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Grateful Dead - Yale Bowl

Grateful Dead - Yale Bowl

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Grateful Dead, Yale Bowl, Yale University, New Haven, CT

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Never seen this one before!

Wow! I didn't realise the stage was so close to the stands (not expecting a big audience then??)

Cool photo - got any of the band at the show itself?

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Onward through the fog

They opened with Truckin. Only a handful of audience dancing.First Suguree. Then Pig Pen kicks in with "Hard to Handle" and the crowd rushes down into the empty open pit in front of the stage. I had been in the 10th row center, but it was more than my 17 year old angst ridden soul could take so I joined the crowd in front of the stage. And yes a fog drifted through the air. Not the tear gas the cops used outside, but up in the air with the moon showing through now and then. Next day Jerry's birthday. A few days later I travel to Bay Area for my first time to visit my sister. Two nights at the B.C.T..Then hitch-hike up to Oregon to visit my brother and his wife (still married) who were living in a tipi nine miles past Lowell. "I was 17 in 71"

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This is the show that KILLED CONCERTS @ yale bowl!!!

Its funny.. I JUST HEARD ALL ABOUT THIS SHOW the other day.. And now its posted up here.. LOL.. Anyhow, The reason the stage is so close I heard was they ONLY sold something like 7000-10,000 tickets for the show.. And the place HOLDS OVER 80,000 people!!! SO, OUTSIDE there where TONS of people who crashed the fence and rushed inside (Or Tried to) and
A HUGE RIOT Happened outside of the Yale Bowl here in New haven,CT-I live here... SADLY , After all the Pigs in RIOT GEAR and retarded people who crashed the fences, they RUINED CONCERTS at the YALE BOWL FOREVER!!! In FACT the WHO was SUPPOSED to play there like a month or so later.. THEY CANCELED THE SHOW!!! PISSED OFF A TON OF FOLKS!!! (I am STILL pissed, because there is a 100,000 seat ARENA about ten minutes from my house and it has NOT HAD A CONCERT SINCE THIS DEAD CONCERT IN 1971!!!!!)" SAD... I JUST HEARD THAT STORY TWO OR THREE DAYS AGO!! IT IS TRUE.... SADLY.. EVERYTIME I drive by the Yale Bowl I think "What a damn WASTE!" Too bad New haven SUCKS.... They JUST KNOCKED DOWN THE NEW HAVEN COLISEUM :-( (I KNOW IT WAS A CRAPPY VENUE BUT, IT WAS WHERE I SAW SO MANY SHOWS, SO MANY HOCKEY GAMES< AND EVEN THE DAMN CIRCUS WHEN I WAS A LITTLE KID!!! AND THEY ARE NOT RE_BUILDING ANY ARENA FOR US!!! THAT SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(Noit That I mind going to Hartford (40 min drive) BUT, to THINK of seeing GRERAT shows ten minutes from me and to have it ALL LOST makes me SO SAD... and EVERY TRUE NEW HAVEN PERSON AGREES WITH ME!!! DAMN NEW HAVEN-All they care about is YALE COLLEGE(OVERRATED!!!!!) and there DUMB ASS STUDENTS WHO DON'T KNOW WHAT A CROSSWALK IS......... LOL....
A little history from a LIFELONG New Haven RESIDENT!!!
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Old School goalposts down in the other end zone

What a wonderful photo. So much to look at.
One must wonder about the painted stage backdrop. A loaner for the day from the Yale Art Dept? Doesn't look like it would have been part of the gear the band lugged around from place to place back then. I suppose it might have been cosmic by '71 standards, who knows? Doesn't seem very Dead tho.'
I've never seen a photo of the band onstage from 7/31 /71 either but in Gan's book PITB there's a spectacular photo of Bob gassing up the band's limo on the way to the venue this day. Self Serve Baby!

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...concerts at Yale Bowl

...actually, there have been other shows at Yale bowl since, Gypsy Blue- Co, including my first concert ever in 1973 or'74-The Beach Boys, who used the same endzone stage configuration-Tales of the riot that accompanied the GD's '71 show were widely told throughout the area for years, damned rowdy hippies! This should have been a great venue, but the university didn't know how to "do" shows, security, crowd management, etc.My first GD show was an outdoor show at Colt Park, in '76, and the scene was kaotic, violent, crazy, magical-it was a wild period, and we concert goers weren't treated very well by the producers, security, cops, and the outdoor shows from this period seemed to have the most problems-gate crashing, brutal security thugs,...What do you want for, what, $4-6 a ticket, or the like! Times have certainly changed, some changes for the better, some not! NFA!

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I attended this concert

I loved that evening of music. In the summer in Yale Bowl. Had a great time. I recall the clouds of smoke outside the bowl and did not realize until later what had taken place.

I can't wait to order this live set and revisit that day.

Peace,
Edje

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Had no idea

I guess they did have a few more shows there. but NOT MANY.. And I know as a fact that New haven canceled ALL CONCERTS at the bowl for that year.... I guess they DID try again (I am young) and hold shows there but ultimately ( I looked into this whole issue a bit more-Living in new haven that is pretty easy..) They DID have a FEW shows there after 72 including the Beach boys show you saw BUT, due to OTHER riots outside and bad security/police control, and a few idiots here and there (its always those FEW!) And the Neighbors around the Yale bowl ALL started complaining about NOISE, GARBAGE/DUMPING, RIOTS, PEOPLE ION THEIR YARDS/ HOUSES (HOME INVASIONS, ETC...... And I don't know what date was the TRUE end, but this show SADLY DID BEGIN the whole DOWNHILL spiral that ended with NO CONCERTS there EVER AGAIN! All they hold their now is YALE football games (BORING!) and ONCE IN A BLUE MOON a USA VS BRASIL SOCCER GAME (Or Something) NO CONCERTS NOW ANYMORE! I have heard the year 76 and 77 or around there they killed the shows forever... But this really was the one show that got people's THE LOCAL (MAYORS/GOVENORS/POLITICIANS AND RESIDENTS) attention on the matter sadly.... EVEN though they DID have a FEW more (WAY SPACED OUT - TIME WISE) concerts there.. RARE though....Must have been cool to see the Beach boys! I wish i got to see even ONE show there!
Cosmic Travelers - Gypsy Blue
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something to consider

http://www.theonion.com/content/node/30990

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Holy Grail risen from the Dead

My mind is blown. The quintessential quintet. 50 times in 71.

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I was there but must have been stoned

There were a couple of firsts for me at this concert, the first being the search lights and cops in riot gear upon leaving the concert very stoned and tripping. The second was that I could have sworn that I heard Jerry sing Okie from Muskogee where he said "we don't take no trips on LSD". But from all my bootleg copies of this concert it just never took place. Damn weird that I must have been tripping a song. Never the less was quite an experience, especially since I had left my lights on during the show and had to push it to start. Thank God for manual transmissions!

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