Grateful Dead

December 19- December 25, 2011

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section. This week we'll cover a six year span in Grateful Dead history, 1983-1989.

Our first stop this week is on 4/12/83 at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Coliseum, current home to the Calder Cup trophy for the AHL champions. From this show, we have the start of the second set, Help On The Way>Slipknot!>Franklin's Tower>Lost Sailor>Saint of Circumstance.

Next up is the entire first set of 4/3/88, a show at which Jerry would completely lose his voice later in the show during Black Peter. From this first night of the Hartford run, we have Promised Land > Greatest Story Ever Told; Althea ; Little Red Rooster ; Cold Rain & Snow; Stuck Inside of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again ; Box Of Rain ; Don't Ease Me In.

Lastly this week is music from 4/16/89 in Milwaukee on the excellent Spring Tour of 1989, a tour filled with many great shows. From this show we have the start of the second set, Scarlet Begonias > Fire On The Mountain ; Saint Of Circumstance > Truckin' > Drums > Space.

Thanks for stopping by, and we hope to see you here next week. Have a great holiday season!

David Lemieux


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Joined: Jun 13 2007
Happy New Year 2011-2012

It will be 2012AD shortly.

We're going to take a short break.
Shourt Breaek ya that's it a short break.

Thanks for the music, as always.
Love yas, as always, xo!

The people on the bus
go up and down
up and down
all around the town.


Joined: Jun 13 2007


Joined: Nov 30 2009
This is one of my favorites 83.04.12, thanks!

This is one of my favorite early '80s musical moments (Broome '83), also it occurred on my brother's birthday (history there...)

RE: check out Shoreline 10-3-87 set II pre-drums...

Caught this show (only one I caught at Shoreline? THink so, never liked that place, should be grass up front and seats in back, IMNSHO, I was a "anywhere but Shoreline" guy, for the most part...), anyway, begin set 2 was pretty hot and the "Maggie's" (w/ or w/o the preceding "Cumberland") made it onto an official release, I think.

RE: grateful prof v. lamagonzo

I respect gp's opinion, then again blanket statements about anything should be carefully considered, especially since musical taste is such a personal thing (to a point, there is much music rightfully, imnsho, considered 'classic' in many genres, so there is that concensus reality consideration... in other words, it is strictly personal on one level and on another there is certain objective criteria by which to evaluate, or 'rank'). I generally try to evaluate a show in the context of where the band was at musically in that era, since I love shows all the way from the beginning through the Brent years and beyond (that great Cal Expo DP which I was at, the musical magical mojo still there...)

btw, DL, 84.10.12 Augusta is a nice pick!!!
or... the Lightning Strike Phil show (during wharf rat? '84 or '86?) where the band's PA went silent for a second or two... GREAT MOMENT!!!

Joined: Oct 1 2007
season's greetings...

I’m dreaming of a Dead Christmas,
Just like the ones I used to know
Where Jerry’s wailing,
And the jams are sailing
Into space and other points unknown.
I’m dreaming of a Dead Christmas
With every show that I download
May your days be pleasant and bright,
Let it Shine, when you turn on your light

Joined: Dec 22 2011
hey sluffy

:-) thanks marye, thats how I feel too not just about the music but most things in life! A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family and friends.

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Joined: May 26 2007
hey sluffy

that was pretty cool.

Also, I would just like to point out that my first show was 12/31/80, and I like the '80s just fine thank you! Yes, I know I missed some things but I am not complaining about what I got.

Joined: Jun 13 2007

Dearest Professor~
That felt delightful.
You have made my smile
FANTASTIC and it feels
face. Life is Grateful. (prof)
Wise words soothe and
embrace the mind with
peaceful moments that
are priceless experiences,
thanks for moment-
I have goosebumps and
need my back scratched
some more. Ahhhhhhhhh.
IMHO, well Hey we all got one.

HAPPY 2012! Like the year before.
sherthesmilingbear @smmm

Joined: Oct 1 2007
a united community....

During this holiday period we should reflect on the fact that what we agree about unites us much more than what we differ about divides us. With the music of the Dead, whatever period, whatever show, whatever song, we have all found profound pleasure and enlightenment. We all realize that that long strange trip is one of the few musical trips actually worth debating, because it mattered, and matters still. Who has not had a life changing experience at a show, be in 1968, 78, 88, or beyond? Who has not had their sense of musical order and possibility, and so their sense of the possible more generally, radically altered by perhaps the bending of one note by Jerry's sweet guitar, or one chord voiced ever so differently by Bobby, or one melodic trope spun out by Phil, or one rhythmic gesture by Micky and Bill or...... We united in community, helped each other through the dark and the light, and found both in the strangest of places. We have all met the blind man, and come to see. I thank all of you, and wish you all a wonderful new year, full of hope and promise. (And next year we can get back to the "serious" business of discussing the finer points of Hell in a Bucket!) Peace to all.

Joined: Dec 22 2011
You guys :-)

Hello all you deadheads, I have been moved to join up after all these years after reading the recent comments. I live in dear old England and first got to know the dead through there studio albums when I was 19 back in 1976 and have been in love with them ever since. I was so excited when I had tickets to see them in 78 at the Rainbow, can you imagine how devastated I was when they didn’t show up, according to the press of the day they had got lost in Egypt! I got to buy a poster thou, which like me is now a bit torn and frayed.
I finally got to see them in the 80’s at the Rainbow and then ten years later at the three shows at Wembley in 1990. I can honestly say that I have the fondest and somewhat fuzzy memories of all the shows, they and the band will always have a special place in my heart and mind and in the heart of my mind.
And now after all these years I am lucky enough to live in an age of web sites and the band I love have the best one around, not only full of interesting stuff but they give away music!
So all my deadhead friends across the pond, that was lucky enough to see the band so often whatever incarnation that may have been in at the time, the feel of the music and the love they gave never changed, even when they hit a bum note!
Season’s greetings and Peace and Love to all

Joined: Jun 4 2007
the 1980’s as a whole do not equal depressing

Although some folks steer clear of this decade, I contend these years were full of high points for the band. Not to mention vitality and life! Of course, I believe it. Even where it says so in the liner notes to the View from the Vault 4 DVD! If you need something more convincing I advise you to check out Shoreline 10-3-87 set II pre-drums. Listen closely to the interplay - Bobby and Jerry trading off verses on Maggie's?; Jerry finishing Bob's vocal line in Looks Like Rain (with his guitar!?). Brent improvising off of Jerry's guitar lines. That first solo break in Looks Like Rain is where it's at for me. It's subtle, but absolutely the pinnacle of happy. Bottom line.

Of course, 1987 post comeback is special and most would concede there are depressing points to the 80's (mainly revolving around drug/alcohol abuse) but nothing that would cause me to write off the decade or to shun the music. For instance, the upbeat Scar>Fire from the Mecca in Milwaukee featured here. Hot, hot, hot and fun, fun, fun. Great music and interplay. So excuse me for not breaking down and crying. To each their own is the truism.


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