Saturday Dead: Stanford University 1973

Roscoe Maples Pavilion (Stanford University)
Palo Alto, CA

Words By J-man

The historical value of this show is enough to justify it's pick for today's column. Despite the fact that it was The Dead's one and only show at Roscoe Maples Pavillion, it was a hard-hitter. By one account, this was pottentially the first time that The Dead played a sizable show in the Bay area that wasn't produced by Bill Graham, but instead The Associated Students of Standford University, Special Events Program. With it being located in the University basketball court, the motion of the crowd made for a lot of bouncing throughout the show. Additionally, the band's sound system took a full two days to set up with European audio technicians spending hours listening to white noise and testing full spectrum response to tune the system... and tune it they did.

Grateful Dead Live at Stanford University on February 9, 1973.

Set One: The Promised Land, Row Jimmy, Black Throated Wind, Deal, Me And My Uncle, Sugaree, Looks Like Rain, Loose Lucy, Beer Barrel Polka, Mexicali Blues, Brown Eyed Women, El Paso, Here Comes Sunshine, Playing In The Band

Set Two: Wavy Gravy chatter, China Cat Sunflower>Know You Rider, Jack Straw, Dead battery, They Love Each Other, Truckin'>Eyes Of The World>China Doll 6:00, Big River, Ramble On Rose, Box Of Rain, Wave That Flag, Sugar Magnolia, Uncle John's Band, Around And Around

Encore: Casey Jones

The band's energy is it heavy and clear from the get go as they beautifully showcase a plethora of fantastic compositions. This show is absolutely an "all of the way through" type of situation, however, personal first set highlights include "Deal," "Sugaree," "El Paso" and "Here Comes Sunshine." Second set highlights include an incredible "China Cat" > "Rider," "Jack Straw," "They Love Each Other," "Eyes of The World," "Rable on Rose" "Wave That Flag" and "Sugar Magnolia." Truly, the whole show is incredible and worth a play all of the way through...


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