Grateful Dead

The Spectrum - September 21, 1972

The Spectrum

September 21, 1972

Philadelphia, PA US

Average: 4.9 (13 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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redeft's picture
Joined: Aug 26 2008
My first also...

I was 14 also, went with my best friend and his older brother and gf. I still have that ticket stub. What a night. I twirlled my ass off that night and have been dizzy ever since.

I like long walks, especially when taken by people who annoy me!

Joined: Sep 11 2008
2nd show, long strange trip

as with my first in "69" this was with a group of friends from
PSU@ state college, pa. we were all on the bus this night
don't know how we made it from state college to philly.
And i'd have to look at the set list to tell you what they played.
However it was a great freekin time!!!

Jon Yoder's picture
Joined: Apr 10 2009
My dad was at this show

He loves the Dead and all of all his stories this is my favorite, how they played for 5 and a half hours and the wall of sound... It all sounds awesome, but at the same time it makes me sad that I'll never get to experience it the way he did.

Joined: Jul 27 2009
This was a strange show for

This was a strange show for me had not had any sleep in 48 hours.Was real buzzed i remember a guy in the parking lots selling TRIPS.

Joined: Dec 8 2011
What an outrageous show!

My first show was in 1976 at the Tower Theater outside of Philly, I was 17 at the time. However Europe ’72 was my first exposure to the Dead and I just loved the whole album and, all the music from ’72 has been very special to me ever since.

This show was on my home turf so, I feel I have some connection to it, I saw them there so many times over the years. However, this show is no doubt unique, not only due to how well they played (probably the best Dark Star that I have ever heard), but the length of the show is unbelievable. It’s so great to read some of the stories from the folks that were there. Thanks!


Joined: Jan 18 2015
First show

It was also my first show and a sophomore as well 16 yrs old and my brother drove. Mine is still with me. Yes that was some of their better shows. I remember standing in front of the stage, Jerry playing his white Strat. I was totally blown away and hooked. I will never forget that experience. I think that show and the Boston Music Hall shows Nov 30 1973 were the best I had seen. Oh yea from Vineland, NJ live in the Phila burbs now. The music never stops.


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The Spectrum - September 21, 1972