Richfield Coliseum - September 7, 1990
September 07, 1990
Vince Welnick's first show - Jerry introduces Vince after Bird Song
Set List:Cold Rain and Snow
Ramble on Rose
Me and My Uncle
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Playin' in the Band
I Need a Miracle
Turn on Your Love Light
Knockin' on Heaven's Door
Attendees of this show
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I sure missed Brent at these shows ...takes a while to get used to Vince's singing voice...Still trying..
Vince's first show-and a great one. Not as good as the next night, but it still got thunderous applause from the assembled throngs. A triumphant return for the boys after Brent's untimely demise...Bobby, Jerry, and Phil sounded particularly good at both of these Richfield shows. What an incredible "Playin' " jam-has to be heard to be believed. For some reason, this tour was probably Vince's best. He was down in the mix, but his sound effects/playing seemed more "at place" than in future tours, in my humble opinion.
Actually, now that I just listened to 6-22-92, I'll have to take back what I said about Vince's playing fitting better in '90, 'cause he plays REALLY well at that show, with some great sounds. Just goes to show that you really can't make any blanket statements about the Dead, which is part of what made them what they were.
I enjoyed all the Dead shows I've seen in my short time as a Deadhead, But in my opinion none compare to the Brent Era.
I remember this sticker going around that just said "Yo, Vinny" on it that I thought was hilarious. Other than that I can say this show was weird. It was wierd to not have Brent in the keyboard seat, and it was wierd to not really hear keyboards all that much as it seemed that had Vince turned down these first couple of shows until they could get Bruce in there to open it up a bit. The guy could sing and it was clear the band was working at it. Just a strange set of emotions on this first night for me and I'm sure lots of other heads. I knew I was sad that Brent was gone, but Brent was clearly missed and that reality caught me more off guard then I was prepared for.
Was this the show that people were handing out flyers with the lyrics to "Ripple" on it? We were supposed to sing Ripple to the band when Jerry took the stage after set break, but Bobby came out first and threw us stoners for a loop. I remember people trying to sing it, but it never really materialized. I'm pretty sure it was this show. BTW they played a 10 song first set, kind of rare for this era. I remember missing Brent for sure, but I was glad that the GD were still pushing forward, I wasn't ready to let go at this point. Anyone remember people talking about Steve Winwood as a propect for keys? Gotta love that GD rumor mill.
it was certainly strange having brent gone....first show without him. i think everyone was doing their best to welcome vince to the band, but still felt a real void nonetheless. the keys just weren't up to the same standard we were used to. i remember getting kinda choked up during crazy fingers when jerry sang "something new is waiting..."
btw in response to the previous post: yes, it was on this night when those "ripple" flyers got handed out, but you're right that the planned sing-a-long never really got off the ground.
as was also previously mentioned, the 10-song first set was a nice treat, but for me anyway shows got a lot better once Bruce joined the band. of course Brent could never be replaced, but it was always a lot of fun to watch and hear the interplay between Jerry and Bruce at future shows....yeah, i agree with sentiments expressed earlier that this show was weird.
brokenhearted from brendt and ray vaughn(at alpine valley), this was a rough year for us all, but this show was a redeemer in my eyes that 900 tons was still a fun ride. bird song and peter made me cry... thanx jerry and company...
Lots o baloons
My son was born at 7:05am in the morning of this show, I had to give up the seats.