Grateful Dead

Madison Square Garden - September 16, 1987

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Madison Square Garden

September 16, 1987

New York, NY US

Average: 4.3 (15 votes)


encore began with "GDTRFB" closing - New York City Percussion Ensemble opened

Set List:

Touch of Grey
Scarlet Begonias
Little Red Rooster
Dire Wolf
My Brother Esau
High Time
Let it Grow
Don't Ease Me In

Greatest Story Ever Told
Devil With a Blue Dress
Good Golly Miss Molly
Devil With a Blue Dress
He's Gone
Wharf Rat
Throwin' Stones
Not Fade Away

Black Muddy River

9/17/87    NBC Studios, New York, NY    
= David Letterman

Good Lovin'
All Along the Watchtower
Walkin' the Dog
Tore Up Over You
Kansas City


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Attendees of this show

DonkeyOdie, eloicious, MattBen1, Nace1031, IkoIko95, Capt Chowdah, kemo, BillyBlastoff, M.Laurentus, hockey_john, v32, Purple Haze, ptown phool, docjbf, munclemex, halloweenkid, Phinnegan, TrippyPete, amy_leader, boo5270, Stardancer, intrepid, gmjbeachside, Geodye420, ChinaRider77, Stephen Shepherd, yodel9, Nikon Harry, bigdaddyinc68, Jaypro, Dpwilljr, Eyesbeyond, rengalt, whirldpeace, Sequitor, tmaleymcc, 123IBT, nipsyhustle, smarcus, Deadwhiteandblu, chyams, lotsofgreensmiles, jilleh, rainman67ko, greatfulted, jz, niptotheair, Steve-o Brooklyn, darkstarcrashes, rodiebluez1, joebroomhead, Mr.Natural, Mud, swa, chefdh1, bobjewellconnecticut, AlaskaDeadHead1, stroukoa, jsginbull, foreverahead, Dead Billy, Gr8ful Dean, Cerberus, Mark Harvey, micah68, jlawless, zebadya, greg.dowling, Tweety42, JCheskin, bml140, Terrathea, Dan the Dog, sugarmag68, alovours13, tommcgee1, gdeadicated, junglejim, Danc1n, hightimeloser, Disco Stu, Old School Chuck, photoleon, gjs56, berger0621, ChantalAndGeorge, nicklas59, Deadercize 4 Life - formerly Bob Quinton, JohnDC, cocktailman, Iggy, Beamers, powderjunky, Bettinadragonfly,, skossel11, kenrock, shakedave, taggartj, BurntDawg, Monad, Hoboken Head, aap526, Sweet William, Savage, MagicPEZ, imabmf, dancingcat, JohnnyRock41, jsomoza, chrisfic, chloecat, buddawolf, grandwazoo, Peppermint Patty, mikeski, terrapinrichie, NNJDEADHEAD68, TommyHolland, sitirose, hgregs, redeft, the_smilodon, brobb, MissReddin, bobby, The_Music_Danced_Me, aikox2, bobbyb, sigephead, DinoBam, The Nightfishing, Yamis Jewell, byrdgirl_01, skunjelefeti, free2liv64, wink8, yuletime, Amitayus, tattoohippy, rami, beandog22, In_A_Silent_Way, nickelless, cepx, cub, aliceDmillionair, jimi864, don of the dead, WaywardBill, Brother Esau, Upstate NY, scarletfire16, darkstar stu, JMY714, festival0122, ScottNJ, funkygoodpants, Wharfrat1963, ChicoNYC, jeepster, Cosmic.Wimpout, extraspace, Dupreediamond420, captrips, twilaq1, wheels69, Mr.Skjellyfetti, ginsu710, drumzNspace, jwalsh1957, ladyfinger, gr8tfulandy, bigbob, jgaito, Duude, pieface, macdoogle, Steve22261, Peachy, jeff bovee, giotti, theleven, dedhedesq, hamal, LeftHandMonkeyWrench, goldgreek, rgreene, bellsonhershoes, speedlimit, tpiader, jbass77bc, ramblonrose, AndieIsAlthea, SocietysPliers, jz323, Ted S, Garypaul, rmarsmedic, mrkaos63, GreensAndNettles, JMRDead, lisainpotown, HowardH, Zombielover, KingLono, croc, blondon1, MoonshineCito, jackstrw, logstirl, DFBWM, NJDEAD40, Grateful Diver, Longnook, johnkiely, Valerie Stevenson, treesdream, BlondeJim, andrewmyers, OSH, mstaggerlee, Shimanto, JurassicBlueberries, Josef, daphne,, catchmohl, jbirdme, Canadian Deadhead, david515, Diceking, carmotor, Wockells, nuggets, brweldon81, slpatgun, johnh, raindep, gregp123, Big Boss Man, therobthompson, ez2lovu, Forever_Deadicated, aquanee, robsegall1956, Josh, jerryskid, wharfrat8199, Ginsengsully, crippledbutfree, jeffw, Fatman, raferm, AikoBearzly, Charbroiled, Bob Minkin, kevnshellie, nalex, MovinGroovin, IkoIko65, ripple7, Symmetry, shugamag, DrDarkStar, Terrapin_Tommy, GARCIAHEAD, gratefuldoc, Cosmiccharlie, Univax, Leibo, sugareeluc, bonz713, WWTyson, Cookbitch, Offbeat-Andy, Walbass, gratefulron, batcavejoe, lazlo, midgeid, njwreckdiver, Vegan Mike, bribenk, PeggyO, jodoyle, chrish, darrrkstarrr-billy, Rutgers51581, NYDEADHEAD, ramble_on_schroedes, OneGratefulDad, judyc7, SkookS, Lesh-Is-More, walstib3, mrngdo, Tony_S, jillstraw, micp1274, cyberdelica_space, peter, johnlo, rdnzl, EDupree, jdwilgus, paulb, Lokall, Grateful1313, vernnlou, Lazy-Supp-Deal, Phils-side, RZ12-4-71, Kenpb, jrjanis, robo2973, jw, sameyeyam5, kjh13, captain.dead, msgsec74, jonesgang, pzz, Billy Delion, Jack_Straw, Thom, Steve C, kgbdeadhead, David L., battman, Duggles, boxorain62, sixstringsmoreorLesh, Miggs, ratskrad, jims, dzemma, 2pigpen, Charlie Miller


