Grateful Dead

Madison Square Garden - January 7, 1979

Madison Square Garden

January 07, 1979

New York, NY US

Average: 4.4 (8 votes)

Set List:

Jack Straw
They Love Each Other
Looks Like Rain
Tennessee Jed
El Paso
Stagger Lee

I Need a Miracle
Shakedown Street
From the Heart of Me
Estimated Prophet
Eyes of the World
Not Fade Away
Black Peter
Around and Around

Good Lovin'

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Attendees of this show

s8taxatty, Tampamal, orpheus, bobwiener, KaneKoMia, CaptJ8k, JHPthatsme, sethmanheim, Frankie In atlanta, mamajo422, TallyJed, hollywood74, kennethstaber, sfrost, brezit, kayman714, the dude 58, cheifbroom, crazy Bear, joetroy, buddy ny, KKWDeadHead, Purple Haze, jwcat13, munclemex, ChicoNH, njlostsailor, hitmeister, Debdeadhead, Mind Bender, Stardancer, iNoURdr, intrepid, eeephour, sabram, chrisb113, JerrygFromNYC, jbloomskullandrosen, mickeytheonion, honestbob, Eyesbeyond, jackjjstraw, greatfulted, slicerboy, uponscrutiny, CherylB, jackstraw700, Steve-o Brooklyn, drc456, billj79, CableBill, Cozmic Eddie, corrinaandmarin, juliuswong, louatchick, Mr.Natural, Mud, swa, AlaskaDeadHead1, Beng1818, 3CassidyBoys, Mark Harvey, CosmicChrispy, tommcgee1, scotty m, ppkgmsy, Heynow from The Well, zombie_wolf, lstapes, hashburysp, nicklas59, the cooker, drjass57, cocktailman, bernstk, jackstraw27, kbad59, grtfuld, coldrain_snow, matki822, SCDeadhead, Lynchie,, serenegreen, J Mully, deadheadfrom76, New York Guy, tommynine, gr8fldanielle, FreakDaddy, Uptown Tommy D, Grat3fulDad, Lembond, bobby, aikox2, DinoBam, free2liv64, markovitch, kusinit, burntbabyboomer, aliceDmillionair, billdrumz, Gonzo in TN, Aceetobee42, Dead Head 202, buffalo81, theQsterdeadhead, festival0122, MO 714, Wharfrat1963, Beautyanddabeast, kwoody77, ChicoNYC, bobalou, BEGGERSPAY, jgminerals, CassidyNY59, Cosmic.Wimpout, melonhead, merle211, captrips, stealyourboognish, ginsu710, skskck911, bronx b.d., Gary Goodman, estimatedprofits, HONDO, drkeith, dedhedesq, wharftrat, cosmicdave, annagura, GR8FLPT, grapefuldave, Dice, Ted S, rmarsmedic, Doughboy, klaussmith, sugareelady, Mayor of Bay Terrace, HowardH, KingLono, jitsky, croc, CynnamoonGirl, Freddie, aligator, Jetstream, MonkeysTyping, ribbsey, Uncle Jimmie, seaweed94, fishnow, edit15, jackl921, kazak714, PaulF13, slpatgun, gregp123, Jet, NY_Rick, Terry Tolkin, robsegall1956, EnglishtowneAndy, bilros, elynn1940, Bob Minkin, jpederzane, legionmary, WackaloonQ, stonyweirdo, deadglo, rzaiss, ecmitch, Dark Starr, BTW, gig1029, bonz713, peace3314, fotd313, CosmicDinsdale, Live Life in Real Time, Vegan Mike, bribenk, hot2na, Cloud37, DeadHdMike, Joey Bonghitter, Queer Deadhead, The Whale, dalton, chemist04, mr b, georgewweir, my old buddy, dgoldstein2, EDupree, jdwilgus, dmhdead, vinp1954, RZ12-4-71, Kenpb, Far-L, NYLifer, stelladew, TERRIPIN, DrkStr, JohnnyD, BlackandWhite.Peter, kennyony, kgbdeadhead, pomo1, snoone, Meeko, bradleyg, sixstringsmoreorLesh, Post N. Steiner, MAXROD, enlightend rogue, rodger allinson, gratefuldad1960, javerv, kuu


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Joined: Jun 4 2007
Peace, Zott


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Joined: Jun 4 2007
Great show

I think this was the band's 1st time in the big arena !! Having played the smaller Felt Forum many times and the boy's did not disappoint!! There was a major sound glick during the NFA but this show still ranks in my top 15!!

Joined: Jun 9 2007
1st show

And on my sister's birthday to boot! It was fun. A Sunday show, my friend Andy and I had blue seats behind stage left. We could kinda hear pretty well. One friend said he became so overcome by Black Peter he split the show and walked the city. Dig that.

Joined: Jun 24 2007
polar opposites...

I remember this show really being quite awful. I guess it was the huge audio problems that set the tone for the evening. But the funny thing was the next night they came back and kicked serious ass. These two shows were polar opposites. That was one of the things I loved about the Dead... when they were off they were awful but when they were on... watch out. Good thing they were mostly on. Except for the really big gigs.

Joined: Jun 7 2007
First show - enough said

Friend's older sister took us - seats were basically behind the stage but that didn't matter; i was mesmerized by the surging, pulsing, bouncing crowd and simply blown away. I think I might have known two songs at the time, truckin and casey jones, and nothing of the culture but the next day I went and bought Live Dead and Skull and Roses... and started thinking about ways I could see more shows.

Never got off the bus from that point on.

Farrell Timlake
president, Homegrown Video

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
You can never tell...

For years I didn't think much of this show and didn't seek a recording of it. I went to the show in Philadelphia 2 days before. Many repeats from the Spectrum, sound issues and mixed feelings about the Dead finally playing MSG. Prior to 1/7/79 the band, Bob in particular, said they would never play MSG. Never is a long time. A few years back I finally listened to the show again. I enjoyed Jack Straw, Passenger, Miracle-Shakedown. After listening again I thought the Eyes was better than the prior show. Thinking back on it now, there must have been enoyable highlights because I had to go the next night and scalp tickets!

Joined: Dec 21 2010
first show

this was my first show, I was hooked

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Joined: Sep 10 2007

I grade this as a Good+ show, 7.5/10 overall. There aren't a lot of great solos or jamming. I like the Dire, Passenger, Estimated > Eyes and the Black Peter solo (PA problems begin during the BP outro and plague the rest of the show).


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Madison Square Garden - January 7, 1979