Grateful Dead

January 14 - January 20, 2008

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

We’ve been having such a good time sticking with one year during the past few installments of the Taper’s Section, we’ve decided to continue with this format for yet another week. This week, we’re finally breaking out of the 1960s and 1970s by jumping forward to 1990. There was plenty of great music played throughout the year by the Grateful Dead, so on to the music.

Our first selection is the show opening combination from 6/23/90 at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Feel Like A Stranger, West LA Fadeaway. This was the first of a two day run of concerts that began at noon with an opening set by Little Feat, followed by three hours of music by the Grateful Dead with the shows wrapping up by 5 PM, leaving the evenings free to explore beautiful Eugene.

Next we’ll take a little trip to Europe to stop in and check out the second set opener from Berlin on 10/20/90, Eyes of the World>Samson and Delilah. Although I only attended the Paris and London shows on this tour, I heard stories of a small theatre in Berlin, at which each and every seat had a little fold-out desk top, complete with a little lamp. A perfect place for tapers to rest their D-5s. This show was broadcast on the radio, and it certainly must have been a treat to hear Eyes of the World in a foreign country.

Next we’ll pay a visit to Albany, NY, where the Grateful Dead played their first shows at the then-new Knickerbocker Arena in March, 1990. A good chunk of that run of concerts has been justifiably immortalized on the excellent Dozin’ At The Knick, but there was plenty of great music played aside from what made the album. From 3/26/90, we have this unique second set jam of Victim or the Crime>China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider>Women Are Smarter. Brent does some great stuff with Women Are Smarter, and the jam out of Victim is suitably chaotic.

Finally this week, we have the big jam from the final show in Europe in 1990, 11/1/90 at Wembley Arena. The first two nights at Wembley were sold out, but this final night was only about half full, and it was very odd to see the Grateful Dead performing at the height of their popularity in an 11,000 seat arena that was only half full. From this final show of the tour, we have a very interesting palindromatic sequence of Playing In The Band>Dark Star>Drums>Space>Dark Star>Playing In The Band. Bruce does some extremely spacey things during the latter parts of the jam. A perfect way to end the tour, and, of course, the encore that night would be non-other than U.S. Blues.

Check back next Monday for more great music here at the Taper’s Section. As always, we encourage you to write with questions or comments. Please send to the email address below.

David Lemieux
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Joined: Jun 4 2007
what makes this post great... you focus on one year only, 1990. The Europe '90 is an unexpected treat as well. Thanks Dave and! Happy 2014 Dead Land!

Joined: Jun 13 2007

We had a dozen zoners, three dogs and a keg in a rented motorhome for the trek up to hugene from the bay. Let's not forget what a great job Little Feat did at setting the table for the boys. Two unforgetable afternoons of dancin,music & brotherly/sisterly love. I remember a wedding ceremony at the break on sunday, then the boys open up the second set with Foolish-Women. Nice.

marye's picture
Joined: May 26 2007
your patience is appreciated

there is some short-term technical snafu related to the little issues over the weekend, but it will soon be fixed and TS restored!

cactuswax's picture
Joined: Jun 7 2007

So, we're midway into next Tuesday...
*jones jones jones*

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Joined: Jan 22 2008
Ahhh Wembley 1990; the end

Ahhh Wembley 1990; the end of my era


Joined: Jun 27 2007

Apparently you don't realize the gravity of the situation. I'm jonesing here without my Taper''s fix. HELP ME PLEASE!!! I hope you were justtaking yesterday off for the holiday. i'm really shakin'
=( Jerrrrrrrrrrrrrryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy PLEASE!!!!!!!!!

round and round

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Joined: Aug 22 2007
how come nobody has


mentioned the fact that this selection of shows straddles one of the most significant moment in GD history - the death of brent .... ??????

half of these shows are brent shows and the other half are bruce/vince shows ... for the guy who wanted to edit down the volume on brent, are you sure you don't mean vince .. ??

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Joined: Jun 8 2007
Autzen Stadium

I remember fondly those June days in 90. What a great road trip that was from SF up to Eugene! Wow! I can recall the lazy atmosphere at the show; everyone was so friendly and laid back. The music actually sounded a bit sloppy that first night, but upon returning to our hotel room and throwing the copy we made into the stereo, we were so pleased to find how of we were.

The two shows were magical. I miss those days, but at least we have the tapes to keep us going into our very old age.

Thanks for posting this.

Joined: Jan 21 2008
Mmmmm Wembley

My first post.
I remember those wembley shows very clearly. Having spent much of the late 80's in San Francisco and discovered the Dead I had returned to England certain that my chances of more shows was likely over.
Hooray for 1990.
Any chance of UK tours for Ratdog?

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Joined: Jun 7 2007
Time wounds all heels

Y'know, it only took me about 15 years, but I now consider myself a Brent fan as well. Goes to show, you don't ever know.


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