Today in Grateful Dead History: May 1, 1981 – Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA

stealie NOTE: This material was originally published in 2015 on my previous site. It has been updated and edited, sometimes heavily, and was posted in several batches in August, 2016.

Some (OK, who are we kidding, a lot) of the Dead’s 80’s shows have better first sets than second sets and this is one of those shows. Friend of the Devil, Big River, Let it Grow and Deal, all in the first set, are fun and well played.

The second set is pedestrian and peters out quickly once the band starts Drums, but the transition from He’s Gone into The Other One is worth your time.

The recording quality on this audience tape is top notch: https://archive.org/details/gd81-05-01.wise.clugston.2218.sbeok.shnf

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