The 40 greatest concerts in Boston history: 34

The Grateful Dead + The Patti Smith Group | University of Massachusetts Alumni Stadium | May 12, 1979
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 25, 2006

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It’s true that the entire character of Causeway Street used to change when the Deadheads invaded the Garden for the band’s multi-night stands. Fenway Recordings head Mark Kates was at a lot of those shows, but the one he remembers best happened at UMass Amherst, with the proto-punk Patti Smith Group of all bands also on the bill. “The idea of the Dead playing in a stadium with Patti Smith at that time was just too amazing. I remember at a certain point that the fences were broken down and UMass was world renowned as a party school. And this is 1979, when everything was just looser. I guess to me that band at that school at that time was a fairly ultimate event. The bill was just very special. The Dead came out and did their thing, and it was great.”
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