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The Deadpod

Apr 22, 2022

43 years ago today Brent Mydland played his first show with the Grateful Dead. 

This week we will listen to the first set of that show here on the Deadpod. 

I think you'll immediately notice the increased energy on stage, especially when you compare to the early '79 shows. The boys have been rehearsing and I believe it shows in this first set. Highlights for me include the great 'Jack Straw' opener, a fabulous 'Tennessee Jed', the cowboy songs, where we first really hear Brent stepping out. I'm not a huge 'Stagger Lee' fan but this one isn't bad. 'Passenger' always sounded strange to my ears without Donna, they try it out here. Phil comes through quite strong throughout, and the drummers are ON it. 

Next week we'll hear the second set with the premier of the Beast!



Grateful Dead
Spartan Stadium
San Jose, CA (4/22/79)

Set 1

Jack Straw
Tennessee Jed
Mama Tried
Mexicali Blues
Looks Like Rain
Brown Eyed Women
New Minglewood Blues
Stagger Lee

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