January 18, 2010 - January 24, 2010
This week we're going to listen to music exclusively from the summer tour of 1989, one of the most-requested eras we are asked about, and one of the finest years in the Grateful Dead's final 15 years of touring. We're going to focus on a week that would see the band go from the huge RFK Stadium, to the delightfully small Deer Creek Music Theatre (for the band's first visit there), to the tour closing shows at Alpine.
Our first stop this week is at RFK Stadium at the last of seven huge stadium gigs on the tour. This show, on 7/13/89, was the fifth anniversary of the last performance of Dark Star, and amongst us taper geeks, hopes were high that THEY'D remember, but it was not meant to be. As preposterous as that thought was, just about three months later they'd actually play Dark Star. We have the first set from 7/13/89, made up of Hell In A Bucket, Cold Rain and Snow, Little Red Rooster, Tennessee Jed, Memphis Blues, To Lay Me Down, Let It Grow. Parental discretion is advised on Rooster thanks to Brent's soulful contribution.
From the very next show on 7/15/89 at Deer Creek just outside of Indianapolis, we have the end of the first set, Jack-A-Roe, Queen Jane Approximately, We Can Run, Bird Song. This show was like a huge breath of fresh air. After seven straight shows at some of the east coast's largest and most impersonal stadiums (Foxboro, Rich, JFK, Giants and RFK) it was a real thrill to arrive at the brand new Deer Creek and find such a small venue. And the band rose to the occasion and played a great show.
Last year we played you the opening of the middle show at Alpine on 7/18/89, and this year we're going to listen to the end of the first set, made up of Minglewood, FOTD, Memphis Blues, Bird Song, Promised Land. We hope you don't mind two versions of Bird Song in a row.
Finally this week, we're going to hear music from the final night of the tour, at Alpine on 7/19/89. We'll start out with the opening combination, Hell In A Bucket>Sugaree and then will move on to Mama Tried>Mexicali Blues, Althea.
Stop in next week when we'll check out some music from 1973, 1977 and 1992. As always, we encourage you to write to me at the email address below. It's always great to hear from you with questions or comments.
Last show at JFK was 7-7-89 I was there too . The place had been declaired condemed sevral months before The Dead played there . Talk about a Broke down palace ..
I may be confused as the years go on. The show attended was the last event at JFK and it may have been either 1989 or 1991.
I was there with my 17 year old nephew. The parking lot was like stepping into the time machine. Some dude with his eyes closed walking along with his hand out containing shrooms.
100,000 or more to see Dylan and the Dead.
Thanks for playing this and bringing back so many great memories.
chillin'... links work here:)
Man, sometimes this band just cuts right through and you know you're listening to gods thundering from on high. Holy Shit!
Love me some 89 Dead. The band was definitely HOT!
I was at the 3 night Alpine run and it's just as sweet as I remember it.
Sound quality is awesome, and I'm guessing these were multi-tracked?
Would love to see another official release from this period.
Alpine 89 Box Set Anyone?????
....do you see that too.....there.....the shiny thing in the mud.....what the.....it's.....tttttthhhhhllllllluuuuuuuucccckkkkkk.......a VW Microbus..........oooooh the mud the mud the Alpine mud!
Spent A Little Time On The Mountain, Spent A Little Time On The Hill
Inspired playing is on display w/ these musical passages.Digging the Garcia
guitar breaks particularly on Jack-a-roePeggy-o and the cooker on Hell Bucket
and the solo on FOTD is pure Americana.Truly.
Merci Beaucoup Monsieur Lemieux
shwack in nh
Addendum: Of course we also went because there was nothing as much fun as a Dead show. I forgot that for minute there. Sorry.
I have the typical bias against late 80's and 90's shows, but parts of these clips, specifically
Cold Rain and Snow, To Lay Me Down, Let It Grow, Peggy-O, both Birdsongs, and pretty much everything from the Alpine show reveal why we all kept going to shows. Thanks for the mental memory-check.