Grateful Dead

West High Auditorium - June 21, 1980

West High Auditorium

June 21, 1980

Anchorage, AK US

Average: 4.6 (5 votes)

Set List:

New Minglewood Blues
Me and My Uncle
Big River
Lazy Lightnin'
Far From Me
Ramble on Rose
Feel Like a Stranger

Big Railroad Blues
Samson and Delilah
Terrapin Station
Playin' in the Band
Stella Blue
Sugar Magnolia

One More Saturday Night
Brokedown Palace

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marye's picture
Joined: May 26 2007
The summer solstice in

The summer solstice in Anchorage, Alaska, and in my opinion one of the best shows ever played. The second set, especially the Terrapin/Playin' portion, is a real stunner, just the right mix of spacey exploration and soul-grabbing music.

Darn, I wish I'd been there, but I only learned about it some time later.

Seek this one out, is my advice.

izzie's picture
Joined: May 26 2007
this is a mighty fine show.

this is a mighty fine show. one of my favorite Strangers!

unkljohn's picture
Joined: Jun 2 2007
Great show....

But it should be Ak for Alaska and not Ar as in Arkansas!

nuovodervo's picture
Joined: Jun 8 2007
27 years ago

Wow, I can't believe that it's been 27 years. I still remember the excitement of seeing the show on the longest day of the year, where the sun never went down.

fishnow's picture
Joined: Jun 25 2007
Another life changing experience

Funny how I remember us being so dissapointed by the song selection of these three shows. What snobs we were. God just being in Alaska for the first time and yes it never got dark, was just increadible. I remember a friend squirting a puddle of liquid in my palm. WE WERE IN A HIGH SCOOL AUD and the band was right in front of us. Damn I made the decision right then and there to move to California and leave everything behind. And we were dissapointed!!! That is sick.

nuovodervo's picture
Joined: Jun 8 2007
28 years ago

Wow, now 28 years since I was at this show. Tonight I'll be spinning the show on the radio. I'll also be missing Ratdog and Govt Mule in Seattle. Would have loved to do the show, but I am committed to my radio show and celebrating the summer solstice.

grdaed73's picture
Joined: Jun 5 2007

i've just been listening to the shows from the 20th and 21st, boys were hot up north... what u lacked in quantity, they made up for it in quality, these will be played repeatedly, what a nice emergence into summer

Budleyak's picture
Joined: Feb 11 2008
Yea...a good welcome to the

Yea...a good welcome to the Soltice celebration...I had my Harley, a motel room, got dosed by I believe Chuck 13, who has
become one of my best friends, even though we met again about
10 years later in Alaska. And for not seeing the Dead for a few
years (living in Kodiak and commercial fishing) it was these smokin' shows that really got me back on the bus.......Plus we
(Alaska) was one of the first states to de-criminalize marijuana,
at this time. Also seen Leon Russel at West High a few months
later as West High was the only music venue going on at the time in Anchorage.......

Gypsy Cowgirl's picture
Joined: Aug 14 2007
Hot Damn!

Hot Damn! it was my birthday show, much fun.......too much fun.........TOO MUCH FUN!!!!! xoxo Gypsy Cowgirl

The Other Bunch's picture
Joined: Sep 18 2008
Lived in Seward, AK

Heeeewack! These shows solidified in my mind that the Dead followed me around. I hitchhiked during the prior winter to AK from the East Coast, and everywhere I went it seemed that there was a show and an extra ticket waiting for me. No matter where I was, there they were! Then I get to AK, and guess who's coming to dinner?!

I caught all three of these shows; lived in Wild Bill's Dodge SnoFighter with the log cabin built on the back. It stands alone as my single bestest, Deadest experience ever. One day we all went to see the new Bill Murray movie at the local theater, "Where the Buffalo Roam". Not sure the theater staff knew what was up with us. We turned that theater into one large party!

A HIGH school auditorium indeed! It seemed at the time that on the last night the show went on forever. Afterward, we staggered out of the school, zonked to the gills after three straight days of Thai stick (remember?) and third nostril mining, late for work at the cannery in Seward. Instead of heading south, we drove north to the future, with a mind to sneak up on Denali, not wanting the trip to end. And that, my friends, is another story altogether...

"The need for mystery is greater than the need for an answer." - Ken Kesey


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West High Auditorium - June 21, 1980