Grateful Dead

Giants Stadium - September 2, 1978

Giants Stadium

September 02, 1978

East Rutherford, NJ US

Average: 3.8 (37 votes)


Also: New Riders of the Purple Sage; Willie Nelson.

Set List:

Jack Straw
Friend of the Devil
New Minglewood Blues
Dire Wolf
Looks Like Rain
Stagger Lee
I Need a Miracle
Lazy Lightnin'

Good Lovin'
Scarlet Begonias
Fire on the Mountain
Estimated Prophet
Eyes of the World
Sugar Magnolia

One More Saturday Night

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mganter's picture
Joined: Nov 10 2007
1st show, and electric as hell

I can't understand folks that said this show was bad. Changed my life forever, I heard and saw God on that day. I was standing on the floor to the bands right, about 100 feet from the stage. Within the first 30 seconds of Jack Straw I was hooked for life. The Good Lovin that opened the second set was better then the best orgasm. That tune, and those moments showed me forever that in fact we all 'got have love' I recall tears streaming down my face, watching the crowd simply erupt at the end of that tune. The Scarlet-Fire was one of the best I've heard, and I've heard many live. I was out of my body completely during the Estimated-Eyes. For a moment filling the stadium a golden face of an old man with a flowing beard, peaceful and pure love, I understood at that time I was being allowed to see something, an image I could understand, and it was God. Completely and utterly spaced, at some point I looked back towards the middle of the stadium and a hole opened in the middle of the stadium sound poured out, I could see and hear infinity, feel the universe in motion. If only words could describe...

Joined: Nov 10 2007
"Where you been, man?"

When we entered the stadium, my college roommate went left around this big partition and I went right, thinking I'd catch him on the other side. Didn't see him again until about 3 hours after the show ended. I was asleep on the hood/windshield of his car in the parking lot and he came walking up saying, "where you been, man?" An OK show - it was hot and they sounded like they needed to go catch a plane. Got stuck in traffic so we missed Willie and the New Riders.

George C. Hartman's picture
Joined: Jul 9 2007
The sun will

The sun will my backdoor someday!
My first also. It was a very strange day. I thought the stadium was half empty........compared to much later Dead shows at the same place ten years later. I remember watching two people fuck underneath a blanket in the aisle.
I dosed but got a delayed reaction and got off 5 hours AFTER the show!!!
Somebody jumped off the stadium ramp and died. Just the very beginning of the Meadowlands security woes!!!
Keith was in a comatose drug haze and Donna sucks.

avalondeadman's picture
Joined: Sep 6 2007
her hair was perfect

Arrived the afternoon of the previous day, ticketless but optimistic. Kurt and I managed to purchase some tickets for twenty bucks a piece and began a long evening of commeraderie with the throngs of fellow adventurers in the parking lot. A good show. A memorable experience. I danced with a beautiful blonde girl who wore a crown of roses. She twirled in a print summer dress with bare feet. Very cool.

Joined: Oct 5 2007
long strange trip,, of a day...

.. a great fun day.. lots of wierd,, moments,, lots of smiling.. got a nice treat from the riders and we enjoyed Willies show for sure, this was around the time of the Willie and family live album.. Donna and Kieth I believe sat in on a few tunes,,the dead came out fairly early in the day..sun was still cooking,,, most of the crowd was fairly toasted,, the band gave a solid first set,well played...second set was ok. .. they were ready to go to Egypt , I also rememberWaylon Jennings was on the bill but never showed,,all in all it was a big crazy party.god knows how I drove the Van back home that night.. floating.the bands first show at giants stadium..after catching them in places like the capitol, palladium, tower,, smaller hockey rinks,, this was differant than englishtown wich was more of a festival feel big open field...

Joined: Jan 6 2009
east rutherford

the meadowlands always a zoo.

Joined: Jan 8 2009
Best day of my life

Totally unexpected but night before I got a call that somebody had two tickets for this show. Got my buddy and gas in my VW bug,left Lake Winola Pa and slept along the way in the car. Got to show and couldn't find our seats. It was ungodly hot but we sat in some seats that we thought were great overlooking the stage. Soon got kicked out and escorted to our real seats-not seats actually but inside Larry Bellante's (Giant Stadium architect) private club box with air conditioning. close circuit tv, open bar, free majic dust, smoke, and friends I hadn't seen in years. Went home with highschool sweetheart. Music was great, I've always said it was the best day of my life. Made me a dead head for the next 30 years.

Joined: Nov 18 2007
Hey rockaway larry, I was at

Hey rockaway larry, I was at the CWPost show and almost got crushed to death by late comers crashing the gates.

st.steven's picture
Joined: Oct 13 2008
Waylon Jennings

I still have the ticket stub from this show and it was The Grateful Dead, Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings. Well Waylon never showed and the Riders played in their place. I remember getting to the parking lot about 11:00 AM and the Riders were already playing. The Dead came on about 3:00 PM and played until about 7:00 PM. I remember Billy having a cast on one arm (can't remember which one) and playing the drums with the cast. I took my camera and shot a roll of film (24 pictures-back in the day). I still have the slides of the show, and if I ever figure out how to convert them to digital, I may post them one day.

Joined: Apr 14 2009
LI Railroad Blues

This was my first show - although I saw a great Garcia show out on Long Island before that. We took the LI Railroad to someplace where we got on board a bus full of dead heads. I remember smoking weed on the train with all the commuters through a phone we converted into a smoking device - oddly enough, nobody said anything to us! WIllie was great, but the Dead had some problems with the sound. There was supposed to be a delay between stage speakers and the stacks in the middle of the field, but it wasn't right and sounded like an echo. I think they got it right after a while, or I got my head fixed to match it. A great memory.


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