TBT Buffalo: Rick James and former heavyweight champ Leon Spinks with a couple of Buffalo Bills at Rich Stadium circa 1979. Photo: Buffalo News #tbt @thebuffalonews #exxcelinspires#exxcelmodelandtalent
Day 14/b - Cold Rain & Snow > Fire On The Mountain - 7/4/86 – Rich Stadium, Buffalo, NY (Posted on 12/14/17)
Trouble ahead, Jerry In Red. Ditching his customary black t-shirt in favor of a patriotic red one for the July Fourth holiday, Garcia delivers a heroic, star-spangled performance in the sweltering heat in Buffalo, just days before slipping into a diabetic coma. This was a long show that started in the afternoon and included Bob Dylan and Tom Petty (RIP). A film crew was on stage to capture part of the Dead’s performance for a live TV simulcast of Farm Aid II. While the film crew is scrambling to get everything "just exactly perfect" the band dives right into the second set with “Cold Rain & Snow!?” It’s a curious choice (and perhaps a cruel joke) given the extreme heat but this version totally kicks ass! In an even more exciting twist of events Garcia leads the band into a rare, stand-alone version of “Fire On The Mountain” to complete this apparent musical speedball of fire and ice. It’s the only time the two songs were combined.
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Tom Petty with Heartbreakers Stan Lynch and Mike Campbell at Rich Stadium, Buffalo July 4, 1986. I photographed this concert on Kodak Gold 400 film. The quality doesn’t stand to what is capable with today’s technology but let me tell you, am I ever glad I still have these negatives.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers played a set then acted as Bob Dylan’s back-up band. They all played four stadium dates opening for the Grateful Dead in June/July 1986.
Let’s go back another nine years to Rich Stadium, Buffalo July 4, 1986. If you’ve been following and reading, then you probably know parts of this story. From my current state of recollect, I believe this was the first concert that I ever photographed. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead. I still clearly recall Jack Straw as the Grateful Dead’s first set opener. Second set opener: Cold Rain and Snow>Fire on the Mountain. I remember Bob Dylan doing Ballad of a Thin Man and I can hear Tom Petty singing The Waiting and Mike Campbell’s guitar reverberating throughout the stadium on the big solo near the end of the song. I photographed this concert on Kodak Gold 400 film. The quality doesn’t stand to what is capable with today’s technology but let me tell you, am I ever glad I still have these negatives. If you scroll back through my feed, you’ll see other images from this show of the Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan and Tom Petty. I also have some more that I’ll post in the future. Tom Petty, we miss you.
To all my friends from the United States of America, Happy Independence Day.
July 4 is an important day for me as well as it was the first time I saw the Grateful Dead perform live. July 4, 1986 I saw Tom Petty, Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead at Rich Stadium in Buffalo, NY and (I believe) this was the first concert I photographed.
July 4, 1986 also marks the beginning of a period of enlightenment for me. It marks the day where I realized that there was something more to explore that existed beyond my teenaged angst imposed boundaries. The Grateful Dead, with its uniquely fused blend of rock, reggae, blues, jazz, folk, bluegrass and country music provided a reason and a road to travel upon. 31 years later, and I'm older, wiser, more experienced and I'm still always looking forward to the next adventure. Happy Independence Day. #independanceday#happyindependanceday#july4th#jerrygarcia#thegratefuldead#theprintswap#richardbelandphotography
Back in December I posted an image of Neil Young and I claimed that was the first concert that I had ever photographed. It turns out I was incorrect; on July 4, 1986 Tom Petty, Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead played Rich Stadium in Buffalo, NY and this was the first concert I photographed. For your Sunday viewing pleasure, here are Bob Weir and Jerry Garcia. #richardbelandphotography
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