Grateful Dead Memories: Halloween in NYC at Radio City Music Hall, 1980 [Official YouTube Videos]

SETLIST

Set I: Acoustic
“Heaven Help the Fool” (Bob Weir song)
“Sage and Spirit”
“Little Sadie” ([traditional] cover)
“The Monkey and the Engineer” (Jesse Fuller cover)
“It Must Have Been the Roses” (Robert Hunter song)
“Cassidy” (Bob Weir song)
“Bird Song” (Jerry Garcia song)
“Ripple”

Set II
“Jack Straw”
“Cold Rain and Snow”
“Me and My Uncle” (John Phillips cover)
“Mexicali Blues” (Bob Weir song)
“Ramble On Rose”
“Little Red Rooster” (Willie Dixon cover)
“Brown-Eyed Women”
“Looks Like Rain” (Bob Weir song)
“Deal” (Jerry Garcia song)

Set III
“Don’t Ease Me In” (Henry Thomas cover)
“Lost Sailor”
“Saint of Circumstance”
“Franklin’s Tower”
Drums
“Space”
“Fire on the Mountain”
“Not Fade Away” (The Crickets cover)
“Stella Blue”
“Going Down the Road Feelin’ Bad” (Henry Whitter cover)
“Good Lovin'” (The Young Rascals cover)

Encore:
“Uncle John’s Band”

On this day in 1980, the Grateful Dead wrapped up their eight night run at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall with a sold-out Halloween performance.

Relive that magic by watching pro-shot video of the band’s performance from October 31, 1980 above, courtesy of the Music Vault YouTube channel created by Wolfgang’s Vault (culled from the archives of famed concert promoter Bill Graham’s library).

Beginning with an eight song acoustic set, the group would go on to play two electric sets to a packed house. The band members for this night were Jerry Garcia (guitar, vocals), Bob Weir (guitar, vocals), Phil Lesh (bass, vocals), Brent Mydland (keyboards, vocals), Bill Kruetzman (drums), and Mickey Hart (drums, percussion). The show was broadcasted on closed circuit TV on the East Coast and on the FM airwaves.

Of the eight-night run, October 31 and October 30 were recorded and released as a VHS and DVD called Dead Ahead. Some of that material also ended up on a couple live albums released in 1981: the acoustic Reckoning and the electric Dead Set.

We weren’t there, but we can imagine how electrifying of a night it must have been! If you were there, feel free to share your memories below.

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Source: Music Vault