I see. Sugaree was a good second set closer. Like the earlier Franklin's, is kept rising and falling before coming to a grand end.
Phil's rap was inspiring and humorous as usual. He mentioned letting other people know of your decision to be an organ donor since they would have to make the decision for you... unfortunately.
Encore was short and sweet - Liberty. A great way to end a good evening, a fitting song with the recent times.
All in all, we had a terrific evening. I saw a setlist that was completely unpredictable, my wife enjoyed the songs she saw, and Cassidy had a great time before dozing off for the night around Bertha. We met a photographer from Philzone who took a picture of us during Rider, I am anxious to see how it turns out
A couple of additions to Hunter's setlist at Hershey yesterday:
Right after Mission, a "Give me a J*O*R*A*(Oh, no, give me an *M), what does it spell ..." cheer.
And the song after Candyman is Down to the Depot, described by Hunter in New Jersey 5-13-97, "Ol' Jerry taught me how to play that one back in 1962. As you can probably tell, I probably haven't played it since then."
wow...looks like you guys got a monster of a show...I hope the people at the next few shows are ready for anything, because those couple days of rest really gave Phil and Friends some extra energy..holy cow.
This was the best overall of the three shows I've seen thus far this tour (Garden States Arts Center and Jones Beach before, with Camden tonight). Jorma's set, while pretty wet, was excellent. Hunter seemed a little better focused at the start of his set than the last few times I've seen him, and opening with Mission in the Rain was a nice treat. He did have his usual problem of not being able to hear his guitar in the monitor, but that was fixed.
Phil came out as another shower was starting and broke into Celebration. We were on the "floor" which was basically rows of cheap plastic chairs, the kind that stack but don't fold up. Almost instantly when the music started people started stacking up chairs, turning the blacktop area into one big dance floor, which was cool. Security basically vanished at this point (early in the day I heard security tell a guy that we could do essentially anything except dance on the chairs). Following Celebration Jorma came on stage and joined in on a good Dupree's and then a monster Going Down the Road, singing a verse and contributing a nice solo. Jorma left the stage, and a decent Ramble on Rose followed. Then came the highlight of the first set, a huge sequence of Dear Mr. Fantasy->China Cat->a tasty jam with tastes of many songs (is this where the Get Up, Stand Up jam went down?)->Slipknot!->Franklin's, with the "Roll away the dew" line chasing the last of the rain away. Wow, what a strong ending to an already excellent first set!
Second set, things were much drier, and the hints of Viola Lee could be heard as the musicians were tuning up. Someone must have yelled Viola at Rob because he made some comment about "Could be, could be" right before the wailed into the opening chord. For whatever reason they decided to do a straight Viola Lee Blues last night, no diversions into other songs (although plenty of interesting jams between verses), before ending it and jamming into Pride of Cucamonga, which isn't one of my favorite songs but was nicely played with a very hot blues jam in the middle. We then got one verse of Hard to Handle before things veered off again, this time making the way over to a rocking Bertha. The Real Thing was nicely played, best version I've heard (of only a couple), this song could become a real keeper if it continues to develop. Then a strong version of the Wheel, which lead it's way into the I Know You Rider that was teased during the first set, and finally the set closed with Sugaree, Warren singing well and the band jamming out. The Liberty encore was a good opportunity to start heading towards the doors, fully satisfied after a full day of music that was excellent from start to finish. Can't wait for Camden
Jorma in the 1st set didn't add anything for me. He just seemed to be strumming for most of it and they stopped cold between songs. Still, Celebration, Dupree'sm GDTRFB and Ramble on Rose were all fine versions. But it didn't really heat up until the Mr Fantasy>Jam>China Cat>Jam>Slip>Franklin's. The Slipknot out of nowhere was sweet esp. w/ Molo doing his madman's scat. Franklin's seemed a bit slow at points but as someone else noted i think they were intentionally playing with the tempo.
I thought the plastic lawn chairs for seats was a bad idea. they all got knocked arond and by the 2nd set there weren't many rows left where i was. a lot of the chairs just got stacked and moved out of the way. this was fine by me because it gave me more room to dance but i'm sympathetic to the people who actually paid for seats in the hopes of being able to sit down. Also, unsecured plasic chairs are the perfect riot weapon so i'm surprised it was allowed (esp. with all the horse cops in the lot and the cops in Camoflauge!! with their combat boots and armored car. what were they thinking? they'd wear camo to blend into the crowd of folks in tie dyes? And also there were all those piles of horse shit smelling worse than hippies ever could. but i digress...)
right before set 2 Rob responded to some song request in the crowd by saying "well the chances seem pretty good. but that doesn't mean shit!"
