Grateful Dead -- October 24, 1972
Performing Arts Center -- Milwaukee, Wisconsin
aka 10-24-72 aka 10/24/72 aka 72-10-24 setlist & mp3 download
Set 2 (partial): Truckin'-> Drums-> The Other One->
"Philo Stomp"-> Space-> He's Gone-> The Other One
Encore: Casey Jones, Johnny B. Goode
This all that exists for this date. According to Deadlists, a few songs were played to start set two but nothing is even known about the first set.
Truckin' makes me wanna get up and dance -- soooo good. The Other One makes me wanna float off to Never Never Land... unfortunately there's a harsh cut at the 6:08 mark. Ouch. No, I mean -- OUCH! Oh well. The "Philo Stomp" makes this recording worth it. Mannn... so damn cool.
For anyone wondering: "Philo Stomp," named by David Gans and Dick Latvala, is a catchy tune with riffs that highlight Lesh's facility playing chords on the bass. I mean, his playing goes to the point of suggesting, "Who the hell needs guitarists, anyway?!" The chord areas are D, A, G, B, E, A, and back to D. Bass players should have fun discovering how Lesh "voices" this one. [Taping Compendium, Volume 1]
That romp leads into a "Space" begins much more like a jam than something way out there in the heavens floating around amongst planets, satellites, and UFO's and such. It gets to that place, though: Jerry's playing with perfectly odd bits from Phil & Bob intertwined gives this a trippy quality that is outstanding. And then the drop off into He's Gone -- breathtaking. Wow. After a brief wrap-up of The Other One the set seemingly comes to an end, perhaps abruptly with an equipment malfunction.
The first half of the encore, Casey Jones, picks up a lot of steam to get the crowd ready for the rockin' Johnny B. Goode to close things out. For some reason, during the opening, Bobby yells out: "Just like in the Fillmore movie." And finally here I can hear Keith.
Overall this is a really nice hour and eleven minutes of music!
The recording isn't the crispest but it's not terrible. It's gorgeously mixed, methinks -- perfect parts Jer, Phil & Bob on rhythm. (But am I wondering if Keith is sick or something 'cause hearing him is impossible.)