March 27 - April 02, 2017
Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have music from 1978, 1980 and 1982.
Our first selection this week is the entire first set from the high-energy show on 6/4/78 at UCSB Stadium in Santa Barbara, CA: Bertha > Good Lovin' ; Dire Wolf ; Me And My Uncle > Big River ; Brown Eyed Women; Looks Like Rain ; Tennessee Jed ; Jack Straw.
Next is the excellent sequence that ended the show on 5/29/80 in Des Moines, IA: Space > Lost Sailor > Saint Of Circumstance > Comes A Time > Around And Around > Johnny B. Goode.
Lastly this is the start of the show from 4/8/82 in Syracuse, NY, featuring Feel Like A Stranger ; They Love Each Other ; Me And My Uncle > Big River ; Friend Of The Devil ; Little Red Rooster. We hope you don’t mind two Me and My Uncle>Big River combinations this week.
Be sure to stop by next week for more music from the vault.David Lemieux
The link takes you to a post where the JGB keyboard players' transitions are discussed. Very interesting historically, but also as a glimpse into Garcia's passive-aggressive personality.
I rarely read a post of more than 100 words (exaggeration) but this one is worth the time. Very cool.
The Grateful Dead headlined the UC Santa Barbara football stadium (capacity around 20,000) on June 4, 1978. The bill was Grateful Dead/Warren Zevon/Elvin Bishop Group/Big Wha Koo. Bishop was an old pal of the Dead's, and Garcia came out and jammed with Bishop and his band on some blues numbers ("Fishin' Blues" and another one, I think). There's not a tape of it, that I'm aware of (David?), although there are some photos.
However, Jerry was watching Elvin Bishop's set from backstage, probably waiting to come on, and he was very impressed with Elvin's keyboard player, one Melvin Seals. Afterwards, Garcia shook his hand asked his name. Melvin didn't seem to recall that, but Jerry did, and a few years later Melvin ended up in the Jerry Garcia Band. So the jam with Elvin is the first Jerry/Melvin jam, and I should add that future JGB drummer Don Baldwin was probably on stage too.
Thank You for everything you do David