Grateful Dead

July 7- July 13, 2008

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

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.

David Lemieux


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Glad to see some of the 7-7-89 show up this week. I asked for the Scarlet>Fire from the second set about six weeks ago, but am glad to see this date represented. A DVD release of this one would be a welcome treasure. I would just love to see Jerry sing "In the heart of gold band - DUH" the way he does in this version of Scarlet.

This period in 89 had a lot of strong shows. Yours truly was on the road working with Canned Heat at that time, so thank Jah for the recordings. Thanks to D for featuring these shows this week.


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Grate Selection!

I have most of the 89 shows and these are incredible as mentioned. I didn't get to make the east coast on this tour, but from what I saw in the begining of the year and in the end on the west coast, it was a amazing year!! Please do that DVD...The SBDS from these dates are great and I would love to see it too!! Thanks..

Joined: Sep 4 2007
Very happenin '

All selections fine . Great job D


Joined: Jul 20 2007
re:stranger->frank .....Yep it works now

Thanks Marye!! :)

Joined: Jun 15 2007
another great run

Ahhhh the memories. This was a great summer of shows for me; thanks for another awesome selection!

Joined: Jun 8 2007

Working now for me. Thanks!

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should be working now. Please speak up if it is not. Thanks!

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7/9/89 < My 2nd Show !! > Off The Hook !!

Hey Hey David, happy summer to you , and all reading this ~

I was waiting to see if you were going to drop some summer bombs like Giants stadium opening show 1989 ,, and you did !! thanks bro ~

that was only my 2nd show, and i was still learning songs from the GD library,,( I hate to admit this, but i didnt even know the 2nd set opener of China >Ryder) But in My Heart and Head, I knew it real welll,,.,., sayin '

but damn !! I knew that Shakedown > Jackstraw Opener,, it was soooo smoking thumpin and hot !! let me tell you all what i observed :

1st off, Everybody , the whole dam crowd , was on Psychedelics !!! for sure,, I myself was on Shrooms and ate a Tab, ( for good measure) wooo weeeee colorful nite ~

i was with a crew of about 6-7 friends, on the floor, just to the right of the soundboard...

2nd : the place was packed ,, Packed !!

and right before the boys came on, i saw EYES in the Clouds in the Sky, and met the most amazing gal from somewhere else in the world,, she was beautfiul and her Eyes were amazing.. it was like,, uh, , where am i ?

3rd !! the boys rolled out and started thumping Shakedown,, and to the left of the stage, all these Heads who wanted to be on the floor, started to WATERFALL over the 1st tier seats and jump down on to the floor ,, it was nuts, and i was so high, i saw a color waterfall of humans ,,, it was out of hand ~ ,,,Josh E Bear !!

4th , amd most exciting > ! < during the "just got to poke around " part of the jam,, Everybody near us , all US KIDZ, started spinning and danicing in and out of each other,, poking and having soooooooooo much fun, it was great, what a experience for me,, and at one point, somebody poked me,, and it was RICHARD NIXON ~ haha, or , a guy with a mask on ,, maybe it was Hunter Thompson ,, who can say fur sure who i really saw ...
Other High-lites from that nite : Bird song, Brown Eye Woman , China > Ryder,,
and my all time Fav GD SONG : Truckin !!! yes !!!

drums and sapce were nice, and i learned so much and saw the most amazing people from all over,, that was it !! i was hooked ...

there is so much more to that nite that i cant even write here,,, but, i will say this , coming back home to my 'hood late that evening,, on every street sign and stop sign i looked at

all i saw was the "stealie" everywhere i looked,,,, and i knew i was fuckin high !! hahah

God Bless the Grateful Dead, The Dead Heads, Family, Tapers and Everybody Else ~

I miss it dearly and treasure what i experienced and hold it near everyday !! go Jah !!

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thanks for the heads up, lethe

now reported!

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page problem


Feel Like A Stranger>Franklin's Tower is a dead link @10:00am pdt


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