Grateful Dead

McNichols Sports Arena - August 14, 1979

McNichols Sports Arena

August 14, 1979

Denver, CO US

Average: 3.5 (6 votes)


first "Easy To Love You"

Set List:

Jack Straw
Mama Tried
Mexicali Blues
Tennessee Jed
Easy to Love You
Stagger Lee
Music Never Stopped

Promised Land
Ship of Fools
Samson and Delilah
Terrapin Station
Playin' in the Band
Not Fade Away
Stella Blue
Good Lovin'

U.S. Blues
Johnny B. Goode

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Attendees of this show

dubai-escorts-bunnies, aikomark, MANOFORT, basira, gratefulseedsaver, henn, martyroosf, B O, 7thWalker, ccklone, nitecat, stevespit, yaffstone, geododge, GripWeed, Herr Gat, Canady, Joe Cat, miltonmutant, CB603, Garybegd, quick68, grateful hawaiian, azforker, gratefulljeff, PeggyO65, Balloonatic Austinweird, J-Lu, chicosez, scotts, ksj, ddam, wildcrafter, folsom9372, Guardian, picasso_moon420, scotty m, jonser, digitunes, gjs56, dedhedlibertarian, docmark, hashburysp, nicklas59, snowboardpete, cool colo. rain, neilwine,, refugee3, smithmm, New York Guy, gr8fldanielle, bucks yellow-van, 72.Deadhead, jimbro57, kimbo, muff1969, free idea, aikox2, lamarred664, CindyLou, DeadPhotog, kusinit, MichaelCR, aliceDmillionair, bucks-yellow van, AlanSheckter, ndw, Johnny_A, Ungnome, beth r, friskotatt2, pieface, strangetrip, drkeith, Peachy, wharftrat, terrapination, Timberline Rose, glicks, goverlid, Brownie, West.August, Dice, HowardH, Gr8fulTed, otto conner, Freddie, Valerie Stevenson, aligator, phoenixburke, driddels, Tito714, Mikey, smallwarfrat, slidebrain, jed759, jblotter, Walstib, westsiderider, Cindyfromdenver, Bearzchoice, Bob Minkin, Grr8ful, micgram1999, gratefuldeadinmyhead, Nefesh, fishman, buscameby, gleng1, Live Life in Real Time, Japegirou, suzy creamcheese, tony23d, MattMan, Dave Matlick, Queer Deadhead, StLMSOSea, Tony_S, ray, Hawilo, gcs, paisley, Chief, ikofun, hiker, NYLifer, DrkStr, d0ti5, marlo, kennyony, Golden Road, AnDe, snoone, spam, Post N. Steiner, GRTUD, kuu, jewel


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Joined: Jun 8 2007
more rain dammit! but an

more rain dammit! but an AMAZING Stella Blue after drums....

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Joined: Sep 17 2007
Good show, but ...

It was a bit of a letdown because the rain forced us indoors again. After the incredible show the night before, the energy wasn't quite as high this time.
Before the final "Johnny B. Goode", Bobby told the crowd that "maybe if we're all real good, we can come back next year" for better weather at Red Rocks.

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Joined: Jan 19 2009
My first show

This was my first Grateful Dead show--that I actually got to see, I mean--and is one I will always remember. Great Sampson and Delilah, and the Stella Blue was very memorable. In spite of the fact that the place seemed packed with cops, everyone seemed to have a good time.

Joined: Apr 14 2009
First show

Drove from Athens,Ohio in my 66 VW bus with five friends, a dog and a boa constrictor. We just happened to be in front of the doors that were opened first and were crushed into the arena. I needed the little bottles of Wild Turkey I had smuggled in my socks. I wasn't sure if it was the near death experience getting in, the long road to get there, or the beautiful girl, who offered to do "anything" for my seat in the third row in front of Jerry, but I was flying high on adrenaline before the show even started. I saw many shows in the years to come, but this one felt like a brain transplant. I was never the same boy again. I somehow fixated on the line "it would not make me tremble to see ten thousand fall." Years later and a lot of acid under the bridge, it seemed sometimes like I had lost that many friends. The one thing I hold onto though was the feeling that, at the shows in the moment it was forever and always will be.

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
left my home.....

Jack Straw, MNS were nicely done. Before second set I was hoping for a surprise - maybe as a consolation being forced indoors for two shows. When Promised Land started the second set my hopes were dashed. If they were goin' to play a repeat how about China Cat - Rider? Terrapin and Stella Dew were nicely done. After the show took a bus to the Grand Canyon for the first time WOW.

Joined: Feb 23 2011
Third night of three

Drove from the city (SF) to see 3 dead shows at red rocks. First show at RR was killer, but due to rain, next two nights were indoors at McNichols. Acoustics were fair, but visually just not the same. Crowd a bit subdued, maybe bummed because not at RR or maybe I am just used to Winterland vibe. First set highs: jack straw (always for me), Mexicali, TJed and Passenger. Second set better: opened with promised land, into ship of fools. Jerry jammed on Sampson and Delilah (like he usually does with that tune, kinda like Cumberland blues, at least to me) and terrapin. Band and fade away were great to. Encore was US blues and Johnny b. Goode which they did a lot back then.


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McNichols Sports Arena - August 14, 1979