Grateful Dead

Shea's Buffalo Theatre - January 20, 1979

Shea's Buffalo Theatre

January 20, 1979

Buffalo, NY US

Average: 5 (8 votes)


Donna was absent

Set List:

Promised Land
El Paso
It's All Over Now
New Minglewood Blues
Stagger Lee
Jack Straw

I Need a Miracle
Good Lovin'
Estimated Prophet
The Other One
The Other One
Dark Star
Not Fade Away
Sugar Magnolia

One More Saturday Night

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Joined: Jun 11 2007
I thought both Keith and

I thought both Keith and Donna were absent during the second incedilble set. This show should be a dicks picks. At the space before Dark Star, Bobby stood on one leg, and held a yoga pose with his ax held high as they slowly fell into Dark Star.
Note, that this was also during the time of some of the last Keith and Donna shows, and many rumored in-house fighting going on. So when 'da boyz' busted out a second set like this one, with both of them gone said alot to the audience.

a show to remeber and then some.....

Joined: Jun 13 2007
One of those stories...

Didn't catch this show, but heard this story, which may or may not be true...

We saw the Providence, RI show right before this. Some deadhead we heard about caught the show and was headed home -- time to leave the tour. He ran in to Jerry in the airport and Jerry said, "You should go to Buffalo for the show." and the guy said, "Naw, time to head home," and Jerry repeated, "Go to Buffalo." What the hell... when Jerry says to go to the show... and there was the last Dark Star that would be played for the next three years...


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Joined: Jul 20 2007
Historic Night

This was the first night of the boys only. Kieth and Donna broke up. It was a Dead Head convention. It was the best show I had the honor of catching.

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Joined: Jun 7 2010
1st Show.....

Picked a good show to start....

Joined: Nov 19 2010
My first show, finally

What a FANTASTIC show...set 2 was on fire! I remember (between mandala images) how late the band was for the show and how long this show was. It ended at about midnight. My buddy was convinced Jerry had set a rope from the balcony to the stage for him to dance on! We sparked up one and he soon forgot (thank goodness)! Bobby did let the ax fall, and Donna was gone. I later was told it was Jerry's decision. All that does not matter, life goes on, and I went on tour. Another set of shows that year from Stanley Theatre in Pittsburgh was also fantastic, same type of theater as Shea's.

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Joined: Sep 10 2007

A very strong set 1, with Peggy-O and It's All Over Now as the highlights, and marred only by a tepid Stagger (it's a good song but it has a tendency to bring a show down). 2d set doesn't start off that great but by Estimated it is picking up. Dark Star is of course the peak, both jams are excellent, the first is pealing an onion layer by layer (I even notice Keith for the first time in the show) and the second a Sunday afternoon walk in the park that gets scary when a pack of kids causes some trouble. The ensuing NFA is short but excellent. Overall, a close to Great show, but I grade it as a VG show, 9/10

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Joined: Jul 20 2007
My Greatest Show

To me this was the ultimate show. It was the boys, Donna was no more. Seemed like the whole audience was on the same doses and what a night!

Joined: Sep 1 2015
Do you have any idea about

Do you have any idea about what is being show in Shea's Buffalo Theatre? Well, I don’t have much information regarding this. I am of the opinion that it is sort of Wild Park where you can get to see lot of wild beings.

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Joined: Nov 27 2017

The information which you have shared here is not clear to me. What does the set lit mean? I have observed that it is some of the musical instrument names. If possible please share its uses. glass coffee mugs


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Shea's Buffalo Theatre - January 20, 1979