Grateful Dead

The Spectrum - January 5, 1979

The Spectrum

January 05, 1979

Philadelphia, PA US

Average: 4.5 (13 votes)


last "Nobody's Fault": 10-12-77 [96]

Set List:

New Minglewood Blues
Mama Tried
Mexicali Blues
From the Heart of Me
Brown Eyed Women
It's All Over Now
Stagger Lee
Music Never Stopped

Good Lovin'
It Must Have Been the Roses
Estimated Prophet
Eyes of the World
Nobody's Fault But Mine
Black Peter
Around and Around

Johnny B. Goode

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Attendees of this show

dubai-escorts-bunnies, chocolope023, taperdave,, friimireally, orpheus, KaneKoMia, BRISO K POOLE, purplekush023, Mgross1356, Gr8ful Dead, dupree194, gogoroth, Automaticslim, hollywood74, Jerry Gillespie, deadfeat1, ElktonHead, ecce homo, rick bennett, the dude 58, IamGrateful, crazy Bear, Burl Brother Skip, joetroy, PaulBurke-JourneyHome, Terrapin Dave, obron, petemx5, DaveStrang, munclemex, hitmeister, billydee, Stardancer, intrepid, pjam, spikean, valleygirl2010, seltz, ktrainor106, honestbob, Brizzle, Stealyoursurfbordfromunderyourfeet, CherylB, ndhart, roseagle, corrinaandmarin, rockfan_az, louatchick, Mr.Natural, Mud, AlaskaDeadHead1, Flickster, rcs616, Tooch, DeadHeadDaveMo, tommcgee1, swim2birds, Lionsghost, ppkgmsy, swirlygirl116, digitunes, zombie_wolf, Sir Smile, nicklas59, sandwich girl, st stephen 11, woodymoose, SCDeadhead, serenegreen, deadheadii, New York Guy, jerseyjed369, ruk1nd, kgrmtitus, billytell, jwsamuel, redeft, bobby, aikox2, DinoBam, sunkota, kusinit, burntbabyboomer, cub, aliceDmillionair, Gonzo in TN, brown-eyedwoman, Ami, theQsterdeadhead, mobay2001, WMC Preacher-Rock, Wharfrat1963, BEGGERSPAY, CassidyNY59, Cosmic.Wimpout, AlanSheckter, Nikolai, stealyourboognish, Jack O-Roses, 10sejed, Gary Goodman, estimatedprofits, drkeith, dupree49, WHARFRAT917, cosmicdave, birdiewasthere, rgreene, concertken, Two Canes Michael, JkStrw, grapefuldave, SocietysPliers, Dice, Ted S, dsb824, ujband233, GratefulGigi, eclipse, Mayor of Bay Terrace, jgarcia12857, KingLono, croc, miggon, DedHedMom, mickyfun, Mr.Wooz, Mikey, ribbsey, Uncle Jimmie, seaweed94, deshafe, wolf, jackl921, kazak714, tdewey, gregp123, Terry Tolkin, EnglishtowneAndy, Homer J. Simpson, micgram1999, legionmary, deadglo, HDDave, Brian Jones, lostsailor23, raven0618, fotd313, ScottL57, andyo, jafcpa, gleng1, kdole45, Live Life in Real Time, Jeffrey Silk, Cloud37, mcleary, Queer Deadhead, ItsADryHeat, Tony_S, dalton, bkind-fg2all, mr b, stagger-lee, mikegordon, dgoldstein2, EDupree, jdwilgus, dmhdead, RZ12-4-71, Kenpb, NYLifer, bgr8fll, TERRIPIN, joeybug69, JohnnyD, marlo, BlackandWhite.Peter, kennyony, radar, pomo1, snoone, stu, bradleyg, Post N. Steiner, skllbob, rodger allinson, Spender, sbd61, dzemma, javerv, kuu


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miggon's picture
Joined: Jul 11 2007
My first show

I didn't know half the tunes at the time. All I had was Steal Your Face, Blues for Allah and Wake of the Flood. Though I recognized most of the first set, From the Heart of Me and Brown Eyed Women were off my radar. Second set, Nobody's Fault smoked me. And the JBG encore left me a smidge disappointed. Overall, it was a superb intro to the GD live.

Jack O-Roses's picture
Joined: Sep 29 2007
Make-up Show?

Is this the make-up show for the one postponed from Nov. 27, 1978? Or was it the show later on the 12th? I have my ticket stub for the Nov. 27, 1978 show, and I remember driving down to Philly from Teaneck, NJ on Nov. 27 and finding the Spectrum dark. WTF? Found out Jerry was "sick" - Truck on back in January.

