January 07, 1979
Set List:Jack Straw
They Love Each Other
Looks Like Rain
I Need a Miracle
From the Heart of Me
Eyes of the World
Not Fade Away
Around and Around
Previous Show« Madison Square Garden - January 8, 1979
Attendees of this show
I think this was the band's 1st time in the big arena !! Having played the smaller Felt Forum many times and the boy's did not disappoint!! There was a major sound glick during the NFA but this show still ranks in my top 15!!
And on my sister's birthday to boot! It was fun. A Sunday show, my friend Andy and I had blue seats behind stage left. We could kinda hear pretty well. One friend said he became so overcome by Black Peter he split the show and walked the city. Dig that.
I remember this show really being quite awful. I guess it was the huge audio problems that set the tone for the evening. But the funny thing was the next night they came back and kicked serious ass. These two shows were polar opposites. That was one of the things I loved about the Dead... when they were off they were awful but when they were on... watch out. Good thing they were mostly on. Except for the really big gigs.
Friend's older sister took us - seats were basically behind the stage but that didn't matter; i was mesmerized by the surging, pulsing, bouncing crowd and simply blown away. I think I might have known two songs at the time, truckin and casey jones, and nothing of the culture but the next day I went and bought Live Dead and Skull and Roses... and started thinking about ways I could see more shows.
Never got off the bus from that point on.
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For years I didn't think much of this show and didn't seek a recording of it. I went to the show in Philadelphia 2 days before. Many repeats from the Spectrum, sound issues and mixed feelings about the Dead finally playing MSG. Prior to 1/7/79 the band, Bob in particular, said they would never play MSG. Never is a long time. A few years back I finally listened to the show again. I enjoyed Jack Straw, Passenger, Miracle-Shakedown. After listening again I thought the Eyes was better than the prior show. Thinking back on it now, there must have been enoyable highlights because I had to go the next night and scalp tickets!
this was my first show, I was hooked
I grade this as a Good+ show, 7.5/10 overall. There aren't a lot of great solos or jamming. I like the Dire, Passenger, Estimated > Eyes and the Black Peter solo (PA problems begin during the BP outro and plague the rest of the show).