Recreation Hall - May 8, 1979
May 08, 1979
Set List:Promised Land
They Love Each Other
Brown Eyed Women
It's All Over Now
Fire on the Mountain
Samson and Delilah
Playin' in the Band
The Other One
Playin' in the Band
Attendees of this show
Jerry Gillespie, Chris Pavlik, Geodawg, Burl Brother Skip, BIGBOSSGUS, mmtapeop, napadeadhead, stroukoa, ppkgmsy, jaxxtraw, nicklas59, Row_Jimmy_Row, SCDeadhead, bob bitchin, Curly, aikox2, aliceDmillionair, RickyB, beth r, Gary Goodman, cosmicdave, Brownie, mickyfun, bigdancingbear, mateop, timbowser, raven0618, andyo, gleng1, Tony_S, stagger-lee, mikegordon, hbgbill, dolecda, TERRIPIN, cassady75, kennyony, B42, Spender, email@example.com, aud
Drove all night to this show solo from college in Ohio. In the 800th hour of driving pulled over at a gas station and painted "Grateful Dead All Night Driving Team" on the side of the car. Got waved over later my an older gentleman who told me that he was the father of Candice (the Dead's lighting person). Might have been true...
I always wanted the Dead to play at MY college... until I saw this show. They opened the hall, and in the first two minutes someone accidently ripped the door right off the hinges. Oops.
Heavy dose that night...great show with lots of fun on the floor
in a field on campus and nobody bothered us! Spent the day milling around town having a high time meeting all kinds of wonderful people. Helped out some locals and bought a " dead place to be" shirt. Thanks for the hospitality, you rock! We were five rows back from the stage and I had one of those moments we've all experienced when you're hair stands on end. It was during It's All Over Now Baby Blue. I was up swaying and groovin' with what the guys on stage were sharing with us when I felt like I was being singled out for some reason- yeah I know, weird. I opened my eyes and looked around and I was the only one standing. really. I looked at the stage and Jer was staring at me. I smiled and quickly sat down. My apologies if I was blocking anybodys view.
Grateful Dead All-Night Driving Team story (above) belongs to the previous show (Lafayette) and not here. Check out the cool photo on that page that goes with the story!
There is an excellent audience recording available for this show. The sound quality is top-notch and the energy from the show comes through well. Lots of clapping, whooting, and hollering. You would think it was Winterland '74 or something.
Wish I could have been there, but I was 3 years old.
may 08, 1979 First show of many to follow. Would love to find a copy of the show. Great Memories.
I was a student at Bucknell-a bit to the east of Penn State. We blasted out for the show through the cornfields. I had a boom box with a mike input and an OK JVC stereo mike-none of which they let me bring into the venue. I had to check it at the coat check.
When the second set started, I went to the coat check, got my cheesy (although at the time perfectly adequate) taping gear and made like I was leaving the show. BUT NO-I ducked into the show when the mayhem of the second set starting caused a stir. Got a memorable tape of second set-the China Doll really got me and stuck with me to this day...Jerry meant it.