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San Diego Int’l Sports Arena, San Diego, CA: November 14, 1973


Our first Dead Zone post/episode in the PFTW era (Post-Fare Thee Well)… I thoroughly enjoyed every last note of the Chicago shows, with Friday being my favorite night of the run… My wife and I went to a local theater that showed the simulcast, and had an absolute blast… It was a right-sized crowd, and the vibe was as Kind as could be… And the music? Whoo! Stellar.

So we’re back in earnest this week, with another show to be featured in the upcoming 80-disc box set 30 Trips Around the Sun. Welcome to November 14, 1973 from the San Diego international Sports Arena… On this week’s episode of The Dead Zone on JEMP Radio, we featured a great run of songs from the second set, from the “Truckin'” opener to “Wharf Rat.” Along the way, the fellas weave in and out of “The Other One,” while regaling us with great versions of “Big River” and “Eyes of the World” along the way.

Stream that bad boy in its entirety below. You dig it the most.

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Dream Bowl, Vallejo, CA, February 22, 1969

From what I’ve read online, the Dream Bowl in Vallejo, California was a dance hall which was hugely popular through the 40’s and 50’s, and by the 60’s was starting to lose some of said popularity. Several psychedelic 60’s bands booked a run of gigs early in 1969, including Santana, It’s a Beautiful Day, and… Continue Reading

Oakland Coliseum Arena: December 28, 1988

Another hometown show from the Bay Area legends. If you’re a longtime fan and listener of the Dead, you know their live shows spanned a wide range of moods… Some shows definitely delved into the weird and dark, others were lively and upbeat. This late-80’s nugget from Oakland was definitely the latter, with more staples… Continue Reading

The Palladium, Hollywood, CA: August 6, 1971

Another California show, this classic from 1971 was another widely traded audience tape that has since seen several soundboard and matrix versions crop up at archive.org. So stellar a show from that summer, that it was released as part of the Road Trips series a while back, but as is so often the case, it’s… Continue Reading

Carousel Ballroom, San Francisco: February 14, 1968

A great early “hometown” show from Valentine’s Day, 1968. This is one of the first shows that featured a lot of “new at the time” songs from the Grateful Dead’s formative years. This is one of the truly legendary shows, rumored to be a favorite of Phil Lesh, and released a couple years ago commercially… Continue Reading