Then they busted into a hot Viola Lee that i called on the car ride there. Before verse 2 it sounded like they were heading for TNK but they brought it back. They never finished the song but instead did a fun Pride of Cucamonga, though Phil's vocals seemed a bit rough. Then they stopped cold. There were a lot of cold stops/starts in this show, more so than at any of the Phil shows i've seen before. they started with a jam that seemed pretty organized (my friend said their eyes were glued to their music stands so maybe this jam has a name) and jimmy took some hot leads then into a short incomplete H2H into a bertha that featured great Molo percussion. Also the fast pasced drum-heavy jam that was labeled the "Cumberland tease jam" at Scranton made a brief appearance somewhere in the set. then another surprising cold stop after bertha. A good Wheel>Rider that kind of fell into Sugaree (couldn't tell for sure if they really stopped or not) Sugaree was raging as usual. Perhaps the best version I've seen. Warren's solos got applause and we were sent on our way with a fun danceable Liberty (though it being in the encore slot makes me fear the song getting stuck in the encore slot and overplayed ala the Dead 94-95)
Shakedown was jumping with about 20 varies of hot food. i had what was called a veggie burrito but had potato inside. seemed more like a pierogie but it was delicious nonetheless. i was surprised the cops didn't break up Shakedown immediately but i have a feeling things turned ugly after we pulled out, but if so, some other Zoner will have to tell the story.
Onward to my last stop on the tour-- the hometown (almost) show at Camden (I hope the music is hot and the cops don't bring their riot gear)
Viola Lee v1 & v2 only...land of sweetness. Hershey brings out the very best.
Surfacely, (I am well aware that is not a word),the Hershey shows are just that sweet, but they aren't at all...they need to be experienced. They are primal in their sophistication, and they are intimate. The band is so close, I mean joking and laughing...remember Chicken...the egging on.
My favorite venue, no I didn't do the lot,and what happened there will not taint my scene...blow by blows soon enough.e
Primal in every sense of the word....
Great show, by all performer's involved.
Jorma was just as solid as ever. The accompanying players knew the material and Jorma's interpretations, inside and out. Not much jamming, but everything was played pretty much perfectly. I apologize for forgetting their names.
As mentioned above, the sound at Hershey's was just superb.
Hunter, fought through some tech problems ("He's blaming 'me' for not being able to hear my guitar?" Bob was bashing the guy pretty good, but all in good fun.) His song selection was just great. "Into the Blue" is such a beautiful song.
Phil and the boy's just "gave it to us" last night. I was expecting the warming up jams, but not last night. They came crashing out of the starting gates, so to speak.
"Get Up Stand Up" was there. No tease. And in
"Pride of Cucamonga", they completely had me going "what ARE they doing?" The "Sugaree", Warren indeed has taken this song and added so much love and care to those vocals.
My buddy and I scored 15th row DFC at the box office at 1PM.
The sound was just crystal clear, and a lot of tapers set up down by us, hope some make it out to etree and the like.
mission in the rain
down to the depot
into the blue
doin that rag
aim at the heart
keys to the rain
thanks Willis amd MissJulie for the corrections.
also of note: even though the rain had stopped before he came on, Hunter was wishing for a thunderstorm thru most of his set.
I hate the fact that all my "reviews" seem to be on the ugly side, but I missed half this show because I bailed some people out after Hartford (I was the only car there; some heads are really quick to ditch thier friends in jail...) Show up at the show at the beginning of the second set only to get almost beat down trying to get in (with a ticket, btw). And I missed Jorma jamming with Phil which I just KNEW was going to happen...
Second best line of the night "why is that officer chasing that horse down the highway?"
>>(esp. with all the horse cops in the lot and the cops in Camoflauge!! with their combat boots and armored car. what were they thinking? they'd wear camo to blend into the crowd of folks in tie dyes? And also there were all those piles of horse shit smelling worse than hippies ever could. but i digress...)
Jeez...nothing like that at a California show.
Best line of the night:
Two ragged guys were coming towards us. The more sober one pointed to his buddy and said to us "he's really fucked up". The other one gave us a goofy grin and said "I'm driving home tonight" and staggered off with a smile on his face.
He was kidding, right? Right?
Wow, incredible show, what can I say, those who were there know, thanks, see you there again....
Did that really happen?
What an great show. Even if Warren went wild AFTER the batteries for my camera quit it was still a BLAST! Something about being in the 1st row is totally cool. Thanks Gary!! and thanks Bob for starting Dancing Bears Racing!!
Who cares about a little rain (hey does it always rain in Hershey when the Dead or Phil play??)...
