October 16, 1989
Bob Weir's 42nd birthday
Set List:Picasso Moon
Feel Like a Stranger
Good Time Blues
Built to Last
Stuck Inside of Mobile
Let it Grow
Playin' in the Band
Uncle John's Band
Playin' in the Band
I Will Take You Home
I Need a Miracle
Attics of My Life
We Bid You Goodnight
Attendees of this show
It was the only show I missed of that run.
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.
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.
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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!!
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!