Today In Grateful Dead History: January 29, 1987 – San Francisco Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA

terrapinToday was the only show available for this date in history.  I missed yesterday’s show (the 1987 show from this same venue), which was also the only date available for that day in history.  But I did listen to the show yesterday, and I can tell you that anything that I say about today’s show applies to yesterday’s show as well.

Today’s show is not great.  Bob Weir is a mess, lyrics are flubbed all over the place and no one seems to be very engaged until we come to Drums, which explodes with excitement after a very lackluster version of Terrapin Station.  I’m going to go so far as to say that Drums is the highlight of this show, and when that’s the case, you know the show ain’t that good.

Seriously, folks, skip all of the Weir tunes except Cassidy, which is redeemed by a very spacey and calming second half solo from Jerry.  On the Jerry tune side of things, Stella Blue is okay and Sugaree is passable.  The rest meanders.

But if this show gets you down, just listen to some show from the end of ’85 or the beginning of ’86 to hear how much better the band sounds here in ’87.  At least they’ve got that going for them.

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