Grateful Dead

University of Nevada - May 12, 1974

University of Nevada

May 12, 1974

Reno, NV US

Average: 3 (1 vote)


"Beer Barrel Polka" tuning before "Tennessee Jed" - 7 beat "BIODTL"

Set List:

Promised Land
Tennessee Jed

China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
El Paso
U.S. Blues
Greatest Story Ever Told
It Must Have Been the Roses
Me and Bobby McGee

Around and Around
Mississippi Half-Step
Nobody's Jam
The Other One
Heaven Help Jam
Row Jimmy
Big River
Ship of Fools
Sugar Magnolia

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Joined: Jun 14 2007
First Show

I had a great time, I'm not sure about the band. The wind was blowing real hard, but the music was great!

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Joined: Jun 16 2007
would love to hear this remastered!

I have decent audience copy of this show. Even with the wind, its a great one. The Truckin>Nobody's>Other One>Heaven Help is just awsome! Please remaster this from the vault!

Joined: Aug 18 2008
Accurate Set List

From Deadbase...
1: Promised, Sugaree, Mexicali, Tennessee Jed, Jack Straw, B. E. Women, BIODTL

2: China Cat> I Know You Rider, El Paso, U. S. Blues, Greatest, Roses, Bobby McGee, Deal, Around

3: Half Step, Truckin> Nobody's Jam> Other One> Mind Left Body Jam> Row Jimmy, Big River, Ship Of Fools, Sugar Magnolia

"Beer Barrel Polka" tuning before "Tennessee Jed" - 7 beat "BIODTL"

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Joined: May 14 2010
Lost It

I became entirely unglued by the time the Dead came on - that's what I get for dosing without eating a proper breakfast. Seriously, I had NO IDEA what was happening by the time we hitched from South Lake Tahoe to Reno. Complete LSD Blackout.
It was my first show with Sharon and our only real "date."
I finally, got it together at the encore and realized I was at a Grateful Dead show.

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Joined: Dec 16 2011
Wow, me too! I remember

Wow, me too! I remember buying an old station wagon for $50 to drive to a dead show in Reno but there was a lot of window pane that year.

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Joined: Nov 1 2010
Ziphler, Woh I remember that ride too!

Hey there Ziphler, that was some trip we took to Reno in that old station wagon! I remember we followed the Dead to Portland, too in that old boat! We called it a boat cause it drove like a boat. I also remember it had a terrible oil leak, and we traveled with a case of oil just to keep it going! That Portland show was the only time I saw them play "Money Money", a tune they quickly retired. It was an odd, angry tune, not working with the dead synergy.

Reno seemed odd like the Dead couldn't get squared away with the crowd, but that could just be me. I seemed like they tried to get energy goin and there wasn't much response from the audience. Maybe I was just spoiled by Winterland crowds.

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Joined: Jun 16 2017
The Best El Paso in my memory -

I was the blond haired giraffe bouncing up and down in the front, enough to make Jerry crack up at one point. Having become a professional musician since those days, jaded by years of great and not so great music, the GD show at University of Nevada, Reno, May 74 stands out as my all-time favorite. It wasn't a monstrous crowd, which I liked. The transparency of 'the Wall' was amazing! I remember that far in the back I could hear a loose nut on Billy's kick pedal, seriously! The wind was a big factor, good, bad. Certainly made a lot of folks nervous. I think the good, being a player, was that when you're charged up by the 'elements', added with a little sense of danger, you're gonna play on top of your game. As Billy explained it to me some years back "play and get the hell out of there!"


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University of Nevada - May 12, 1974