A big Hey Now! to all the fun folks hangin with us at the rail... It was 10,000 tons of fun...
I'm new to this discussion board and wanted to know if you could help me. I saw Phil last Fri night at Hershey. Was my first Lesh/GD show and I must say that it was truly amazing. It is still on my mind. What a great bunch of people too. Friendly as can be, only interested in having a good time and dancing to phil's amazing tunes. I will definilty go see them again, and can only hope that Hershey is put on their list for next year.
Now, I'd love to get an audio copy of the show. I'm not sure where to get it at, or how to go about getting a copy. I looked at the traders section, but I have nothing to trade for it. I'm not sure what "vines" are. Can someone please point me in the right direction as to where I can get a copy of Hershey?
Thanks a bunch. Rock on.
First off: Dan B., welcome to the Philzone. Go on over to the tape trading forum, post that you're a newbie and willing to do a b&p for the Hershey show. You should probably wait a few days before asking for it though- tapers have to do their thing to get it to disc and all.
Now, review: After getting the right frame of mind for the road trip, we're off. About five minutes into the trip, not even to the SI expressway, and I decide I'm ready for a swig of ginger ale. Twist the cap off the bottle....and it explodes all over me...SO, I sit in a puddle of g-ale for the next two hours. Trip's going real well so far....
Get to the NJ turnpike entrance, and traffic is backed up as far as I can see...perfect. SO, we take the alternate route of NJ t-pike south to PA turnpike. About the same amount of time.
Hook up with friends, off to Hershey. Meet up with other friends, including Mr. Megabuzz. Good to see you again my friend...
Bandersnatch- sorry I missed you bro, we got behind on schedule, and I didn't make it in until about 7. My bad. Next time hopefully.
Huck- always a pleasure to see you again. Sorry it didn't work out on second set meeting!
Brad Snyder- good to see you again, out of nowhere! Excellent work...
Dewit- think I passed you on the way out of town. Can't be sure, but I'll email you to find out...
Show: Have to say I'm not a great big fan of Celebration. Not a bad tune, good rhythm, but something about it doesn't do it for me.
Good to see Jorma come out and jam with them.
China Cat>Slipknot!>Franklin's...huh!?!? WHAT!?!?
Doctor Killpatient got his Pride...
Really like Liberty...
Caught the "Get Up Stand Up" jam, sick Rider...
My buddy Ted's first show, he seemed to enjoy himself.
Talked to my bro on Saturday...Friday night's late local news (Harrisburg) ran a story on the 75 arrests made at the show that night...
Talked to my Dad this morning...The Sunday local paper (again, Harrisburg) ran a story on the 75 arrests made at the show that night...made mention of someone cutting the fence to try and let others in for free.
I have no doubt that the increased 5-0 was a result of the scene last year, with freaks begging near Choco world, etc. Looks like some folks just aren't getting the message....makes me worry for Alpine Valley and what's in store for the future...
....the show was.....and I participated....
DanB..a B&P is when you send out blank discs and a stamped return envelope and you get back discs of music. There's a very sepecific protocol for this....can someone else post the link?
You'll see a B&P offered eventually, or you can ask for one--if you do that mention it was your first show and all that.
Welcome to the circus
That sucks about the extra cops
Last year at 7 AM cops made me get out of my tent at the campground--where I had paid for a site and the little parking permit was properly displayed in my car windo--so that I could open the car and bring them the document. They were rousting all the heads...of course a few had come in late night and were sleeping in vehicles without belonging to a campsite, but not that many. It was pretty unfriendly. The guy at the site next to me had been staring at me while I put my tent up and I don't think it was cause he liked my sweet ass. At 7 am he was claiming he saw deadheads stealing from his campsite, which I doubt because they weren't asking him "Was it this guy, was it that guy?" It looked like they just wanted us gone (I should have turned on the car radio and practiced spinning). So while Hershey is one of the greatest venues on the EC, I don't think we're real popular.
Great great show in every way. The sound in this place is always the best, wide open and super clear. Had to be the first time ever for four non jam, stop in between songs to start a Phil show, Jorma didn't add much (where was the Mr. Charlie we were hoping for?) but he got some nice licks in. Everything from Fantasy on was gravey, we had front row seats by Rob and the crowd was super well behaved considering there was no one checking any tickets once you got in the arena, no shoving or ugliness up close, one of the best venues on the tour without a doubt. Cops were everywhere in the lot, horses, vans, cars, bikes, on foot, and there were some who were in complete "head" costume, saw two of them cuffing a guy on the ground as soon as we got there, decided that the lot was not the place to be. But once inside it was a beautiful night all around.
"If the THUNDER don't get you then the LIGHTNING will!"
