Today In Grateful Dead History: July 2, 1989 – Sullivan Stadium, Foxboro, MA

terrapinCheck out this setlist:

Set 1:  Playin’ In The Band>Crazy Fingers, Wang Dang Doodle, We Can Run, Tennessee Jed, Queen Jane Approximately, To Lay Me Down, Cassidy, Don’t Ease Me In
Set 2:  Friend Of The Devil, Truckin’>He’s Gone>Eyes Of The World>Drums>Space>The Wheel>Dear Mr. Fantasy>Hey Jude>Sugar Magnolia
E:Quinn The Eskimo

For 1989, this is about as good a setlist as you are ever going to see.  The band starts the show with a short but completely unexpected Playin’ In The Band and then goes right into an intense version of Crazy Fingers.  The ending jam of that song is a feedback filled ball of bliss that launches us into a run of good versions of good songs until we get to Cassidy, which is thrilling.

Keeping the surprises going, the boys start the second set with Friend of the Devil before a Truckin’>He’s Gone>Eyes of the World that, while not as good as the versions from 1974, can hold its own.  Opinion is divided over Brent’s version of Dear Mr. Fantasy, but I think it suits his voice perfectly and Jerry crushes solo after solo over this track on their way into Hey Jude.  Going back to that early 70’s vibe, we end with a rocking Sugar Magnolia that starts off with some hard drumming before the band finds its groove.

There aren’t any soundboards available for this date, but the audience recording is pretty good:  https://archive.org/details/gd1989-07-02.fob.thomson.motb.81459.sbeok.flac16

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