Buckeye Lake '94...... I've written multiple poems, short stories, written a song, painted pictures of it, still can't convey the truly life-changing experience of that show.
Traffic opening. My lady & I sit on the hill watching a clearly big storm approaching. The fun-guys began to tingle as lightning flashes across the sky to the tune of "Low Spark of High-Heel Boys." Big, fat-ass drop of rain falls onto my gyro. We grub right quick. Rain kicks down hard & folks hightail it to the sparse trees on the side. Torrential rain, thunder, lightning, fungus amongus, can barely talk for all the stormnoise. "Surely their not gonna cancel the show!" I think. Poooouuuuurrrrring!!!! Thunder! Then, as if on cue, everybody starts heading back to the field. Um, okay,,,,,, we follow.... to the opening strains of "When the rain comes, you run and hide your heads, you might as well be dead......." of course!!! "I can show you that when it rains it shines, it's just a state of mind!" Hee-hee! Grok! ,.,.., soaked to the bone, shivering from.....? and halftime begins the dry-out. "Foolish Heart" set opener, and the big, fat, sweaty drunken dude swingin a violent 3/4 empty gallon of vodka around and blathering a circle in the crowd all to himself until everybody starts "booing" him. "Boo! Boo! We don't like your show at all! Boooo! This movie sucks!" and security materialize taking him away. "Looks Like Rain" "Samba in the Rain" (*uRp!*) Me, in the pudding, feet in the mud, fist clutching comets, my girl shooting stars and suns from her eyes.......
(the performance, incidentally, was pretty damn good, all things considered. Needed recordings to, um, verify certain aspects, dig. Jerry seemed present, and the band was really on. UJB, Saint of Circumstance, just wonderful. SOTM brought tears. And the Mighty Quinn encore found me too hoarse to sing!)
Three days later, a year away from graduation, we both decide to change our majors.
I was there too ! My 30th birthday, and the dead play practically in my back yard !
Electric skies ! the biggest shakedown you have ever seen ! Do you remember the shock wave that hit the audience during Traffic's set ? And best of all, I have a VHS tape of the entire show from one of the camera men inside the venue !
Good times !