Grateful Dead

Community War Memorial - November 5, 1977

Community War Memorial

November 05, 1977

Rochester, NY US

Average: 4.8 (17 votes)


Phil solo and "Take a step back" to open second set

Set List:

New Minglewood Blues
Mississippi Half-Step
Looks Like Rain
Dire Wolf
Mama Tried
Big River
Jack Straw

Eyes of the World
Samson and Delilah
It Must Have Been the Roses
Estimated Prophet
He's Gone
The Other One
Black Peter
Sugar Magnolia

One More Saturday Night

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Joined: Jun 8 2007
1st show

this was my 1st show and I've been on the bus ever sense.
This Eyes is still one of my favorites and the show ending Sugar Mag / Sat Night was great. Its also a Dick's Picks now

Joined: Jun 13 2007
How Far Away Could Rochester Be?

Oh my...

I was living in Philadelphia and had seen only a few local shows. Someone suggested driving to Rochester. (What a novel idea! WE could drive to where the BAND is, instead of waiting for the band to come where we are! I think I foolishly believed that we had invented the idea...)

These guys said that the show was in New York, and I thought, "How far away could New York be? Like 100 miles, right?) Wrong! I was thinking of New York CITY. ROCHESTER, NY is practically in CANADA!

I drove EVERYONE in the car nuts on the home, endlessly babbling about how we had actually seen BLACK PETER (while they were bumming out that they had missed the Stephen two nights earlier. I had no idea what they were talking about...)

This was the first of MANY shows at the Rochester War Memorial me, an absolutely INSANE place -- small, hot, crowded, and drawing every nut from NYC. It was at this show (or the next one...) where the gate opened and in two seconds someone was pushed through the glass on the door and was running around inside, bleeding, and happy as can be to be INSIDE the show.

Years later we saw the doomed '82 Oklahoma City show and walked right to the front row. "I can't believe this -- if we did this at Rochester we would be killed!"

(Was this the show where Donna came onstage wearing a country singer wig? Not sure...)


Joined: Jun 13 2007
CORRECTION: Breaking Through the Glass

Oops! It was Rochester 11/21/78 where the crowd smashed the glass on the hall's doors. Whee!


Joined: Jun 19 2007
You're Right About the Wig

Donna did come on stage wearing a wig - no earthly idea why. You sure about being wrong about the person breaking through the glass. I almost got trampled at this one but thanks to my superior balance I kept my feet. I don't remember the next show in 78 being nearly as crazy as this one.

This was an absolutely insane night and for over the course of many years it seems pretty clear the band really liked the Rochester War Memorial - never saw a bad show there.

Every song was a gem but I'd have to say the peaks were Mississippi 1/2 step and Sugar Magnolia.

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Joined: Jun 12 2007
didn't make it

I bought tickets for this one for me and a friend who was at SUNY Oswego. I headed out of NYC with my Cousin Pete, and his friends Ron-a-mick and Billy Rhinehart. We broke down a few times on the road, but Billy got us going @ time. We were on the highway in Jersey when we shut down in the left lane and coasted to the right as there was no shoulder on the left. A Jersey State trooper didn't think that manouver was all that kosher, but he still helped us get going again, ignored the obvious substance violations in the car, and told us to go back to NYC or to a Jersey lock up. We chose the former. I still have the unused tickets and tapes of the show tell me it was one I shouldn't have missed. C'est la vie!

Joined: Jun 19 2007
The Tapes Don't Tell the Whole Story

I'm really sorry you missed this show because it was absolutely magical. I'm not sure who pumped up who the most but I believe the crowd inspired the band and the band drove the crowd nuts. It was truly "One More Saturday Night." I can still the whole show in my mind's eye like it was yesterday.

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Joined: Sep 17 2007
Not a note out of place

Perhaps the tightest show I ever saw. The band was in complete control from start to finish, and the 'Sugar Mags' closer was magical. So was the 'Eyes' to open the second set, with Phil out early to mess around on his bass.
But I don't know, maybe it was the mushrooms ...

Joined: Oct 28 2007
Set List Comment

I was a student at Syracuse University and drove up to see this show with a bunch of friends from school. It was just past Halloween. I swear that night for the "last" encore the band came back out wearing masks and played Warren Zevon's "Werewolves of London". At this show there were no psychedelics in use, so I am sure that what I saw and heard was really what I saw and heard. Do any other Heads remember the same?

Joined: Aug 6 2007
Distance Drive

First show. Rode in the back of a buddy's ancient Ford van from UMASS, and apparently we miscalculated the distance ala gleng1 above. Got in just in time for Deal! heh. Totally loved Eyes and the rest of it though!

Joined: Nov 10 2007
No Werewolves

They didn't play that until 78 or 79.


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Community War Memorial - November 5, 1977