Michael Lazlo vs. the City of Mountain View
(Scene: Night time in the deserted parking lot of Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA. There are two cars parked together and three men are talking.)
Lazlo: What’s that smell?
JBone: It’s shinola. Bill Graham built this place on top of a land fill. It used to leak methane and hippies would light the occasional cigarette fires.
Lazlo: Slap me the next time I ask you anything. I desperately need to find a hotel so I can suck my legs.
Baitbucket: If I have to carry your leg sucker up the stairs one more time, I’m going to be sick again.
Lazlo: Nothing can stop that, you pathetic rum head. (Spanish pause) You get to carry the t-shirt printer up three flights of stairs with me on your back like a howler monkey.
Baitbucket: (incoherent grumblings, walks offstage to vomit)
Lazlo: Hey, don’t worry friendo, we can share a bed and you can join me in the leg sucker. For our house wine tonight, we’re serving a bold Watusi Merlot
JBone: Did you know that Shoreline Amphitheater looks like a “steal your face” from the air?
Baitbucket: (retching sounds)
JBone: Where’s Thatcher? He stills owes me bail money from Las Vegas and he’s driving me home to Portland tomorrow.
Lazlo: I don’t think so. After making bail he’s ended up penniless at a rest stop outside of LA. That’s what you get for selling bootleg t-shirts in the middle of a casino. Out of the frying pan and into the fire. Serves him right. Bastard shouldn’t have kept smoking his Marlboro reds in my van with the window up. I hope he dies.
Baitbucket: I’m dying.
JBone: Yo B, looks like you’re taking me to Portland tomorrow.
Baitbucket: Impossible, you godless savage. I’m on tour and we are headed to Salt Lake City. Besides, Laz has been telling me that the government is hiding evidence of giant nephilim who used to live in Utah during the bible times. I really want to hear more about that. Sounds neat-o.
JBone: Don’t worry, Utah is right between California and Oregon. You’ll still make the show on time.
Baitbucket: Well then, let’s roll, big river.
The Dead and Company showed up fresh, after two epic shows at the Hollywood Bowl and rocked San Francisco from the delta to the DMV. Here in Mountain View, the locals own this house and it was built for them by Bill and Jerry. Ask around if you can find any hippies in San Francisco. Remember seeing the name written down the side of your bootlegs. It’s the Dead and Company at Shoreline Amphitheater: Welcome to the dump.
Shoreline was built in 1985-1986 by the city of Mountain View, in cooperation with Bill Graham. Every row of fixed seating at the amphitheater has a pitch of three feet, providing plenty of space for grooving. That sure was considerate of them. We enjoyed the groove on the grassy knoll and got to jump and jive with some of the bay area’s favorite sons and daughters. After both shows, we decided the best place to enjoy the spectacle was the very back. Plenty of room to roll and friendly locals all over, ready to share whatever they had.
The Grateful Dead first performed at Shoreline Amphitheater on October 2, 1987 and played a total of 39 concerts. Shows from October 3, 1987 and June 16, 1990 were recorded and later released as a live album, called View from the Vault, Volume Three. They also broadcast their June 21, 1989 summer solstice show live on pay-per-view across the country.
Dead & Company Setlist
at Shoreline Amphitheater, Mountain View, CA, USA
Playing in the Band
Viola Lee Blues
Here Comes Sunshine
Me and My Uncle
Friend of the Devil
One More Saturday Night
China Cat Sunflower (that worked)
I Know You Rider
China Doll (Oteil sings for the first time on tour)
Eyes of the World
Looks Like Rain
Encore: Black Muddy River
The Shakedown St. at Shoreline was a cornucopia of deliciousness and vending was allowed to go on for most of the day and then until just after the show. For the first time on tour, our table sold plenty of sticks, rocks and t-shirts, but there was still only $57 crumpled dollars in the pocket by morning. As usual, everyone was layered in pins, flowers and trinkets. Most folks at Shoreline don’t really use money to buy things. They trade. They trade flowers, beers, pins or whatever. Mostly they trade legalized marijuana, and that seems to work fine. That is f’sho some of the dankest kush our photography team has had to face in a while. Like they say in the Free State of Jefferson, “It’s not a crime to be faded.”
Dead & Company Setlist
at Shoreline Amphitheater, Mountain View, CA
Samson and Delilah
They Love Each Other (just special for me)
Don’t Ease Me In
Help on the Way
Fire on the Mountain
The Other One
A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall (nicely done)
All you need to know…Jeff Chimenti basically went berserk all night and stripped the collective face from the head bones. Oteil blew up the whole joint when he got to sing “China Doll” and everyone brought high energy and good times. Thanks to all who made the business of being awesome successful and fun for the Florida crowd. Holy sheeite! Can you believe this is still working? Keep up with the Laz and Baitbucket as they split from Thatcher and JBone and head to Salt Lake City in search of fortune and glory. Oh right, after a quick pit stop in Portland.
Eat a bag.