Grateful Dead

Carolina Coliseum Arena - October 31, 1985

Carolina Coliseum Arena

October 31, 1985

Columbia, SC US

Average: 3.6 (15 votes)


"Funiculi Funicula" tuning to open first set - "Teddy Bear's Picnic" tuning before "West L. A." - last "Space": 01-30-78 [558] - last "Werewolves": 07-08-78 [522]

Set List:

Werewolves of London
Music Never Stopped
West L.A. Fadeaway
Mama Tried
Mexicali Blues
Tennessee Jed
Looks Like Rain
Might As Well

Shakedown Street
Playin' in the Band
Ship of Fools
Dear Mr. Fantasy
Not Fade Away

U.S. Blues

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Attendees of this show

dubai-escorts-bunnies, Brad125, Amy from New York, jammal, Grasshead,, PT Barnum, Jules N Binokulas, UncleJohn61, rymo, jabruzzo3, tea2trey, BohoDiva, hockey_john, ptown phool, skydog0223, gainzer, cmd, Quazi, goodliving, WNCmtnman, stellablue07778, Phinnegan, minutemouse, carolina bubba, Geodye420, ChinaRider77, dancingbear33, kking, Monkeyfuss, seltz, cryptl1028, hkdave,, Ventnor boy, Dolabella, tcmarbles, leisamarie, ColdRainandSnow, mmtapeop, 123IBT, hippierob, greeksam78, legalmist, darkstarcrashes, spacewalker, tpenn, dr zevon, terragin, Randy779, AlaskaDeadHead1, midiman007, stroukoa, jsginbull, johnny cobra, radio_mogul, WillieB1969, tkmathis, faho, sugarmag68, alovours13, Folkways, wpc1959, KevinBKK, mercurygd, pat L, AndIgoton, JohnDC, lonesomejohnnie, tcrider, whipple, lostsalr, jrbird419, JHoler, VikkiM, gatzapaul, sdiggs40, salem, Darkstar833, RightwingDeadhead, BornInADesert, LuigiDied, JohnnyThunder, paul41, SCDeadhead, MagicPEZ, Halloween85, WALLMEISTER, Deadfan1969, deadheadfrom76, chicobonzai, tomsned66, Cassidy18, Peppermint Patty, gratefultrip, harryz, bobby, The_Music_Danced_Me, BarefeetBob, SPAC84, aikox2, ffej55, sjj, wiggy, TheNightEagle, cosmic_skye, lamarred664, leftcoastbound, rami, brookeok, cepx, aliceDmillionair, bucks-yellow van, jimi864, don of the dead, happeningman, gnoodle, Doseme, cosmicloyed, GoldenBear, Bettylou, gHawk, StaggerLee32, BabylonDon, osborne fitzgerald mcclintic, ATLANTA JAM, Dankstress, songsfrown, teamcram, piossi, gdoodahman, Felix, Drumhead, picnic, iamslinky, Yippierb, HowardH, carlroeser, jozeppy, Bear13617, Rum Jungle, MoonshineCito, terrapin85, shnaholic, JurassicBlueberries, Josef, spiritwalker, slidebrain, catchmohl, Saintoc, smokey mountains, badtpyist, lakelure2, Kima, madlypat, ez2lovu, Forever_Deadicated, OBY-BEN-WAH-KENOBY, jerryskid, bocelts, UndeJohn, dharmagum, lappdog1, nalex, Symmetry, Emerald4689, teri, PhilESwingdance, levitonjl, weallen, Kent, augwest386, TomK, Columbia, alta, Maliz, piperodell, tripperb, W. is the Antichrist, Lake, vinylanimyl, grateful tar heel, rjtriana, dschpan, philfan61, Duggles, Teedawg, B42, ratskrad, Alsflorida


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xian's picture
Joined: May 26 2007
Werewolves! (Thought it was

Werewolves! (Thought it was Sweet Home Alabama there when they first started cranking out the initial chord changes.

Five-song second set, lots of space in the middle. Unusual.

Joined: Jun 6 2007
Very Unusual Show!

halloween indeed....

^^^what xian said above!

Instead of the normal drum duet, they did individual drum solos one after another....strange show!

Duggles's picture
Joined: Jun 5 2007
It was raining out.

