June 10, 1973
Wet Willie, then Allman Brothers Band opened - first "That's Alright Mama" - first "Train To Cry" - final "Wave That Flag" - "Half Step" appears on some tapes but is likely from a different show
Set List:Morning Dew
Beat it on Down the Line
Ramble On Rose
Wave That Flag
Looks Like Rain
Box of Rain
They Love Each Other
The Race Is On
Playing in the Band
Eyes of the World
Here Comes Sunshine
Around and Around
It Take A Lot to Laugh. It Take A Train to Cry
That's Alright Mama
Not Fade Away
Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad
Not Fade Away
Johnny B. Goode
Attendees of this show
My First show! What an awesome introduction, eh! Gratefully, been a Dead Head ever since! Peace!
My girlfriend and I attended this show. It was quite a trip. We got so blown away by the music that various crazy things happened including getting lost in the parking lot. We found our car but could not find the exit and asked for directions from another lost soul. There was a very small rainbow in a cloud over the stadium that we saw from the parking lot after a short rain. We got married the very next week and we have both been such Dead Heads ever since that we play their songs together.
Seems this was a day of firsts. This was a wild scene on a hot day in DC. An incredible introduction to the Dead, and have been a Dead Head ever since. Have been to over 100 shows since, and get to Phil, Ratdog and DSO shows whenever possible.
...for the show with a bunch of friends from college. We were seated down on the infield not too far from the stage and I was never so scorching hot in my life. Actually, it was dangerously hot. If not for water being distributed and thrown on us (by who I have no idea), there might have been real health issues. I was fairly wasted and what I remember as much as the show was the pre-show sound track being played. Though B.B.King and Janis were two of my favorites, they never sounded better to me than that afternoon waiting for the boys (and Donna) to take the stage. And, of course, the show was great.
2nd Dead show I attended. Went the day before. Nothing like attending an Allman Brothers Band and Grateful Dead show! They played about 12 hours the day before, but I was too wasted to remember how long they played on Sunday. lol Back then, concerts lasted really long, and you certainly got your money's worth.
I was only 17 at the time, and had just graduated from Langley High School in McLean, VA that summer. What a great way to celebrate one's graduation by going to RFK Stadium to see the Allman Bro's and Dead play, who, without question, are two of the greatest 'live' bands ever! Just doesn't get any better than that.
Too bad Jerry is gone because even though the Dead still tour, they definitely miss his voice and guitar playing. No doubt about it!
Also went to the '87 show at RFK where Dylan and Tom Petty opened before the Dead came on. What a hot day that was during that show!
2 days of great music, great people, sharing and enjoying, got hit by a fire cracker, still have a scar on my leg, that's OK, know where I got it. Best memory though, was they had huge towers of scaffolding on the stadium floor and people were climbing them, so they put up security guards at the top. Turned around to look at them during either Sugar Mag or Playin in the Band and the guards were all dancing. Nice if it could have gone on forever.
On Sirius radio. Incredible music , incredible sound.
AND IT TAKES ALL YA GOT TO STAY ON YER FEET--- ALSO DOUG SHAM AND HIS BAND PLAYED.
What a day!! The Allmans came out about an hour before Wet Willie and did a 3 song, half hour sound check, making this longest Dead show ever (I think) even longer than documented.
Three buddies and I went down to DC to to catch the Allman Brothers. We had heard of the Dead, but had not listened to them. Wet Willie and the A Bros were fantastic, the heat was oppressive, the pot haze was choking us (we weren't aware then), and we actually debated whether or not to stay for the Dead. The whole scene was so different than anything we had seen at Asbury Park or Madison Square Garden shows, we convinced ourselves to stay until midnight (we had to be back for graduation rehearsal at 8 AM Monday morning).
What a way to be introduced to the Dead! We were so bummed we had to leave, as it was clear the concert was nowhere near over as we left our seats and headed off to the car. We heard the strains of "Not Fade Away" through the car windows as we pulled out. I remember saying something to the effect of, "They do that tune?" Ah, youth!
"Show me something built to last
Or something built to try"