Grateful Dead

March 24 - March 30, 2008

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers Section. With so much great music played throughout the Grateful Dead's history during the latter part of March, we'll jump right in with some tasty stuff from Spring of 1990.

The Nassau Coliseum run in March, 1990, signaled the band's return to Long Island's major hockey arena after a five year absence. What first comes to mind when most people think of Nassau 1990 is the middle night of the run, 3/29/90, specifically the portions of the show featuring Branford Marsalis. However, the third night also featured some great music, and from the second set, we have this excellent Playing In The Band>China Doll>Uncle John's Band>Terrapin Station, a very rare Jerry trio of songs bunched together. And what a trio of songs! As we've mentioned previously with the spring of 1990, thankfully the entire tour was recorded to 24 track analog tape so that proper live albums can be produced from the tour. Let's hope there are more of these releases to come.

While we're at Nassau in March, 1990, we might as well drop into the first night of the run, 3/28/90. Again, like the other two shows, this was an exceptional night of music. From the pre-Drums portion of the second set, we have Cumberland Blues>The Weight, Hey Pocky Way. This was, of course, the first-ever Grateful Dead version of The Weight, and it was such a fine addition to the repertoire, and a great showcase for Brent's singing and playing. The Weight would end up being the final song the Grateful Dead wuld ever perform with Brent Mydland on 7/23/90.

Next we'll jump back in time 18 years to 1972, to 3/26/72 specifically at the Academy of Music in New York City. This seven night run was a terrific warm-up for the Europe '72 tour, for which the band departed on 4/1/72 for the first gigs on 4/7&8/72 at Wembley Empire Pool (now Wembley Arena) in London. From 3/26/72, we have two excellent versions of songs played often, and wonderfully, in 1972: Playing In The Band and Good Lovin'.

Finally this week, we're going to take a stop in California's Central Valley to the city of Modesto on 3/28/69. The show featured a terrific rendition of the Live/Dead suite, but with a big old cut in The Eleven, we thought we'd split the music here as well. So, this week we'll play you the excellent Dark Star>St. Stephen>Eleven and next week we'll play you the equally impressive conclusion of this jam. Be sure to check back.

As always, we really appreciate your visits. Your comments as well. Feel free to write me directly at the email address below with questions and comments. It's always great to hear from you.

David Lemieux
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Joined: Jan 17 2008

This was a strong run that year. All three nights had great selection to reflect on. It might be worth going back the 5 years and looking at the 85' run as well. Phil breaking out Tom Thumb and the return of Half-Step. The Truckin/Smokestack to open one show. Terrapin encore. Pretty ripping stuff in another strong year for the band and equally worthy of mention in the archives of Nassau Dead history.

thanks for putting this run up there David.

Joined: Sep 4 2007
the parking lots = )


I agree with you r comment on the Nassau Lot . I had the luck of being there at the OO s show on 6 30 98 . It was pretty fun . During my Dead days Deer creek , chicago - soldier field , riverport Amp , and Salt lake city were my only experiences . I say only becuase you problably saw other places than me

On the 98 tour though , I had the chance as well to be at the SPAC on July 4 . Although it pured rain copiously all day and afternoon long , I loved the atmosphere of the SPAC , and all the Dead related stuff going on around us . Al those trees , and pretty country made it special . Starlake in Pittsburgh was also somewhat enjoyable - as far as the parking lot goes .

But , my friend .. i have to stay with the meadowlands . on 6 29 98 , we were there for the OO s show , and we jammed out with many people playing great music until show time . IMO it was better than Nassau


Joined: Jul 2 2007

are so much better with a touchof magic to inspire

Question to throw around,

Did the band really work at bringing great musicians into the fold, bruce hornsby, branford, clarence clemons ets

its always seemed to me on tour THAT

JERRY loved playing with other great musicians inand out of the dead

and tehe band made very concious efforts to include great musicians to help Jerry play well and by thatr i mean stay clean or cleaner

those nights with guests seemed to me to give Jerry the motivation to stay focused

and the nights surrounding them especiallyu as in this the day afgter it seemd to bring jerry also to more focus without the guests and more appreciative of the band

ANYBODY else feel like that on tour

THANKS DAVID your thouhts always appreciatted

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
No China Doll

Uh, is it me or is there no China Doll in between Playin' and UJB? I'm not hearing it anywhere in this medley. Otherwise, another excellent week of music! Happy Monday to all ;^)

Joined: Jun 25 2007

Yeah - 3/30 always gets overlooked because of the Branford show, but this was a tasty one, indeed. The Help->Slip->Franklin's from this show was used on "Without A Net". Nice.

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Joined: Jun 7 2007
takes the edge off

Aaaaahhhhhhh, Monday Mornin'...

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Joined: Oct 9 2007
Love a dose of Pigpen to

Love a dose of Pigpen to start the week off right! Good 90's stuff too. I'm very Grateful to you David. As always thanks so much!!

Joined: Jul 20 2007

nice ... Cumberland Blues>The Weight
Grate way to start the week....



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Joined: Jun 4 2007
Nassau Coliseum

in my opinion... on of the BEST lots!
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