Grateful Dead

November 11 - November 17, 2013

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll hear some music from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.

Our first stop this week is at the penultimate show of the Europe '74 tour, in Paris on 9/20/74, where we have a nice bit of the first set, featuring Scarlet Begonias; Black Throated Wind; Friend Of The Devil ; El Paso ; Row Jimmy ; Weather Report Suite Prelude > Weather Report Suite Part 1> Let It Grow.

From six years later on 8/27/80 at Pine Knob Music Theatre in Clarkston, MI, we have New Minglewood Blues, Althea, Looks Like Rain, Big Railroad Blues, Feel Like A Stranger to end the first set.

Lastly this week, from 11 years later on 6/16/91, we have music from Giants Stadium, featuring the start of the second set: Jack Straw, Crazy Fingers, China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider. These Giants Stadium 1991 shows are better known for the second show on 6/17/91, but this first night also had plenty of fine playing. A few days later, on 6/19&20/91, the Dead would play their final shows at the Pine Knob.

Be sure to join us here next week for more tunes from the vault.

David Lemieux


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michihippie's picture
Joined: Jan 6 2009
detroit dead

The Palace became the home for the 90's. Speedway boogie's and railroad blueses. neat treats Jerry's birthday run , my last show ,last encore Lucyinthe Skywith Diamonds>>>>>>thank you for a Real Good Time>>>

Anna rRxia's picture
Joined: Dec 25 2009
Detroit and the Grateful Dead, 80s Althea

1980 versions do not disappoint, though it did get progressively better as they built it up through the 80s.

Pine Knob shows were usually for the faithful as many didn't like to go anywhere near Detroit.

Grande Ballroom 8/11,12/67
State Fairgrounds Coliseum 3/22/68
Grande Ballroom 3/23/68
Easttown Theatre 10/23,24/71
Ford Auditorium 10/30/72
Cobo Arena 10/3/76
Cobo Arena 11/1/77
Masonic Temple 1/21/79
Joe Louis Arena 4/11/88

The famous Detroit riot started on 7/23/67. 16 days later The Grateful Dead played their
first of 13 Detroit gigs. The city was unstable and tensions high. Wonder if many people were tripping the light fantastic those two nights! You bought the ticket, you took the ride.

Anybody remember Denny McClain winning 31 games for the Tigers in '68? Never been done since. Anybody have a story of seeing the Dead in Detroit?

Anyway, the outside shed at Pine Knob got them out of the city.

pushkari's picture
Joined: May 18 2012
9/20/74 and stoltzfus' love of '70s Dead

I too love '70s Dead, and while I get all tingly during Let it Grow, there's still something "stunted" or muted about this '74 clip. During Scarlet they get all confused for a while there. Perhaps this relates to the lack of grass in Europe where the preference was hash, which I've heard others say the Dead really did not like! And I think your feelings about Looks like rain are understandable, not one of my favorites, either.

Joined: Jan 13 2010
impressive 91 material


Joined: Nov 14 2013
Ned Lagin 09/20/74

Ned Lagin on synth during Scarlet?

Joined: Jan 13 2010
love ya bobby, but I can't stand looks like rain


haven't liked it since 7/14/84.

all together now: who cares, stoltzfus?

Joined: Jan 13 2010

another reason to welcome any and all releases that are in the 70s.

I like 85-and-before GD; it's just that nothing compares with the 70s for compelling GD.

If 7/13/84 were released tomorrow, I'd buy it, no matter what.

Joined: Mar 18 2010

Pine Knob is Michigan's own Deer Creek, wish I saw a show there. There's a great 91 Pine Knob release in the Download Series. Wonder when we'll see more from this tour released.

Joined: Jun 4 2007
Pine Knob

I attended the Pine Knob shows in '84 (my first Grateful Dead concert, please release the non circulating soundboards!) and the '91 run. I was Michigan's own Deer Creek.


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