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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marye's picture
Joined: May 26 2007

I'll see what we can do.

Joined: Jun 4 2007
Pittsburgh '88

I much enjoyed this show, totally agree it was a nice contrast to Buckeye (though the after-show scene there was nice). The second set wasn't terrifically long (Bobby's hair was, though), but they got in the groove ~ this Playin' -> Uncle John's -> Playin' reprise is classic. Just a picture perfect re-entry into the reprise. A really hot Lovelight (with Bobby pulling a "wait-a-minute" stop the music maneuver with Jerry riffing behind him) closed the show, too. Thanks for digging this out, David.

Joined: Aug 21 2007

The Kaiser segment cuts in the middle of Morning Dew. Can this be remedied?

Joined: Aug 21 2007
He's Gone

I was also at that show, David. Some very nice moments.
Thanks for being brave enough to point out the mediocrity of the 12/31/88 Dew. It was a low point of that show for me...although there were other great moments, like the end-of-the-second-set kind of encore.

lamagonzo (not verified)

I didn't even know a post drumz He's Gone exited!
Thanks for the picks this week DL.

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Joined: Jul 9 2007
Pittsburgh Civic

After the steamy outdoor cooker at Buckeye Lake the day before, this 6/26/88 show was a cool respite. Gentlemen Start Your Engines was played for the first time in the 1st set.


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