Grateful Dead

Rutgers Athletic Center - May 15, 1981

Rutgers Athletic Center

May 15, 1981

Piscataway, NJ US

Average: 4.8 (15 votes)

Set List:

Mississippi Half-Step
Franklin's Tower
New Minglewood Blues
Dire Wolf
Little Red Rooster
El Paso
Ramble on Rose
Looks Like Rain
Don't Ease Me In

Scarlet Begonias
Fire on the Mountain
Estimated Prophet
Eyes of the World
Not Fade Away
Black Peter
Sugar Magnolia

U.S. Blues

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GaryHartman's picture
Joined: Jul 4 2007
This place was small and had

This place was small and had a glass ceiling. During Estimated-Eyes....It was pouring outside!! Lighting was popping all around. and every time it light the crowd up....the band hit a deep tune................WOW what a fucking show!!!

Joined: Jun 6 2007

I forgot all about this show till the last post! My friends and I arrived late even though we only lived 20 mins away, duh, and were supposed to have tickets waiting for us at the box office. Fell through, dont remember why. We could hear the show going on and all the cheering during lightning. I think it was during Looks Like Rain. Going to listen to it today.

George C. Hartman's picture
Joined: Jul 9 2007
The Lightning Show

Yeah, the lightning was awesome as was the rest of this show. During Ramble On Rose....someone from the road crew held a metal circle frame of some sorts around Mickey....not really sure what it was all about. Very strange. The segue from Estimated into Eyes was purely MAGICAL!

ripplejack's picture
Joined: Oct 19 2009
The show at Rutgers

I have read all the comments and I am not so sure about all of them and when the storm started but I do for sure remember when Bob started doing looks like rain is when the lightning was hitting and it was not just a dream, Every time he sang it "LOOKS LIKE RAIN" the lightning would flash and the crowd went crazy.....This I will never forget. It was one of my first shows and you don't forget that. Man the parking lot was crazy as we arrived while it was dark and all you could hear from the bushes was people making it. I mean OK yes sometimes the shows were loaded with sex even one show the lights and the crowd had a look at two people buck naked and going at it, They were arrested of coarse but all the same what fun.

kuu's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
which way?...piscataway

Loved the show and the lightning coming through the skylight during estimated made it a whole lotta fun.

Joined: Jan 9 2015

We were all pretty gooned up on botanicals and it seemed as though they were controlling the weather. Looks Like Rain coinciding with the Lightning was magical. Perfect time for a glass roof.

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Joined: Jan 18 2010
My post

of this show seems to have been removed for some reason. ?


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Rutgers Athletic Center - May 15, 1981