This show, at a venue known for great performances, is a mess from start to finish. The boys aren’t into it tonight and they all sound as if they are in a rush to get the hell out of the building. How can I tell? Drums / Space totals 8 minutes, and the last minute is really the start of I Need a Miracle. Enough said.
Highlights? Let’s call them not-lowlights instead. In the first set, these boil down to an actually good Queen Jane Approximately and an uninspired Let It Grow that meanders around for a while without doing anything. Looks Like Rain sits at the top of the second half dung pile, giving you a clue as to what kind of night this is. Even the Black Muddy River encore, which typically provides at least a little sentiment to end things, is marred by Bob Weir’s completely out of tune guitar. It sounds like he might have smashed the tuning pegs on an amp on his way back to the stage. . . I can’t even compliment Morning Dew. UPDATE: Having listened to the show on headphones, I can now compliment Morning Dew. It’s actually pretty cool.
There are plenty of shows like this out there. The big question is, do I go back to MSG ’88 tomorrow to see if the boys redeem themselves, or do I look for greener pastures elsewhere? Stay tuned.
In case you want to hear it, you can listen to the soundboard here: https://archive.org/details/gd88-09-14.sbd.ashley-bertha.7488.sbeok.shnf