Grateful Dead

Madison Square Garden - September 16, 1987

Madison Square Garden

September 16, 1987

New York, NY US

Average: 4.2 (17 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

dubai-escorts-bunnies, Phurstno2, Flatbed Floyd, Brad125, Amy from New York, Frankie In atlanta, rockit, mooch8, Inadrainditch, CaptJ8k, wmorton03, BillyBlair, tat2inmd, pghas1, slap22happy, RANGER15, jersey2sandiego, 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, 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.

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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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Joined: Jun 6 2007
My second show

I remember this stoned, long haired dude outside the show asking us if we wanted to buy any “Trippies” - Gold stars and Musical notes.

I dosed and so did one of my friends.

The second set was a really intense experience and I did my own thing and didn't really see much of 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.

The next day I eventually got back to our hotel and to my amazement my friends had mysteriously disappeared leaving a note that said “We’ve gone back to England”

As it turns out one of them had a bad trip and persuaded the other one to take him home in the middle of the night.

I guess there's always a risk if you choose to take mind altering substances...

Joined: Mar 27 2017
On the Bus

My first show - and what an awesome time we had!
This marked a major turning point in my life.
Grateful Forever.

Thanks for your help Bud.

Listen -


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Madison Square Garden - September 16, 1987