Grateful Dead

Madison Square Garden - September 24, 1988

Madison Square Garden

September 24, 1988

New York, NY US

Average: 3.9 (20 votes)


Benefit for the rainforests: Cultural Survival, Greenpeace & Rainforest Action Network - Bruce Hornsby & The Range opened - FM broadcast WNEW-New York, WMMR-Philadelphia - "West L. A." & "Rooster" with Mick Taylor - "Chinese Bones" & "Neighborhood Girls" with Suzanne Vega on acoustic guitar and vocals - "Every TimeЉ" and "What's Going On" with Daryl Hall: guitar, lead vocals; John Oates: guitar; Tom "T-Bone" Wolk: acoustic guitar, then accordion, then bass; Mark Rivera: saxophone; without Phil - "River Drumz" with Baba Olatunji & Michael Hinton - Olatunji stayed for the rest of the set - "NFA" with Bruce Hornsby on accordion - Both encores with Hall: vocals & Oates: guitar & vocals; Jack Casady: bass; Bruce Hornsby: vocals & electric piano, then accordion; without Phil - "Heaven's Door" also with Suzanne Vega - only "Chinese Bones" - only "Every Time You Go Away" - only "Neighborhood Girls" - only "What's Going On"

Set List:

Iko Iko
Feel Like a Stranger
West L.A. Fadeaway
Little Red Rooster
Box of Rain
Ramble on Rose
Don't Ease Me In

Chinese Bones
Neighborhood Girls
Crazy Fingers
Man Smart/Woman Smarter
Every Time You Go
What's Going On
The Wheel
Throwin' Stones
Not Fade Away

Good Lovin'
Knockin' on Heaven's Door

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Attendees of this show

Duggles, dubai-escorts-bunnies, Melissaaaaa, Phurstno2, Brad125, Amy from New York, Singmeback-Home, Dswist, Frankie In atlanta, jerryskid420, rockit, Doug Lago, CaptJ8k, wmorton03, cmm3, slap22happy, pukegrub, RANGER15, Mountaingirl02, lafingh2o, emoto, jughead68, SPAC84, larrysdaughter, scottocs, ecce homo, DUPES DIAMOND BLUES, Jackstraw1963, cneiss, direwolf02, jbass77bc, reijo29, Mosfed, M.Laurentus, Purple Haze, munclemex, hitmeister, ChicoNH, GinoP, Phinnegan, TrippyPete, amy_leader, uptownww, ZephyrGirl, TennesseeFred, intrepid, crackers1970, kelelle, gmjbeachside, Geodye420, CJ1961, brummett68, gboyar13, Jaypro, friskie, gordy, 123IBT, smarcus, chyams, lotsofgreensmiles, rainman67ko, atomheart, Leggs4, Dancin Dave, Eastmeadow Mike, shannycreek, charlieatc, darkstarcrashes, lazy, Vree7, mojoman, rodiebluez1, Mr.Natural, Mud, Rolokid, saintstephen19, chefdh1, AlaskaDeadHead1, thatch, whiter, stroukoa, mikemet, jsginbull, Dead Billy, Flickster, madbonger618, cinimod, Mark Harvey, deadredhead, micah68, deadratdog, eckero, jlawless, jcjoesammax, Bayedog, JCheskin, Slebodes, Dan the Dog, sugarmag68, alovours13, scorpm64, tommcgee1, ellis d, saltdogx88, Rukind52, photoleon, gjs56, berger0621, nicklas59, John Galt, drjass57, cocktailman, rjus, gatzapaul, powderjunky, shaw-, Bettinadragonfly,,, kenrock, shakedave, grtfuld, oldacemindshiva, flach77, Ruttco, Monad, meeaj, matki822, lemond, aap526, Savage, MagicPEZ, joni, dancingcat, jsomoza, efojr, rondboyer, lrs2008, deadheadfrom76, chloecat, buddawolf, grandwazoo, richdead, wilbur3134, mikeski, terrapinrichie, NNJDEADHEAD68, TommyHolland, sitirose, eurodave, thehagg01, MissReddin, Raucher, bobby, aikox2, bobbyb, byrdgirl_01, skunjelefeti, lamarred664, free2liv64, wink8, yuletime, Amitayus, tattoohippy, beandog22, In_A_Silent_Way, nickelless, muffin, aliceDmillionair, jimi864, WaywardBill, quinnever, Upstate NY, skullfu, shwaggy, whirlwinddreamer65, NM-MCS, EcoBen, JMY714, Bettylou, SmokestackLightning, funkygoodpants, Wharfrat1963, ChicoNYC, Cosmic.Wimpout, Sprybert, AlanSheckter, captrips, Sleepy Monkey, TomFoolery, bobanero, Bigtedman3, wheels69, Mr.Skjellyfetti, gr8tfulandy, Duude, estimatedprofits, pieface, walstib77, jeff bovee, giotti, theleven, dedhedesq, 9785, LeftHandMonkeyWrench, AoxoA, JGonlygirlie, Mister_Benson, gr8fuldaddy1, Babuyaya, Brownie, ramblonrose, SocietysPliers, sebastian, Ted S, Gr8fulglow, spacekat, rmarsmedic, Doughboy, JMRDead, klaussmith, sugareelady, lisainpotown, UncleBruce1971, Zombielover, KingLono, LostSailor1571, blondon1, Bear, MoonshineCito, logstirl, DFBWM, Grateful Diver, Longnook, Valerie Stevenson, BlondeJim, andrewmyers, mstaggerlee, Josef, mary-sunshine, daphne, JJammm, catchmohl, mwnyc, DKNJ, jed06, jbirdme, david515, wolf,, docflywheel, Spaz, PaulF13, slpatgun, tiedyebob, gregp123, Erica Evans, Big Boss Man, Forever_Deadicated, aquanee, robsegall1956, jerryskid, moosilauke, wharfrat8199, slicae611, greenman, crippledbutfree, jeffw, Fatman, AikoBearzly, Bob Minkin, Brian710, barongsong, spudvw67bus, hoptrip, nalex, stonyweirdo, ripple7, HDDave, Symmetry, GARCIAHEAD, bonz713, WWTyson, captnbadass, skatemaniac, Cookbitch, fotd313, Bookah, Jodester, Offbeat-Andy, batcavejoe, goodkarma, Dodaman, Puffem420, midgeid, bribenk, chrish, Rutgers51581, NYDEADHEAD, judyc7, SkookS, Lesh-Is-More, adocart, walstib3, mrngdo, Clint, pdb, Tony_S, jillstraw, micp1274, direwolf23, hippiechuck, rdnzl, Kenman, EDupree, jdwilgus, paulb, PsillyJim, Grateful1313, vernnlou, Lazy-Supp-Deal, theoct11, blackelk, RZ12-4-71, Kenpb, Jon Cornick, sameyeyam5, OnTheRoadAgain, Golden Road, Jack_Straw, Thom, iGrateful, Steve C, kgbdeadhead, bagsbill, Zippatron, avarose325, boxorain62, Gravy, TigerTrance, GRTUD, Grateful Mike G, johnnyg, Miggs, enlightend rogue, skllbob, jack mellone, MrnDw, jims, mcgsf, Randi, 2pigpen, Charlie Miller, Sonicutes, Dr. Vitz


