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Monday, December 4, 2017

What Did They Open WIth? Idaho, Boise, I'll 'ska September 2, 1983




The answer to the answer man today is: Wang Dang Doodle, the only opening tune the Grateful Dead ever played in Idaho.  Boise got the Dead at the Pavilion in the Student Union Building on September 2, 1983 during the interesting season when the band, after playing the normal Dead strongholds of Washington and Oregon played Boise, Park West Ski Area, and after Red Rocks and Manor Dows, played unusual settings in Grass Valley and Watsonville, CA



Reviewer: Brooklyn Peach - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 28, 2007 
Subject: Fabulous show!
I was at this show and can attest to it's amazing qualities. 1983 was the first year I joined in on Dead tour, and I thought it was one mind blowing show after another! This summer tour was fabulous all around, with a great parking lot scene! What a great way to see the United States...wherever you go, all your friends are there, too. This show stands out for me in that we were successfully smuggled into the show by circuitous routes, led by a helpful college student, and once inside proceeded to dance our butts off in the hall, culminating in a Sugar Magnolia that wouldn't quit, the segue into Sunshine Daydream being so prolonged that everyone started looking at each other like what's going on? come on already, dancing, dancing until we were ready to drop and finally the pause, and the downbeat...dancing til the last note, and then we all did drop (and I'm not kidding, everyone in the hall where we were did fall to the floor) and we lay there writhing and moaning from the fantastic experience of it all...and as I lay there I thought: What a great show! And as people started coming out of the arena, and having to walk over all the prostrate dancers lying on the floor in the hall, I thought what it must look like to them, like "That was a great show, but what the heck went on here in the hall?" Nothing but a communal orgasmic experience, resulting in the inevitable aftermath...pure bliss.


Wang Dang Doodle
Jack Straw
They Love Each Other
Mama Tried
Big River
Brown Eyed Women
New Minglewood Blues
Big Railroad Blues
Looks Like Rain
Deal

Help on the Way
Slipknot!
Franklin's Tower
Estimated Prophet
Eyes of the World
drums
Throwin' Stones
Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad
Black Peter
Sugar Magnolia

Baby Blue