We were looking forward to our first Halloween show for some time and when it rained, even though it was an indoor show we were somewhat bummed because it put a damper on the lot scene. The Space intro into Warewolves Music was some of the best Dead I had ever seen. Something happened and it was like the the light switch was just flipped off. The rest of the show was downhill. This is the first 3 star rating I have given so far for my list. Just a sketchy performance. Still love 'em though.


Joined: Jun 21 2007
Highlight show of a blazing fall tour

Of all my many tapes, this is one show I come back to over and over again.... Sure, the highly unusal opening of a bonefide Space into Werewolves of London is electrifying. But it's the clean, clean playing of everyone throughout this show that needs commenting. Especially in the outstanding second set, this is apparent. My tape (and I wasn't at this show) is missing the Looks Like Rain and Might as Well; as well as the Ship of Fools. But each of the other four tunes are played to perfection, folks. In the first set, The Music Never Stopped is noteworthy, but it's the West LA Fadeaway that is the true standout- the best version I've ever heard. So, those of you fond of '85 shows, this here is one show to track down, if you don't already have in your collection. ps: the intro into the jam following Playin' is incredible (as is the entire jam, naturally), and the solo in Not Fade Away is one of the finest you'll ever hear...

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Joined: Jun 29 2007
My first Dead show!!-The bus came by,and I got on :)

Well,after much begging from my DeadHead buddies,we
stuffed into my VW Rabbit,and made the "trip" from Charlotte
NC to Columbia for a Halloween that changed my life! I had heard alot of tales from my Head friends,but,as many of you
folks know,nothing could totally prepair me for the culture
shock that awaited me as I entered the doors of The Columbia
Col.!! The first person to greet me after going thru the turn-stiles was a sweaty,red-faced guy who got right in my face and blew a bugle with all his might,and then laughed loudly
(eyes bugging half way out of his head). I knew I was in for
quite the evening after that.-AND I WAS!!-Lots of wild costumes.Two huge Jack-o-lanterns on either side of the stage.The lights went down,and they went into a strange "Space", into Werewolves.
Of course once the music started,I got my first look at the
sight that (I think) makes quite the impression on all "newbees" THE DANCE!!! The twirling,wiggling flowing
motion.At first all I could do was laugh and laugh.It was like I
had found my own "special" group of like-minded friends.
Although I did not know all the songs yet,I really liked the music.Looks Like Rain,and Tenn.Jed really made an impression on me in the first set.The second set opened with
a fun Shakedown into Playing.I was hooked!!
I remember two or three guys who had a bucket of Glow Paint
running all over the arena slinging the glowing liquid on everyone and everything they could! Great fun,great friends,and "grate"music.-I had to see them as quickly as possible to make sure that I hadn't dreamed this!
Two days later I was in Richmond (with no tickets) to seek
more of what I had experenced in Columbia.Richmond turned out to be my only "miracle show".
But that's another story!! :)

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
"Good Evening Music Lovers"...

Bob said after Music. Still one of the best Music's ever.
Who knew the show would take the gaspipe like that?
Typical. When the going gets weird....
well you know the rest.
RIP Mr Thompson

I still have the Set I analog.

“The Omnipotent Grateful Dead!”

Joined: Aug 12 2007
Crazy Night!

My only trip to S. Carolina!
I had never seen it rain as much as it did.
Hurricane whatever broke up over Florida and headed north along the East coast.
Wow, and everybody was really dosed heavily...
Or was it just me. One of the more stranger shows that I had seen. I love the LLRain with all the echos. Overall a really good weird show!

Joined: Jun 14 2007
1st show

This was my first show I was 15 years old. That was the begenning of a wonderful life with the GRATEFUL DEAD!

Joined: Jan 27 2009

This was my first Halloween Show and my Freshman year at USC Columbia. This was also my 86th show and it was amazing Jerry opening with Werewolves. It had rained for 2 or 3 days at the roads were flooded many of my friends had come down from NYC and it was a huge party that lasted a few days

Joined: Jan 11 2009
Funny...1st show and 15 also

I was turned on to The Dead a year before (shortly after my 14th birthday in Sept. 84'), but my parents wouldn't let me go to a concert. When some friends of mine were going to the Summer 85' Merriweather Post Pavillion shows, I begged and begged and begged to go... no deal. lol

As a 15th birthday present, they bought me tickets to this show and 11/2/85 Richmond.


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Carolina Coliseum Arena - October 31, 1985