Hey now it's me, Sugarmag. I don't know if I've mentioned this before but I really like The Grateful Dead. A lot. It all started when I was in high school, and I watched Dead Ahead, which is a concert video recorded at Radio City Music Hall on October 30 and 31. I had heard Grateful Dead music before but I didn't really "get it" until I watched that video. I had never seen anything like it! Reckoning, which was the accoustic songs from this tour, became my favorite album that I listened to over and over again for awhile. If you've never seen Dead Ahead, you should.
Ripple from Dead Ahead
Today's show is from the same tour as the celebrated Radio City performances, less than a month earlier, in San Francisco. Here it is:
Grateful Dead ~ October 3, 1980
Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, California
Dire Wolf, Monkey And The Engineer, I've Been All Around This World,
Dark Hollow, Jack-A-Roe, Heaven Help The Fool, China Doll,
On The Road Again, Bird Song-> Ripple
Electric Set 1
Jack Straw, Sugaree, Me And My Uncle-> Big River, Row Jimmy,
New Minglewood Blues, Tennessee Jed, The Music Never Stopped
Electric Set 2
Scarlet Begonias-> Fire On The Mountain, Samson And Delilah,
Ship Of Fools, Playing In The Band-> Drums-> Space->
The Wheel-> Playing In The Band-> Black Peter-> Good Lovin'
Encore: Brokedown Palace
I had never heard this show before today and wow! Is it a keeper. The whole show has this amazing and wonderful energy that just doesn't stop. I especially love the first set, it includes all of my favorites from Reckoning. I really like On the Road Again, it's just a silly little ditty but for whatever reason it's one of my favorite tunes. After that Bird Song into Ripple is beautiful-listening to it feels so good! I should also mention that I really like Heaven Help the Fool and this is a nice one.
The two electric sets are really great, too. Jack Straw is one of my favorite songs and it just takes off from there, I don't think there's a bad moment in this show. It was kind of funny in Minglewood, Bob said, "T for New York City," I wonder if he forgot where he was? I don't know but it seemed a little off, but I wouldn't call it a bad moment, just a peculiarity. The song itself was great, I really liked Brent's sound. The highlight for me is the Scarlet Begonias into Fire on the Mountain and also the Playin' Reprise after The Wheel was good-sweet! Brokedown Palace is the perfect encore to end this show. This is such wonderful music. I could say more, but I recommend that rather than reading what I have to say, you listen to it!