Grateful Dead in Albany
The Knick was such a fun place to see the Dead, with Albany being notoriously friendly to the band and the fans, a sentiment fewer and fewer cities were displaying towards the whole scene by the early 90s...
This show was relatively uneventful but well-played. I never particularly loved this era, I felt like a lot of the fire left their bellies once the band settled into life without Brent and got over the initial glow of playing with Hornsby...
There is a nice streaming soundboard of this show at the Live Music Archive as well as an audience version you can download.
Nice to see this show having it's own topic. Too bad there isn't a single post.
But, I do remember it pretty well. I met a guy who I had been trading tapes with at his room in the Omni. I wonder if he's here. I can't remember his name (possibly Ed) or where he was from (although I'm sure it was fairly nearby.....maybe Buffalo or Rochester). Anyway, it was great to finally meet up with him.
I recall the "flea market" atmosphere as being a whole lot nicer than the retrospective tales tell us. By that time, of course it had taken a bit of a dive, but most people were friendly and lovers of the music.
As usual, the band started right on schedule so, although I arrived in plenty of time, we got to our seats well into "Bertha." Perhaps it wasn't quite the best Dead show I'd ever been to, but it was pretty solid all the way through. More than that, the atmosphere was wonderful, as always.
I think the only people who didn't love Dead shows were those who never attended one. The music was always important, but the vibe was always MORE important. My wife can't tolerate them and wouldn't go to this show with me (we were married about a month after it). Not long ago, I caught her humming "Ripple." Heh-heh.....