Grateful Dead

Auditorium Theater - May 12, 1977

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Auditorium Theater

May 12, 1977

Chicago, IL US

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Average: 4.3 (3 votes)

Set List:

Bertha
Me and My Uncle
Tennessee Jed
Cassidy
Peggy-O
Jack Straw
They Love Each Other
New Minglewood Blues
Mississippi Half-Step>
Dancin' in the Streets

Samson and Delilah
Brown Eyed Women
Estimated Prophet
Sunrise
Terrapin Station>
Playin' in the Band>
drums>
Not Fade Away>
Comes a Time>
Playin' in the Band

Johnny B. Goode

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Garcia was too high

This was a weird show for me. The first time I saw the Dead was in 1972 in St. Louis. This was the second time. They had slowed their touring down quite a bit in between. And rumors that they were breaking up were around (at least in Iowa where I went to college). The band's sound changed drastically between the two shows and I was not ready. The first show was like a cross (or maybe I should say was a cross) between Skull and Roses and Europe '72. Donna didn't sing. Pigpen was alive but sick, and Keith was decidedly in the background. It rocked (I had third row seats).

By the time we hit Chi-town the band had changed speeds and I was taken aback and largely disappointed. More importantly, Garcia just seemed out of it. Bobbie was tryin' to rock, but it just seemed like when the band handed the song off to old Jer he wasn't ready. Very soon after this I heard an acquaintance of mine was helping Garcia shoot up heroin. I have no idea if this is true. But, of course, his drug problems became a matter of record soon thereafter.

I haven't heard tapes of the show. So, I could have it all wrong. It was thirty years ago. My least favorite show. Oh well.

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IOWA

Where in Iowa?

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Grinnell.

Guess I should check in more often.

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Auditorium Theater - May 12, 1977