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Boston Garden, Boston, MA: October 1, 1994

The author (second from left), captured in a rare moment of repose, along with his bandmates, Lyndon Byers, Charles Cheswick, and Danny Zuko.
1992. The author (second from left), captured in a rare moment of repose, along with his bandmates, Lyndon Byers, Charles Cheswick, and Danny Zuko.

A sentimental favorite, here, and another show from another year featured in the upcoming Dead box set 30 Trips Around the Sun. This was the last show I saw with the other three members of my own “Core Four” in college, pictured above. And truth told, this was the last great Dead show I saw. I did catch the two RFK shows in the summer of ’95, only a couple weeks before Soldier Field ended the initial run.

We had seats behind the stage, and during almost all of “Terrapin Station” in Set 2, someone opened a fire door, and the alarm was blaring. Trust me, it added nothing to the performance, other than giving it a name for my friends and I, who thence refer to it as “The Fire Alarm Show.”

However, I was very pleased to see this one added to the 30 Trips box set, as it only reinforced my memory of what a really great show this one was. For this week’s Dead Zone installment, we took a look at all of Set 1, from “Help On the Way->Slipknot!->Franklin’s Tower” through “Promised Land.” Be sure to check out Set 2 as well in the playlist below, fire alarm not included.

Cape Cod Coliseum, So. Yarmouth, MA: Oct. 27, 1979

The first show we’ve featured from 1979, and a great time to bust into what was a great year for live Grateful Dead. I just heard about the new 80-disc box set that’ll be released in September, a collection that will feature one live show from every year the Dead performed. There are a lot… Continue Reading

War Memorial Stadium, Buffalo, NY: May 9, 1977

May, 1977. For Grateful Dead fans, there’s probably one particular show that comes to mind. Of course, the Barton Hall show from Cornell University on May 8th, considered by many to be “the show.” It certainly was “a show,” and a great one, to boot. But the entire Spring ’77 run was riddled with great… Continue Reading