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Bands: Grateful Dead
Venue: Capitol Theatre, Passaic NJ
Date: March 30, 31 and April 1, 1980
Quality: Uncirculated program; Cover art.
Photo: Kevin R. Papa.
Comments: Manual moiré is psychedelic, man. Please remember that I was studying at Stony Brook to be an engineer when I first met the Grateful Dead. If I recall the scene, the band roadies carried a case of theatrical breakaway bottles. They sat on the stage risers, eyeing the crew, and intimidated us by biting the tops off of their beer bottles. It was only later, when I was on the road that I realized how unreliable house crews at colleges tend to be. The first time that I lit this band, Pigpen wore a red, white and blue turban, blouse and pantaloons. What style! What music! What classes?
Regarding these three shows at the Capitol, Ed Solero remembered this: “I was at that March 30th Dead show, however, I remember hearing about the show on April Fools Day a few days later where the Dead came out for the first number with everyone on the wrong instrument. Wish I had caught that one.”
Ticket courtesy Kevin R. Papa.