July 7- July 13, 2008
This week we're going spend some time along the Grateful Dead's summer tour of 1989, checking in to four shows over a five night span in the middle of the tour.
Our first stop this week is the stunning concert on 7/7/89 at Philadelphia's ultra cool, and rather decrepit, old venue, JFK Stadium. Allow me to preface this week's music by saying that I sure do hope we see a DVD release of this show some day, as not only is there stellar multi-track audio of this concert, but there is also great quality multi-camera video similar to that of the Truckin' Up To Buffalo DVD. From 7/7/89, we're very happy to bring you the end of the first set, Loser, Let It Grow, Blow Away. All three songs here are played beautifully, and powerfully.
Next up is two nights later, on 7/9/89 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ, home of the world champion New York Giants football team. Yo, Tiki, how's the broadcast booth look now? From the opening night of the two night run at Giants Stadium, with have the excellent Shakedown Street>Jack Straw. I've always loved both of these renditions and have put this combination on many mixed tapes. The band showed up to these two New York area shows ready to play, as evidenced by the way they opened the shows.
And, while we're visiting Giants Stadium, we'll listen to the opener from the second show, 7/10/89. Not quite as strong as our previous selection(s), it is nonetheless excellent and is demonstrative of the consistent quality of 1989 Dead. From that show, Feel Like A Stranger>Franklin's Tower.
Lastly this week, we'll check in to the first night at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. on 7/12/89. The closing sequence of this show was typical of the era in terms of both song selection and performance quality, and features I Need A Miracle>Dear Mr. Fantasy>Black Peter>Lovelight.
Stop by next week for more great music, including the other great Lovelight we mentioned last week. See you then.
Cool ! Just about everything from this tour is pretty good . Would like to see the whole tour released on DVD . We saw the two RFK shows and even if they weren't absolutely perfect we had a great time and there were some memorable moments .... Thanks David ! .......also something from 7-13-89
would be nice ....
more 89! more 89! more 89! mucho thanks for all the '89 stuff that you put up on the taper's section. it is greatly appreciated by those of us who consider this to be the height of the Dead's musicality. Speaking of which, wouldn't a 20th anniversary box set of the 89 Hampton shows be a perfect release for next year??!!!
No Pig version but still very, very good. Thanks DL.
"You know what the trouble about real life is? There's no danger music."
this is one of the best GD concerts I've ever heard and this is "grate" news about it being a possible release for DVD. I hope it's a complete release vs. a compilation of summer 89. Granted the other shows you mention were well played as most of 89 and 90, but JFK 89 is almost if not flawless in musicianship. Being a musician myself I know when there are wrong notes played and if my memory is correct the JFK 89 is flawless which is difficult for the GD's music becuase it ain't 3 chord rock and roll music typically. Please put in the world to the powers that be on this performance to be complete! This show also is very energetic compared to buffalo DVD performance which I find "restrained", almost like they are concentrating too much. Great News nonetheless, good luck with the project!
Donnie L. (Ursa Minor)
I wish that for just one time, You could stand inside my shoes, and for just that one moment, I could be you - Bob Dylan, Positively 4th St.
'89 and '90 rocked So Hard!
Josh E I remember that show well! Lots of great memories and the "waterfall of people" was out of sight! This was one of the best shows I ever saw.
She has laughing in her eyes
Agreed. We caught Buffalo, Deer Creek, and all 3 at Alpine Valley. Good shows, all of them.
Loved the 89 shows. Had the pleasure of seeing the Foxboro, and Giants shows. Great summer tour.
My last show before going to Germany for a year of university study (and lots of beer I might add - in addition to the doses my brother sent me from the NYE shows that December!) The Philly show that summer was a mind blowing experience. From the near riot on the parking lot outskirts to the nitrous dens scattered around and in full force the pre-show was out of hand. Inside was a serious blowout. I was at the 87 show too but this time I was travelling the lightwaves of psychedelia. Out there is all I can say. The Blow Away sticks in my memory though in particular. In my tripped out state of being I was thoroughly convinvced that the Grateful Dead was this government program to keep track of undesireable people and that it had run its course and Brent was letting us know that we had all fucked up and it was over. I'm serious- I kept telling people that they needed to go to the RFK shows as they would be the last ones. Little did I know in my spaced out state of being that this would indeed be my last time seeing Brent perform. Oh the memories!!!!!!
Rock on Sir!
I Got on the bus my Freshman year @ Bama and saw most of this east coast stadium tour w/ some family & buds. Great nites and also remember RFK in DC w/ the heavy rain. Rock on Sir! East coast partied hard and it was so hot. Crashed @ beach house in Avalon...