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Rhode Island Auditorium - Providence, RI

Set 1:
Casey Jones
Mama Tried
Big Boss Man
The Other One
Wharf Rat
Hard To Handle
Cumberland Blues
Bird Song
Me And Bobby McGee

Set 2:
Sugar Magnolia
Good Lovin'
Not Fade Away
Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad
Not Fade Away

Uncle John's Band
Johnny B. Goode

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My first show. At the end, I wasn't really sure what had just happened but I knew that I wanted to do it again.

Been to a few shows before that. However, no doubt this was the best concert I ever saw and I have seen over 150 shows. They warmed up at 6:30,for an hour. Stated the show 1/2 hour earlier than expected, around 7:30 and played to about 12:45 AM w/ine relatively short break. The song list speaks for itself. Garcia even comented that this old barn which was a hockey rink reminded him of the Cow Palace in San Francisco. A great kick ass concert.

Bobby and Pigpen rip up the place from Good Lovin onward. April 71 is probably the best month the Dead ever played in this here humble listener.

I had never been to a Dead show and I went to the Auditorium without a ticket that night. I was walking alone at the back of the old place when a sweet '55 Chevy Belair with New York plates and a cute chick driving pulls up next to me. Pigpen rolls the window down and asks me where the service entrance was. I tell him to follow me, and I ran down the hill with the Chevy in pursuit. when we arrive, i tell Pigpen that I don't have a ticket. We get to the door, and Pigpen tells the cop, "he's with me." I follow him into the old dressing room of the R.I. Reds hockey team and he opens up a briefcase with 2 unopened fifths of Old Grandad. He opens one and offers me a swig which I accept. I tell him thanks, and walk into the hall where I sat in the 3rd row center and watched the band torch the place for 6 hours. Thanks Pigpen.......P E A C E


This was my first rock concert and the first of many Dead shows. I was pretty young in 1971 - I had to have my dad drop my friends and I off and pick us up afterwards (which must have been four hours later). When the Dead hit Providence that spring it was as if they had just landed from another planet. Seeing this gang hit the stage in dreary old Providence was a cultural shock, effectively lighting up the underground scene in RI for quite some time. Workingman's Dead and American Beauty were less than a year old and Uncle John's Band was in heavy rotation on WBRU. The old RI Auditorium was a sea of denim that night, but it still smelled like a decrepit hockey arena. I'm sure the acoustics were horrible but the crowd didn't seem to mind. One of the most striking things about this concert was the Dead's on-stage set up, which seemed to consist of stacks of Fender amps with the fabric replaced by wild tie-dyed material, which formed a larger pattern when the amps were lined up next to each other. Don't remember much else about the show - other than the fact that the old arena was rocking by the time we left.
- (01/13/2009)

Oh my god, my first concert ever! My boyfriend brought me and in short order we left our seats and found ourselves pressed against the stage edge. I was right below Bob Weir. When he dropped his pick I picked it up and handed it back to him. He mouthed "thank you" I thought I'd die and go to heaven!
Best show ever!
-Anonymous (10/27/2020)

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Band Configuration
(02/19/71 - 08/26/71)

Lead Guitar: Jerry Garcia
Rhythm Guitar: Bob Weir
Bass: Phil Lesh
Keyboards: Ron "Pigpen" McKernan
Drums: Bill Kreutzmann

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