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The Dead Setlist at Rothbury

Posted by teibs On July - 4 - 2009



With only one summer show, all Deadhead eyes are on Rothbury tonight.

Festival Crashers is feeding you the setlist as it unfolds. Don’t forget to look up at the fireworks once in a while.

Happy holidays, Dead lovers. Please leave a comment if you were at the show and have any details to share. Keep rocking and stay safe tonight.

Dead Set 1 at Rothbury:

  • Sugar Magnolia
  • Eyes of the World
  • Estimated Prophet
  • Loose Lucy
  • Friend of the Devil
  • Into The Mystic
  • Help on the Way
  • Slipknot>Franklin’s Tower

Set II:

  • One More Saturday Night
  • Shakedown Street
  • China Cat Sunflower
  • I Know You Rider
  • Rhythm Devils
  • Space
  • Viola Lee Blues
  • Morning Dew
  • Throwin’ Stones
  • Sunshine Daydream
  • Donor Rap


  • E.U.S Blues (With Fireworks)
  • Not Fade Away

20 Responses

  1. Roth08 Said,

    Into the mystic — Warren haynes huge vocal! Unreal!!!!

    Posted on July 5th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

  2. Richard Said,

    I came all the way from vermont to only one band the dead. The dead were great but the festival itself affrimed my belief that the recent popularity of “jam-bands” and “hippie” culture is destroying the fabric of what the scene is meant to be. Any festival where dread-locked fools are selling their shitty black tar heroin and the audience is mostly deuce-bag michigan frat boys that don’t know a damn thing about the dead or the dream is an absolute joke to me. But hey what the hell at least the dead were great. Really enjoyed the short somewhat spacey jam into sugar magnolia, eyes was great estimated then a help/slip/franklins all in the first set then an amazing shakedown, china cat, I thought this show was really cool because they played there core jamming tunes eyes, all in the same show.

    Posted on July 6th, 2009 at 9:49 am

  3. rudy palermo Said,

    I just want to thank the State of Michigan for its natural beauty. What a setting for the Dead to rip it! I disagree w Richards comment above, I may just have been in my own world, but I didnt encounter the lame frat-ish scene nor did i encounter a lot of harder drugs. I did enjoy some mescaline during the dead and was somewhere in outerspace for the first set, ear to ear baby, thinking—–its all the same song, as in, 40 years later, you still can get a vibe of the togetherness that something like Woodstock was supposed to offer. Im 29, and I was 15 when I saw my first (the last) GD show at soldier, so I dont pretend to be a true vet, but I know the emotions that I and many others felt at this festival, and it seemed to me that it was one of unity, togetherness. Like we were the beginnings of a tidal wave, something new in the next couple of years, and that where we are at right now (July 09) is just the beginning of a new age. I hate the dreadlocked wannabe druggies (street kids) who dont give a shit about the scene as much as the next person, and generally am on guard watching for those disrespecting or abusing the scene for its freedom…..but I didnt see that this time around.. Thanks USA for a great Bday . Thanks ROthbury for putting this together, and thanks to THE DEAD for what was truly an epic and emotional experience.

    Posted on July 6th, 2009 at 6:45 pm

  4. randy Said,

    it felt like a rite of passage – something any grateful dead listener (veteran or novice) should experience – to see the living members together. i was on the back hill where there was plenty of room to dance and kick up dust. i moved up close for the drum circle which was incredible. the following 20 minutes or so of instrument tuning was a little confusing. thanks rothbury and the dead.
    gems: into the mystic, shakedown street

    Posted on July 7th, 2009 at 9:58 am

  5. Dan Said,

    You’ve got the wrong idea if your hating on all the dreadies.. I have them and I think I am the farthest thing from a wannabe. I didnt need any drugs to have a great time and to shake it down during the dead. Nothing made me more sad was seeing all the “heads” with their dead shirts on bitch about rhythm devils and space saying “why do they do this?” and leave the show during it, regardless of the hair style they have. Personally, I thought it was the best part of the show.. the rhythm and sound not only made my body move but also my soul. The whole show rocked but personally I thought that and U.S. Blues exploding were the best. I did notice a lot of frat boys and Ill admit their are some fake dreadies there just to sell drugs and make money but you’re there for the show if you’re really a head. What others do really shouldn’t bother you, if they’re not there for the music, they have the wrong idea, just like you had the wrong idea about all dreadies..

