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  •  July 6th or 7th, 1986 RFK (2+ / 0-)
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    6412093, DeadHead

    Was HOTTER THAN HELL. Easily in the low 100's. It wasn't my first Dead show, and it was far from the best, but it's the one I remember most vividly. A daytime show under the scorching July sun at RFK stadium in Washington DC. Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and the Grateful Dead.

    Petty wasn't great. The crush of bodies (we made our way up to the second row) added to the heat. Folks were passing out. It was ugly. The crowd was listless, asleep.

    Dylan - dressed in leather pants and a leather jacket - was awesome. Better than I expected. About halfway through Dylan's set, they turned the water on, spraying the crowd on the field with hoses. It was such a relief, like a fever breaking. It happened while Dylan was singing Like a Rolling Stone - just as he sang "How do you feel?" The crowd freaking ROARED.

    When the Dead came on, Jerry looked terrible, his voice cracked, but he was a trooper and got through with a little help from Bobby and Phil. The set was uneven, and I remember the crowd singing along, trying to keep the energy going. When Bobby sang "Let It Rain," it did, finally (and for the whole show, Dylan standing off to the side digging it).

    Anyway, it was Jerry's last show before he fell into a diabetic coma.

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