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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

This Deadhead Ends His Teenage Years With a Better Jerry and Casey Jones, New Haven January 17, 1979

 This was the show where the Dead returned to New Haven after the last second cancellation of the November 1978 show.  I attended both. Does Jerry look all better below? Had to say with the big beard and glasses, a la a circa 2005 Vegas World Series of Poker shark.

My college friends Willis and Marcus are from the Haven.  Do you guys really call it that? It ws weird seeing the Dead tour in January, albeit they were a mix of make-up shows and new dates (why not, we are there in the snow already.  Here's tonight's files

The highlight of this show for me was as the clock struck Midnight (approximately, ok maybe 30-40 minutes before :)), and I ended by teenage years by turning 20, the Grateful Dead played Casey Jones for me for the second time ever (the first in Springfield at the prior show I saw as Terrapin>Playing In the Band>Casey Jones ended the show there, with no meat in the sandwich other than Drums and Space, a one-timer).

I sat there, a bit teary eyed, and smiled at the band that had given me so much pleasure, and the sadness that I was losing my youth and soon would be an actual adult.  That's for that Casey Jones, Jerry.

So the six week break from seeing Bobby tell us "Jerry is really sick" ended and the set exploded into "Shakedown Street".  I was in the middle of a four show run over five days, setting my new record for consecutive shows by the band (at least until I would see six in a row in May), I think these shows were a step down from the 1976-1978, mainky because there really weren't any new monster tunes added to the mix, so song selection sufffered. I didn't know that the next night in Providence, on my actual 20th birthday would be the last Keith and Donna show.   Their drag on the end of their run probably played a part in my lack of usual Dead Head uforia.

This wasn't the case for the prior show in Springfield 1-15 thaat I saw, or the 1-10 Nassau Show or the 12-31-78 show at Winterland two weeks prior.   This period was hit or miss.



Standard 1979 Set 1

Shakedown Street 
Me And My Uncle ->
Big River 
Peggy-O 
Beat It On Down The Line 
Stagger Lee 
New Minglewood Blues 
Brown Eyed Women 
From The Heart Of Me 
I Need A Miracle 

Standard 1979 Set 2

Scarlet Begonias ->
Fire On The Mountain 
Estimated Prophet ->
Eyes Of The World ->
Drums ->
Jam ->
Not Fade Away ->
Black Peter ->
Around And Around ->
Good Lovin' 

Special Encore for the Birthday Boy Turning 20 Tomorrow
Casey Jones



No Mention of Band Changes Here


On January 7 the Dead appear on Don Kirshner's Rock Concert along with some other excellent bands.  The show showed US Blues and OMSN from the movie (Wintelrand 1974)

Jan 19 1979 Yale Daily, Squash beats Williams, Attire: Dead T-Shirt


Jan 18, 1979 Mississippi newspaper