July 13 - July 19, 2009
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.