Grateful Dead

Grateful Dead Hour no. 57

By David Gans

Week of October 16, 1989

Grateful Dead 8/18/89 Greek Theatre, Berkeley CA

Where in the Greek Are You?

Grateful Dead 8/18/89 Greek Theatre, Berkeley CA

Post-show interview with Phil Lesh

The Greek Theater, on a hillside on the campus of the University of California at Berkeley, directly across from the Golden Gate, was a spectacular place to see a Grateful Dead show - or any performance. I saw almost all of the latter-day GD shows there (not the '67 or '68 shows, alas), and it was never less than a splendid experience. (See this article for more on the Greek Theater, which opened in 1903.)

The music in this week's GD Hour is from the second-to-last Dead show at the Greek: Friday, August 18, 1989. That run of shows was slightly off-kilter - the usual Friday-through-Sunday sequence was moved up a day after the tickets went on sale due to a scheduling conflict with the University of California, which owns and operates the Greek. So the Sunday show was moved to Thursday, and this Friday show was the middle night of the run.

After several years of attending shows there, many Deadhead tribes had settled into favorite spots and could be found in their usual places at every show. I took my portable tape recorder with me one day and asked some folks why they were where they were. "Where in the Greek Are You?" is a three-minute montage of the responses.

You'll also hear a brief excerpt of a post-show interview with Phil Lesh, talking about the return of "I Bid You Good Night after an 11-year absence from the repertoire. Several Greek shows (6/22/86, 7/15-17/88, and 8/17-19/89) were broadcast live on KPFA, conveniently located just down the hill from the UC campus, so we usually had a band member or two stop by for a chat before, during, or after.

The '88 and '89 Greek shows were also benefits for the Rex Foundation, which continues to do good works in the world - please visit their web site.

Your requests are welcome! Browse and/or search the Grateful Dead Hour program logs on the show's home page, Let me know if there's a particular program you'd like to hear, and feel free to post requests and comments here or by email to gdhour [at]

Thanks for listening! David Gans
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Tea 4-2's picture
Joined: Jan 31 2008
Hey Mr Gans

I just want to say thanks. I've been hearing your show here in Columbus Oh on and off for a long time now. Like everything, you never know what you've got till it's gone. I can't imagine a world without the GD hour and I hope it never goes away. The internet ( thanks Al) has made a grate thing even grater. I would like to hear some Kingswood 87 and Omni spring of 90. I love thoseshows and I love you too!!! Tim!!!

Joined: Jan 17 2008
Greek 89

thanks David for putting some of this Greek run up. This was a fun run and the band was strong all 3 nights (as they seemed to be for much of 89). Loved the "where in the Greek are you" segment. Very funny. Love the Greek. Too bad this was the last run. Thanks for sharing.

Joined: May 26 2007
GDH #16

Thank you for the request. I'll add it to the list.

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Joined: Sep 25 2007
dh #16 please

Hi Dave, if you can ,it would be great to hear dh#16. I have it on tape but uncle sam wont let me bring it here to work . Love that version of to lay me down and black peter. Thanks and keep up all the good work you do. also thanks to all the good people that keep this site up and running. peace to all, Nemo

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Joined: Jun 5 2007
Day late

but not a birthday wish short.
Hung on for another trip around
that yellow thing out there...
congratefulations...Oh yeah!
Thanks for all the radioland waves!

Really enjoyed the #57 Greek trip...
went well with a pancake breakfast.

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
Happy Birthday Gans!

Great job as always, thank you!

The Dude Abides!

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Joined: May 26 2007
what they said!

and many more!

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Joined: Jun 13 2007
Happy Birthday

have a good one David!

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Joined: Jun 5 2007
Happy Birthday David

and thanks for all you have done for us over the years

Bob W

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Where in the Greek are You

I only went to the Greek one year, 1984. Great Shows!!!
I love the comment on your dead head hour show that I am
listening to right now, about how steep the
hill was. Brings back memories. We were right in the center,
right at the beginning of the hill, and it was steep and really
hard to dance there. I literally danced my shoes off at those shows.

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