What a sweet set of shows! The Dead were in fine form and playing some sweet sets and unique song choices. And, what a nice way to warm things up with the Steve Miller Band totally rocking us!
And the weather was playing some magic tricks for this run! Living in Las Vegas, it was always amazing to see how the weather would change the day the Dead and the magic bus of hippies pulled into town. It was a very cosmic experience to see a month of the same weather be changed EVERY TIME the Dead came to town!
During this run, there was some magical lightning bouncing off the mountains in the background as the band played. If you ever listen to an audience tape from this show, tune into DRUMS and SPACE. It was completely other worldly as the lightning was hitting in time to the rhythm devils and the crowd was ooooohing and aaaaahing all over the place!
Keep on keepin on!
although I decided to forgo the 1st night and party in the casinos, the tapes picked up the lighting/thunder ooohhs and ahhs...The 31st show as I recall was tame as far as the weather was concerned, but as shown above the weather was beautiful for an amazing Help>Slip>Franklins....
I don't remember which show, but it must have been one of the 92 shows at the Silver Bowl - my wife at the time was pregnant, due in October, and there was the most IMMENSE deluge sometime near the break between the first and second set. All I had was my tie dye to cover my poor pregnant wife's head as we RAN for the cover of the bleachers above whatever level we were at. Cascading rain was pouring through the stadium's drains, and just as we reached a dry spot, there was a thunder CRACK, and then the band came back on with gusto...don't remember what song, what date, whatever, but MAN, it was electrocution, and we started dancing together and moved toward the downspout...it was so hot and muggy, we did dips and swings under that nasty water pouring off the balcony above. Only until we realized that it was washing down chewing gum, old beer, nasty stuff like that. We ran back out into the cold, clear rain and rinsed off, hugged and looked into each other's eyes and had a moment, very wet and lovey. THAT was a Dead concert :-)
really good crowd