Forty-six years ago today, the Grateful Dead and their infamous road crew hauled their behemoth P.A. system known as the “Wall of Sound” to northern California’s Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum for a show which also happened to include the Beach Boys, New Riders of the Purple Sage, and Commander Cody on the bill.
The two-set performance that day heard the band open their set with Chuck Berry‘s “Promised Land” before going into “Brown Eyed Women” and Kris Kristofferson‘s “Me And Bobby McGee”. The set continued with some Dead live favorites including “Scarlett Begonias”, “Me And My Uncle”, and “Tennessee Jed”. The opening set also included a pair of tunes from Bob Weir‘s Ace solo LP including “Mexicali Blues” and “Greatest Story Ever Told”. The set came to an end following the classic “China Cat Sunflower” > “I Know You Rider” segue, followed by their rendition of another Chuck Berry classic with “Around And Around”.
The second half of the show started with Jerry Garcia diving right into a lively “U.S. Blues” before continuing with Johnny Cash‘s “Big River” and “Ship of Fools”. The set continued with a 23-minute “Playing in the Band” before going right into “Wharf Rat” and back into “Playing in the Band” for an impressive two-song, three-part segue. They continued with “Eyes of the World” and “Sugar Magnolia” before returning for an encore which consisted of another two-song segue in “Casey Jones” into “One More Saturday Night”.
Relive the entire 1974 performance via the audio player below.
Grateful Dead – Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum – Oakland, CA – 6/8/1974
[Audio: Matthew Vernon]
Setlist: Grateful Dead | Oakland Coliseum Stadium | Oakland, CA | 6/8/1974
Set One: The Promised Land, Brown Eyed Women, Me And Bobby McGee (Kris Kristofferson cover), Scarlett Begonias, Mexicali Blues, It Have Been The Roses, Me And My Uncle, Tennessee Jed, Greatest Story Ever Told, China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider, Around And Around (Chuck Berry cover)
Set Two: U.S. Blues, Big River (Johnny Cash cover), Ship Of Fools, Playing In The Band > Wharf Rat > Playing In The Band, Eyes Of The World, Sugar Magnolia, Casey Jones > One More Saturday Night