    Posted on July 7th, 2009 at 2:13 pm

  6. Joe Said,

    I agree partially with Richard that the frat boy scene there was a little harsh, the police/ security were brutal, there were tons of hard drugs and 3 o.d.s i know of, and yes the Dead did rock it out really hard. I dont get why these crusty wooks think that going around festie to festie selling bunk drugs and like rich said black tar herion is cool or hippie or whatever. The idea is to get people together and enjoy the music and the thoughts of each other and not what drugs your on or how heady your shit is to the next person. Get over yourselves and bring the community back together I joined 9 years ago this coming week when I was 16 and have been to several shows and I am not speaking on all the wooks just the aggresive ones man I didnt enjoy the scene basically at Rothbury. Agreed. (And where was the knock out cali buds? I know people who grow better in there sleep.)

    Posted on July 7th, 2009 at 3:30 pm

  7. Tim Martin Said,

    I’m 19 and have been a fan of grateful dead since i was 14 and this was my first dead show and I agree with Richard. I had my hopes of what the “togetherness” would be like and what i have heard from older deadheads, they were crushed when i saw what the crowd was like. I saw a few people trying to have a good time, to a great performance by the dead, but i feel the majority were just there to say they saw the dead and were fucked up. i think that Rothbury is right on with the whole green concert thing but falls short with the lineup, too many different types of bands and with that comes the attitude of the fans. Thats just my personal opinion and maybe its just because i cant stand techno and the crowd that comes with it. But i believe The Dead played a great set and luckily i was able to find a group of people just trying to have a good time.
    Gems:Rhythm devils, Not Fade Away, and US Blues

    Posted on July 7th, 2009 at 4:15 pm

  8. koolio Said,

    There is always going to be mixed up vibes with people on lot. I hope that most of of 33000 people there were at the dead and listen to phil when he said to take this feeling we have and bring it home to do something good with it. That is what the Dead are about. Family. the general public are ignorant people with litttle etiquette and they really need to smarten up. Hopefully rothbury can get the dead and umphrey’s to do it again bc i believe the vibes created between those two bands are all about positivity and moving forward. i know i had a blast and hope to do it all again. Spread the word “etiquette”. Its something your supposed to have and if you dont then get lost.

    Posted on July 8th, 2009 at 1:11 am

  9. rudy palermo Said,

    many of the people i came with have dread locks and i am not condemning them or those with dreadlocks. My problem is with a certain element that think bc they have dreadlocks that they can “fit in”…they use it as their mask to sell harder drugs. Dude, I love natty dreadlocks, so I am sorry if i was misconstrued. I just dont like seeing the scene taken advantage of, and as i stated before, bc of its freedom, it often is. I will say that the overall vibe of the show and the festival at large was beautiful, so much better than any Phish show ; )

    Posted on July 8th, 2009 at 10:08 am

  10. Rambling Rosie Said,

    I am so grateful to say I was there. Ain’t easy these big festis for a 52 y/o as in OLD head like me but oh so worth all the soreness I feel today 😉 I am hoping for a soundtrack, so far no mention of it on Thank you for the setlist, I forgot my pad and pen! If and when a soundtrack becomes available, have a listen to the jam from china into rider. There were some teasers in there… Never heard nothin’ like it that I can remember. The whole show sandwiched in between the opening Sugar Mag and closing Sunshine Daydream. I was bumming as soon as I heard them start that Sunshine Daydream, knowing it was the last song b4 encores, the other piece of bread inside which the rest of the show continues to glisten inside my head. Oh and a Shakedown lyrical twist that a friend reminded me of – instead of recalling your darkness when it crackled like a thundercloud, it was brightness! I recall your brightness. The long strange trip continues….. and like Mickey said just before leaving the stage after the final bow, and of course he’s said it b4, take a little piece of this home with you and do something good with it!

    Posted on July 8th, 2009 at 1:13 pm

  11. Mama Lisa Said,

    WOW- I just got back still reeling from the togetherness and unity that I felt there and am saddened and appauled to read nothing but negativity here, maybe that attitude is part of the problem. I am a vet of the scene with hundreds of GD shows under my belt, seeing them there made not only my year but perhaps my decade, saying a lot being that I have had 3 children in that time. I think that many of the above comments are judgemental, elitist and weighed down with entitlement, feeling that one “group” was more deserving of the scene or show than another. It was one of the best shows I have ever seen, the most energetic with jams that will resonate in the depths of my heart and soul for eternity. BEAUTIFUL — BRAVO BRAVO BRAVO. I was there to enjoy the shows AND the scene AND i did. There most surely was a feeling of unity if you were there to be a part of it, if you were you felt it and if you were not you have no business complaining.

