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Alumni Stadium - May 12, 1979

Alumni Stadium

May 12, 1979

Amherst, MA US

Average: 3.9 (15 votes)

Set List:

Jack Straw
They Love Each Other
Me and My Uncle
Big River
Tennessee Jed
New Minglewood Blues
Stagger Lee
Looks Like Rain

Don't Ease Me In
Samson and Delilah
Friend of the Devil
Terrapin Station
Playin' in the Band
Not Fade Away
Stella Blue
Good Lovin'

Shakedown Street
One More Saturday Night

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Joined: Jun 13 2007
many friends out at

many friends out at UMass,(ZooMass). Remember it fondly as a nice day spent with old friends

Joined: Jun 13 2007
First show; didn't get it at all ...

I'll leave it to others to review this show - I was at the wrong end of the stadium, didn't know half the songs, and couldn't understand how (why?) Friend of the Devil had morphed from a sweet little country ditty into a mournful reggae ballad (lol). Lucky for me, I went to Augusta ME several months later and saw the light ...

Joined: Jun 13 2007
NRBQ and Patti Smith opening acts

New Rhythm & Blues Quartet, followed by Patti Smith Band

lamagonzo (not verified)

Don't you love a riot? Ok, we've got about 12,000 people with tickets and about 25,000 people without, guess what's gonna happen? Right, people tripping their brains out start circling the stadium before the show starts and during Jack Straw the gate opens to let out an ambulance... Free Show!
Can't remeber jack-all bout the rest except the two song encore at the end.
Pioneer Valley is a cool, cool place.

Joined: Aug 24 2007
zordan I remember the gate


I remember the gate crashing- my buddies and i hitched rides from NYC in pairs and we all made it there and back i got lucky and rode in the yellow van,-nuff said. By the way it was a great show.

Joined: Jun 21 2007
u mass

first of all,went on spur of moment notice.. friend bobby got into accident driving us to nyc,then we werent allowed on bus to amherst because we were burning a jay when it pulled up in 178th st and broadway,gwb bus terminal.. headed over to penn station and jumped on an amtrack train to make the show.. jerry in ponytail under very heavy gray skies...looks like rain burned into memory banks.....saw friend chimpo there,who has also sinced passed away.......""" nothing left to do but,SMILE

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Joined: Dec 22 2007
It did look like rain

And about an hour after the show ended it poured buckets. I was actually a student at UMass for this show, and managed to scrape up over 50 tickets. Boy did I have a lot of friends the night before! One of the bands I was in set up behind my dorm and jammed for hours for hundreds of people hanging out in the orchard. Later I helped to dissipate over 4 lbs of fresh shrooms in less than an hour. Got to the show reeeeeal early so I missed all the crowd control fun but did score a great spot left center stage on the 10 yard line. Fun time.

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Joined: Jul 16 2008
Roy Ayers

Actually it was Roy Ayers, not NRBQ, who opened.

Joined: Jun 6 2007
The maze

I remember a hedge maze that we spent a good deal of time wandering around. That is, until the Angels decided to try it with their hogs.

Joined: Jan 5 2009
Opening Acts

My first of 50+ Dead Shows. I was a freshman at UMass

Opening Act = Roy Ayers Ubiquity, funk band
Second Act = Patti Smith, very rocking set
Pretty sl-o-o-o-o-w FOTD and Stella Blue. The closer you got to the stage the weirder and more aggressive the vibe was, and way far away there were a lot of messed-up people. You sort of had to find the right place to chill.


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Alumni Stadium - May 12, 1979