Grateful Dead

Hampton Coliseum - April 9, 1983

Hampton Coliseum

April 09, 1983

Hampton, VA US

Average: 4.5 (16 votes)


first "Bob Star"

only "Smokestack Jam"

Set List:

Promised Land
West L.A. Fadeaway
My Brother Esau
New Minglewood Blues
Brown Eyed Women
Looks Like Rain
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider

Help on the Way
Franklin's Tower
Smokestack Jam
Throwin' Stones
Black Peter
Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad
One More Saturday Night


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Attendees of this show

RichIntoTheFuture, dubai-escorts-bunnies, GeoffHarrison, trips4larzy, brezit, JHPthatsme, sebimmerlady, pukegrub, ccklone, Bill388, Ruff Barker, wilber57, doctorjay, Jules N Binokulas, DMCROY, lexpost, Jerry Gillespie, Zbear, vadeadhead, MikeOMikeO, madbonger618, ejsummer, kayman714, skydiver44, fcbrew, ThomasMantellWilliams, MtnBB, Larchmont, mtoti1962, hockey_john, Paul Dirks, cmd, Quazi, andychatfield, jojomosgo, SBurke, EugeneEvon, goodliving, hitmeister, ZephyrGirl, chuckebbets, intrepid, AlpineValley81, ChinaRider77, mickydf250, WillyB, seltz, tashwolf, moogirl, Eyesbeyond, tcmarbles, 7d n me, laurence, meepzort, RedRocksJim, virginia blackie, jilleh, Esparka, kjmcdonagh, Ljouwert, greeksam78, Dancin Dave, drc456, spacewalker, BIODTR58, tpenn, bill.mayer, Cozmic Eddie, dr zevon, downtownbear, sunfish62, Ossumpei, AlaskaDeadHead1, dectra, deadredhead, HelenABucket, deadratdog, rich k, redcdiver, bml140, Extinguiderm, alovours13, randybluz, landman53, Boulderhippy, GTLTBP, misterglen, pockeyway, nicklas59, pat L, sandwich girl, ajfink12, lonesomejohnnie, ShivaHo, docjbf, powderjunky, norbeast, CarlaDCArea, dp351, kenrock, gairleog, woodymoose, BornInADesert, bow4bass, JohnRinVA, flach77, BurntDawg, lagnaf, SCDeadhead, Fulcanelli, scottrost, ladnarc, Deadathoner, hippie-hugs, deadheadfrom76, naddybear, imagine1979, darkstar1964, tomsned66, rbull, kat64, amdew122, billytell, trippy, elgrande, bobby, Saisabok, tsadler, aikox2, DinoBam, MICKE527, skunjelefeti, lamarred664, free2liv64, philmaywalt, shithead, brookeok, cub, aliceDmillionair, LittleTerry, snowindian, MusicClark, flahead, jimi864, cosmicloyed, brown-eyedwoman, dave h, JJG4Ever, sakparadise, uncjhn, StaggerLee32, xboxershorts, Sprybert, dancingblondiebear, AlanSheckter, 143or245, Sleepy Monkey, Tigerman, wyldman22964, ginsu710, BigDog, playin33041, dloehr, Bluz4Jody, gr8fulpete, teamcram, Felix, WHARFRAT917, theleven, birdiewasthere, rgreene, picnic, GR8FLPT, SocietysPliers, West.August, mrkaos63, jackandceleste, HowardH, chinacatcumberland5, fatmanrox, Rum Jungle, gdhead77, logstirl, whatthefunk, corry4peace, phoenixburke, CatfishJohn, jackerowe, bird-song, Jack_Straw22, auralworship, NoQuarter, raven,, brainman, eazywind, sugarmag122, henry, jblotter, slpatgun, fool, Erica Evans, Big Boss Man, pizzab, mapturtle, Kurtkormann, wharfrat8199, Dancingnancies, zyx, joey-nj, terrybear, raferm, TheDireWolf, Bob Minkin, Tbear, dharmagum, augustwest41, wmcgurn, taperdave, Cub42, stock, Margs, nalex, Skully, bayoupirate, lucia dillon, Symmetry, gdgroupie, Jim Gore, budculbertson, CR, Cryptic_Envelopment, CosmicDinsdale, shasty, Live Life in Real Time, PeggyO, levitonjl, jodoyle, Raoul Duke, OneGratefulDad, Staggerlee, Joey Bonghitter, walstib3, B.A., Bobby33914, warlok, Papa-bear, bill642, Raff, Columbia, rdnzl, jay_harrs, fotd1977, LoneStarDead, dschpan, philfan61, ricflower, mitchell, marlo, BlackandWhite.Peter, LENDEAD, Thom, Duggles, tbsjr65, jergirl61, jcmpbl, skllbob, rodger allinson, Spender, Alsflorida, Charlie Miller, jleopold, aud, izzie


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amdew122's picture
Joined: Sep 25 2008
I can't get no satisfation

