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The Deadpod

Jun 18, 2021

This week we present the second set from the band's historic run at RFK Stadiuim in Washington D. C. the weekend of June 9, 1973. 

This is a fine, long, wall-of-sound, show and it's no wonder that it ranked highly in Dick Latvala's estimation (

While there is some confusion over the exact start of this setlist, I'm choosing to include the Greatest Story Ever Told as the opener. The band then moves into an excellent China>Rider, although some have thought that Jerry was a bit too 'relaxed' in singing the 'wish I was a headlight' line. The 'He's Gone' that follows is slow and soulful, but the pace picks up in the 'Truckin' that follows. If you listen to the transition into the excellent 'Playin' In the Band' that follows you'll hear a nod to 'Here Comes Sunshine' .. while there is no drums/space in this set, the jam that happens in 'Playin' is an excellent substitute. 

Of the rest of the set, 'Big River' is very hot, and the 'Eyes of the World' is just exactly perfect. The 'China Doll' that follows is soulful, to say the least. Sugar Magnolia follows, I'm not sure if that was an encore or whether they were simply exhausted on this hot, humid day in D.C.


Grateful Dead
RFK Stadium
Washington, DC 6/9/73 - Saturday


Greatest Story Ever Told
China Cat Sunflower >
I Know You Rider ;
He's Gone [14:12] >
Truckin' [12:09] >
Playing In The Band [20:19#] ;
Loser [6:07] ;
Me And My Uncle [2:52] ;
Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo [6:36] ;
Big River [4:15] ;
Eyes Of The World [11:21] >
China Doll [5:23] ;
Sugar Magnolia [7:01#]  

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