Grateful Dead

Stabler Arena - September 25, 1981

Stabler Arena

September 25, 1981

Bethlehem, PA US

Average: 4.4 (13 votes)

Set List:

New Minglewood Blues
Friend of the Devil
El Paso
Little Red Rooster
Bird Song
Beat it on Down the Line
Cumberland Blues
Music Never Stopped

Might As Well
Samson and Delilah
Scarlet Begonias
Fire on the Mountain
Good Time Blues
Lost Sailor
Saint of Circumstance
The Wheel
Sugar Magnolia
Black Peter
Around and Around
Sunshine Daydream

U.S. Blues

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Duggles's picture
Joined: Jun 5 2007
Great show

First eastcoast Cumberland in years. Rare Might As Well. This, along with the next night, were nice long shows that were well played.


Joined: Jun 10 2007
My favorite show

This was my second show. I was a sophmore at Lafayette College, made the short trip to Lehigh and had the time of my life. I danced and twirlled my way to shear delight. Jerry sang to me directly, asking "Long distance runner what you standing there for, get up, get off, get out of the door." Later Bobby told me "This must be Heaven, Here's where the Rainbow ends, At last it's the real thing or close enough to pretend" I still here them both, beckoning me to continue to move forward in my life, while celebrating the moments of heaven we've created here in our everyday. That's alot to get out of one Rock 'n Roll Show, how can it not be my favorite?

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Joined: Jun 21 2007
WOW!!!!!!!! i never danced

WOW!!!!!!!! i never danced like i danced at this show before. I loved that venue. small and plenty of room to dance. Even though it was over 25 years ago, I can remember it like it was 25 years ago.

Joined: Jun 23 2007
My 1st show

I was a college student at the University of Delaware at the time. I can remember seeing the words "Grateful Dead" scribbled on walls, tables, and sidewalks all over campus, and wondering why those "Deadheads" were such fanatics. I went to the concert with my roommates. It was during "The Wheel" that I suddenly came to the realization that I was now one of those Deadheads (if the thunder don't get ya, then the lightning will!) I also remember Bob was having a problem with his amp, and pretended to shoot it while Jerry said something like, "Bobby's havin' trouble with his stuff!"

Joined: Aug 27 2008
My "bedroom" show

I live in Bethlehem, PA., and normally it is a 10 minute drive to Stabler when there is no event going on. When there is an event, it's about 25 to 30 min. door to door, so I still call this show my "bedroom" show. The only traffic was near Stabler.
A strong show to boot, I love the pairing of Might As Well > Samson & Delilah. A great 2ns set. This may have been the only time I witnessed Never Trust A Woman live. If I recall correctly, security was quite rough on us Heads. I love this show immensely, it ought to be released in it's entirety, if possible, probably as a download.

Joined: Dec 11 2008
came to realization-1st show

I was attending Lehigh and a freshman football player. The campus was over run by freaks. The football players were talking in the lockerroom about beating up Deadheads. I was asked to work security and said yes- they stationed me about 7 rows off the stage on jerry-side. By the time the 2nd or 3rd song was being played, I had developed this sense of enlightenment, I was where I should be and I was hooked. No drugs- no booze- no idea of what the songs were or were going to be. I just knew it was where I belonged. It was awesome!

Joined: Jan 7 2009
Best show I ever saw

Rumor had it that this show was a b-day gift for the dead's manager's son (who was attending Lehigh U at the time) tix went on sale two weeks prior if I'm not mistaken. It was also my best friend's b-day and we were behind the stage directly above the back stage door when the band left the stage after the first set. I was hanging from the mezz reaching down about 6' above Jerry's head and managed to make eye contact... he just smiled at me and shook his head!

Joined: Jan 7 2009
Great Venue/U.S. Blues

If my recollection serves me... (and it rarely does when it comes to dead shows, wonder why that is?) EVERYONE was waving their hands & swaying back and forth in time. Never had an experience quite like that one before or after!

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Joined: Dec 5 2007
First Show!!

We were late for the show(walked in durring rooster).My college roomates brother owned the dominos pizza franchise in Bethlehem and he had to deliver pizzas on the way. My only passenger. My x-wifes first show was the next nite in Buffalo. So many songs!! The second set oppener was perfect as I am Canadian.By the time the wheel came around I was on the Bus"and my friends they come around..come around..come around". The rest is History for me. almost 200 shows. Moved to the Bay area in 86 and lived the dream. Visited Alpine Valley in 82 Red Rocks in 84 Greek Theatre 85 Frost 87 Dylan/Dead 4 new years and sooo much more. It's been a long and wonderful strange trip That continues.Don't forget "the music never stopped".
John :)

Joined: Sep 5 2010
First show

I grew up in Bethlehem, right over the hill from Stabler, although we had to drive down from Penn State to see this one. First show and it was a great one. Nice arena, probably the smallest I ever saw the Dead in.


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Stabler Arena - September 25, 1981