East Coast Division
3/20/86 Hampton Virginia: Look out of any window, any morning, any evening, any day (the breakout after 14 years)... it was the loudest I ever heard a crowd...at any concert, sporting event... ever until 3/19/95 Philly Spectrum..
I thought I'd try to fill you in on how the UC went down. NOT trying to rub it in or anything. I don't usualy review shows because I find it's subjective. But for those who missed it:
One mans description/ then mine
Don't Ease was also a surprise -- 5th song into the set at about 0:35 into it. I thought, "Man!! Short set. I'll be pissed if they walk off the stage after this."
The band stayed on the stage with the lights down after the Don't Ease, and then we knew that SOMETHING was going to happen. All of the band members were looking at each other somewhat anxiously.
Then the opening chords started wafting through quietly, a nervousness and heightened sense of urgency started rushing through the crowd. Isolated shouts of "Unbroken Chain!" could be heard, and then everyone looked at each other as if, "Can it be?" The cheers became louder, swelling as more and more heads realized what was happening, and by the time the first verse rolled around, the place was going absolutely nuts -- bolts of energy flying through the Spectrum.
Band pulls out of the intro, and all four (non-drummers) step up to the mikes, "Blue light rain" Phil with the spotlight, "whoa unbroken chain . . . ." Devastating -- people just screaming their heads off for about 6 seconds, until, almost simultaneously, everyone decided to quiet down and listen.
The jamming part of the song was the highlight, with Jerry all over the fretboard.
Put it this way. It certainly could have been played better, and it will get better with some playing. But you always remember your first.
Of course, the band left the stage to an extended standing ovation. When the house lights went up, everyone sorta looked at each other and then, in a moment of mutual recognition, the whole placed erupted again, lotsa cheering, hugging.
When the band came out for the second set, Phil did a sweeping bow, and of course, the place erupted once again.
Well, that kinda captures it, I think.
Well written. I was fortunate enough to be 5th row in front of Phil. They were all lookin at each like ok are we really doin this. Then..the opening notes and an explosion of energy from the crowd.... and it just kept building and building as people realized what it was ---The best description I can give is imagine your favorite football team played a "home game super bowl" and you won on the last play on a hail mary pass as the clock expired, it was that loud. I remember turning around and just seeing sheer jubilation in the air and on everyones face. It was a few minutes of utter chaos/joy like ONLY a Philly crowd can produce. Insanity.