Grateful Dead

Campus Stadium - May 20, 1973

Campus Stadium

May 20, 1973

Santa Barbara, CA US

Average: 4.9 (9 votes)


afternoon concert - also: NRPS

Set List:

Me and My Uncle
Box of Rain
Looks Like Rain
Tennessee Jed
The Race Is On
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Beat it on Down the Line
They Love Each Other
Playing in the Band

Promised Land
Brown Eyed Women
Mexicali Blues
Row Jimmy
Jack Straw
Big Railroad Blues
Greatest Story Ever Told
Here Comes Sunshine
Big River
El Paso
Casey Jones

The Other One
Eyes of the World
Stella Blue
Sugar Magnolia

Johnny B. Goode

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Joined: Jun 25 2007
I want it

Daniel A. Dincher
Can you put it on some discs and sell them?

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Joined: Jun 15 2007
poster value

some true friends (and fellow ucsb alum) found this poster in a friends garage and gave it to me...i've cherished it for years, but always wondered what it's worth (not that i'd ever part with it)...anyone know? wish i were lucky enough to have seen the band on campus back in the day...

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Joined: Jul 25 2008
didn't the beach boys open? i stayed "demure" & did the wash

keep your character, enjoy living, share your fortune,
OXOX Merple Reddin

Joined: Apr 2 2009

anyone know what time they played until?

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Joined: Jul 9 2007
Any video of this in the vault?

What a great show this must've been! A rare 3 set wonder!

Joined: Aug 2 2012
Falling Speaker

I remember that a speaker fell fro the left stack (facing the band) and crashed too close to a child on stage. One of the crew climbed the scaffolding with a knife held is his teeth. No other memories. Too Bad.

Joined: Mar 20 2013
Opening group

Although I cannot find any mention of it in Warren Zevon's Widipedia writeup, and this official listing says NRPS was the opening group, I'm almost 100% certain that it was Zevon that opened for the Dead that concert. I distinctly remember being all the way up at the top of the stadium bleachers opposite the stage, listening to "Werewolves..." and marvelling that after a while, the whole crowd started booing him b/c they wanted to hear the Dead! The only way I can figure that I'm wrong about this memory is that it was NRPS doing a cover of "Werewolves" and I assumed the group performing was Zevon??? It was definitely not the Beach Boys, though... as close as I can recall...

Joined: Mar 20 2013
Reply to "Times"

I believe they played until about 8pm!! That UCSB concet was such a mellow event from start to finish: after standing on line for maybe an hour in the morning, they simply let everyone walk down the road leading to Campus Stadium and just walk in where ever they wanted to go. Everyone could simply set up blankets on the field in front of the stage, beach chairs, picnic, whatever. As I described above, after listening to who I thought was Zevon at the farthest point in the stadium away from the stage, when the Dead started playing, I was able to casually walk right up to the chainlink fence in front of the stage - maybe 30' or so in front of and just to the right of Jerry - where I stayed for the whole time. In fact, check out this link: to a photo posted on If you look at that photo, in the very bottom corner on the right is the top of someone's head: that's exactly where I was standing!

Joined: Mar 20 2013
40th Anniversary!!

Here's to Jerry and the Boys, 40 yrs later!!

I just found some video of this concert -- search on YouTube for "Grateful Dead Live at Stadium U C Santa Barbara 1973 05 20 Reel 2 Super8 (15A)" .

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Joined: Jan 1 2013
falling speaker

i saw it fall too. towards stage right. i was near the front of the crowd, just a few people back from the from the edge of the stage.


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Campus Stadium - May 20, 1973