Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll cover 14 years in Grateful Dead history, 1979, 1984 and 1993.
From Brent Mydland's third-ever show with the Grateful Dead, and the Dead's first-ever appearance at the Hampton Coliseum, on 5/4/79, we have Estimated Prophet>Eyes Of The World. Even from this early in Brent's tenure with the Dead, you could hear that he was a perfect fit.
Next up is the start of the second set from 4/23/84 in New Haven, featuring Iko Iko, Lost Sailor>Saint Of Circumstance>Uncle John's Band>Only A Fool>Jam. It's always fun for us to play a song we've never played here, and Only A Fool qualifies in that category, I think. This tune, and the Jam that follows, features just Brent with the drummers.
Our last stop this week is in Albany, NY, on 3/28/93, the middle night of a three night run at the Knickerbocker Arena. From this excellent show, we have the end of the second set, featuring Long Way To Go Home>Attics Of My Life>Turn On Your Lovelight. Attics Of My Life was quite rare by 1993, even more so in the ballad slot of the second set. Cool stuff. There was a lot of really good music played on the Spring Tour of 1993, including great stuff during this Albany run.
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