Today In Grateful Dead History: October 13, 1994 – Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

dancing-bear I picked today’s 1994 show from Madison Square Garden based entirely on the inoffensive setlist and was rewarded with a ho-hum performance that didn’t bother me but really didn’t give me much to write about, either.

Fortunately, there is one historical note to pass along.  Today’s show was the first Dupree’s Diamond Blues since 1990 and it would be the last full band performance of the tune.  Given the rust, it’s understandable that Jerry botches the lyrics a bit, but it’s otherwise not a notable run through this fun but typically straightforward song.  Not a lot of jamming on Dupree’s, even in the best case scenario.

A few of the commentators on the Archive noted that Vince was in top form for this show and I’ve got to agree.  For Vince, this is pretty good playing.  Check out the orchestra sounds on When I Paint My Masterpiece for a rare Vince highlight.

Beyond that, the best part of the show, in my opinion, is the jam between Uncle John’s Band and DrumsSpace is pretty interesting too.  Otherwise, you’ve got a not-too-bad 1994 show with a good setlist, which is more than you’ll get on a lot of nights.

Here you go:  https://archive.org/details/gd1994-10-13.sbd.miller.tetzeli.fix-33299.33822.reflac.flac16

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