Grateful Dead

Compton Terrace Amphitheatre - June 5, 1980

Compton Terrace Amphitheatre

June 05, 1980

Tempe, AZ US

Average: 4.3 (7 votes)


also: Warren Zevon

Set List:

Alabama Getaway
Promised Land
They Love Each Other
Mexicali Blues
El Paso
Tennessee Jed
New Minglewood Blues
Don't Ease Me In
Looks Like Rain
Easy to Love You
Feel Like a Stranger

China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Lost Sailor
Saint of Circumstance
Terrapin Station
Black Peter
Around and Around
Johnny B. Goode

U.S. Blues

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Gr8fulDave's picture
Joined: Sep 14 2007
MY very first show as well

It appears that quite a few were baptized into the family at this show.

What i remember most about this show was the winds, lightning and light rain of a monsoon blow in (almost by cue) during the Drums/Space section of the show.

It was at this point that i knew that these musicians were into something that couldn't be described in mere words; "it" had to be experienced. And yes, brother Jimi, i was experienced.

Joined: Jul 4 2007

What? I couldn't hear you. Could you say that

Joined: Jun 11 2007
Send Lawyers Guns and Money!

You left us much too soon. First time I had ever seen Warren live after hearing the albums and the buzz about what a performer he was. Weaseled my way right down front, not too far from the stage to see him up close. Danced my ass off and had a hell of a time, howling until my poor voice was sore. Not sure why the Dead ever needed an opening act, but their choice of Warren certainly made for a hell of an evening. Became a fan of Lost Sailor>Saint that evening, especially as I looked into the desert sky and felt the winds blowing through.

Joined: Nov 12 2007
Warren Zevon opened for the

Warren Zevon opened for the Dead back in 1978 at Campus Stadium, Santa Barbara. Apparently that show was a total disaster for Warren. I wonder how and why he was given the opening slot for this show. Perhaps he was better received at Compton Terrace.

Joined: Jan 23 2009
The first show for a bunch of my old friends

Not my first - I was a couple years into 'em by then. But I was back living in Tucson (where I grew up) after being in the Puget Sound area for a few years and this was the first chance I got to see the boyz since the end of '78. I took about 5-6 old friends who had never seen the Dead before. Everybody got good and dosed and saw god. Much fun. Good show too, but not terribly remarkable compared to some others. But Warren Zevon was a wild man of an opener. Some of my buddies went more because they wanted to see Zevon than the Dead, but they came away converted. Also ran into a whole van full of college friends from Olympia waiting to get in the gates in our station wagon.

Joined: Nov 4 2011
base anyone

oh we were bad at this show..basing and i beleive it was a demon show also(DMT)..the exciteable boy and the GD...what a combo...

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Joined: Aug 25 2012

Have always loved this I know you rider with Jerry singing " suns goona shine in my back door some day" and Bob singing " headlight verse.

mkav's picture
Joined: Jun 30 2007
miracle ticket

many things stand out from this show...
it was the 15th anniversary tour...seemed epic at the time. but quaint now
got screwed by buying plain paper.
ZEVON was great and I remember his roadie grabbing the mike and yelling at the deadheads "C'mon you f****ers...get up and dance". And we did.
the show was great. don't remember details but do have it on CD to remind me. i guess Mexicali blues and el paso were a tip of the cap to the southwest or something.
for a june night in the desert, it was pretty pleasant.

my wife could not make it at the last minute...her ticket became the first miracle ticket of which I am aware. I know it was not THE first...just my first. I gave it or sold it or traded to some young woman at a MacDonald's in Tempe...all her friends had tickets but she did not. I happened to be standing behind her in line and heard her really worried about it. Voila...problem solved.


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Compton Terrace Amphitheatre - June 5, 1980