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: Jun 30 2007

I second the comments made by Gr8fulTed!!!!!

@ Gr8fulTed: are you going to see Kimock in Lawrence? We should meet up for a beer before the show--sorry I missed going with you to Denver for The Dead.

While it was nice to get the two Winterland box sets, everyone already had pristine boards of those shows.

@ RHINO: please release full shows of boards that have not become publicly available. For instance, 10/18,19/80 New Orleans (the Saenger shows), 10/06/77 Arizona State Univ, etc.

Wouldn't it make sense to release soundboards of shows where the soundboards are not already publicly available?

I think Rhino would sell A LOT more copies of a release if it was of a show where the soundboard is not publicly-available. [HINT, HINT :)]

Thanks David for all that you do--to paraphrase a Winterland banner:
"You are not the best at what you do, you are the only one who does what you do"
(i.e., pull unheard sbd's from the vault.)


Joined: Nov 6 2007
Great Performance

ScarletFire, man!

'In fact your salvation is within yourself, in your own essence of mind, it is not to be gotten grasping at external people like me.' ~ Jack Kerouac

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Joined: Jul 20 2007

Great stuff this week David - one of my favorites - love the '80s stuff, especially since a lot of it is none too common (wow, 10/18/80). Picnic, don't you already have a copy of Augusta? "Positive waves, Moriarty!"

Anyway, thanks David...


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Joined: Jul 9 2007
Whoa! A Saenger soundboard?!!

Thanks for another glimpse into the vault: After 29 years, I wondered if a board would EVER emerge.

Joined: Jul 20 2007

Sweet treats for a Monday morning!!
Thanks for sharing!

Joined: Aug 6 2007

No Augusta, Me..1984. Rhino rocks, don't they ??


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