    An important side note to ALL: that scene was ALWAYS an array of characters, some there for the music some not. This tapestry of people is what the scene was always about, all different walks of life UNIFIED by music. Oh how easy it is to judge a group not like you but if that is what you are doing perhaps you destroy the threadwork more than those you complain about. That ATTITUDE has always been there and I REMEMBER because I was there the same complaints so many decades ago, if it bothers you that much YOU are missing something, NOT the dreadies or the frat boys or any other group you can whine about.

    NOW BACK TO THE SHOW. They were on fire, the jams amazingly beautiful and energetic and i am thrilled for all who got to see it and come home with the feelings we did, it was a show of shows- a masterpiece- and I am saddened for all who had to miss it and would have walked away with the same feelings of love and unity.

    If you don’t have something nice to say about the shows or the amazing scene rothbury created maybe the scene isn’t for you – sad but true!!

    Posted on July 8th, 2009 at 1:30 pm

  12. Ethan Said,

    to be honest, I’m not sure if I was at the same show as Richard and Tim because, at least where I was (center stage, hundred yards or so back) people were having a great time. I know I danced with people that I’ve never danced with before from the age of 65 to 17, and sure, alot of them were on alot of drugs, but who cares? I’m not a deadhead. Don’t pretend to be, so I don’t know if I’m out of line saying this – but I thought the Dead and their fans, along with so many others of the haight ashbury scene, were about tolerance and open mindedness…even to “shitty michigan frat boys.” I think the best part of the festival, and the dead show, was how music can bring different people together. Furthermore, did someone say the cops were harsh? They found my pipe and a quarter of weed and let me keep it. I gave some weed to a security guard.

    p.s. this was my third favorite show that I’ve ever been to – behind Radiohead, and SCI (the night before…WOW!)

    p.s.s. Shakedown Street was awesome.

    Posted on July 8th, 2009 at 8:46 pm

  13. Mama Lisa Said,

    That hits it Ramblin’ Rosie … I am so very very very grateful that I was lucky enough to be there … the music never stops huh?? Beautiful!!!!

    Posted on July 9th, 2009 at 8:35 am

  14. dbrigham Said,

    I’m 40. I’ve been to over 100 Dead/Grateful Dead shows, hundreds of other shows, and dozens of festivals over the last 27 years, and I had an absolute blast at Rothbury (and The Dead show). I only had one bad vibe moment surrounded with 1000’s of amazing vibes. I met incredible people (from all walks of life and all ages), danced like I was 20 again, and loved the setting and format. This was good stuff, people. Remember: a show is what you make it–and collectively what we make it–make it count, share the love, and the love comes back. Werd.

    Posted on July 9th, 2009 at 10:58 pm

  15. Mama K Said,

    Everybody’s got their place, the more you come around the more you will realize it is just one big family, I had a great time but the sound was the worst show of this tour in my opinion, worst dew I’v ever heard, and shakedown was pretty bad as well. It had its highlights but over all it wasn’t great, but I can’t say I expected much more, Phil said so himself in his book that they always played worse at festivals.

    Posted on July 9th, 2009 at 11:25 pm

  16. CoLbY Said,

    Not Fade Away…………..>no clap, clap,………clapclap? no vocal feedback from the audience? You wannabe little pricks

    Posted on July 19th, 2009 at 11:08 pm

  17. CoLbY Said,

    shut up mama Kitty

    Posted on July 19th, 2009 at 11:10 pm

  18. lennnnnnnnat Said,

    everytime i visualize seeing the dead at rothbury a huge smile spreads acroos my face and i go back there in my mind and feel a one of the most ecstatic feelings i’ve ever felt. Im eternally grateful i hold this fucking GEM of a memory with me allways!!!!!!!!

    Posted on July 29th, 2009 at 6:44 pm

  19. Caleb Said,

    To Richard: You’re a douchbag. To everyone else, yah, the scene is changing, I think these festivals have been moving more and more towards techno rave dance parties with lots of ecstasy and MDMA involved. that’s what’s crazy! I didn’t see many Michigan frat boys there, that’s for sure. Just a buncha heads. The frat boys were making their way into the festival grounds AFTER the dead’s set. Oh well, it is what it is. The feeling is still there and the counterculture is very much alive. I pray to God the Dead go on one last tour. I only saw the one Rothbury show and a Worcester show in April. I’m going on tour for sure if there is a next time. Peace out heads

    Posted on August 2nd, 2009 at 5:59 pm

  20. Andy Said,

    Drove from MD to mainly see String Cheese, but the Dead were awesome. Always listened to them here and there but now I have a much greater appreciation for them. I kind of wanted to hear Fire on the Mountain but that second set alone was sickkkk. Great show altogether and the fireworks blew my mind at the end.

    Posted on August 11th, 2009 at 10:13 pm

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