Grateful Dead

Cole Field House - March 7, 1981

Cole Field House

March 07, 1981

College Park, MD US

Average: 4.3 (17 votes)


"Uncle John" tease after "Saint"

Set List:

Alabama Getaway
Greatest Story Ever Told
Dire Wolf
Me and My Uncle
Big River
C.C. Rider
Bird Song
Looks Like Rain

Iko Iko
Lost Sailor
Saint of Circumstance
Black Peter
Around and Around
Johnny B. Goode

One More Saturday Night

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Attendees of this show

RichIntoTheFuture, bdangelo, dubai-escorts-bunnies, phlinky, iwuzthere, gbenn52, tpenn, Rongovian, John the Obscure, Jerry Gillespie, payingdues, MikeOMikeO, ecce homo, brbadg, hershfly, hitmeister, bambini, debo, JerrygFromNYC, seltz, tashwolf, kappy1958, laurence, CherylB, ndhart, BIODTR58, Cozmic Eddie, zeekbythecreek12345, corrinaandmarin, swiecima, louatchick, KevinShanks, deadredhead, HelenABucket, Lionsghost, landman53, digitunes, nicklas59, pat L, lonesomejohnnie, docjbf, powderjunky, st stephen 11, woodymoose, JohnRinVA, BurntDawg, serenegreen, deadheadfrom76, SaintSteveg, billytell, too electric, bobdogkid, jasia52, aikox2, TheNightEagle, lamarred664, DeadPhotog, shithead, ststephenwillis, aliceDmillionair, snowindian, sfox53, kwoody77, ChicoNYC, ticket lee, jgminerals, Thomas Shields, Sprybert, AlanSheckter, Nikolai, twilaq1, laser, lovedead, BigDog, gwizard, fortuenti, Felix, dedhedesq, wharftrat, cosmicdave, birdiewasthere, Rossboy777, glicks, picnic, Cass, grapefuldave, dsb824, eclipse, HowardH, chinacatcumberland5, UncleDuke77, jitsky, FlyAwayTooNight, DedHedMom, old but not dead, Valerie Stevenson, BlondeJim, aligator, bigdancingbear, Uncle Jimmie, ramblin rose, bird-song, auralworship, SBurke, hartwerger, brainman, johntyler, softmonkey, wharfrat8199, joey-nj, taperdave, weatherdownheresofine, physsijim, legionmary, Brian Jones, liamrutan, scullroses, Live Life in Real Time, hot2na, Cloud37, jodoyle, mcleary, B.A., Tony_S, rosenotis, bkind-fg2all, vernnlou, cumberlandcase, Kenpb, NYLifer, jillybean, marlo, Golden Road, Thom, pomo1, Duggles, stu, sshindell, jergirl61, markh, GRTUD, jcmpbl, Spender, dzemma, Alsflorida, aud


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Joined: Jun 4 2007
Show # 3

Cold day, no tickets, bummer. What can I say? Heard the first set from outside, then found a womens restroom window to sneak through. Saw the second set, and later acquired a tape of the first set. What a story to bring back to college. Had never heard of Iko Iko, but caught on quick. The crowd participation with the band was a big influence at this show. I could feel the "Family" thing for the first time.

Joined: Jun 11 2007

I must followed you, because I too went through the womens bathroom window to see the second set. Funny! I remember some very fun girls in the bathroom commenting that the strangest things happen a dead shows. They proceeded to demonstrate how strange indeed--and I still made the opening number (with some new friends in tow).

Joined: Jun 7 2007
Terrapin Station, but no Terrapin Station

my older former Terp brother's first show. we didn't get in until halfway through Bird Song. Brother and me both big Iko fans, but I only knew it from the John Baldry version. Seemed like they kept starting Truckin', then as soon as the crowd would start to roar, they'd back off. I thought it was cool, but my non-dead-fan sister in law got a little miffed. My buddy Ted mis-timed things and had a long night after me and my girlfriend went to sleep, (I read somewhere that tapers had rated this as one of the best Bird Songs ever, would have been nice if U of M had there shit together and i could have heard all of it.

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Joined: Aug 13 2007
Cole Feild House Sound

What a tough place to get great sound......almost a bowl without a lid.....the dead did the best they could and pulled it off....I kept hoping for the Terripn at the home of the Terps as well....but that was the only real down to get up front for the second set...because of the lack of organization and security..solid show...Rossboy777

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Joined: Oct 3 2007
Bob Marley

Lost my tickets since the show but I remember Bob Marley and the Whalers being billed to open for the Dead but sadly Marley was diagnosed with some illiness and died shortly thereafter. The Whalers bad, would have been really cool to see Jerry and Marley on stage together.

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Joined: Oct 3 2007
Bob Marley

Yes Marley was billed on the ticket but unfortunately that was right at the time he got sick and had to cancel. Would have been an incredible night to remember had Marley showed up. Now Bob and Jerry can make beautiful music together. I'll bet they would have played I shot the Sheriff, Trenchtown and all kinds of great Rasta music. RIP in peace boys and smoke a doobie on me!

Joined: Jun 25 2007
Terrapin Terps

Rossboy, I "knew" they'd play Terrapin, and went as far as to bet a friend! Lost that bet.

Joined: Feb 24 2009
the bird

Anyone besides me see the mechanical BIRD that someone was flying around inside before the show started..?
Coolest thing I had ever seen, a f*#%*^g mechanical bird that FLEW...! Then later, THE definitive Bird Song.

We got in EARLY & it took forever for the place to fill up.
Cold day & I gave 2 tickets away just to get inside & get warm.
Watched as some strange toy mechanical bird flew around the back of the hall. I kept seeing people I know but then it was not them at all, just people that looked like friends I knew. (happened ALL the time at shows) It's a strange feeling but you all know what I'm talking about. Oh, there', that's not her. Hey there's John, hey JOHN...oh, that' not John. Jez, must be 500 people here I know but none of them is that person.

Really a GREAT show. Too bad so many people got in late.
I blame that on the venue, it was hard to get in with just a few doors open. Important to get there early &.....never be late for the Grateful Dead show.....never..!

Joined: Jan 12 2009
Can't believe I remember

Can't believe I remember that mechanical bird!

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Joined: Apr 14 2013
Bob Marley????

Bob was scheduled to play Cole Field House on Sept 25th 1980.. Poster available on line.. It was to be 5th stop of His N American tour.. He fell out Jogging in New York and Cancelled show at Cole the Day before.. He played first 4 stops so Cole was almost His Last concert venue.. Im a Baltimore/MD boy.. He died May11 1981 and never ecovered enough to Tour after 1980.. I don't think He was booked on this ticket I believe that has and was a rumor.. Anyone have a concert ticket listing Marley?? or a Poster listing Him?? The Deads poster for the event is available Marley listed.. I am wondering if this was a rumor that has persisted.. There is an article online at U of MD about the History of Student Entertainment and How the Sep 25th cancelled Marley Show almost broke them as MArleys sickness was an act of God and they were required to pay Him anyway. It almost ended concerts at U of M.. So I don't think they would have risked having Him back a 6 months later and still sick. Marley spent time in Germany and Florida Cancer clinics until it became evident it was not going to be cured. His dreads had been cut off after mostly falling out from Chemo.. Don't believe any concerts were planned.. Just curious if anyone has real info on this.. Thanks


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Cole Field House - March 7, 1981