Grateful Dead

Boston Garden - April 2, 1973

Boston Garden

April 02, 1973

Boston, MA US

Average: 4.5 (8 votes)


"Tico Tico" tuning before "BIODTL" - 10 beat "BIODTL"

Set List:

Promised Land
Mexicali Blues
Brown Eyed Women
Beat it on Down the Line
Row Jimmy
Looks Like Rain
Wave That Flag
Box of Rain
Big River
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
You Ain't Woman Enough
Jack Straw
Don't Ease Me In
Playing in the Band

Ramble On Rose
Me and My Uncle
Mississippi Half-Step
Around and Around
Loose Lucy
Greatest Story Ever Told
Here Comes Sunshine
Me and Bobby McGee
WRS Prelude
Eyes of the World
China Doll
Sugar Magnolia
Casey Jones
Johnny B. Goode

We Bid You Goodnight

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Eli Polonsky's picture
Joined: Jun 18 2007
First show!

This was my first Dead show! NRPS opened, and the Dead played until well after 1:00 AM, after the public transit stops running in Boston!

Being high school students who didn't yet have drivers licenses, my friend and I were glad to find that someone had set up about a half-dozen funky old school buses to run Deadheads from the Garden out to the suburbs, approximately along the main subway lines, after the show! It was so cool! And, definitely something that could have only happened back in those times.

Joined: Jun 18 2008

great show! wrs prelude gently into eyes---beautiful! also one of the best eyes take out jams!

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Joined: Aug 25 2012
jerry sitting in on new riders set

New Riders of the Purple Sage (with Jerry Garcia on pedal steel guitar)
Boston Garden
Boston, MA
Monday April 2, 1973

Opener for Grateful Dead

1. Sutter's Mill
2. ??
3. ??
4. Duncan and Brady (traditional)
5. I Don't Need No Doctor (Ray Charles)
6. Groupie
7. Louisiana Lady
8. ??
9. Ring Ring Goes the Bell (Chuck Berry)
10. Take a Letter Maria (R. B. Greaves)
11. ??
12. ?? (inc Tape flip cut)
13. Last Lonely Eagle
14. Willie and the Hand Jive (Johnny Otis)

15. Honky-Tonk Women (Rolling Stones)

16. start of Grateful Dead set

Joined: Mar 31 2014
Boston Garden Concert

I took the train in from Waltham. I couldn't get a ticket so I went around the side and climbed up the fire escape.I broke in through a window in the storage area and came down in the back of the stage. I walked down the steps on the side right next to the Wall of Sound. I got a front row view of the whole thing. I was tripping so I really got into the vibe of the speakers that shook the Gardens that night. It was so loud it damaged my eardrums. I've been hard of hearing ever since. The concert went so late I missed the last train out of north station. I tried to catch it and ran right through a plate glass door that was locked. I cut myself in three places from my wrist up to my shoulder.I ended up in the hospital getting stitches. I told that story a hundred times like a true veteran of a hard rock era.

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Joined: Jun 5 2007

Excited to hear this released DaP21! Have not and will not listen to before DaP21 arrives, but man, talk about a dream setlist :-)
Way to go Dave!


Joined: May 6 2013

Thanks for all you do. I have written you repeatedly. When are you going to release High Auditorium, Alaska 1980? If you give Hawaii a shot, surely you well know the Alaska shows are as important AND unique.
While at it, I will once again lobby for more Acoustic Releases from your series. Sans, Dick's Picks 8 - Harpur College, I don't recall much. Pay attention, please showcase the entire arsenal.
I would also gladly be of service to help you in any way.
Thanks so much!

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Joined: Feb 8 2009
sneaking in

wow,'I believe,' in '94 people go in the same way. sorry you freaked out about the train, scars for sure! Peace out.
~grateful dave (dport)


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Boston Garden - April 2, 1973