Show Details

Capitol Theater

Late Show
Passaic, NJ


Jerry Garcia

April 10, 1982

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Set List

Set 1

  1. Jack-A-Roe
  2. Going, Going, Gone
  3. Dire Wolf
  4. Gomorrah
  5. Run For The Roses
  6. Friend Of The Devil
  7. Oh Babe, It Ain't No Lie
  8. Rosalie McFall
  9. Sing Me Back Home
  10. Deep Elem Blues

Set 2

  1. It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry
  2. Ballad Of Casey Jones >
  3. China Doll
  4. Ripple

Show Notes

Garcia solo acoustic. Jerry only played one date (early & late shows) solo. Feeling uncomfortable alone on stage, he made sure that John Kahn joined him for his next scheduled show. He never played alone on stage again.

Additional Acts:
  • Dr. John

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Colin Parsons | Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

To clarify for William, this show (early & late) is the only time Jerry played alone anywhere since the formation of the Grateful Dead, the only other time documented of Jerry playing alone is on 11-10-62…Jerry was so uncomfortable alone that he had John Kahn join him for his next show (4-21-82), between this show and that next one with Kahn he was scheduled to do The Letterman show (4-13-82) which he had Bobby join him for.

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Ben Meltzer | Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

The tenderness in his voice is tremendous here.

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Kevin Burke | Friday, January 2nd, 2015

These were the only shows (early & late) that Jerry ever played solo acoustic that I know of….maybe he did some in the Bay Area in the early sixties before the Dead, who knows, but probably. The show(s) were incredible but he did struggle at times, it was ALL on him. Just listen to the well circulated tapes of the shows. Going, Going, Gone was spiritual to me.

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William Willis | Thursday, May 15th, 2014

I need some clarification please. Do the above “Show Notes” mean that this was the only time Jerry played solo acoustic at the Capitol Theater in Passaic ? If so, I attended at least one of the shows. I think I remember Jerry playing ” Midnight Moonlight” and “Catfish John” during the solo acoustic show. Jerry definitely played/used “triplets” on one of the songs.
Also I had a pretty good seat, maybe 8th to 16th row from the stage, to Jerry’s left. Two not so great memories of the show were 1. the deadheads being knuckleheads when they were, for a little while, complaining with raised voices, low shouts to turn it up because they couldn’t hear. DUH, you are at a once in a lifetime performance of Jerry Garcia on stage alone with his acoustic guitar. Shut up and listen. I wanted to tell them that, but I didn’t. I guess I was non confrontational and I probably didn’t want to add to the ruckus. 2. Deadheads complaining/commenting when Jerry lit up a “Camel” and smoked it on stage. There was No Smoking Allowed in the Capitol Theater. This was well before all of the no smoking regulations that exist today. Back in the day there was plenty of smoking at concerts in general. That reminds me of when the lights would go on at the ” Garden “, there would be a huge cloud of smoke in the middle, above the crowd. The fact that the “Heads” were deprived of their customary smoke probably influenced a little resentment. Looking back it was kind of ironic and funny at the same time. Anyway, what a blessing it was to have been there. Thank You, Jerry. I really appreciated that show. I will never forget the sight of Jerry standing up there with his acoustic guitar. That’s it for now. Take Care All of You Grateful Dead Brothers and Sisters.4VRGRTFL, Bill Willis