Grateful Dead

Red Rocks Amphitheatre - August 12, 1987

Red Rocks Amphitheatre

August 12, 1987

Morrison, CO US

Average: 4.4 (11 votes)


"Camptown Races" tuning before "Good Times"

Set List:

Hell in a Bucket
Good Time Blues
Cumberland Blues
Mexicali Blues
Friend of the Devil
My Brother Esau
Bird Song
Music Never Stopped

China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Man Smart/Woman Smarter
Terrapin Station
The Other One
Dear Mr. Fantasy
Wharf Rat
Turn on Your Love Light

Quinn the Eskimo

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Attendees of this show

dubai-escorts-bunnies, bluecrow, Amy from New York, Luvdacheese, Chuck Gannon, dbdweller, AIMScto,, kevinhardy, gratefulseedsaver, scarletfire2297, subdog, AgnesK, beep, scoobiedew, Hollyfabbri, Tennessee Wed, crunchyfrog, nitecat, bodegahwy, Jules N Binokulas, Mike T., Urrgh, rymo, LocoBrian, dedsled, kayman714, GripWeed, mtentori, Oxford 88, rlrs, Norwood, Theeteetop, miltonmutant, hockey_john, cosmicsushi714, Grateful Mike, vandi421, bobsdead, NJDEAD40, smwagner21, hitmeister, Phinnegan, juddh1, Sugarmagkauai, bigriver909, quick68, blacksharpie, carolina bubba, fifty lakes, Runk, USpace, silicia, ChinaRider77, revelation bus, skharvey, bubu13, gboyar13, grateful hawaiian, farmer john, 123IBT, nipsyhustle, tootsfan, walstib98, kjn70, PeggyO65, greeksam78, dpw1982, DavAlan, Lazyhaze, shannycreek, darkstarcrashes, Balloonatic Austinweird, AmazonTracy, rodiebluez1, joebroomhead, Mr.Natural, sunfish62, backintheday, Mud, Boris90, grubstake, stu magoo, AlaskaDeadHead1, Toadmaster, midiman007, magrat, deadlvr68, TomBanjo1969, Gratefulbead, duppree, Cerberus, HelenABucket, jstrawks, alovours13, hillndale, LadySparkle, photoleon, Stella Bleu, Big Black Peter, tcrider, Iggy, Beamers, JHoler, sdiggs40, st.stephen_colorado, jeffbigcur, bmurf, Brunfus, jdugs, BornInADesert, BurntDawg, Trent2000, cool colo. rain, Migo, MagicPEZ, wharfrat1016, scotter270, ladnarc, bejosh, gravedigger7, jsomoza, buddawolf, paulsig, gr8fulcraig, deadinmadtown, uconnjhd, thecrowtoldme, hoffmnj, seadog5519, NNJDEADHEAD68, Thepman, ejh495, The_Music_Danced_Me, Janeen, BarefeetBob, aikox2, JAXTRAWICHITA, jlg3rd, CindyLou, Tom Mittemeyer, rami, Sleepingdragon777, kambyman, Good ol GD, WaywardBill, luv Brent70, BEGGERSPAY, another jerry, Thomas Shields, Sleepy Monkey, Wandering Soul, johnnybgoode, novakm1, romp711, Elston64, Chief Book Dog, westking101, 9785, terrapination, Gypsy Cowgirl, goldgreek, Drumhead, Cass, geriskids83, AugustWest0809, AndieIsAlthea, Skjellyfetti, Ted S, Violaleeblue, b1ackpeter, sequoiadean, lisainpotown, stacyscott26, scottymak, Rum Jungle, drkstar69, tommygutt, poiriergreg, deadheaddave1982, BlondeJim, Tito714, Billy Boy, Josef, smallwarfrat,, slidebrain, badtpyist, jed06, bilee, thfalk, fool, tiedyebob, threesaints2003, AnnieRoses, therobthompson, bhamel55, jerryskid, Harpersedg, Bearzchoice, wharfrat8199, crippledbutfree, muab dib, AikoBearzly, WHERE DO THEY COME FROM---- WHAT DO THEY MEAN, 1DEDHED, spudvw67bus, slipknot, lucia dillon, Symmetry, gratefuldoc, dead4days, lzylightning, stellablu11, Cosmiccharlie, buscameby, juicediva, sfwhip, wolff, moforme, Augwest, DEADHEADED, deadheadead, weallen, gilco, mrngdo, skrletbegonia, Tony_S, ray, Tampa Red, gcs, philsurf, Antwerps Placebo, peterpollay, theoneandonlycorky, tommyfogarty, Raff, dalton, Chief, alta, 333mike, tripperb, rainbow-trout, Far-L, bigdavetx, richard, rainbow_trout, gratefuldave, bdog1963, dannyclark1966, Richter, d0ti5, tse, skioa, Thom, bmayjor, Zippatron, Ski_Nose, Doug, spam, boxorain62, Teedawg, augustwest, ratskrad, REK, Sully, marye


