Sunday, July 26, 2009

Watkins Glen, NY

On July 28, 1973, The Grateful Dead, The Band & The Allman Brothers played at Watkins Glen, NY. It is considered the largest concert in rock history. There were over 750,000 in attendance (some say 600,000, but, whatever, it was bigger than Woodstock). I suspect that people who missed Woodstock in '69 made sure they did not miss this show.

The soundcheck from the night before is considered one of the best rock music events of all time. I can't tell you how many people tell me they attended the soundcheck (though I do not believe all of them who make this claim. I think it is kinda of a poser line used to legitimize their Dead credentials). Anyway, many, many people arrived early for the show and were sitting up front when Robbie Robertson & The Band decided to do a soundcheck. The Allman Brothers did their soundcheck next. But, it was the Grateful Dead's soundcheck that made it even more special. The Dead played for over 2 hours performing some of their most epic and unique material.

The next day - the day of The Summer Jam at Watkins Glen - The Grateful Dead played first and did a typical 2 set show, followed by 2 exceptional encores accompanied by The Allman Bros and The Band. I could go on and on about this show, but you'll have to wait for the actual Stream this week. Yes, we are going to be featuring this famous show this week on Shakedown Stream. I will also play some of the best nuggets from the Dead's soundcheck from the night before. Join me this week - jump in the stream and let the good times roll!


  1. yo
    I was the guy with the long hair, bell bottoms & blue work shirt.

  2. This will be one for MY archives. Thanks Jer!

  3. That was incredible! Special thanks for sqeezing in the Mountain Jam.