Today in Grateful Dead History: May 28, 1982 – Moscone Convention Center, San Francisco, CA

stealie NOTE: This material was originally published in 2015 on my previous site. It has been updated and edited, sometimes heavily, and was posted in several batches in September, 2016.

Our second benefit performance in a row, this one was for Vietnam Vets. The Dead shared the bill with Country Joe and Jefferson Starship and played the entire show with Brazilian drummer Airto Moreira. More importantly, John Cipollina sat in on Not Fade Away and he and Boz Scaggs sang / played on Walkin’ Blues, A Mind To Give Up Livin’>Turn On Your Lovelight>Johnny B. Goode. This was the only time the Dead played A Mind To Give Up Livin’ and they hadn’t played Walkin’ Blues since October, 1966.

This is a short show, but it’s action packed. Tennessee Jed is very raw, which is a good thing, and the entire second set with Scaggs singing and Cipollina playing is a blues/rock excursion that is worth hearing.

Most of the commentators on the Archive and Dead.net who were at this show complain about the sound quality in the pillared, low-ceilinged room, but this audience recording from an unknown source is really quite nice and sounds a lot better to me than the muddy soundboard version: https://archive.org/details/gd1982-05-28.senn441.unknown.87547.sbeok.flac16

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