Grateful Dead

Red Rocks Amphitheatre - August 12, 1979

Red Rocks Amphitheatre

August 12, 1979

Morrison, CO US

Average: 4.6 (9 votes)

Set List:

Promised Land
They Love Each Other
Mama Tried
Mexicali Blues
Lazy Lightnin'
Brown Eyed Women
Looks Like Rain

China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Lost Sailor
Don't Ease Me In
Estimated Prophet
Eyes of the World
Not Fade Away
Black Peter
Around and Around

U.S. Blues

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Attendees of this show

dubai-escorts-bunnies, hklein3936, MANOFORT, basira, gratefulseedsaver, henn, martyroosf, jamessoai, Mgross1356, B O, 7thWalker, JesterJSNWMF, ccklone, nitecat, stevespit, geododge, buffalo woman, GripWeed, Joe Cat, miltonmutant,, loveumore, CB603, Garybegd, quick68, grateful hawaiian, azforker, ktronan, PeggyO65, Balloonatic Austinweird, J-Lu, chicosez, scotts, downtownbear, ksj, stu magoo, pokologist, ddam, dangerousdave911, Guardian, picasso_moon420, scotty m, jonser, dustyeagle, digitunes, gjs56, docmark, hashburysp, nicklas59, bmiracles, snowboardpete, oldeadhead, TAGRTFUL, okeedeaddave, cool colo. rain, SCDeadhead, refugee3, DireWolfStudios, smithmm, skibumbo, New York Guy, RIPJERRY, gr8fldanielle, bucks yellow-van, jimbro57, kimbo, free idea, aikox2, lamarred664, CindyLou, DeadPhotog, kusinit, MichaelCR, aliceDmillionair, bucks-yellow van, pather, AlanSheckter, Johnny_A, friskotatt2, pieface, strangetrip, drkeith, Peachy, wharftrat, spaceck, terrapination, glicks, Dr Feelgood, goverlid, Brownie, West.August, Dice, Ted S, HowardH, Gr8fulTed, Freddie, Valerie Stevenson, aligator, phoenixburke, driddels, Tito714, Mikey, smallwarfrat, slidebrain, deshafe, jed759, reesdeag, Walstib, westsiderider, Cindyfromdenver, Terry Tolkin, Bearzchoice, Bob Minkin, micgram1999, gratefuldeadinmyhead, slipknot, granfallooon, fishman, buscameby, bobsdead, gleng1, Live Life in Real Time, suzy creamcheese, hot2na, tony23d, MattMan, Dave Matlick, Queer Deadhead, StLMSOSea, Tony_S, Hawilo, gcs, bigsky, Sinc6, paisley, Chief, ikofun, EDupree, hiker, alta, NYLifer, DrkStr, d0ti5, marlo, kennyony, Golden Road, AnDe, snoone, spam, Post N. Steiner, GRTUD, kuu, Jonckel


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Joined: Jun 8 2007
back at the rocks- some rain

back at the rocks- some rain starting thus the next shows at McNichols...

Joined: Jun 11 2007
I remember the rain, RamRod

I remember the rain, RamRod and Steve came out and placed plastic over some of the speakers, I also remember Ken Kesey at the show banging away on bells during a long protracted space. They all made the mountain ring. after the rainit was pertinent to hear Jerry sing ' and who can the weather command'....

Joined: Jun 25 2007
Best Road trip to see the Dead


We were all just 19 years old : Craig, Mark, Kenny and I -
we drove a van from Philly to see the west, and to see the Dead. By this time in our lives we were vetern GD concert goers on the East Coast.

Red Rocks blew our mind, the place is the best venue to see a concert.

We partied and did the window pane dance around the Bon Fire at Chief Hasa camp ground over ran the town of Morrison

Now we are old men - but still young at heart -
Mark is gone now we miss him, I still see Craig and Kenny when I get back to Philly, We still see some shows, some of the new JAM Bands

But this Red Rock show is one of my all time favorites.
Maybe it was the place, maybe it was the people we met,
or maybe it was that we were young and free on the road with no responsibilities.

