Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have tunes from 1970, 1973 and 1989, all from the West Coast and beyond…
Our first selection this week is the last-ever Grateful Dead show in Hawaii. After the two excellent shows in Honolulu in January, 1970, the Dead returned just before the Festival Express tour for a couple of nights in Oahu, including this show on 6/13/70. These shows were a little rough around the edges, but also included some excellent music. From this final Hawaii show, we have Me and My Uncle, Good Lovin', China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider.
Next we have music from the final night of a three night at the Universal Amphitheatre in LA, on 7/1/73, featuring Truckin'>Drums>The Other One>Wharf Rat>Me and Bobby McGee. The Grateful Dead didn't really tour between early April and September, 1973, instead playing a series of one-off shows, or shorter runs, around the country, but most of the shows they did play were excellent, including this typically hot 1973 sequence.
After the magnificent Summer Tour of 1989, the Dead headed back to the West Coast for six shows: three in Sacramento and three at the Greek. These latter shows would be the Dead's final shows at the Greek in Berkeley, but they would continue to play at Cal Expo for a few years. I followed the summer tour, and after the great 7/19/89 show at Alpine, I didn't feel like going home, so I got in my car and drove west to see the Cal Expo shows. And was I glad I did! They were not only great shows, but Cal Expo was by far the mellowest place I'd ever seen the Dead. Maybe 10 or 12,000 people in a small outdoor venue with plenty of grass and bleachers. Great sound, too. From the first show on 8/4/89, we have Bertha>Greatest Story Ever Told, Althea, Mama Tried>Mexicali Blues, Never Trust A Woman.
Be sure to join us next week for more great tunes from the vault.