Ratdog actually played the day that Jerry died, the shows been on gdradio a few times - very emotional show and just about every song played can be seen as a tribute or have had meaning towards Jerry, if not every single song. At the begining Bob says something along the lines of "if our departed friend has taught us anything its how music can make bad times better" .... not exact words just from memory then near the end he says "this ones for Jerry" and they do Amazing Grace...
it was Ratdog's 7th show
I just put on this show, jumped to the last song...Heavens door. Giving me the freakin chills. Thank you Mushroomman. Below is another review of that show from archives.org. Here's a link to a crisp copy of the show.... may be a tough listen.
~"Come take these tears from my face, I can't see them anymore. It just seems like such a god damn waste". - Bobby's version of Heavens door on this solemn day.
My most intense moment , maybe in my whole GDish live life , happened 14 or so hours after Jerry's death . Ratdog was scheduled to play this evening and Bob decided not to cancel . It wasn't a crazy mob scene outside ( at the beginning of the evening ). Mostly ticket holders . It was like a funeral/ wake with hundreds of equally grieving family members inside . Very intense energy . There was some weeping , but not much . Most people wanted to dance . There were some bikers right upfront , sitting on the picnic tables . The rest were heads . The bar was doing brisk business .
Many were expecting a Wonder set list and got a Ratdog set list instead . An esoteric and quietish one at that . A lot of heart went into the music though . Bob opened the show with this , " So our departed friend , if he proved anything to us , that good music can make sad times better . We have are work cut out for us this evening , so we'll just get started ." Bombs Away was well chosen and an incredible rendition . Best ever ? Eternity gets better and better each year that goes by . Blackbird was very emotional . 2' in is such a sweet moment . Someone in the crowd sounds like his heart was just stolen , "AWW!" , he yells . Then someone yells , "Thank - you Bobby!" . Another perfect moment at 2:32' . K.C. Moan was a drink of cold water after that . It was a hit or miss night musically . Some of the unmentioned songs are awful , but we can give Bobby a pass here I think . Wasserman's Amazing Grace is beautiful . There weren't many songs to dance to all night so when Throwing Stones finally hit everyone that I could see , except the bikers , was up . This song and 3 - 24 - 90/2nd are the best dancing I have ever seen . People completely lost in the music . The tape cut masks the energy . Not my fav song , but this is my fav. rendition . There was a drum circle and chanting , " You know I love will not fade away " as we drove away .
I was close to the stage during certain parts of this show . I did not see any band member cry . Bob had a look of grim determination and did not 'rock - out' all night . He was hitting the red wine pretty hard near the end .
A thank-you to the owners or whomever made the decision to open the doors up during the show and put speakers outside so everyone could listen . As the night went on , more and more people , along with the media whores , came .