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Grateful Memories From Las Vegas-May 14, 1993

Grateful Dead stage (Cory Schwartz/Getty)

Las Vegas is known for it’s unlimited entertainment, and it’s even more fun when your favorite band is playing there. What band’s have you seen in Sin City?

The Grateful Dead played a three day weekend in the middle of May 1993 with Sting as the opening act. My friend “Hutch” and I drove out there in his little red pick up truck for the May 14th show at the Sam Boyd Silver Bowl.

A Spring thunderstorm was hovering over the stadium as we gathered our essentials to head into the show. Hutch’s hair suddenly got staticy, like he was rubbing a balloon on it to stick to a wall, and then a big lightning bolt struck very close by in the parking lot. It turned out that a Deadhead was injured and had to be taken to the hospital.

The band started their set appropriately with “Cold, Rain and Snow” and then a cover of Koko Taylor’s party tune “Wang Dang Doodle.” The Grateful Dead covered Bob Dylan’s “Queen Jane Approximately” and for an encore they even played a rockin’ version of the Bobby Fuller Four’s “I Fought The Law.”

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