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March 29, 1987
The Spectrum

Garcia pierces the ears and sets on fire the sold out Philly Spectrum on HOT post coma East Coast comeback tour. This Bertha is HOTT
March 5, 1981
Stanley Theater

Weir and band start jamming on Scarlet, but Garcia's guitar is broke, so then Weir launches into Passenger, Garcia shows up half way through. Jazzy!
He's Gone
June 10, 1984
Cal Expo

Phil transforms this song with heavy metal machine gun bass playing.He's bounding over the structure of the song, bouncing off the walls.......quality
He's Gone
Oct. 1, 1989
Shoreline Amphitheatre

Elves tie up the band and finish the ending chant in this powerful yet overlooked version. The elves sing happily, He's Gone.....over and over
Drums -> Space
Oct. 1, 1989
Shoreline Amphitheatre

The Beam appears only moments into drums...the deep throbbing bass notes explode in your chest while you run through this apocalyptic jungle...


Oct. 8, 1983
Richmond Coliseum

Great Deal from a great show and a great tour. I love Fall 1983
Playin' In The Band
Nov. 30, 1980
Fox Theatre

I’ve been listening to PITB heavily again. I prefer the 72-74 versions. But this one is the rare post 74 versions I really like. Played along with this one on my guitar and I really appreciate the space they fall into right before drums takes over. Wonderful version and you forget what year it is!
Brown Eyed Women
Aug. 24, 1980
Grand Center

Yes, this has some spirit.
Estimated Prophet
Nov. 13, 1987
Long Beach Arena

I think 1987 is generally a tame year as Garcia and the band find their footing after the previous year. This Estimated is not tame though; it has rage and energy bubbling beneath the surface trickling out little by little and then exploding in a hot jam and Weir screaming down thunder and lightning from Mt. Sinai. Very interesting and hot Estimated Prophet.
Don't Need Love
June 10, 1984
Cal Expo

This is my favorite of the few performed. Not technically perfect, but it has a spirit and soul, especially out of the surprisingly hot jam from He's Gone and its spirited outro.