Grateful Dead

Alumni Stadium - May 12, 1979

Alumni Stadium

May 12, 1979

Amherst, MA US

Average: 3.9 (14 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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Grayteful Will's picture
Joined: Jun 19 2008
Spring Concert

I couldn’t believe this was our “Free Student Concert” ……….The Dead????

I remember walking to the stadium and seeing the public buses with “Terrapin Station” and “Shakedown Street” posted in the destination windows.

…………a group of people wearing rubber frog heads for the entire show.

…………we managed to get close to the front of the stage for a while and got some great pictures (I need to find those)

…………….talking to Patti Smith near the backstage barrier, she was wrecked…..couldn’t understand a word she was saying, but she preformed pretty well.

………..Terrapin sounded awesome.

............going throuh the "Maze" and trying to run "The Wall" on the way bck to the dorm.

Joined: Apr 13 2009
ZooMass 1979

Sorry folks, I still get nightmares from Patti Smith's set at Alumni Stadium that day. . . her endless "improv" on clarinet while seated cross legged on the stage pretty much killed the buzz . . .mind you Patti Smith does not play the clarinet. Not a lick. She just honked and squealed tunelessly for minutes. Scary stuff. I could not bring myself to see the Dead again for years . . .lucky for me, I plugged back in about ten years later and saw some great shows in 89-90. Just like I never left.

jim6669jim's picture
Joined: Apr 26 2009
First Dead Show, can't remember a note

My friend Kevin Fitzgerald invited Mike and I to ZooMass.
I think they had Allman Brothers the year before.
Patti Smith told of watching the Dead perform, ".. the microphone was so.... accessible..."

Mostly memories of the huge crowd. We were very high up on the side and could see everything from that vantage point.
A guy with an Uncle Sam hat...
A pretty girl with brown hair and eyes...
A guy who walked almost the entire outer wall of the stadium
.. it was only 2 foot thick and several stories high..
A group unrolled a 4 foot by 20 foot roll of cellophane and a dozen or so held it over head and danced on the ground level
A poster in the Student Hall saying something about "Jerry's Kids"
Pot brownies

One of Jerry's Kids

Bssgrl's picture
Joined: Jun 23 2007
open the gates

I remember the gates being opened for everyone when they realized people were pulling their vans and buses up to the gates and climbing over. I was stuck sitting next to some college kids who were only there to catch alcohol buzzes and were smashing styrophone coolers over their heads and eating the remnants. Terrapin was definately the highlight of the show


"We live very close together. So, our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them." ~ 14th Dalai Lama

Joined: May 24 2011

Hot day in the sun. No cans or bottles, but we all had a plastic jug of "punch" Lots of fun! Hitched there from Gloucester. Unforgettable

loveumore's picture
Joined: Nov 20 2011
Im thinkin ArBeys

Oh so frustrating what show was I at in massachuetts, this does not sound right, I think it was winter, and our ride's, car broke down, yet again, we said cover the car and hitch hike with us. Please don;t miss the show. But our driver would not leave his car and we were sorry he could not choose his priorities in alignment with ours. Burn the damn car I thought.. We arrived somewhere and were stressed out because we were worried about our friend, who I can;t remember not having come with us. But I think I may already have been on the West coast and saw an earlier new england show, man this is a blurr. Does anyone know which meadowlands show one of the three bands was a no show? That place is a vortex of bad ju ju.

lamagonzo (not verified)

Too Funny! Scarred so bad by Patti Smith you couldn't see the Grateful Dead again for ten years? They were a pretty weird pairing for the Dead. Come to think of it, I can't think of anything weirder!

Was the counseling expensive? I imagine watching Patti Smith not play the clarinet for hours on stage cross-legged must have been traumatic!

lamagonzo (not verified)
Actually, I was at this show

And there was a riot outside and a lot of people got in free. Yes, this was 1979. There were unruly deadheads prior to 1980 -- don't let anybody fool you!

Joined: Jul 9 2007
A Grey Day in Alumni Stadium

Ahhh the grey day in Amherst. We were at the show the night before in Billerica. Didn't sleep and met up with friends in Amherst for the show. Remember this was 1979. No bottles but I walked right in with a half gallon plastic bottle full of wine. No problem. They were selling beer from kegs inside the stadium. We had ample Green Dragon we had acquired the day before. I remember the grey sky looked like a dome over Alumni Stadium. Patti Smith wasn't too bad. I remember her singing the Beatles tune "Birthday". Did that happen? It was a long time ago. I remember when "Looks Like Rain" was played you could *feel* tension in the audience but the sky cooperated anyway. At one point I looked down under my feet and I realized that there was this enormous 30 painted on the ground. Not surprising considering that we were in a football stadium. For whatever reason I thought it was the funnies thing I had ever seen. As we were leaving the show I noticed that little drops of rain were hitting the puddles outside of the venue blip, blip, blip, blip ... fascinating. At least the rain held off until the end of the show. The parties in the Southwest dorms nearby were epic that night. As for the "commotion" at the back of the stadium. I had heard that someone had bolt cutters and they cut the lock off the fence at the back of the stadium. A rush of people came in and caused a "great squash" toward the front. I remember some sort of squash but the bolt cutters were just a rumor.

Joined: Nov 7 2007
Just one memory

Actualy I thought I already posted this but I guess not. WE sat about 2/3 of the way back in the stands to the right side of the stage. On the other side of the stadium up close to the stage somebody was making those jiant bubbles with those big rings and they would float out over the crowd.One of these bubbles hovered over the crowd up by the stage and over the center of the stadium and slowly toward our side and in our direction. Slowly towards us in the still air. We were watching it for minutes as it got closer and closer until it was about 3 feet infront of me. Then POOOOOOOOOOOOOFFFFFFFFFFFFFF it popped right in my face. I was high as hell but it realy happened. I have witnesses.


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Alumni Stadium - May 12, 1979