Throwback Concert: Grateful Dead at New Haven Coliseum 1979

Throwback Concert: Grateful Dead at New Haven Coliseum 1979

By Drew Carrano

Ever go to a concert only to find out the show isn’t happening? That’s exactly what happened on the evening of November 25, 1978, just two days after Thanksgiving. As fans were arriving at New Haven Coliseum and getting into their seats, Bob Weir went on stage and announced Jerry Garcia was unable to perform due to a respiratory illness.

To make good on the cancelled show, The Dead would return to The Coliseum on January 17, 1979. Today we look back at that rescheduled show, presented by 99.1 PLR.

Today’s Throwback Concert:

Grateful Dead

Wednesday January 17, 1979

New Haven Veterans Memorial Coliseum – New Haven


About The Tour: After Jerry’s illness and the postponement of the Coliseum show, The Dead were back on the road within a couple weeks. They would reschedule the remainder of their east coast tour and would return to New Haven on January 17, 1979. The 11,000 fans at the sold out New Haven Coliseum were excited to welcome The Dead back to the Elm City.



  1. Shakedown Street
  2. Me and My Uncle (John Phillips cover)
  3. Big River (Johnny Cash cover)
  4. Peggy-O
  5. Beat It On Down The Line (Jesse Fuller cover)
  6. Stagger Lee
  7. Minglewood Blues (Cannon’s Jug Stompers cover)
  8. Brown-Eyed Women
  9. From The Heart of Me
  10. I Need a Miracle
  11. Scarlet Begonias (beginning of Set 2)
  12. Fire On The Mountain
  13. Estimated Prophet
  14. Eyes of the World
  15. Drums
  16. Not Fade Away (The Crickets cover)
  17. Black Peter
  18. Around and Around (Chuck Berry cover)
  19. Casey Jones (encore)



Listen: Grateful Dead at New Haven Coliseum