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 than a grade school bulletin board. It’s a fantastic matrix mix, too – one of the best I’ve heard on the archive.
For this installment of The Dead Zone, we featured almost all of Set 2, opening with a solid “China/Rider” and “Estimated Prophet,” and careening through “He’s Gone.” After the “Drums/Space” break, they reemerge with “Uncle John’s Band,” and a killer double-whammy of “I Need a Miracle” and “Foolish Heart.”
As always, the rest of the show is definitely pretty spectacular, and a great example of how much fun a Grateful Dead show can be when the boys are firing on all pistons. Check it out below.