Kleinhans Music Hall - March 17, 1970
March 17, 1970
Buffalo Philharmonic benefit - The Dead jammed on stage with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
Attendees of this show
They also played St. Stephen. The set wasn't all that long because they were sharing the stage with the Philharmonic and Yellow Brick Road, which later became just The Road. I remember TC throwing a couple of timed firecrackers into the air during the pause in St. Stephen. During Lovelight, Pigpen was singin' "take your hands out of yer pockets... and stop actin' like a fool".
Hey, this was the first concert I ever went to!! I was 15 then, and we had just moved. My older brothers took me.
Anyway, the stage is a hydraulic platform that was down and all you could see was a few red lights from the amps. The Road was playing away in front (or behind?) this stage and the crowd started to chant "HIT THE ROAD, ROAD!" Well, after a few moments, you couldn't even HEAR the Road. The MC came up on the stage and shouted at us all to quiet down, the Dead were not ready to play yet and the Road was not done anyway. So we got quiet. And eventually then they did play. Actually, they started with "Feedback" before the stage slowly rose out of the ground with the band on it running right in to the next song. I also remember a laser light show of some type, just a green squiggly line, moving to the music at some point in the concert.
Come on, there must be more than 3 people who were at this concert and are still alive and know about this site?
Guy 912 in WNY
This was my first Dead show - I was a senior at Niagara Falls High. I loved concerts at Kleinhans - I saw Led Zeppelin there the year before. I thought it was a great show, and it made me a Deadhead for life.
I am looking for a poster of this particular show. A digital copy would be fine, but a paper copy would be really appreciated.
I was there at this gig! awesome show indeed...
was on stage at the end of that extended jam session playing some percussion with a bunch of other folks from the crowd! I remember some of that night - not bad eh?! Anyone out there remember the saga with some of tickets to that event?
Anyone ever see some video footage of this event? Would LUV to see it!! Went to this event with my college band back in the day! Guess it would have to be in 8mm film. Peace in y'all!
My dad was at this show and during the extended jam at the end he was on stage and was got to take the drums for a few minutes. In one of the websites (http://deadessays.blogspot.com/2010/04/buffalo-31770.html) about this show the writer says
"I remember clearly a Philharmonic drummer sitting in with Billy, while Mickey played various percussion instruments around the stage."
I wonder if that was my dad. He wasn't in the philharmonic, just a college kid at the time, but the writer may have gotten confused. My dad talks about this show a lot and it was a real high for him. He certainly passed his love for the Dead to his son.
Hi, I'm Christopher Foss, son of conductor Lukas Foss, who was music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic back in 1970 - and who invited The Dead to jam with the Buffalo Phil for a legendary concert for which we have no images or audio!! There must be something out there. Check your attics, basements please...If you find something - anything - related to this concert, I and Deadheads everywhere will be thrilled. Let me know - and if you need incentive, I can tell you a reward is being offered (by myself and others) for audio (or audio/visual) that's now listed at $2,000. I can be reached via email at: email@example.com