Grateful Dead

Charlotte Coliseum - May 3, 1979

Charlotte Coliseum

May 03, 1979

Charlotte, NC US

Average: 4.4 (8 votes)

Set List:

Promised Land
Brown Eyed Women
Me and My Uncle
Big River
Stagger Lee
Looks Like Rain
Row Jimmy
It's All Over Now

Samson and Delilah
Tennessee Jed
Terrapin Station
Playin' in the Band
Black Peter
Not Fade Away
Playin' in the Band

U.S. Blues

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Joined: Jun 5 2007
My first Show!

My brother and I just listened to this show and we commented on how crisp and interested Jerry seemed on his leads. Especially the Brown Eyed. I didn't know what I was getting into at the time but I knew somewhere in the middle that these guys were for me. My older brother Steve, God rest his soul, had turned me onto my first Grateful Dead Album, Wake of the Flood, a year and a half to two years before. I just remember that it wasn't like anything I had heard before and I remember the playing card, the 8 of diamonds, and there was one card spinning and flipping end over end and also diagonally. There were eight cards surrounding this card, each card was doing what that card was doing plus the whole group was spinning and flipping. There were eight groups of cards around this group and each group was doing what the others were plus the entire group was spinning and flpping and there were 8 groups around those groups and on to infinity. I just wonder if anyone else recalls seeing this at this show or was I the only one. ;)


Joined: Jun 21 2007
My first show

St. Stephen59

I drove down from Boone, NC with a bunch of other Watauga College heads. It was a lot of fun but sad in a way as I moved out to Oregon a week later. Lost touch with a lot of good folks.

Joined: Jun 21 2007
My first show, also.

At least, I think it was.

Drove from Gaffney SC, age 14 (I didn't drive). I can't believe it's been that long.

Damn you, time!

Joined: Aug 15 2007
Life's Lessons Learned

Do not scream like a maniac out the window of a moving VW bus at a parked police car in King's Mountain, NC while tripping your way home from a Dead show! Fortunately it all ended well.

This was Brent's first East Coast show.

Joined: Sep 29 2007

I remember the show more for it being the first time I saw Brent on keys. The fact it was Brent's first east coast show coupled with what seemed like an unusual number of motorcycle gang members wearing colors (pagans and angels both) plus the Charlotte cops put a really weird vibe on the show for me for sure. I did feel like the tempo and tunes consciously played to this and soothed the night out.

Joined: Nov 21 2009
good god

I was listening to some garcia this saturday morning, started thinking about that long ago show in Charlotte, and i found this site ... and ..... jesus, I was in that volkswagen bus mentioned by skjellifetti! (who are you?) I was a student at UTK, i was invited at the last minute, not knowing the others too well except that we all loved the music. We left from Knoxville, the trip to and from the show, what I remember of it, was quite a colorful adventure. Chris was behind the wheel at the time of the cop incident as I recall. Someone really did scream out "PIGS!" from the open window, joking I believe, but not cognizant that the epithet was shouted out very loudly and the cops were just a few feet from the slowly moving van. I don't know how we didn't all end up in jail as the cops didn't take kindly to our presence and gave us a pretty hard time when we were pulled over.
Anyone else in that van feel free to contact me, i am interested in comparing notes to see if my recollections of that trip are accurate. i'm in California now.
-J. Tang


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Charlotte Coliseum - May 3, 1979