For my buddies and I this was our first long adventure to a show. We drove down from CT in a early 70's Chevy Impala, with temp plates, that has spent shocks and springs so the car swayed when you drove down the highway. First we are speeding down the Saw Mill and ofcoarse get tagged for speeding but there is so much traffic the cop can't pull into traffic. My buddy Dave then pulls up a couple exits and starts making rights and lefts and we end up in a strip mall in Westchester. Great our first road trip and we are already wanted men. We drive all the way to NYC by the back roads and make it across the GW Brdige and are 3 miles onto the Jersey Turnpike and we are all high 5'ing each other when once again the men in blue are in the rear view mirror with their sirens on.
We are legal so Dave pulls over. It was classic, a young trooper approaches and says someone is looking for you, and ask what we are doing. We say we are going to see the Grateful Dead in Virgina.Yes we were young. He ask for the registration checks that everything is cool and says "I saw them once and have a good time, just please drive slower". We were like wow this trip is meant to happen. We make it down there and we are also going to tape. This was before the taping sections so between the three of us we are sneaking in all equipment . I have threaded metal pole in my pants and are hobbling along, oh yeah we ate too, so we get in set up oposite the stage in the first row and get set up to go and go we did. Phil had just broken out his new 6 string base and they also just broken out Help>Slip> Franklin's. The first set was amazing and many older heads are totally grooving, they introduce two new songs too. The lights go down and the band is bathed in red, we are tripping our brains out and between Jerry and Phil you know exactly where this was going, but for many of us we had never seen the Suite played live so when they explode into Help the audience is entralled and erupts. The Slip Knot I think was one of the best ever, as good as as Binghampton or the Meadowlands.When they drop into Franklin's we are all in heaven! Brent plays this cool Carribean/ percussion sounding riff which they only did a couple of times ,10/14/83 Scarlet is the most famous example.Jerry forgets a verse and laughs, as we all did in Franklin's, but redeems himself and then the band rips into Truckin' which has two highlights one is if you were there was when they turned up the house lights on the chorus "Sometimes the lights are are shining on me"It was hilarious and very poweful. For 5 second we all just stopped as we are looking at each other, us at the band the band at us. It was too much! The audience roared it's appreciation and the lights drop back down on the band.What a long strange trip it has been! The jam out of the Truckin was intense, Other One written all over it and the band then just drop's into Smoke Stack , which is in the same key and pitch as they would play it with Pig Pen. His spirit was right there at that moment,wow!!!! Listening to the tape in the parking lot, in that dense fog that made the Coliseum look like a flying saucer ,although not the best quality, was a great treat for all.

Joined: Apr 5 2009
Oh holy cow this was a special night! LOUD too!

amdew122, we meet again ;-) We were together the year before in Hartford ;-) but I am really digging your story here!

This was also my first long-distance show. My friend PK and I piled into weezer's crummy little honda civic for a mad-cap overnight drive from Jersey, arriving at the coliseum in the wee hours of the morn, when there were about 30 cars in the lot. We immediately spy my friends from Pratt and thus the party began. All day we had a blast, one very fond lot memory is of the heads that pull up in the microbus with the malfunctioning wipers. They had tied a string to the wiper arms and were using the string, through the open vent windows, to see-saw the wipers back and forth to clear the drizzle...

We all partook of some VERY high quality paper (I think the entire venue did that night - it was absolutely crackling in there). From the opening notes of Bertha, the band just EXPLODED into this show. Weez and I were also up above that walkway above the side of the stage, but immediately booked down and up front. The minute we got down in front, I took one look at Phil and says to myself - Holy Shite, that bass is HUGE. Wait a miunute! It's a six string! WOW! I had never heard such power in a bass guitar before. I remember Brent's synth being so loud I thought my eardrums would split open. Brother Esau was a new treat that I immediately fell in love with - I never understood why Bob dropped it later in the 80's. They closed with a thunderous China/Rider which was absolute bliss to me.

The prelude to the second set was exactly as amdew122 described - the stage was bathed in red, and the band's tune-ups sounded very ominous and spacy to me. I had no idea they had broken out the H/S/F suite a couple weeks before, and when Jerry hit that first chord BA-DA, BA-DAHHH!!! Oh my gawsh it was just unreal - we were in for a treat. The entire rest of the set was just sick, absolutely fantastic. This show remains one of my top three of all the 89 I saw over the 16 years I saw the band... I highly recommend to any and all that you seek out a recording of this show.



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Joined: Jun 20 2007
Blowin out the roof

Mystical Hampton! Saturday Night Everybody's rocking, going round and round, faster and faster w/ all around. Back and Forth from crowd to band, energy building, spiraling down, mingling sweat to lube the dance and adding smell to the sound the song is alive and circling quicker, fleeter, passion running through the tightness of the jam. The whole arena pulsing, throbbing till at last no more can it be contained. A crescendo frenzying along with blinding speed to escape with a whirling blast - BOOM, the roof lifts up ( just another lid on a boiling pot)with the force of a tornado. This gets everyone's attention and we all stop in our tracks - dance steps frozen and instruments still we all look at one another and in a second or two that seems a lifetime know the power of music and dance is a force to be reckoned. Afterwards the fog and spiraling exits add to the mystery and we float meanderingly back to the school yard parking area where we are camped.

Joined: Feb 25 2014
First Show!!

This was an amazing night. Thanks to Chuck Stoner for getting me into the Dead. After this night, I was hooked. I would love to have a copy of this show!!! Anyone with a copy that I could buy?

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Joined: Aug 25 2012
Amazing Show

I will never forget how the 1st notes of Help on the way made us insane and jumping for joy knowing it was back in the rotation and not just a sample breakout. Phil was certainly excited about the breakout it seemed.


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Hampton Coliseum - April 9, 1983