The Grateful Dead left the stage after another great show at the Greek Theatre. We all clapped, whistled and screamed, then waited for them to return for the encore.
A giant screen was lowered in back of the stage and eerie outer space images were shown on the screen. Later, we found out these were photos that had just been taken of Mars (courtesy of NASA) that Phil and the band was fired up about.
During these few minutes a shooting star filled the sky and everyone who saw it said something like "Whoa!". I had attended every GD show there since they returned to the Greek in the 80's and never saw a shooting star and this screen came out of nowhere, the images causing quite a commotion amongst the tribe.
Phil stepped up the the mic and said something like "We're going to try something special just for tonight. one shot only"..
Then they played THAT opening riff and we were off into space..