Grateful Dead

July 13 - July 19, 2009

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Greetings, and welcome back to the Tapers’ Section for a stop in the middle of July. This week we’re going to be sticking to the late-Brent period of Grateful Dead music, with stops in 1989 and 1990.

Our first stop this week is to RFK Stadium in Washington, DC, where the Grateful Dead would end the stadium portion of their summer tour of 1989 with two nights at the then-home of the Redskins (who have since moved to Landover, MD, whose former tenants the Bullets/Wizards of the NBA and the Capitals of the NHL have moved into the city). After this concert, the band’s 7th stadium concert of the tour, they would wrap things up with four amphitheatre shows, at Deer Creek and Alpine. From 7/13/89, we are pleased to play the end of the concert, featuring I Will Take You Home>The Other One>Wharf Rat>Throwing Stones>Good Lovin'. It was all good and fun to see the band play well at stadiums, but moving on to the next show at Deer Creek was a real treat. After almost two weeks in stadiums, Deer Creek was like seeing the band in your backyard.

From the aforementioned Deer Creek show on 7/15/89, the band’s first ever appearance at this fine little venue in Noblesville, Indiana, we have the end of the second set, featuring featuring Space>China Doll>All Along The Watchtower>Stella Blue>Sugar Magnolia, with the Space including a bit of Close Encounters tease. This show was by no means perfect, but it sure was fun.

Lastly this week, from the Buffalo, NY show on 7/16/90, we have the end of the first set, featuring Loose Lucy, All Over Now, High Time, Let It Grow>Don't Ease Me InThis was a very good tour, with a few really great shows in the mix. It’s hard to believe that just 10 days after this show Brent would be gone, but thankfully we have the tapes to remind us of how great this band was.

Check in next week for music from 1974 and 1987. Lots of great material coming up. As always, we welcome and encourage your questions and comments to the email address below.

David Lemieux


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Joined: Dec 30 2008

As has been said, '89 was a fine year. I really don't understand people who suggest that only the early years were good. That is just crap! I saw most of the shows this year and it stands out as one of the best years of touring I did, perhaps the best. The Deer Creek show as the first time I flew to a show (chasing a girl)....could only go to Foxboro and Buffalo before that, then ended up going to Alpine after the above mentioned girl talked her way back stage and the rest is history. It is really hard to believe that was 20 years ago. I sure do miss those guys!

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Joined: Sep 16 2008
Summertime Dead shows

the best place, i mean space, i ever did encounter, o what fun daze those summer tours were!! cant believe it was 20 yrs ago, damn!!

DoDa Man ;^ )

Without love in the dream it'll never come true
Robert Hunter, Jerry Garcia

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Joined: Jun 5 2007

I am not a fan of this era, but I certainly appreciate David mixing things up and exposing me to stuff I do not usually hear.

"Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence."
Albert Einstein

Will Speed's picture
Joined: Jun 11 2007
Deer Creek the Meca of the mid west.

Loved that Deer Creek Show!!!! Can't belive its been 20 years. That was a wonderful summer tour...


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Joined: Jul 6 2007

Not that anyone was outright complaining, but there sounds like a bit of disappointment with this week's centering around 89...I don't get it...89 was on fire as a whole...with some favorite moments peppered throughout (some great "Deal"s, summer and fall are filled with treats, Jerry obviously enjoyed his new MIDI, the fall add's help>slipknot, death don't and Dark star, and just flat out strong playing and vocals all year...). I would haved loved to hear that 7/19 deal...I'll have to dig out the "Downhill" video!

I can understand wanting to hear the Fresno 74 Spanish Jam from this week, but these less obvious selections are great to hear...fills in some holes, and helps us appreciate some lesser known chunks that We may haved missed...

I thought about this with last week's 84 stuff...I often turn my nose up to 83-84 as simply not my favorites, but there is some smokin good stuff from EVERY year...

thanks for offering this stuff up...

Joined: Feb 24 2008

"i will take you home" sucks...but the rest was g-rrr-eat!

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Joined: Jun 5 2007

I was at both RFK shows and they were pretty good,not perfect but certainly not bad. Thanks for giving us some SBD of 7/13 . Nice Wharf Rat , I'd like to hear L.L. Rain and Terrapin from the board tapes.

Joined: Jun 27 2007

I loves me the Tapers but my player isn't working so hot. Is it me? whaaaa
I'll keep clikin

round and round

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Joined: Jun 15 2007
'89 Rocked !

Pre '89 might have been "better years" as gratefulbob claims, but in my opinion, the '89-'90 period was a definite peak in the quality of music being played by the band !! To my ears, it was all downhill from Brent's death forward !!

Joined: Jun 5 2007
Lets move on

Oh pls lets move back to the better years


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