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Joined: Jan 27 2009
benefit for sure

With out a doubt the strangest Grateful Dead show I have ever been too. It was summed up perfectly by "Whats Goin' On". At first I thought it was the acid, then I realized it was actually happening.

Joined: Jun 25 2007

I don't recall seeing a might as well in any of the '88 MSG setlists, but perhaps you're referring to '87.
Love this version. Definitely worth a listen. ENJOY!!

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Joined: Jul 25 2008
kermit sez "save the earth"

keep your character, enjoy living, share your fortune,
OXOX Merple Reddin

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Joined: Sep 11 2007
SOOO much fun

I had such a riot at this show. Jerry's voice was shot with laryngitis, VERY hoarse, but his playing was stellar. I was just agog with the night--way fun.

If you seek the mystery instead of the answer, you'll always be seeking... But the job is to seek mystery, evoke mystery, plant a garden in which strange plants grow and mysteries bloom. The need for mystery is greater than the need for an answer. Kesey

Joined: Apr 19 2011
The last night. fucken a im burnt out.

Wow. All the special guest. Yeah the banner was a cool deal. And the gorilla with the tie-dye. How can you forget that. That was in 88 right? This run in NYC was the down fall for me in high school. But it changed my life (for the better) Well one thing I will always remember about NYC was tripping my face off on the subway. Man how fucking cool. What a great run of shows for the Dead in 88.

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Joined: Aug 5 2013
Interesting evening. Paid for

Interesting evening. Paid for a pricey Circle of Gold ticket. Saw an ok show but contributed to a good cause. Got to go to the afterparty and met Brent, Jerry and Bobby. Looking back on the encounter with Jerry always makes my cheeks redden with embarrassment. Did not make the most of my limited time and blabbed like the starstruck idiot I was. Shameful.

Got a cool poster and the boys autographed my program. I did have a nice moment. Talked to Brent about his singing I Will Take You Home to his daughter while she was on his lap. Such a good guy.

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Joined: Oct 19 2009

No, The dead hardly ever left thing behind. However they left a lot of music. I was home for this show....if I couldn't get tickets i would not go so it was live on the radio and i tapped it, Lost it also. I would love to get a copy of this show on CD. Does anyone know what it may be listed under? if it's the show or a picks.


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Madison Square Garden - September 24, 1988