Grateful Dead

October 12 - October 18, 2009

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to your weekly dose of this-week-in-Grateful Dead-history here at the Tapers' Section. As we mentioned last week, this week we'll be sticking to the 1980s again.

Our first selection this week is from the final night of the Grateful Dead's three weeks at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco on 10/14/80. From the start of the third set (these concerts, of course, featured three sets of music: an acoustic set and two electric sets), we have Scarlet Begonias>Fire On The Mountain.

From just a few nights later in New Orleans, we have the start of the second set from 10/18/80 at Saenger Performing Arts Center, where the Grateful Dead were playing the first of two nights on a quick stop between the massive runs of shows at the Warfield and Radio City. From this show in New Orleans, we have China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider, Feel Like A Stranger, Ship of Fools, Estimated Prophet>Eyes of the World, a terrific sequence in any year. I love these early versions of Stranger. Great stuff.

From about a year later, on 10/12/81 in Munich, West Germany, we have more music from the short but sweet European tour of 1981. From just before Drums, we have this cool trio of tunes, Estimated Prophet>GDTRFB>Never Trust A Woman. This is a stellar Estimated, one of my favourites. The band would play another show in West Germany before canceling two poorly-selling concerts in France and playing the two Amsterdam shows on 10/15&16/81.

Lastly this week, from the Fall Tour of 1989 that featured all sorts of great music, we have material from 10/15/89 at the Meadowlands Arena in New Jersey, specifically the start of the second set, featuring Samson and Delilah, Just A Little Light, Crazy Fingers>Estimated Prophet>Eyes of the World. The next show, on 10/16/89, would be one of the more famous concerts of the latter half of the 1980s, and would be immortalized on the Nightfall of Diamonds album.

That's three versions of Estimated Prophet this week. We hope you don't mind.

We'll take this opportunity to wish Bobby a giant Happy Birthday. Be sure to check in next week for more great material from the 1980s, and some 1973 stuff to balance it all out. Feel free to email the address below with questions and comments.

David Lemieux


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Joined: Dec 30 2008
Fall '89 -- the Pinnacle of the Dead

Thanks so much for all the '80's you have been sharing with us, especially the Fall '89 stuff. I saw every one of those shows from the Warlocks shows to New Years!

Anytime you want to put up any of those shows I am thrilled as it represents a wonderfully free and fantastic time in my life and frankly, although there is plenty of other excellent music all over the time/space-sphere the Boys played, I think they really peaked out on that Fall '89 tour, not sure there was a 'bad' show on the whole tour, save for perhaps their return to Cali for the Earthquake Benefit in Oakland in early December.

Keep 'em comin'

Joined: Jun 4 2007
re: smallz

I beg to differ on the saenger sbd. That Estimated is reaching some extra special heights before it cuts. The Stranger is hot too. They were on top of their game that night rhythmically, lyrically, musically. The Dead were obviously jived about their performances the previous week in San Fran and their upcoming gigs in NY. I don't blame 'em.

Joined: Oct 5 2007
Happy birthday Bobby Weir....

Happy Birthday Bobby..thanks for putting up some fine tunes David.. it would have been too easy to put up10/16/89 a late day dead classic for sure. however.the entire meadowswamp run from fall 89 tour was strong as we can hear from 10/15.. thanks for the treats... be well...

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Joined: Jun 25 2007
first show-10=18-89

20 years ago in philly my first show!! nice choices this week. it brings back many many nice times. will forever miss that feeling at a Dead Show!!

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Joined: Jun 24 2007
Paradise waits...

Good heavens !

Just listen to that 10/15/89 ! It just *crackles* with energy...

Sometimes I forget just how *amazing* that Fall '89 tour was.

The MIDI was new, (some hated it, some LUVed it...) Jerry seemed 'refreshed', and *anything* seemed possible....

Once again, I'll plead for my fellow Fall '89 lovers out there... PLEASE... Where's the Charlotte Help/Slip ? WHERE"S the Miami Dark Star ???

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
lovin' the 80's

Thanks once again for an enjoyable week of listening to astounding GD music. The Scarlet-Fire is hot, as is typical for early 80's versions. While it's nice to hear something from the Saenger Theatre run, and this sequence looks great on paper, the playing is uninspired and mediocre. The Munich jam is great, however. GDTRFB!!! And the last big jam is about as good as it gets from '89. I certainly do not mind three very different Estimated Prophets in 1 week.

Muchas gracias amigos!

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Joined: Aug 1 2009
isnt it just awesome how

isnt it just awesome how Jerry can make sounds like he does in Just A Little Light? & how bout that transition from Estimated > Eyes? Beautiful tunes David, thanks for the weekly hook-ups, and hope your doin much better!

Joined: Nov 8 2007
Howabout 10-15-83 Hartford


Yikes! I thought for certain you'd have the 2nd set from 10-15-83 Hartford or a portion thereof! :

China/Rider, Playin > insanity jam > (one of the eeriest) China Doll > D/S > Saint Stephen (the best of the 3 1983's) > Throwin Stones > One mo' Psychotic Nite. Enc. (beautiful) Brokedown Palace.

C'mon, mon!

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Joined: Apr 12 2008

Hey man,
This is a fitting week as I continue to get stuck in the 80's with Dead music...
just fantastic!
None of us around here mind the Estimated triple play.Wicked good!
Merci Beaucoup Monsieur Lemieux

shwack in nh

Joined: Jun 10 2007
yea 80s

thanks, david! i am enjoying myself immensely!


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