Excellent show! (despite the rain) Great rides during the day - Lightning Racer HO!
I entered my 2002 summer bus sleepy, but satisfied from the last night's DNB show at a tiny bar in Levittown, PA. I met with a fantastic crew of beloved friends and brothers including LG, Ed, Hoff, Kody, Mitchell and my New Warrior brothers, David and Dan for our short road trip to Hershey. This was David and Dan's first Phil show. David, who had the fortune of seeing and following the Dead in the 60's is now officially back on the bus. Welcome aboard brother David. On the ride up, stimulating and funny discussions about sordid past experiences, fears, shadows and the complexities of communication set an intimate tone for the day to come.
We met Wil, Duck and Mike at Chocolate World and headed into the lot, parking directly at the back of the amphitheatre, which is basically an open field, situated behind Hershey stadium. Our spot enabled us to listen to Jorma and Hunter from the relative comfort of our lot setup. Performing familiar material, their mellow sets provided an entertaining backdrop to our pre-show camaraderie
The lot scene, from a Shakedown vending and tailgate standpoint was mellow. From a police standpoint it was as Gestapo as I’ve ever seen. Part of our textured discussion on our ride entailed the fine line of distinction between some criminals and some law enforcement officials we’ve met in our lives. It proved to be a foreshadowing of what we encountered and witnessed that day in the lot. There were cops on horse, on bikes, in cars, on foot and undercover, all buzzing like bees in a flowered summer meadow. ….all working hard to hassle, alienate and arrest anyone who had the audacity to attend. Whenever possible, this force would “detain” someone, bring them to there temporary holding area, search them for contraband, release them if they weren’t holding or arrest them if they were.
Looks like Hershey is now the place for the rain show. The day had been hot and sticky with off and on and on rain showers. On the way in, we met a sweet California babe celebrating her 20 birthday looking for a miracle. From our row 9 center spot; I surmised she got it as I recognized her “Zack” hat bouncing as she enjoyed her b-day from the front row.
Misc. observations from the show:
The vibe inside was kind, cozy and relaxed. Plastic seats made for easy stacking to provide more room to dance. The cooling and welcomed rain came hard during GDTRFB. Sound quality was superb as all instruments and vocals were crystal clear. Jimmy has stepped up his superb playing (if that was possible) to match his new up-front and center stage position
Celebration – Always a festive opening. Played and sung well.
Dupree's Diamond Blues with Jorma – Great call Wil!
Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad – Jorma added more texture and energy making this better than last years Willy versions. Warren adlibbed a well-received verse about "Standing here in Hershey in the Rain"
Ramble On Rose – Well done (as usual) Rob. Great sing along song. The dude in front of us commented how good we sounded. (Thanks to Karaoke Kody)
Dear Mr. Fantasy - With Warren’s powerful vocals and playing and the bands strong jamming, this is when the show started to blossom. Jimmy played a Marley “Get Up Stand Up’ jam not mentioned on the set list. Then there was a solid Rider tease that segued into.....
China Cat Sunflower – Timed perfectly as the rain stopped and the sun emerged. The crowd came alive during this.
Scarlet Rider Jam - Great energy
Slipknot! - Totally unexpected, but it fit so nicely! Keep breaking the patterns Phil. I really appreciate it. This was not a full Slip. It was the tip of a slip. I’d call it a Slipknot Coda.
Franklin's Tower – Rocking set ender framed by a gorgeous pink sunset
Viola Lee Blues – Phil’s strong baseline gives this song balls. As the dark swept in, and Candace’s light show began, it set the stage for a powerful and thoroughly entertaining second set
Pride of Cucamonga – Super! Warren killed on the blues jam part.
Hard To Handle - My show highlight. Thrilling version. Warren held the crowd in the palm of his hands. I believe this marked the beginning of a cool green laser display in the sky to the left (stage right) above the lit roller coaster in Hershey Park.
Bertha – “Ran into a rain storm”. The energy exploded to a high point.
The Real Thing - Placed perfectly serving as a perfect touchdown to earth. The crowd was so focused and tuned into this one. Warren’s emotional vocals and Hunters gripping lyrics were delivered crystal clear.
The Wheel – Played at almost every show I go to. It’s all about the Wheel folks.
I Know You Rider – Finally delivered after the earlier teases, the jam and song it rocked Chocolatetown
Sugaree –WOW! Explosive and sexy. Had the babes shaking their stuff.
E: Liberty – I like this “Little Feat” style version better than the Deads’. A snappy song that sticks in your head, which in my opinion makes for a good encore
If I have the time, I’ll post a Camden review as the jinx was finally broken there.
