Grateful Dead

Kezar Stadium - May 26, 1973

Kezar Stadium

May 26, 1973

San Francisco, CA US

Average: 5 (22 votes)


afternoon concert - billing: GD; NRPS; Waylon Jennings

Set List:

Promised Land
Jack Straw
Tennessee Jed
The Race Is On
Mexicali Blues
Row Jimmy
Looks Like Rain
They Love Each Other
Playing in the Band

Here Comes Sunshine
El Paso
Beat it on Down the Line
You Ain't Woman Enough
Box of Rain
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Big River
Around and Around

Mississippi Half-Step
Me and My Uncle
He's Gone
The Other One
Eyes of the World
China Doll
Sugar Magnolia
Casey Jones

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Joined: Nov 6 2011
My last bay area show

What a fun day, sunny, in the park, with Waylon and NRPS the country/bluegrass vibe was in the air. You could tell the next day who had attended, the sunburned faces attested to looking into the setting afternoon sun behind the stage. Yes, it would be nice to have this released, there is so much good music from this day.

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Joined: Jul 18 2007
bad sunburns on the part in my hair!

Great day. Waylon was awesome, and credited the Dead with opening him up to a whole new audience. Lots of great memories, but certainly Phil's quadraphonic bass solo was pretty unique! One of the most impressive China Doll's in memory.

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Joined: Oct 15 2013
Killer show!

Enhanced by purple microdots which were going around. Jerry said that's some good acid. One of the best concerts I've ever been to, that and the closing of Winterland, the tapes back that up! I know the tape has a splice, but this show is too great to go unreleased. I would buy it even with the glitch.
Anyone with pictures from this show please message me.

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Joined: Dec 11 2011
The Sun blazed accross the sky from morning to sunset...

Came up from Monterrey where I (19-yrs old) was visiting some friends half-way through a 5000+ mi trek hitching from Chicago. As I recall, we were in the stadium early, like ~10:00AM for an 11:00AM start. At ~10:30AM someone from NRPS (Marmaduke?) called over the PA "you don't mind if we start EARLY do ya'?" Of course we all went nuts and they started playing!--Then there were these sheets of translucent-blue, 4-sided pyramids(1200 mc) with a little dip at the top, kinda like 3-D windowpanes -- Waylon fit right in after NRPS country-rock set, then the Dead started sometime early afternoon (at which time I was already seeking shade from an unrelenting Sun) and played ~5-hours (of course, always taking long breaks between songs, or string of songs). The entire show was AWESOME, UNFORGETTABLE and full of LOVE...Oh, take me back!!

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Joined: Oct 15 2013
Internet Archive

You have to hear it there, it's the only way. Tapes got a glitch so that is that. I doubt it gets released.

Joined: Dec 5 2014
Start of a new soul

Waylon and Bob Marley are the two most influential people in forming who I am. Sure the boys in the band were adn always will be a part of me but these guys did it to me. Rolled into the show from Deadwood City in a 65 bug with five adults and I lost my ticket. Lucky there were five of us as we were able to scrounge the ashtray and our pockets and come up with two dollar bills and a bit more in change. figured i might not getin but found a John Cippolina look alike with afist of ticket for sale and he handed me one and dumped all I had in his hand and he said cool. I was now under the gun to make something happen so went on the Ellis Deelightful, mushrooms, peyote chant throught he crowd and a 10 year old kid came up to me in about a flash and opened his hand and had about six barrels of purple acid so I took two and he looked at me like I should pay him or something and just turned around and continued the chant in about 10 minutes I had some window pane a sugar cube and some mushrooms that it looked like someone just pulled out of the turfgrass there. I played football on that field a couple years earlier and then played at the Oakland Coliseum a few years before the Dead did so I guess I was just a bit ahead of the game a yuk ayukka yuk. still we played in many of the same venues Vegas, Hawaii, Stanford Amphitheater (me on my stingray bike) and maybe even Lafayette Louisiana, did they play there. Anywho one of my all time favorite shows for way too many reasons. peace and love

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Joined: Feb 24 2010
My peak experience

This was the best show I ever attended. I remember it clearly - the heat, the blue skies, the amazing sound system, and the first time I heard the Eyes of the World. I was 17, I was there with most of my close friends, and it was one of the best days of my life.

Joined: Jul 2 2016
i was there too. First SF show after Pig died, and a great day!

From what i'm reading here, was a disc set released of this concert? It looks as though i may be several years late, but is it possible to record it from someone? My old audience reel to reel is now a brokedown palace, and this one has some wonderful personal memories. If anyone can help, please contact me. Thanks in advance.......:)


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Kezar Stadium - May 26, 1973