Week of September 24, 1990
An all-music show from a great Grateful Dead year. Keith Godchaux is the piano player, Bob Weir is on the rise as a songwriter, and the band is hitting all cylinders as an improvisational ensemble.
My first Dead show was March 5, 1972 at Winterland. The next time the band came to town I camped out at the San Jose Box Office with my roommate/songwriting partner, Stephen Donnelly, who had dragged me to that first show after months of lobbying. We bought tickets to all four shows at the Berkeley Community Theater (but we never even heard about the show happening in our own town the night before the BCT run began), and we drove to Berkeley and and back (50 miles each way) for each of the shows. It took me a while to begin to understand what was going on in the long instrumental passages, but I was hooked on the songwriting and the magical vibe immediately. We were close enough to the stage that I was able to watch the players carefully. It was a life-changing experience.
Grateful Dead 8/24/72 Berkeley Community Theatre
Introduction by Bill Graham
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- David Gans