After making their debut at the storied venue one year earlier, the Grateful Dead returned to Morrison, Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre in 1979 for a repeat performance of incredible proportions. The 1970s were peak years in the Dead’s career, with the band writing and performing some of their best music on a regular basis. Add to that the magic of Red Rocks, and you have yourself a performance for the ages.

The show itself opened up with a cover of Chuck Berry’s “Promised Land,” and featured great versions of tracks like “Brown Eyed Women,” “Althea,” “China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider” and more. The section of “Estimated Prophet > Eyes of the World > Drums > Space > Not Fade Away” in the second set is the stuff of legends.

Grateful Dead – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – 8/12/1979

[Soundboard audio uploaded by Jonathan Aizen]

Setlist: Grateful Dead | Red Rocks Amphitheatre | Morrison, CO | 8/12/1979

Set 1: Promised Land, They Love Each Other, Mama Tried-> Mexicali Blues, Peggy-O, Lazy Lightning-> Supplication, Brown Eyed Women, Looks Like Rain, Althea-> Passenger

Set 2: China Cat Sunflower> I Know You Rider, Lost Sailor, Don’t Ease Me In, Estimated Prophet> Eyes of the World> Drums> Space> Not Fade Away> Black Peter> Around & Around

E: U.S. Blues