Throwback Concert: Grateful Dead at Yale Bowl 1971

Throwback Concert: Grateful Dead at Yale Bowl 1971

Happy Birthday Bob Weir! The co-founder of the Grateful Dead turns 73 on October 16th.

The Grateful Dead played many shows in New Haven, mostly at The Coliseum between 1977-1984, but their first show here was held outdoors at the Yale Bowl in the summer of 1971. Today we look back at that show…


Grateful Dead

July 31, 1971

Yale Bowl in New Haven, Connecticut


  1. Truckin’ (beginning of Set I)
  2. Sugaree (Jerry Garcia song)
  3. Mr. Charlie
  4. Mama Tried (Merle Haggard cover)
  5. Big Railroad Blues (Cannon’s Jug Stompers cover)
  6. Hard To Handle (Otis Redding cover)
  7. Loser (Jerry Garcia song)
  8. Playing In The Band (Bob Weir song)
  9. Dark Star
  10. Bird Song (Jerry Garcia song)
  11. El Paso (Marty Robbins cover)
  12. Me and Bobby McGee (Kris Kristofferson cover)
  13. Bertha (beginning of Set II)
  14. Big Boss Man (Jimmy Reed cover)
  15. Me and My Uncle (John Phillips cover)
  16. Deal (Jerry Garcia song)
  17. China Cat Sunflower
  18. I Know You Rider (cover)
  19. Sing Me Back Home (Merle Haggard cover)
  20. Sugar Magnolia
  21. Casey Jones
  22. Not Fade Away (The Crickets cover)
  23. Going Down the Road Feelin’ Bad (Henry Whitter cover)
  24. Not Fade Away (The Crickets cover)
  25. Uncle John’s Band (encore)
  26. Johnny B. Goode (Chuck Berry cover / encore)



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