Joined: Sep 11 2007
nobody's fault but healy's

2nd set was really blazing hot, right up to the moment when the mikes didn't work for the 1st verse of Nobody's Fault. Really mighty stuff all night long, til then.

swim2birds's picture
Joined: Mar 15 2009
make-up show

Yes, this was the make up show for 11-27-78. I remember thinking at the time that J.G's bronchitis was still affecting his voice, but I recently heard a recording and he doesn't sound too bad. Plus he made up for it with his playing. Only time I ever heard "Nobody's Fault But Mine".

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Joined: Mar 20 2008
My First Show

Getting Spectrum tickets for any show in the 70's was a very dedicated process. The Spectrum's box office always opened 1 hour earlier than any of the few ticketmaster locations in our tri-state area shopping malls.

The process of getting floor seats started the day the show dates were announced (not the on-sale dates). For the November 27th 1978 show "The List" started in July/August 1978. The list was kept by "The List Gods" who made a commitment to stay camped out in the parking lot of JFK Stadium for 3 to 4 weeks before tickets went on sale.

The list gave you spot in line for the on-sale date. For this show I started out as #30 but moved up in position as other fans would miss more than 2 nightly checkin's with "The List Gods".

As the on-sale date became closer they would hold "Roll-Call"s at say midnight, and everyone on the list would have to be present or be scratched.

Of course the List Gods accepted offerings of kindness and this was a good way to ensure your place in line.

Well for my first Dead Show my seat was in the 6th row, Stage Left.
Jerry was right in front of me. As he went into Sugaree, the surge of heads pushing forward made the rows of seats merge and disappear. I took a date and we quickly got separated on the floor.

Before my first show , I had seen several other rock bands at the Spectrum. Highlights were ELP, Genesis, Neil Young, J. Giles, Bob Marley, YES in the round, Little Feat, ELO, and Bob Dylan. For all of these shows I had to camp-out for tickets

My first concert was a triple-bill, 3 band show for $3.50 a ticket.

Since Jan 1979, I've seen @ 200 Dead shows and @ 50 JGB shows. I became a taper in 1984 and I thought it was a great way to see the country and meet fascinating people.

kuu's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
the bus come by....

A friend of a friend knew a band called Tanglewood Foy. They had a yellow school bus without the seats they used to lug their equipment around. After going on Amtrack to the show that didn't happen in November, I accepted the invitation to have a beanbag seat on a school bus to get to the Spectrum. During my early touring escapades it was more about the excursion and less about the show. Memorable show highlights were It's All Over Now, Music Never Stopped, Bertha and Eyes. During this time, the playing of Bertha had Bobby entice the band during the jams to set up and drop bombs in unison. I recall this show having all members in sync and Mr Weir getting good explosions. Jerry had a raspy voice and Black Peter seemed perfect. Wasn't familar with Nobodys Fault at the time and forgot about it until I listened to a tape months later. During the show it snowed. When we all made it back to the bus the driver said he wasn't going to drive in the snow. We wound up staying at an off campus house called the Rectory at Villanova. Watched the Wild Ones with Marlon Brando on TV and returned home the next day.

Joined: Apr 25 2009
Flickster Getting tickets

Flickster Getting tickets for Spectrum Shows was always tons of fun. Don't quite remember how I got tickets for this one but had to hitchhike from Pittsburg and my Dad actually passed me up on his way to work in Pittsburg. made it and the thing That sticks out in the old memory was coming out after the show and it was a blizzard out there. It was a truly beautiful blizzard and old Uncle Fred did a fine job of skating back to Bucks County.It was a great show and well worth the incredible hitchhiking Expierience I had getting back to Pittsburg.

Joined: Sep 16 2010
First show

I was 14 and super excited to finally see the Dead Live. Only to be delayed for a couple of months because Jerry was sick.I had seen Robert Hunter prior to that at, i think Glassboro college. it was worth the wait. i got to see Keith and Donna once before they left that year. My older brother got us tickets and brought me.what a great beginning too a long strange trip of following the boys when ever i could.

Stardancer's picture
Joined: Feb 20 2011
My first live Dead Show 10/12/77

I consider this the day I became alilve. First time I heard Jerry sing Stagger Lee ,Bertha,Good loving and Eyes of the World. It ws over way too soon and remember dancing most of the show. It was at the Philadelphia Spectrum that I finally came home. I have seen many shows over the years since then but the first one was magical without drugs. In 1071 a friend gave me a live recording that was on reel. I turned it on and never stopped listening to the tune untill the Fatman got his wings. I still listen to the sound but it is with saddness and tears now. I know he is in a better place with no pain but I hope that he would find happiness to equal the joy that he gave to each of us in his music.

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Joined: Feb 20 2011
I meant 1971 not 1071 lol

I mistyped and put the wrong date on my post.


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