Grateful Dead

February 28 - March 6, 2011

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we're sticking around in the 1980s, some mighty fine Brent-era material.

Our first excursion this week is on 12/30/83 at the San Francisco Civic Auditorium, where we'll hear the entire first set, consisting of Bertha>Greatest, FOTD, Me and My Uncle>Big River, Ramble On Rose, Rooster, Brown Eyed, LL Rain>Deal. This was a pretty good run of shows, with some mighty energy stuff played throughout. There are videos of decent quality of the entire run, so perhaps someday we'll see some of this run.

Next up is music from the summer tour of 1988, on 6/26/88 at the Pittsburgh Civic Arena, a building that is no longer in use. From that show we have the start of the second set, a classic sequence from that year, Touch Of Grey ; Playing In The Band > Uncle John's Band > Playing In The Band Reprise.

Our last stop this week is on 2/5/89 at the Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center in beautiful Oakland, CA. This was the final run of Grateful Dead shows at the Kaiser, and I was fortunate to attend these shows, as it was the smallest North American venue at which I ever saw the Grateful Dead (the 5,000 seat Zenith in Paris was the smallest venue at which I saw the band). From the first night of the run, we have the end of the show, featuring I Will Take You Home > He's Gone > I Need A Miracle > Morning Dew, Johnny B. Goode. The last track is the encore. After what was a mediocre, abandoned-before-it-was-done Dew at the previous show, 12/31/88, it was very cool that they came back in their very next show with this hot version. The He's Gone is a very rare post-Drums version.

See you next week, same place, for more great music from deep inside the Grateful Dead's vault.

David Lemieux


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Joined: Mar 7 2011
newengland head

the greatest band on earth, it always seemed just when work,love or life in general was bout ready to break me, the dead would be touring new england. i would get to as many shows as i could with out gettin fired or divorced. that couldn't always be avoided. but all seemed to get right with world after that first show. hard to imagine what life would have been like without the dead.
thank you so much for the tunes david
ned c

Joined: Oct 1 2007
my last post....

sorry for the cruelty, I was just listening to 5/11/72, and almost everything sounds lame in comparison...

Joined: Oct 1 2007
my usual rant...

depressing selections from depressing shows. TIme to go listen to some Coltrane!

lamagonzo (not verified)
BCT capacity

2000+, not that I ever there.

Joined: Jan 13 2010
why oh why do I have such difficulty with GD88?

I try and try
to make it work

GD88 just does nothing for me (EXCEPT for Oxford Maine. Those are good shows.)

This Pittsburgh stuff is so.........meh. I do appreciate the message of UJB, though.

GD71 and GD72!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Joined: Jun 4 2007
thanks for the prime nuggets

I would most definitely welcome a video release from the New Year's shows or some other prime selection from the mid-80's. How about BCT '84? That would be cool. Thanks again for all that you do DL, enjoying the tunage!

Joined: Jun 4 2007

Hi David,

Congrats on the new(old) killer job!
Were you ever at the berkely community theater?
I do think it was smaller then 5,000 seats.
Either way, your doing a great job! And thanks for all of your help, getting the music out!!!
Peas, bro

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Joined: May 26 2007
re the Morning Dew clip

M. Lemieux is aware of the situation and is on the case.

Joined: Jun 4 2007

I wasn't at Pittsburg but was at Buckeye. The lot attendants directed my buddy and I to park about 8 cars deep in the middle of what would become the main vending spot. We weren't planning on camping out because we had a hotel room nearby, but ended up having to pull an all-nighter. We managed to finally get out of the lot with just enough time to collect our stuff from our hotle room right at checkout time. Quite possibly the biggest vending scene I ever saw at a show.

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Joined: Jul 20 2007
'83 goodies

Jeez the '83 is sounding so gooooood... Phil's bass way up and clear, Brent's greasy organ... and then a hint (teaser?) from David about a future video release. Not even through Bertha yet and it is hot hot hot. Tuesday just got better. Thanks.


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