Grateful Dead

Berkeley Community Theatre - August 21, 1972

Berkeley Community Theatre

August 21, 1972

Berkeley, CA US

Average: 5 (2 votes)


last "Space": 10-08-68 [447]

Set List:

Promised Land
He's Gone
Black Throated Wind
Friend Of The Devil
Jack Straw
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Me and My Uncle
Beat it on Down the Line
Stella Blue
Playing in the Band
Brown Eyed Women
Mexicali Blues
Casey Jones

Greatest Story Ever Told
Ramble On Rose
Dark Star
El Paso
Sugar Magnolia
Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo
Uncle John's Band
One More Saturday Night

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Joined: Jun 14 2007
1st show out west

Moved out to Berkeley in aug of 1972.This was my first show out west.

Joined: Sep 27 2007
Sirius Satelite Online

I heard the show today on it - It was AMAZING

does anyone know if this is a dick's picks?

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Joined: Dec 20 2007
First show for me

My first Dead show. Been a dead head ever since
Roger Dodger

Joined: Jun 7 2007

Took Greg to this his first show, gave him a hit of pane and got seats in front row balcony. Energy pulsed like waves from band and crowd below. Greg became a "star" in first dead movie "last five". He was the head right in front of Jerry pressed against the stage with the "permanent smile". Couple years later backstage at Winterland, thanks to Boots, somebody asked who we were and Ramrod said Greg "got more face time than Jerry in the movie'.

Joined: Jun 27 2009
This has to be my first show

My first Dead show was during this BCT run and all I really remember of the songs played was:
1) Casey Jones to close the first set - some large light fixture with a cursive "Grateful Dead" spelled out in light bulbs appeared during this song. I also thought this was the end of the show until told to stay for the second set.
2) El Paso (I seem to remember feeling lost and disinterested right before this recognizable cover - which turns out to be during Dark Star right before).
3) Sugar Magnolia (only because of the "breeze in the pines" lyric).

So I think this is the night I went to judging by the set list. I also remember that it was a week night.

I think Bobby had a pink blazer on?????

I only went to this show because I was at work when the tickets went on sale. I asked my mom to get 2 tickets to Yes on 8/5/72 which went on sale the same day. I guess everyone else was there for Dead tix and she probably accidently got the Dead tix then had to get the Yes tix afterward. The Yes show was a jaw dropper by the way.

I must not have read the tickets properly and got to the show about an hour late. We had first row balcony but had to be moved down to 8th row floor because of something called a "tapers section" in the balcony.

Although I really didn't get into the music, being mostly unfamiliar with their repertoire, that night I learned better right around 1974 and by that time the band was just about to go on hiatus. My second show was Snack Sunday.

I have never heard a tape of this BCT show and wonder what great sounds went totally over my head that night (especially the Dark Star).

Joined: Feb 28 2011
These shows were in my high school auditorium!

I remember taking the bus to buy tickets at the local Ticketron outlet at Sears. I got second row center for three of these shows! The same guy was in front of me in the front row each night, and he was trying to tape the shows discreetly, so he traded seats with me. I remember dancing during China- Rider and being yelled at by Bill Graham to sit down. Then Healy invited me to hang out onstage.

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Joined: Feb 9 2008
Dark Star


Joined: Feb 28 2011

My first run of shows as a baby deadhead, and it took place in my high school auditorium!
I remember taking the bus from Berkeley to Sears in Oakland to buy tickets at ? Ticketron? and somehow got second row center for all the nights.
At the show, a taper in sitting in front of me asked if I’d trade seats so he could tape more discreetly: by all means! During one of the shows I got up to dance, and was yelled at by Bill Graham, whereupon I was invited to dance the side of the stage by Dan Healy. Those were the days!
I think it was at these shows that I realized there was a dedicated group who attended every show and who knew one another. I’m still one of them.


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Berkeley Community Theatre - August 21, 1972