Grateful Dead

February 1 - February 7, 2010

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where as promised we'll be playing you music from the 1980s this week, specifically music from 1981 and 1989.

Our first stop this week is on 8/12/81 in Salt Lake City at the Salt Palace. An odd personal anecdote about the Salt Palace: On the summer tour of 1990, I had a little over a week to kill between Eugene on 6/24 and Kansas on 7/4, and I found myself in Salt Lake City. Big, wide, clean streets, I recall. Being such a Dead Head taper, I knew about the Salt Palace from a crappy audience recording I had from 2/28/73 (later Dick's Picks 28!). I stumbled upon the arena, and was happy to see what it looked it. The area around the arena was deserted, but I tried one of the doors, and amazingly it was open. I walked into the arena, and found myself on the floor of an NBA basketball arena, surrounded by 12,000 people watching TV in the dark. Eerily surreal. An announcement was made, and a huge cheer went up; it was an arena filled with people watching the NBA entry draft on closed circuit TV, with the cheer being the response to Utah's selection. From the Salt Palace 81 we have Space>Spanish Jam>Morning Dew, a high energy jam featuring a very well-developed Spanish Jam.

Next up, from the Grateful Dead's only appearance in Scotland, at the Edinburgh Playhouse on 9/30/81, we have the opening of the second set, featuring Feel Like A Stranger, Ship of Fools, Samson and Delilah, Never Trust A Woman. This was the tour opener, and there was plenty of great music played over the next two+ weeks in Europe.

Finally this week, we have the entire first set from the penultimate (!) show of a three night run at Cal Expo in Sacramento on 8/5/89, featuring One More Saturday Night ; Cold Rain And Snow ; We Can Run ; Stagger Lee ; Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again ; Row Jimmy ; Let It Grow. All three of these concerts were excellent, and would be followed up by three great shows at the Greek a week and a half later, the final Greek shows as it turns out. Thankfully they kept playing at Cal Expo for a few more years.

Check back next week for music from 1988, 1990 and 1992 as keep the winter blues at bay with more excellent Grateful Dead music. Feel free to write the email address below; your input, questions and comments are always appreciated.

David Lemieux


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Benny Jakes's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
Just love that Dew. Nice pick!

Is that my glass? Can you see it? Understand me?

Joined: Jun 10 2007

i hope this is not the penultimate return to the 80s b/c the 80s were good to me, just like you always have been, david!
i am glad to be back in 'em, ghosts and all!
thanks, david

jacksteel's picture
Joined: Sep 16 2008
Ever since she went and had a sex change.....

Thanks, I haven't heard that one in a while!!

Joined: Nov 6 2007
Thank You, David :)

I always appreciate your work. Thanks for turning me on to great tunes.


'In fact your salvation is within yourself, in your own essence of mind, it is not to be gotten grasping at external people like me.' ~ Jack Kerouac

gr8fuldrew's picture
Joined: Aug 15 2007
Stuck inside the 80's with those deadhead bluez again!!!!!!!



shwack's picture
Joined: Apr 12 2008
PENULTIMATE: expo run fun

There's that word again! Nice to have the entire 1st set from the middle show
of the expo 89 run.
Diggin' the 80's stuff.As always.

Merci Beaucoup Monsieur Lemieux

shwack in nh

smallz's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007

The penultimate selection this week really smokes! Coming out of the gates with a Stranger was never a bad idea. Love those early versions.

Stuck in the 80's this week, but I'm quite liking it!!

Have a great week, everybody.

Thanks again David.

Joined: Jun 5 2007
Oh my god! Lemieux made a

Oh my god! Lemieux made a mistake in his writing!!

At least a song wasn't listed that wasn't included; it's much more enjoyable to have a ghost Truckin' than a missing Truckin'


Joined: Jun 4 2007
m-80 warning

Someone blows one off after Memphis Blues, right before Row Jimmy. Just about startled me, ahem.

Joined: Jun 4 2007
ghost truckin'

"Well I guess they can't revoke your soul for trying..."


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