Joined: Jun 14 2007
2many dheads

A ton of people w/o tix, someone died trying to sneak in. Buckets of rain later.

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Joined: Sep 5 2007
F-ing life changing show for me...the best ever!

I got double dragoned on that day and the RD must have
been 400 mics...DOD just kdding!
So anyway I just remember the drums RIPPING open the sky like primordial caveman like Shamanistic magic- a wheel with the faces of the audience on it and once in a while even my own head popped up on the "slot machine" - i think this a prankster archetype...sat near i think Phil Jackson- fourth row and a bastard with a grim reaper outfit that scared the living piss out of me most of the night til I finally succumbed to group mind...recall a pile of the Van guys (could well be guy from above) snuck in when a poor guy died by falling off the rocks....I too recall ramrod standing above it all looking and the floods all shining to see what happened to the guy who fell off left side of the rocks as the ticketless got their miracle via an offering to the gods---
The Rocks is a MYSTICAL and wierd place- I felt the presence of Indian spirits there and I am sure the guy who died spirit hovered around most of the rest of the show...
Lazy Lightning was kind of frightening if you know what I mean...but after that it took me about 4 years to integrate the show...and I got it...or so I think...

"if the Thunder don't get ya then the lightning will!"- The Wheel
"Gonna find out something only dead men know" - Silvio
Class of Red Rocks '79...
Life without the Dead is not life...and so we carry on...

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Joined: Dec 30 2008
Second Trip to the Rocks

I mnde it back in August 78 and this time I took some friends from Madison out west. What a place! There was this lady, probably security, on top of the stage-left side where the screen is now outlined against the was wierd and beautiful...the Estimated was rockin'.

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Roll away the dew, Rob.

Joined: Aug 28 2008
Looking for this show...

...because I was born on this day.



Leave no stone unturned.

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Joined: Sep 26 2007
here comes the rain

e-mail second trip to the rox from the bay i remember during looks like rain and bobby kept repeating looks like rain feels like rain, here comes the rain ..the whole world turning grey. jerry was hitting these notes that sounded like rain coming down.. i was looking out over the rox toward the light .poss. denver and then all of a sudden thunder. lightning and rain rain. hence the next show mcnicols. was that the mcnicols show where they had a skeleton on stage holding a silver. halo ring ovr his head?

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Joined: Apr 27 2010
What a trip

Drove from NJ in my VW bug with Joe. Got to Red Rocks for Marshall Tucker the night before and snuck on stage after the show. Joe and I performed the Cumberland Blues with my acoustic guitar to no one before security threw us out. That night partied hard in Evergreen. Joe hooked up with a local beauty who had an extra ticket. Next day they found me asleep on the side of the road and off to the show we went. I layed on the floor covered with sleeping bags to get through all the check points. Massive steps to get into the show. About 20 deadheads made it that far besides me with no tickets. 2 girls in bikini tops distracted security while this big dude grabbed 2 guards in headlocks. We all went running up the stairs. I don't know how many made it in, but I did. Melted into the crowd and found Joe. Scored a couple of cubes and waited. Decided we weren't getting off so we score some red dragon. 2 minutes later we were flying. an hour later I couldn't speak only take in the weirdness. Saw the guy fall off the rocks. Didn't quite know if it was real. Then Jerry played It Looks Like Rain and saved my life with the cool drops falling from the sky. Definitely my most memorable show.

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
yea there's a price for being freeeee....

One of the most unique experiences in all the years of touring- a show at red rocks. Loved it. The show was average but I listened to the audience tape over and over. The space - not fade away was lovely. The china rider was super duper. The lost sailor i thought bob was yellin at me trippin' and dreamin'. Ahh yes the care free days of pure dead livin'.


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Red Rocks Amphitheatre - August 12, 1979