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Madison Square Garden - New York City, NY

Set 1:
Feel Like A Stranger
C.C. Rider
Ramble On Rose
El Paso
Deep Elem Blues
Beat It On Down The Line
Bird Song
New Minglewood Blues

Set 2:
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Samson And Delilah
Ship Of Fools
Estimated Prophet
Uncle John's Band
The Other One
Stella Blue
Good Lovin'

U.S. Blues

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check out the slide into uncle. absolutely psychadelic. one of the best uncles i've heard

A fantastic audience recording of this show is up on LMA. The ChinaRider smokes, and is one of my all-time favorites. Try to tune out the faint sound of somebody's off beat during the transitiion and part of Rider. Other than that this is perfect, and one of the best shows I have heard from 1981.

Someone's off beat clapping that is.

.mp3 of Bird Song avalable for free download on

.mp3 of Dupree's avalable for free download on

I meant: .mp3 of Deep Elem Blues, not Dupree's, available for free download on

Ship of Fools-Check it out. soothes the soul.
-Perrinswolf (06/15/2007)

China >Rider>Samson>Ship Of Fools>Estimated>UJB

Just like i thought when i rubbed my eyes when i saw this sequence. Nevah before, never again. Boys brewing new batch for the City!
-Brianmerrilyn (07/13/2007)

Minglewood-Bobby and Jerry are on fire with the wah-wah and slide. Great way to end the set on 7th Ave.
-Iceguru (11/21/2007)

This is a monster of a show! High energy. Plenty of perfected executed songs. Almost overlooked. SDB's available.
-Laurent (11/18/2009)

Killer, high energy show. The china-rider Is epic!!!
-Anonymous (06/24/2013)

First show ! Great memories.
-Pete (12/04/2014)

I've now determined that this is my first show. A little detective work. I was living in Hoboken, NJ at the time, junior year of college. Saw them one more time in about 84, then a solid run of about 75 shows from 86-95. So many comments on these shows about different years being the best, etc. I focus on some comments from the band members most - the ones I've read say that the early 90's was their peak era. They were looking to "get it right" and had been playing together so long by that time, it was coming together. Just sayin' ... keep on truckin'
- (11/03/2016)

I was 3rd row at this show. Bought 1 ticket before I went home after work and this is what they gave me. Lucky! What I truly remember of this show was the Bird Song. Unreal. The Bird Song from Maryland 2days early gets all the attention ( it was smoking too ) but I think this one is a notch or two better.
-Ray (09/28/2019)

... thank you Sirius for sharing the 3/9/1981 New York, NY show with us today for the 12:00 Noon Hour ...

iko iko forever & a day

- (01/29/2021)

Stunning. The transition between Estimated and UJB is pure magic. This UJB reaches the pathos of any dead head's soul. Busted wide open, thrown to the wind. Gorgeous.

Ernest Ingalls Korflinghauser-Schmidt
-Anonymous (03/09/2023)

Officially released September 2022.
-Anonymous (02/28/2024)

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Band Configuration
(04/16/79 - 07/23/90)

Lead Guitar: Jerry Garcia
Rhythm Guitar: Bob Weir
Bass: Phil Lesh
Keyboards: Brent Mydland
Drums: Bill Kreutzmann
Drums: Mickey Hart

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