Today In Grateful Dead History: February 23, 1992 – Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena, Oakland, CA

terrapinI haven’t spent a lot of time writing about 1992 and I don’t have a really good excuse, so despite better available shows for this date in history, I chose this show from Oakland.  And you know what?  It’s not that bad.

The first set definitely favors the Bob Weir songs and his guitar is turned up nicely in the mix.  Bob was kicking ass at this show – example A being his incredible fills during Peggy-O and example B being his enthusiastic rendering of Black Throated Wind.

There were two live debuts tonight.  The first, Way to Go Home, was a Vince song that featured Jerry playing guitar like a Smooth-era Carlos Santana, which is all you need to know.  The second premiere was Corrina, a song which on its finer days actually gave the band a decent platform for musical experimentation, and they take full advantage of that here.  Please disregard the out of tune vocals and wait for the second half of the song, with literal Hendrix licks from Jerry and a lot of interesting and well played ideas from the rest of the band.

The second set features a really good setlist, opening with China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider and then moving into Playin’ in the Band>Terrapin Station.  I definitely didn’t expect Terrapin to be the highlight of those four songs, but there is some pretty good playing at the end before an inspired Drums featuring Hamza El-Din.  The remainder of the show is fine, with Stella Blue serving as the emotional anchor before the Throwing Stones>Not Fade Away rave up to end things.

This is not bad stuff and the Corrina is worth noting.  Check it out on a very good audience recording here:


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