Grateful Dead

Oakland Coliseum Arena - December 31, 1990

Oakland Coliseum Arena

December 31, 1990

Oakland, CA US

Average: 4.9 (21 votes)


"Drumz" before "NFA" for New Year's countdown - last "Johnny B. Goode": 12-27-89 [77] - Rebirth Brass Band, then Branford Marsalis opened - Bill Graham lowered to stage dressed as a witch doctor, accompanied by fire-eaters

Set List:

Hell in a Bucket
Wang Dang Doodle
Row Jimmy
Mexicali Blues
Big River
Bird Song
Promised Land

Not Fade Away
Eyes of the World
Dark Star
The Other One
Wharf Rat
Not Fade Away

The Weight

Johnny B. Goode

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
Always the best way to ring

Always the best way to ring in the new year!

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Joined: Jun 16 2007
fun NYE

Brandford started of the night with that spacy 45+ min jam and beyond that I cant remember thing it was on the radio and I got a tape of it...

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Joined: Jun 11 2007
Such a night!

I still get the chills when I think about my one and only New Year's run, my Deadhead pilgrimage to Mecca. Not the least of reasons for the chills was the fact that the Bay Area had record-breaking cold that entire week, the kind that causes burst pipes and such for those not accustomed to it. I slipped on a patch of ice (in freaking San Francisco!) the morning of the show and suffered for three weeks with a bruised ass (and an ego in a similar condition). But the entire run started on a marvelous high and just ascended from there. The Big Night did not disappoint: I think it has to have been one of the two or three greatest ones ever, perhaps THE greatest if just the quality of the actual playing is considered. The two most intense moments of Dead music I ever experienced were the last two or three minutes of Dark Star before drums this night, and the playing behind Ken Kesey's rap during Dark Star at the Halloween '91 show. When you're floating out of the arena, you don't even notice that bruised backside. They always were the best cured for what ailed ya!

"I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy."

Joined: Mar 4 2008
Outer Space!

Check out the DS>Drums/Space>Other One

Other Worldly!!

Joined: May 3 2008
Happy Times

My one and only new Year's Eve show (not for lack of trying!) Ten of us all mail ordered tix for the run. Lucky me, i was dating the only one of us who got THE TIX! After a long drive from the NW we arrived for the first show of the run. Of course we arrived too late to get checked in to our lodging for the stay. With all belongings in the sled we ventured in. After a lovely first show we returned to find the sled ransacked with many valuables missing, including some tix and "essentials." Lo, and behold wonder of wonders, the creeps did not spot the front zipper on my pack. There were those beautiful tix you see above. My gal wanted to sell 'em,to recoup the $ and other losses, but cooler heads prevailed, and we went on New Years! Bungee craziness and stilt walkers at midnight. Truly a wonder we made it!

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Joined: Jun 29 2007
Awesome show

The openers were great and it was amazing to see Jerry, Hornsby and Branford in a circle chasing each other's tails all night...

Joined: Sep 13 2008

First New Years show and got miracled a backstage pass!!!! awesome show Thank guys!

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Joined: Jul 25 2008
dark star

I went thru a horrible progression of back and spiritual difficulties. they were probably due to 2 to 6 factors. But I crept back into isolation and became a loner; travelling on other tours to see how the "rest of the rockin' world" got along without my seemingly endless reference to the bulk of the culture that was GD. It was lonely. I loved the variance and the graceful shyness of the people. I'm still in debt to this day. PS: there's nuttin' like a grateful dead concert.

keep your character, enjoy living, share your fortune,
OXOX Merple Reddin

Joined: Feb 20 2010
Best Show of the 90's -

I had the luck of timing on my side that year and caught the whole new year's and Halloween runs, and sat 5th row at POLO Grounds for the memorial. While my favorite show will always be 06-08-1990, just for the sheer dominance of Garcia's playing that night, I will never argue that as entire show's go, this one takes the cake. The Dark Star and Other One->WR are legendary. Everything was in sych with the guys, even Vince was possesed. this.beginning really when they played He's Gone 3 nights before (greatest emotionally driven solo I ever saw him play, and I was at Death Don't Have when they busted it in Sept, which is a very close second.)
This tape is my Catcher in the Rye for music, and Halloween is my Abbey Road, whatever that means to you :)
What a Time!

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Joined: Sep 11 2007
My miracle ticket!

My miracle ticket!


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Oakland Coliseum Arena - December 31, 1990