So, wise Junior Kirk and Senior Dave decided to take Freshman Willis on a little Grateful Dead Field Trip on day two of school. We told Willis to skip his first few days of classes and come with us; he could tell his professors he "got confused" and couldn't find the classroom and that's why he missed his first classes.
Seeing the Dead and skipping college was in its fourth straight year at Bowdoin, as:
- first Jimmy and I were late for freshman year in order to attend Englishtown, New Jersey on September 3, 1977
- then late for sophomore year to attend Giant Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ on September 2, 1978 (I wonder if Juliet and Michael were skipping school too?)
- then headed up the room one night first week to see August Civic Center on September 2, 1979 and
- now kidnapped young Freshman Willis to see Springfield September 3 and Providence September 4 of 1980 (Don't worry, the Lewiston story will be in the next post).
Sure enough, we headed off for these two shows.
As you saw in my last post, August 1980 was a filet mignon period for the band. Also see Archive Dead Forum. These two shows were the subject of Grateful Dead download series 7 with the Springfield show and the Providence second set filling the 3 CDs whole of downloads. This was the 2nd of 4 Springfield shows I saw from 1977-1980 that were released, the other being May 11, 1978, the so called "mescaline show". Funny, I thought 4-23-77 and 1-15-79 were even better shows. It was a special place.
It's funny because the shows are not as strong, I feel, as the prior shows in August and 9-2, and certainly not as strong as Lewiston which follows in the next post.
Still a fun road trip, and a very groovy and rare for 1980, Supplication>Estimated Prophet.
The True Bucky on archive says it all This 9-4-80 version is in the background.
Reviewer: The TRUE Bucky - - November 24, 2013