Today In Grateful Dead History: December 3, 1981 – Dane County Coliseum, Madison, WI

dancing-bear This is going to be a quick one tonight.  Today’s show from Madison, Wisconsin is a nice tight 1981 performance, with a great electric Deep Elem Blues as the first set highlight.

The second set is a wild one.  Scarlet Begonias>Fire on the Mountain gets things pumping, but the really cool sequence comes next, with Estimated Prophet>He’s Gone> Drums>Space>Truckin’He’s Gone is a monster and the jam out of Space is a fantastic four minute Spanish Jam that accelerates into a whistle shrieking intro to Truckin’, which is great.   The encore, It’s All Over Now Baby Blue, is sublime.

This is a good one despite the short review.  Check out the soundboard here:  https://archive.org/details/gd1981-12-03.sbd.miller.108335.flac16

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