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


Jerry Garcia back in the old days
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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