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Joined: Jun 6 2007
GDTRFB "closing"

FYI: Goin' down the road closing as you call it is actually the melody from the song "And we bid you goodnight"

Joined: Jun 21 2007
Great First Set

Underrated first set - Scarlet in the first was an awesome surprise. Went to this one too.

Joined: Jun 6 2007
My second Dead show

I remember this stoned long haired dude asking me and my friends if we wanted to buy any “Trippies”. I did and so did one of my friends. Gold stars and musical notes. And it all happened exactly as you've probably heard it before: During Dire Wolf I was utterly convinced that the man in front of me had a bomb strapped to him and was going to kill me. Fortunately I passed through my terror and into a different space entirely… The second set was very intense and I did my own thing and didn't really see my friends until the end of the show. I remember walking out of the Garden and noticing all the squeaking shoes on the floor as did all the other dosed heads. My friend who had also dosed looked a bit freaked, but he seemed ok and told me that he didn't mind when I said I wanted to continue partying. I lost the people I’d arranged to meet and ended up staying in some random guys flat in Brooklyn, but when I got back to the hotel my friends were no where to be seen. Eventually some others who I’d travelled from England with showed up and they were none the wiser. Then we found a note they’d left that said “We’ve gone back to England”. This was really bemusing and upsetting because I had no idea why they’d gone and I began to feel quite guilty that I’d done my own thing and left them to their own devices. It was only when I got back to England that I found out that Pete had had a bad trip, thought I was the Devil, panicked and begged his friend to take him home. It’s a crazy story, but it happened.

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Joined: Oct 5 2007
Man, taking a listen to this

Man, taking a listen to this joint right now and it's just taking me right back there. High Time right now. The renditions performed up to this point in the first set are just perfect. Could be put to tape and put right out as an LP - and I mean that in a good way.

Memories most vivid are the Rooster, High Time, stompin' to the Don't Ease - jumpin' high on the two-beat after "Don't Ease Don't Ease!" with Brent's Hammond B3 slammin' and holdin' that upbeat there each time - then the Bertha and Bobby's new (was it new then?) way of accenting on different upbeats during the solos, and STOMPIN' the hallways for Blue Dress -> Golly -> Blue Dress. The He's Gone is pretty sweet although I don't really remember it. The "smile smile smile" line is even pretty rarily clean.

Damn good show. Can I go back?

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * -enjoyin' the ride

-There'll never be another Jerry

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Joined: Jun 7 2007
One of many...

One of the many MSG shows I saw between '83 and '95...

most have melted into a dream...

but this one I'm sure I was at because I can remember Miss Molly > Blue Dress among others quite vividly...

Joined: Jun 21 2007

Just noticed that the last first set "Scarlet" was at the closing of Winterland on 12/3178! No wonder we all lost our minds when it appeared so early on here. My favorite version that I saw live - Probably because it was so unexpected.

Joined: Nov 11 2007
Anyone with a tape of this show

My friends first show. Does any one have copy of this show. Please!!!!!!


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Madison Square Garden - September 16, 1987