Throwback Concert: Grateful Dead at Yale Bowl 1971

Throwback Concert: Grateful Dead at Yale Bowl 1971

99.1 PLR celebrates 50 years! This week we are celebrating our first year on the air: 1971.

That year PLR welcomed The Grateful Dead to New Haven for an outdoor summer show at the Yale Bowl. At the time PLR was just 3 months old and this was the first major rock concert that PLR supported.


Grateful Dead

Saturday July 31, 1971

Yale Bowl in New Haven, Connecticut

Ticket Price: $5.00 and $7.00

Band Lineup: Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh, Ron “Pigpen” McKerman, Bill Kreutzmann, Bob Weir


  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)



Give a listen to these audio clips from the Yale Bowl show