The boys' ring in the new year with, as often the case, Bill Graham's favorite, Sugar Magnolia.. and you can imagine the bedlam with the countdown and balloon drop.. They then play a very nice 2nd set, highlighted with a lovely Ship of Fools and an excellent Deal. The real treats here happen in set 3, with a long Althea to open, followed by a wonderful Uncle John's Band.. The boys really get cooking on the Not Fade Away. Jerry does some amazing things during Stella Blue, and they close the set with the first Sunshine Daydream in a year.. The Good Lovin' encore probably left everyone with a smile..
Oakland Auditorium Arena, Oakland, CA (12/31/79)
Sugar Magnolia China Cat Sunflower I Know You Rider Samson and Delilah Ship of Fools Lost Sailor Saint of Circumstance Deal Althea New Minglewood Blues Uncle John's Band drums Not Fade Away Stella Blue Sunshine Daydream Good Lovin'
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I hope you enjoy this extra-large helping of Dead to start off the New year.. thanks so much for picking us up, and for your support!! I very much appreciate it..