Throwback Thursday: Grateful Dead at New Haven Coliseum 1983

Throwback Thursday: Grateful Dead at New Haven Coliseum 1983

99.1 PLR celebrates 50 years! This week we are celebrating another great year in our history: 1983!

That year PLR presented The Grateful Dead at New Haven Coliseum for two shows on back-to-back nights. The Dead were on their spring East Coast tour, and by playing back-to-back nights in New Haven, the city was buzzing with Deadheads from all around. In their history The Grateful Dead had played in New Haven 12 times total (11 times at the Coliseum), but this was their first time playing two consecutive nights in the city. They would do it again the following spring, playing consecutive nights in April 1984.


The Grateful Dead

Spring East Coast Tour

Friday April 22, 1983 and Saturday April 23, 1983

New Haven Veterans Memorial Coliseum

Ticket Price: $12.50

Band Lineup: Jerry Garcia (guitar/vocals), Mickey Hart (drums), Bill Kreutzmann (drums), Phil Lesh (bass), Brent Mydland (keyboards/vocals), Bob Weir (guitar/vocals)


Night 1 – Friday April 22, 1983

  1. Funiculi, Funicula (Lugigi Denza cover)
  2. Feel Like A Stranger
  3. Bird Song (Jerry Garcia song)
  4. See See Rider Blues (Ma’ Rainey & Her Georgia Jazz Band cover)
  5. Row Jimmy
  6. Mama Tried (Merle Haggard cover)
  7. Mexicali Blues (Bob Weir song)
  8. Cold Rain and Snow (traditional cover)
  9. My Brother Esau
  10. Deal (Jerry Garcia song)
  11. Help on the Way – Beginning of Set 2
  12. Slipknot!
  13. Franklin’s Tower
  14. Samson and Delilah (traditional cover)
  15. Ship of Fools
  16. Man Smart, Woman Smarter (King Radio cover)
  17. Drums
  18. Truckin’
  19. Spoonful (Willie Dixon cover)
  20. Stella Blue
  21. Around and Around (Chuck Berry cover)
  22. Good Lovin’ (The Young Rascals cover)
  23. It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue (Bob Dylan cover) – EncoreĀ 

Night 2 – Saturday April 23, 1983

  1. Alabama Getaway
  2. Greatest Story Ever Told (Bob Weir song)
  3. Candyman
  4. Minglewood Blues (Cannon’s Jug Stompers cover)
  5. Tennessee Jed
  6. Lazy Lightning (Kingfish cover)
  7. Supplication (Kingfish cover)
  8. Peggy-O (traditional cover)
  9. Far From Me
  10. The Music Never Stopped
  11. Scarlet Begonias – Beginning of Set 2
  12. Fire On The Mountain
  13. Lost Sailor
  14. Saint of Circumstance
  15. Drums
  16. The Other One
  17. Wharf Rat
  18. Throwing Stones
  19. Not Fade Away (The Crickets cover)
  20. One More Saturday Night (Bob Weir song) – Encore
  21. Brokedown Palace – EncoreĀ 



Ticket stub from Night 1 courtesy of Timothy Wood


Live audio of The Grateful Dead in New Haven in 1983


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