Grateful Dead Play 23-Song Set on Mickey Hart's Birthday in 1981

Happy 77th birthday to Mickey Hart! One of Grateful Dead's iconic rhythm devils, serving as one of the two drummers alongside Bill Kreutzmann. Hart originally played in the Dead from 1967 to 1971, then rejoined in 1974 and played until the final shows in 1995. Now, Hart has reclaimed his status as the Rhythm Devil with Kreutzmann in Dead & Company.
To celebrate Hart's day, we're remembering his 38th birthday show which took place on this day, September 11th, in 1981. The show was the first of three nights at Berkeley's legendary Greek Theatre in California.
The 23-song set wasted no time in singing Hart "Happy Birthday" immediately after their opening jam - "Minglewood Blues." The first set featured more covers such as "Mama Tried" by Merle Haggard.
Later on they sprinkled in songs from their 1980 album release Go to Heaven like "Althea," "Lost Sailer," and "Saint of Circumstance." Set 2 fired off with another lick off the album, "Feel Like a Stranger." This portion of the set treated fans to a jammy "Truckin'" and Hart and Kreutzmann's spectacular "Drums" and "Space" segment.
The end of the set circled back to covers, giving songs like "Morning Dew" and set ender "Johnny B. Goode" thee ol' Dead touch. They encored with "Don't Ease Me In," another track off of Go to Heaven.
Check out the full setlist here:
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Last updated: 23 Apr 2021, 13:04 Etc/UTC