This is kind of a lost show: the tape is in the Vault but does not circulate. I had hoped to turn up a review, but could not find anything. I did locate a couple pre-show announcements.
From Rick Shaull's "Music Review" column, the Joint Issue, March 1, 1971:
The Grateful Dead are coming to East Lansing, March 13. They will play at Jennison. Tickets will probably go on sale this week at the usual places...
The Dead, one of the innovators of the “Acid-Rock” scene, have progressed to a tight, soft rock country orientated band. Within the last year, they have released two albums, one of which - "Workingman's Dead" - broke top forty ground. Their latest album, called "American Beauty," is country gospel orientated with some fine vocal work highlighted on such numbers as “Ripple” and “Truckin.”
So, if you can scrape the bread together, you oughta go hear the Dead jam up for four hours. Far FarKing OuT.?!
The Joint Issue was the underground paper of Lansing; oddly the next issue didn't review this show, but carried a reprint of Mike Baron's review of the 3/14 Milwaukee show.
The Michigan State U student newspaper, the State News, also didn't review the 3/13 show - the Dead played right before spring break, during which the paper closed for two weeks! But there were a couple announcements in the last issue of winter term, March 12 (I didn't check earlier issues).
GRATEFUL DEAD LIVEN SCENE
The last weekend of winter term offers the Grateful Dead, five plays, and five on-campus films.
GRATEFUL DEAD – Tickets are still available for Saturday night’s 7:30 p.m. concert in Jenison Fieldhouse. Considered by some to be one of the best groups in rock music today, the Dead are scheduled to perform four hours in a show that will be divided into three parts: acoustic, country-blues-and-folk, and electric.
ROCK ON CAMPUS: OBEY THE ‘NO SMOKING’ SIGNS
The future direction of the ASMSU Pop Entertainment series will be determined by the manner in which the crowd handles itself Saturday night at the Grateful Dead concert. Behavior at the last few rock concerts on campus has left much to be desired. Aisles have been blocked with chairs; “No Smoking” signs have been completely ignored; gate crashing has occurred.
Such activities cannot continue. If rock concerts on campus cannot be held without a multiplicity of hazards, then rock concerts will not be held on campus.
It seems, though, that everyone should be able to handle themselves within the framework of the fire laws and enjoy the Grateful Dead at the same time. Sure, moving your chair will get you about 10 or 20 feet closer to the stage, but what happens should a fire start? Do we want to make the front page of the New York Times that bad?
And, right, we don’t expect everyone to sit through the concert straight. But did you ever think of smoking before the concert?
Finally, a lot of people have mistaken ideas about who is profiting from Pop Entertainment concerts. ASMSU is not “ripping off” anybody. To see groups of the caliber of the Dead, Sly, and the Byrds, one would usually have to pay at least $5 in Detroit. Top price is $3.50 at Jenison.
The Dead concert can go either way. It can either be the last of a good thing or proof that local rock fans are mature enough to understand the present situation and proceed accordingly.
The rock concerts are for the fans and, ironically, it may be the fans that cause them to be canceled.
Lansing's mainstream newspaper, the Lansing State Journal, of course did not bother to cover the Dead show except for the police report.
From the Lansing State Journal, 15 March 1971:
POLICE BUSY DURING MSU ROCK CONCERT
During the rock concert of The Grateful Dead in Jenison Fieldhouse Saturday night, Michigan State University police:
- Took into custody a girl who was found to have marijuana in her possession.
- Took from a youth a glove and wrist band, both of which had nails protruding.
- Discovered five juveniles who were in violation of the curfew laws. Parents of three of them were summoned to pick up their children, a fourth was released on his own recognizance when the parents could not be contacted, and the fifth, a 14-year-old, was taken to the juvenile home...