Thanks Phil, Jimmy, John, Rob and Warren.
Special thanks to bro LG for his friendship and continued generosity.
Checking out with joy as I’m off to NC soon.
>On the way in, we met a sweet California babe celebrating her 20 birthday looking for a miracle. From our row 9 center spot; I surmised she got it as I recognized her “Zack” hat bouncing as she enjoyed her b-day from the front row.
That was Tracy!!! No shit. We were giving her a ride much of the way. The Zack hat is from my friend Zack. He is right now trying to raise bail money for her. Seriously. She got arrested for underage drinking that night and complicated things by running. Anyone who wants to western union a couple hundred bucks can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
It is just too weird that you mentioned her in your review.
That's sad. Sounds like poor Tracy was born one year too late to be drinking in that lot on that night.
Hey fellas and ladys,
Thanks so much for all of the help on getting the copy of my first Lesh/Dead show. I'll try my luck in posting in the audio section and see where I get. Thanks so much.
Great show, Great crowd, Clear sound, Green Lasers, rides, chocolate . . how could one go wrong?
I agree with most all the sentiments above, although I was not aware of the Gestapo attitudes of the lot cops. Did not get hassled for anything, although Mr. Megabuzz and I were erring on the side of caution w/cups for our beers, ducking to smoke, etc . . . (the security chick even grabbed a hold of my bottle of Cream Stout on the way in, which was stuffed in my shorts; I don't know if she thought perhaps I was excited to see her or just being extremely cool about it . . very humorous, nonetheless!)
Now that I think of it, I can't think of a place w/a more Nazi security crew/policy than the Carrier Dome , where they stamp not only your ticket, but ALSO your hand for seats up-front (just as at Hershey), rather strange.
And, of course, got too spaced out to remember to unload my Camden ticket . . Extra anyone ?
All in all, a great vibe/show!!! See ya' all in the fall . . . .
This show was basically over once they blew off the Hard 2 Handle. The rest was filler. Autopilot. C'mon, hate mail!
i digress sideshow bob. though i did miss the rest of hard to handle, there is no way to deny the power of that sugaree to end the set. that was my highlight of the show. amazing i do say. the wheel and rider were not too shabby either if i do remember. though i really love 'the real thing' i could have done without 3 for the 4 shows i attended but i think that song is gonna end up being a p&f staple in years to come...
Hershey is a great venue, you just have to be really, really careful if you plan to hang out and party in the lot. The PA State police academy is less then a 1/2 mile down the road. There are LOTS of cops in the lot. State Troupers on horseback (dropping huge piles, which the venue staff refused to clean). Bicycle patrols, and foot patrols of cops and venue security. Lots of plainclothes cops too. I refrain from calling them "under-cover" since they stuck out like a sore thumb.
Within 15 feet of my parking spot 4 people were arrested and one of the cars was driven out of the lot by a cop to a waiting tow truck.
The first bust were 2 young guys sitting on the back tailgate of their Ford Explorer. The bike cops drove by and saw them with drinks in hand. If the cops saw anyone who looked anywhere close to 21 and had a beer, you were getting carded. They busted one kid for underage drinking and his passenger was over 21 and got arrested for providing beer to his underage buddy.
About 20 minutes later the people parked in front of my car facing front-to-front got busted smoking weed in their car. They weren't watching out and a foot patrol walked past their car and spotted what they were doing. As they were being arrested a K-9 unit came by and was standing around my car. I was actually talking to the K-9 cop with a cup of beer in my hand. We had brought big red plastic cups and the cop said that they didn't mind that. Their biggest concern, he said, is people breaking bottles. Per the cop, if you are responsible enough to "play the game" and put your beer in plastic, they wouldn't hassle you. I spoke nervously to the cop as he held "Officer Sniffy" at the end of the leash within 5 feet of my trunk which had a bunch of weed. Luckily I had my grill going and Officer Sniffy was getting a face full of burger smoke, so his drug detector didn't pick up my herbs. It started to rain as Jorma was on stage and the rain kept the cops away a bit. We spent 4:20 taking turns 2 at a time getting in the car and puffing, always with someone on point watching for patrols.
So the basic rules of thumb for surviving Hershey are:
- Plastic cups for the beer
- If you want to smoke weed, Look around for the patrols before and during your session.
- Be on guard, keep your eyes on the cops, they're keeping an eye on you for sure.
Good luck, and I'll see ya there next year.
Everything after the hard 2 handle blowoff was basically a 1st set - was the Rider-Sugaree deja vu - oh, wait a minute, they ended the FIRST SET with it at the (very hot) Holmdel show! See, I can actually PRAISE a show, and actually DO think SOME shows are good!