Thanks, Fuller House: 6 Jersey things to re-live from ‘95
Panned by critics but loved by fans, "Fuller House" is getting a second season. New Jersey is right in the thick of things, soaking up the 90s nostalgia:
I’ve already rounded up some 90s tech and trends that ruled in NJ. Since we're still basking in that glow, let's get "reaaal" specific and look at 1995 - when "Full House" wrapped up. There were some gems for Jersey worth a trip back. Here's the top 7:
1. New Jersey Devils win the Stanley Cup (their first!)
2. Grateful Dead play Giants stadium, for the last time
If only to build a time machine for this two-night stand in June 1995. Jerry Garcia passed away less than two months later. Some fans online remember the icon already was in rough shape. It was the final time the Dead would play a half-dozen of their songs live together, including "Stagger Lee," "Lovelight" and "Deal."
Oh yeah, and Bob Dylan was the opening act.
3. First ever “Warped Tour” plays NJ, featuring Sublime
In August 1995, the first-ever Warped Tour rolled into Camden and Asbury Park. The skateboard-friendly crowd took in two stages of bands, including then little-known Sublime. For rock fans, this was the start of a huge music festival that's still going strong.
Unfortunately it was a final chance to see Sublime frontman Bradley Nowell, before his overdose death the following year. Two months later, Sublime rocketed to fame behind their major label debut.
4. Jersey soccer hero Tab Ramos becomes the first MLS star
After World Cup mania in 1994, longtime NJ resident Ramos became the first player signed with Major League Soccer. In the fall of ‘95, all 10 teams were officially introduced, with Ramos and Tony Meola announced as stars for the NY/NJ MetroStars. Ramos was elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2005.
5. Pope John Paul II visits New Jersey
Thousands of people flooded into New Jersey in 1995, when Pope John Paul II visited Newark and East Rutherford. The pontiff celebrated Masses at both Sacred Heart Cathedral Basilica and Giants Stadium. He also met with then-President Bill Clinton in Newark.
6. Two ”Jersey Girls” star in Oscar-nominated hits
1995 saw the debuts of "Leaving Las Vegas" with Elisabeth Shue and also "The Bridges of Madison County" starring Meryl Streep. Shue grew up in Maplewood while Streep is famously a Summit native. Unfortunately, both leading ladies lost months later at the Academy Awards, to Susan Sarandon (a New Yorker) for “Dead Man Walking.”
Erin Vogt is a lifelong Jersey Girl, whose first reporting gig involved her Fisher Price tape recorder. As a wife and momma of two kiddies, she firmly believes that life’s too short to drink bad coffee. A fan of the beach, Dave Grohl and karma, in no particular order.