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Joined: Jun 5 2007

Probably high in my top 5 shows of all time. Powerful sound. There was a guy who brought his Down Syndrome brother to the show right in front of us. He got ALL coked up (we saw him) and my group was all frying on multiple hits of yin-yang, after a while, coke head started hitting his brother who was retarded and possibly tripping, too, then he fell down and hurt his head..all too wierd, but the Terrapin was mindblowing and we had a great time otherwise. Ticket guy tore up our good tix on Friday saying they were counterfeit. They weren't tho. Asshole.

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Joined: Jun 11 2007
Really harsh ticket scene all during the run...

Lots of ticket weirdness during that entire run. I have never seen a staff that was more paranoid about counterfeit tickets anywhere, anytime, and a lot of people's good tickets were in fact torn up right in their faces, both mail order and TicketBastard tickets. This is absolutely true! It happened to some poor schlep on the bus I took getting to the first show. Imagine that happening after the ol' nearly-cross-country trip, and what it took to get Red Rocks tickets in the first place! Want an even better story? Two days before the shows began, one of the people supposedly going with us called to say that her golden retriever puppy had CHEWED UP her Red Rocks tickets into little micro-pieces! Oh, fabulous. She managed to tape them back together (sort of), but needless to say they looked like shit. Once we got there and got a whiff of the ticket paranoia, I said "There is NO WAY that they're letting you in with those!", but of course even with people getting perfectly good tickets shredded in front of them, they let her in all three nights! What was it about the Dead that caused the staffs at ordinarily reasonable venues to simply lose their minds when it came to the Dead? Why was everyone always so fucking nervous about a bunch of damn hippies?

"I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy."

Joined: Jun 21 2007
My ticket story

Well, I had no idea until reading here about people getting denied entry to these shows with real about uncool...However, one of my fondest memories from attending Dead shows, happened here at this run. I was entering the amphitheater at around 5-6pm, it was still sunny out. I believe there are several small entrances and you have to walk on narrow, winding concrete pathways. At the end of my pathway, there was a small entrance with two turnstiles and just a handful of people there entering. The guy just in front of me in line did not have a ticket and tried to run the gate by jumping over the turnstile. Needless to say, he was caught immediately by these brute security guards. And one of them said to him,"Where's your ticket?" At which point some guy who was already inside the amphitheater produced a ticket for him! They definitely didn't know each other for I could see the panic on the guy's face, followed by relief...(the guy was a serious tourhead and was out of his tree, speechless the whole time- including after her received the ticket..though he did produce a grin). I'll never forget someone 'miracling' someone like that, right in front of me, on the other side of a turnstile...As for the shows, I thought they were uneven. The highlight is the electrifying Estimated solo...Jerry nails it...short but powerful.

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Joined: Jun 21 2007
chief ? campground

it was after this show or maybe the following night that some poor dude lost his life in the campground after being turned on to the needle and the spoon down the road from the rocks..he supposedly did some dope,apparently too much,then stumbled off,only to die outside of my tent..i know the person who turned him on was questioned,but dont know if he was ever charged with anything..rumor had it the band knew of this dude,a long time follower,and that the following shows " he`s gone" was dedicated to him..painful dose of reality on what was other wise an incredible trip..............
I T S E E M S L I K E A L L T H I S L I F E..........
W A S .... J U S T A D R E A M "

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Joined: May 26 2007
Chief Hosa campground

dude in question was a well known part of the parking lot scene.


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Red Rocks Amphitheatre - August 12, 1987