Arrests! Injuries! The Grateful Dead, Pgh. 1989!

Things got pretty crazy outside the Civic Arena today April 3rd 1989, when Deadheads, fueled by expensive beer, marijuana and various hallucinogens, rioted, crashing the gates of the Arena, fought back against Pittsburgh Police, and generally wreaked havoc as The Grateful Dead wrapped up the 2nd of 2 nites here in Pittsburgh. Then Mayor of Pittsburgh Sophie Masloff referred to The Grateful Dead as "The Dreadful Dead," and their fans as "Deadenders." P.S.  NEVER believe that "Deadheads" were always broke and were scavangers. NOT TRUE! Quite a few of them were trust-funders, with plenty of Daddy & Mommy's $$$, traveling the country! And smoking the best pot and drinking Heineken beer too! I saw The Dead 16X from 1974 to 1995, including the 1st show of this 2 night stand at The Arena in 1989, Deadheads always had PLENTY of $$$! Grateful Dead Arena 1989

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