Set 1Help on the way>Slipknot>Franklins Tower, Little Red Rooster, Loose Lucy, Me and my Uncle, Big River,
It must have been the roses, When I paint my masterpiece, Bird Song, Promised Land
Set 2Scarlet Begonias>Fire on the Mountain, Truckin', He's Gone>Drums>Space, All along the watchtower,
Stella Blue, Round and round, Good Lovin'
EncoreWarewolves of London
|This was the second night of a three night run at London's Wembley Arena and it was Halloween. Looking back I wish I had gone to all three shows but at that time Val, my wife was expecting our first baby and money was tight so I guess I was lucky to go at all. The night before the show she had been taken into hospital after a fall so I spent all night with one eye on my pager!|
|Leaving work I caught the train up to London and then the underground to Wembley itself. There were a lot of American fans on the tube with painted faces, so I guess the party started there By the time I arrived at the venue the party was in full swing outside. A lot of Americans, maybe I was the only english Deadhead!! I hung out for a while taking in the atmosphere before wandering into the hall.|
|The first thing I noticed was that the security guards had lost it. Normally at this venue you go into your little enclosure and if you need to go to the bar or toilet you have to take your ticket with you so you can get back in again...but the Deadheads had taken the place over and you could wander where you wanted. I could only imagine the conversation between the crew and the venue "You WANT to let people record your show?!?" I bought a program and a "25 years Dead" t-shirt which cost me £1 for every year!|
|Into the auditorium and to my seat just in time for the band to come on. I was quite a way back but could easily pick out who was who especially Jerry with his white hair and beard. I don't know why but he was on the opposite side of the stage to the side I expected him to be on. The band opened with Help on the way which segued as usual into Slipknot and then Franklins Tower. Throughout the song Jerry had problems with his amp and it was swapped out after the song finished. This left us a bit high and dry as there was what seemed like a five minute wait before they started again. Just before they did Wier spoke into the mic and said "I guess this is what they call Dead air" - these were they only words they spoke all night.|
|Up and running again they gave us a kicking version of Little Red Rooster before going off into some songs that I didn't know too well at the time (I had only been a Deadhead for a couple of years by then) Loose Lucy followed by Me and my Uncle, Big River and It must have been the roses. The chorus of the last of those was something I would always remember from that night.