Thursday, April 6, 2017

RFK 1973: A Certified Killer



Nice when the Band let folks climb  on stage
It may have been the first Shakedown Street, right outside the Stadium. Lt. ALbert Yowell said no way these kids are going to be pitching tents. And the Dead Heads and the Allman Brother brood pitched tents. 53,000 Seats Sold Saturday, another 30,000 Seats Sold Sunday. Funny, the 30,000 get the more amazing show
Jonathan, you can have all my revenue from this blog post if i can keep this up (sorry non-profit, labor of love thing)
I love this comment from the Baltimore Sun a week later in reference to a Johnny Winter show:
Bobby (and friend/stranger)
Dick Lavata said that the Dead's performance on Saturday was a "Certified Killer" (see below). I don't have his June 10 notes but he HAD to love it like me, right?
You got to love the Washington Post and Tom Zito, their obvious Dead Head reporter (covering the band since at least 1970).
RFK is a rock place to this date (Foo Fighters 20th Anniversary shows in 2015). The earliest show I see on setlists.fm is the Allman's show with an American band called Grand Funk on September 20, 1970, while the Dead were busy doing one of those 50 song shows with the NRPS up at the Fillmore East on the same day. The Stones and Steve Wonder celebrated the 4th of July in 1972, and according to the Post, promoter Bill Washington drew 55,000 to a soul concert on June 2, 1973 that I just recently became aware of that featured Mandrill, Buddy Miles, Rare Earth, Funkadelic  and the Jimmy Castor Bunch.  After this show, the next one was Leon Russell and the New Riders on May 19, 1974. 1976 saw a whole lot of other shows.

Must be Sunday


Obviously , the June 9-10 was a big weekend for DC, and not become the shows smoked. We all know how great the Grateful Dead played and how fun the joint playing with the Allmans was (never mind Gregg's comments in his book, just trying to sell some with a little controversy)
Philadelphis promoter Larry Magid put on these shows. According to Lost Live Dead blog, http://lostlivedead.blogspot.com/2015/12/the-grateful-dead-electric-factory-and.html
Magid booked some jazz acts in Philadelphia as well, and one of the places he booked them at was a club called The Showboat, on Broad and Lombard. Herb Spivak ran The Showboat, and along with his brothers Allen and Jerry, he booked jazz concerts around the Philadelphia area. The Spivaks were in their 30s at the time, so they had eventually taken on a younger partner, Shelley Kaplan. Magid had known Kaplan at Temple, so when opportunity beckoned, the three Spivak brothers and the younger Kaplan and Magid made a good team.
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So Larry was already a big deal by 1973, having promoted for five years. You can read more about Shelly Kaplan one week from today when I cover another big 1973 event.

Of course, the great Grateful Dead Sources blog have covered this show well with a nice piece from Rolling Stone. http://deadsources.blogspot.com/2012/11/june-9-10-1973-rfk-stadium-washington-dc.html. I will try to cover some new ground. Also read http://deadessays.blogspot.com/2009/08/allmans-dead.html for the history of the Dead playing with the Brothers.  Finally, Patrick Kiger did a great job in writing up the show at http://blogs.weta.org/boundarystones/2016/06/09/1973-grateful-dead-and-allman-brothers-mega-concert







I have to say, that day I listened to 6-9-73 on Sirius (three years exactly before my first show), when I listened to He's Gone>Truckin; and it went into Playing, I thought that was wild. I had to start researching all the Playing jams (only one prior to October 1973, in St Louis in 1972).  I do loev Dick and his wife carol's comment on the second set. Originally Dick didn't think much of the June stadium shows, but the comments above suggest he changed his tune.



June 9
Dead First
Set 1
Promised Land, Deal, Looks Like Rain, They Love Each Other, Jack Straw, Loose Lucy, Mexicali Blues, Row Jimmy, El Paso, Box Of Rain, Sugaree, Beat It On Down The Line, Tennessee Jed, Greatest Story Ever Told, China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider

Set 2

He's Gone-> Truckin'-> Playin' In The Band, Loser, Me & My Uncle, Mississippi Half Step, Big River, Eyes Of The World-> China Doll, Sugar Magnolia

Sound check: China Cat->I Know You Rider.

Wasted Words
Play Video
Done Somebody Wrong
(Elmore James cover)
Play Video
One Way Out
(Elmore James cover)
Play Video
Call It Stormy Monday (But Tuesday Is Just as Bad)
(T‐Bone Walker cover)
Play Video
Midnight Rider
Play Video
Ramblin' Man
Play Video
Statesboro Blues
(Blind Willie McTell cover)
Play Video
Trouble No More
(Muddy Waters cover)
Play Video
Jessica
Play Video
You Don't Love Me
(Willie Cobbs cover)
Play Video
Southbound
Play Video
Les Brers in A Minor
Play Video
Whipping Post
Play Video
Mountain Jam

June 10

Wasted Words
Play Video
Done Somebody Wrong
(Elmore James cover)
Play Video
One Way Out
(Elmore James cover)
Play Video
Call It Stormy Monday (But Tuesday Is Just as Bad)
(T‐Bone Walker cover)
Play Video
Ramblin' Man
Play Video
Trouble No More
(Muddy Waters cover)
Play Video
Jessica
Play Video
Statesboro Blues
(Blind Willie McTell cover)
Play Video
In Memory of Elizabeth Reed
Play Video
You Don't Love Me
(Willie Cobbs cover)
Play Video
Whipping Post
Play Video
Les Brers in A Minor

Set 1
Dead Last
Morning Dew 
Beat It On Down The Line 
Ramble On Rose 
Jack Straw 
Wave That Flag 
Looks Like Rain 
Box Of Rain 
They Love Each Other 
The Race Is On 
Row Jimmy 
El Paso 
Bird Song 
Playing In The Band 

Set 2

Eyes Of The World ->
Stella Blue 
Big River 
Here Comes Sunshine 
Around And Around 
Dark Star ->
He's Gone ->
Wharf Rat ->
Truckin' 
Sugar Magnolia 

Set 3
Together Set

It Takes A Lot To Laugh It Takes A Train To Cry 
That's All Right, Mama 
The Promised Land 
Not Fade Away ->
Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad ->
Drums ->
Not Fade Away 
Johnny B. Goode







I highly recommend Mind Wondrin's 2016 review of day two: