June 6 - June 12, 2011
Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll stay within a short span of the 1980s, 1984-1988.
Our first selection this week is from Ventuar County Faigrounds just a bit north of LA, wher we have the opening of the second set featuring Samson and Delilah, Ship of Fools, I Just Want To Make Love To You>Women Are Smarter, Terrapin Station. for anyone who never made it to ventura for grateful dead shows, there is a terrific account of seeing the band there (in 1982) in blair jackson's tough-to-find (but worth seeking out!) book the music never stopped.
Next is music from 7/6/86, the penultimate show before Jerry's coma put the brakes on Grateful Dead shows for almost six months. From this show at RFK Stadium in Washington, where the Dead shared the bill that day with Tom Petty and Bob Dylan, we have Stella Blue>Throwing Stones>NFA, Brokedown Palace.
Lastly this week, from the finale of a three night run at Laguna Seca in Monterey, CA on 7/31/88, we have the start of the second set: Hell In A Bucket > Foolish Heart > Man Smart, Woman Smarter > Terrapin Station > I Will Take You Home. There are a couple of repeated songs, but we hope you don't mind.
Be sure to stop by next week for more tunes from the vault. As always, we encourage you to write to us at the email address below. Be sure to include the words “Grateful Dead” in your subject line so that your missive breaks through our spam filters.
What a comfy venue with the horse stalls and the beach and the general air of privacy the heads had there. Just far enough North of LA to completely lose the city vibe. "I Just Want"
was one of those rare Jerry covers that was played like 5x.
I don't know about "penultimate" describing the 86 RFK shows. I heard Jer was pretty exhausted and the band never played another gig without air-conditioning after that.
Wish I could have attended a show in Ventura, like the one here from 7/22/84. I did catch a northbound train in Oxnard once, a long time ago...