Grateful Dead

Meadowlands Arena - October 16, 1989

Meadowlands Arena

October 16, 1989

East Rutherford, NJ US

Average: 4.9 (29 votes)


Bob Weir's 42nd birthday

Set List:

Picasso Moon
Mississippi Half-Step
Feel Like a Stranger
Good Time Blues
Built to Last
Stuck Inside of Mobile
Let it Grow

Dark Star
Playin' in the Band
Uncle John's Band
Playin' in the Band
I Will Take You Home
I Need a Miracle
Dark Star
Attics of My Life
Playin' Reprise

We Bid You Goodnight

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birdleson's picture
Joined: Jul 24 2007
Sounds Great

It was the only show I missed of that run.

Joined: Jun 22 2007
The first set

I had never heard Picasso Moon before. I was standing their trying to get my bearings when they reached the chorus and I heard "It's bigger than a drive in movie OOOWWWeeee????" I was looking around thinking that didn't really happen this isn't real right? In retrospect this was the perfect opener for this show because I would spend much of the second set asking the same question. For what it is worth this Picasso Moon tops my list. High energy and Phil and Jerry ripping it up at the end.
After this we get a nice traditional 1/2 Step thats gets the Byrne on it's feet and grooving. Jerry is Dead on again but wait the music trails off before the sing a long ending and by design or not our 42 year old Birthday boy grabs the bull by the horns and and gives us a Feel like a Stranger. Now for my money this song died with Brent. And fall tour 89 was as good as it got for this song. Brent joins the party in this one with the Hammond and backup vocals. The whole band foretells what we were in for with "It's gonna be a long long long crazy night" Oh well we were warned.
Next up Brent keeps his Hammond warm and us with a Good Times Blues. I saw this song as his and our ode to New Jersey. "Come tommorow..gonna get my pay and leave this Fuc*#% town! After the Yellow jacket security we couldn't have agreed more. Jerry adds some nice blues guitar work to this song.
Next up is what might be the only misplaced song of the night Built to last. This was well played with some midi guitar but Brown Eyed women or Loser would have been nice.
Next Bobby gives tribute to Mr. Zimmerman with Stuck inside a mobile. This gets the whole band treatment and Weir sings with passion and remembers the words.
It is at this time that Jerry plays around with the happy birthday themed illiciting a sing along from the crowd "Happy birthday Mr. Weir" It was Douglas Adams that wrote that the number 42 is is the ultimate answer to the ultimate question of the universe. Bobby must have agreed with that because he decided to tear open his birthday gift from Garcia of a set closer. The results were a titantic midified mindfuc#!^% of a Let it Grow. In case we didn't already know this song served as fair warning for what will come in the second set. Anyone wishing to not have their DNA and Soul permanently altered please exit NOW. The chorus "Listen to the thunder shouting "I AM I AM I AM" Was Biblical. It was one of those moments of perfect purity. Drenched in sweat and exhausted from that I floated on the last peaceful notes of Let it Grow when suddenly.
DEAL ..Oh Man! You veterans of the early 80's may have been used to this pairing but I was not prepared. It took me a couple of seconds to find my second dancing wind but if Jerry is kicking down like this my 19 year old ass better be ready to groove.

Joined: Jan 27 2009
good, oh yeah, good. But not great.

out of all the dark stars played on this east coast tour, I saw every one. This one was the weakest of the entire 89 tour. It was just another song, in a set list. It was a sick set list. Just the energy was not there.

msgsec74's picture
Joined: Jun 5 2007
I Just Listened To This Show For The B'Zillionth Time......

and I've decided it's as good as ANYTHING else this band ever did. That's right the Live Dead shows the Retierement run anything!!Check Out My Orignal Music at

Joined: Aug 7 2009
Peak, Dream show. absolutely what it's about... man o man...

Why bother trying to describe what I cannot?

THE reason this 'thing' is what it is. (was/for me anyway)


I only caught ONE show this tour, and this was it. This boy is quite blessed.
Dark Star started, I almost lifted off the ground.
It was like I hit the psychedelic lottery
Attics????? Holy friggin moly moly

then a REAL heart-felt, full arena singing "Bid You Goodnight"

They released this one for GOOD REASONS

Happy Bday Weir!!

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Joined: Aug 11 2009
First show!!!


atomheart's picture
Joined: Feb 11 2010
2nd Set Freak Out

The 2nd set was heart-attack city from start to end. Everyone was freaking out and having so much fun. People were just drenched and exhaused leaving the 5 nite run behind!


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Meadowlands Arena - October 16, 1989