Grateful Dead

Madison Square Garden - March 9, 1981

Madison Square Garden

March 09, 1981

New York, NY US

Average: 4.5 (19 votes)


"Wheel" tease before "Good Lovin"

Set List:

Feel Like a Stranger
C.C. Rider
Ramble on Rose
El Paso
Deep Elem Blues
Beat it on Down the Line
Bird Song
New Minglewood Blues

China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Samson and Delilah
Ship of Fools
Estimated Prophet
Uncle John's Band
The Other One
Stella Blue
Good Lovin'

U.S. Blues

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Attendees of this show

dubai-escorts-bunnies, Phurstno2, toolman78, Brad125, gwalter, phlinky, johnzias, dedhed1959, newyawka, Soc, Automaticslim, CaptJ8k, whiteyboxer, seanalmy, RANGER15, chefano007, deepestblues, Frankie In atlanta, mamajo422, John the Obscure, payingdues, PeggyO.5.5.1977, V-GOD, tolfree1, brezit, KKWDeadHead, Purple Haze, andychatfield, hitmeister, OBIEtree, thomasthecarpenter, ZephyrGirl, 10-27-79, Stardancer, iNoURdr, intrepid, mitchgo, gmjbeachside, mickdaddy, debo, JerrygFromNYC, jbloomskullandrosen, seltz, Vidutz420, bigdaddyinc68, Eyesbeyond, Gentle Giant, 7d n me, ripple13, greatfulted, slicerboy, Ljouwert, Dancin Dave, ikonic, CableBill, zeekbythecreek12345, corrinaandmarin, louatchick, DeepSpace, Mud, swa, Beng1818, foreverahead, Mark Harvey, deadredhead, HelenABucket, DeadHeadDaveMo, chicagomarc, CosmicChrispy, tommcgee1, Danc1n, Heynow from The Well, lstapes, NY-to-FLA HEAD, nicklas59, drjass57, cocktailman, Bettinadragonfly, kbad59, st stephen 11, grtfuld, Byrd24, BurntDawg, JohnnyThunder, deadbass36, Fulcanelli, serenegreen, J Mully, Shaugn, Tamuwine, New York Guy, Basilicone, howard131, grandwazoo, henma02, st.steven, joe_oppenheimer, wilbur3134, FreakDaddy, Uptown Tommy D, Grat3fulDad, too electric, bonesguitar, blackpeter211, elgrande, Alzado, aikox2, bobbyb, skunjelefeti, Halfstep1019, yuletime, philmaywalt, shithead, Stephen Lawler, cub, aliceDmillionair, jed1, jimi864, gnoodle, buffalo81, Ami, NM-MCS, mobay2001, JMY714, festival0122, Wharfrat1963, Beautyanddabeast, ChicoNYC, BEGGERSPAY, jgminerals, mganter, Cosmic.Wimpout, merle211, captrips, twilaq1, BillyBlastoff, ginsu710, bronx b.d., BigDog, friskotatt2, dloehr,, Zippy, dedhedesq, cosmicdave, rebel61aka goin2hlnabuckt, LostMike, GR8FLPT, tpiader, JkStrw, West.August, Ted S, Gr8fulglow, gratefulgreg1, Garypaul, rmarsmedic, Doughboy, unyun, klaussmith, HowardH, THEOTHR1, KingLono, jitsky, gdhead77, croc, MoJoCo, logstirl, George C. Hartman, keswah, Freddie, Valerie Stevenson, GaryHartman, ironsideny, phoenixburke, MonkeysTyping, Passenger, JurassicBlueberries, bigdancingbear, ozsweet, daphne, ribbsey, jzias, catchmohl, fishnow, wolf, docflywheel, TASS, kazak714, boffo the chimp, brweldon81, slpatgun, johnh, tiedyebob, gregp123, Terry Tolkin, Debdeadhead, robsegall1956, softmonkey, gr8flsquid, EnglishtowneAndy, Fatman, direwolf02, Brian710, jspitz, taperdave, Margs, freebird914, jrazz, WackaloonQ, deadglo, kenco, gratefuldoc, ecmitch, BTW, bonz713, deadicatedBRONX, peace3314, fotd313, Offbeat-Andy, whitewolf, Gr8fulMark, DantheMan, mrphish, Live Life in Real Time, Vegan Mike, bribenk, hot2na, Cloud37, DeadHdMike, fenario80, walstib3, mrngdo, augwest386, Bobby33914, Tony_S, The Whale, cryptical1, thomasdblls, georgewweir, Kenman, EDupree, vernnlou, RZ12-4-71, Kenpb, NYLifer, Jimrukind, grateful daddy, mitchell, joeybug69, marlo, BlackandWhite.Peter, playdeadkid, Steve C, pomo1, snoone, Chuck9896, Duggles, bradleyg, sixstringsmoreorLesh, deadhead20, markh, MAXROD, enlightend rogue, rodger allinson, jims, dzemma, Charlie Miller, kuu, aud


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Joined: Jun 13 2007
MSG Dead

I'm with a lot of folks in believing that the Garden often brought out the best in the band, and this is probably the all-around most amazing show I ever attended. Every song played to its fullest, and I vividly remember how my jaw dropped during the quiet parts of Stella Blue - 22,000 people holding their collective breath. Awesome.

Joined: Jun 5 2007
Second that MSG Emotion

fenario80 --

You are Dead on -- MSG challenged the boys, and they played it well. It's nothing to look at, and the sound isn't great, but I think Phil loved making it shake, and he could when the spirit moved him.

And yeah, I was at both shows, and the 9th stands out so much more to me, but the Stella Blue and the Bird on the 10th were very personal and emotionally played.

Nothin' left to do but smile… smile… smile!

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Joined: Jan 3 2008
My First Show

I was hooked

Joined: Dec 7 2007
My first show

This is when I joined the ride and haven't gotten off yet

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Joined: Jun 17 2007
Phat China/Rider

Deep Elum and China Rider were just phat.

Joined: Nov 4 2016
My first show too

Only knew a couple of tunes then, and they played them both - Uncle John's Band and U.S. Blues. Next show was in '84, then starting in '86 the race was on.


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Madison Square Garden - March 9, 1981