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.
my first 2 shows! thanks!
| Wait until the veil is shredded, then reveal it |
One of my favorite eras of Dead, '89-'90 is noted for it's consistently strong playing, and these selections are a prime example of what you can expect. Thanks so much David.
this run of shows was very strong and the thought of having BLOW AWAY on dvd from that show is very enticing,i remember just looking around at the faces of everyone while Brent poured his heart out after that amazing first set
thanks David again monday is better for the great wake up selections
they closed that old venue following that gig didnt that
structurally unsound after we danced the last bit of mortar from those bricks
peace and tunes
I was at all of these shows and they were awesome! a DVD of 7/7 would be great!
Streaming Grateful Dead and more
Great news about the potential of a DVD being released of the concert at Philadelphia on 7/7/89. If it is comparable to the Buffalo DVD we are certainly in for a treat. Keep up with all the great work you are doing from a fan in Scotland.