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The Spectrum - September 21, 1972

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The Spectrum

September 21, 1972

Philadelphia, PA US

Average: 4.9 (12 votes)

Set List:

Promised Land
Bird Song
El Paso
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Black Throated Wind
Big Railroad Blues
Jack Straw
Big River
Ramble On Rose
Cumberland Blues
Playing in the Band

He's Gone
Black Peter
Mexicali Blues
Dark Star
Morning Dew
Beat it on Down the Line
Mississippi Half-Step
Sugar Magnolia
Friend of the Devil
Not Fade Away
Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad
Not Fade Away

One More Saturday Night

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jdwilgus's picture
Joined: Jun 8 2007
Dead at the Spectrum

Remember that? I do
I was a sophomore in High School and this show was on a Thursday night (as I remember).Needless to say my parents weren't too happy when I strolled in the door at 3:30 am still buzzed (in more ways than the obvious) after being entertained by the greatest band to ever take the stage.
Prior the concert my friends and I always spoke of the songs we hoped they'd play,we were all out of our minds to here Jack Straw/Morning Dew/China Cat/Truckin' and DARK STAR! Whoa! Now that was a show.
I retrospect I can't see through the archives that these guys were on their greatest roll of all time,but when we were standing so close to the stage during the actual show we had no idea that it could be this good. It was,and I feel sorry for anyone too young to have been able to see this band then.

Joined: Jun 9 2007
My first show

I was 16 yrs old ~ went from the dave clark 5 to The Dead in 5 hours
The first time I heard China>Rider I new I found religion.
My older brother Phil took me & he's now hanging out with Jerry.

Oh by the way Dick's picks 36 (this show) came out 2 weeks after
he passed.
Now That's Religion the way it ought to be !


Joined: Jun 9 2007
This Show

Where did you go to school ? I was a sophmore too ~ Pennsbury.

jdwilgus's picture
Joined: Jun 8 2007
So sorry to here about your brother Phil

Remember that? I do

Is China Cat your favourite GD song?It's mine for certain. I also love Dark Star,Eyes of the World,Morning Dew,St. Stephen etc. Any of the best jam songs were my fav's.
Do you ever go to see Ratdog or Phil & Friends?
It's fun to be our age and still visit the shows.The music is still tremendous too.
I'll think of your brother the next time I listen to #36.
Cheers! jim

jdwilgus's picture
Joined: Jun 8 2007
Pennsbury? How cool,I went to Woodbury in NJ

Remember that? I do

Small world don't you think? How were you the next day? I can still remember being detained in detention for falling asleep in German class.
Oh well,I guess the joy of being of teutonic heritage didn't interest me as much as the jams of Jerry and the boys from the previous night.It didn't matter anyway because I wound up becoming a chef after college,and I still can't read German.

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Joined: Jun 11 2007
The Spectrum

I had more fun in the Spectrum then in any other venue. I grew up in a little town (Phoenixville) about 20 minutes from Philly this is where I got to hang with some of my most dearest friends having the best times of our lives. I didn't get to see my first show for another 12 years, but they seemed to blow the lid off that place everytime.

Joined: Jun 9 2007
Good Karma

Thanks for the warm response ~ China>Rider; Iko, Jack Straw, The Other One
'Eyes' for sure. Ripple & Brokedown Palace which I sang @ my brothers'
service. Also wore tie-dye 'cause he wanted me to. Send me your e-mail address & I'll send you a church sign re; comments from up high about Jerry's
thoughts on Rat Dog & Phil & Friends.
I chose to keep going to shows & keeping the good vibes alive.

Onward ^
Fred G ~

Joined: Jun 9 2007

Are you still a chef ? I'm a partner in a wine disributor in KC. MO

I really miss Balloons * I don't remember the next day at all ~ but I do remember
the show`

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Joined: Aug 2 2007
My first!

The Universe moved to welcome me into the Journey that I still follow. Earlier that afternoon I was introduced to Mr. Natural and all the turns that brought me through. As the Sun grew low my older brother invited his 14 year old brother along to share a band like no other. "What a long strange trip its been..." Thank you.

Joined: Aug 16 2007
"Call for me....."

"...And I will be there
For the price of a taxi ride."

Jerry performs in the Bay Area the night after this, 9/22, in a benefit w/ Merl Saunders.
Then he's back on the East Coast for consecutive nights in Waterbury, the 23rd and 24th.
Oh to be young, talented, and in demand.
This all in the midst of possibly the three greatest Dark Stars ever performed consecutively- 9/21, 9/24, 9/27.


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