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Promised Land
Jan. 18, 1979
Providence Civic Center

Most Promised Land openers were energetic and showed the band was ready to play
The Other One
Jan. 21, 1971
Freeborn Hall, University of California

Adventurous full suite
Jan. 21, 1971
Freeborn Hall, University of California

Great transition from Smokestack/ harmonica works well
China Cat Sunflower -> I Know You Rider
Jan. 21, 1971
Freeborn Hall, University of California

Ah, early '71
I Need A Miracle
Feb. 17, 1979
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

Just what I needed


June 9, 1977
Winterland Arena

Packet of '77 concentrate
March 31, 1987
The Spectrum

Always love the flurries of notes to echo the lyrics in the last chorus, and this one delivers that, too.
Promised Land
Sept. 18, 1990
Madison Square Garden

In a way the song didn’t end, as the Garden was rocking (literally) and the thumping conclusion kept playing in my head while the vibrations pulsed through my body for ten minutes into the break. Sort of like being wobbly yet thrilled after a carnival ride… well yes, it was that too! Happily, I still haven’t recovered from this Promised Land – or the show, which was my favorite of the run (I was fortunate and thankful for mail order success for all six). I fire up this vid fairly regularly to help relive the memories. There’s an excellent article in the New York Times (Hunting for the ‘Promised Land,’ Haunted by Chuck Berry 9/11/17), and the author puts forth some erudite interpretations which are likely to increase your appreciation of the song. Included is a Chuck video of the song, complete with duck-walk strummin’, matching the author’s opening point that the song is “all about motion.” To me, when the Grateful Dead played this song, there was always both a certain reverence connected to the roots of rock and roll and the celebratory rapture of the live moment – that no one could sustain longer than the Dead. Having just enjoyed the Chuck Berry version, it’s time to check in with 9/18/90 to further refresh that eternal motion. Amen.
Promised Land
Dec. 26, 1979
Oakland Auditorium

Definitely on a different trip. Throwaway? Just checked in with and posted three others from this year: 1/18, 5/3, 5/8. The antitheses of no energy.
The Eleven
June 14, 1969
Monterey Performing Arts Center

Always a pleasure and a privilege to blare this one as they, especially Jerry, turn this inside out, over and over again. Not concerned about the order of songs/ just happy it's here.