Today in Grateful Dead History: September 12, 1982 – Lakeland Civic Center, Lakeland, FL

stealieIt seems like most shows from 1982 fall somewhere in the category of “good but not great”.  I always enjoy listening to shows from this year, but they rarely leave my jaw hanging.  (8/7/82 at Alpine Valley is a notable exception).  That’s alright – if you want to hear a totally listenable, fun Grateful Dead show, 1982 will usually fit the bill, and tonight is no different.

There aren’t a ton of Jerry highlights tonight, but he’s definitely cookin’ on Friend of the Devil and Cassidy.  West L.A. Fadeaway is also played in its infant form and it’s an enjoyable song.  Other than that, the first set just sorta breezes past.

The second set opens with The Women Are Smarter which is exactly what you would expect it to be.  Ship of Fools follows and is fine.  Playin’ in the Band comes next, and the middle portion achieves some degree of liftoff before crashing into Drums.  It’s worth catching this Playin’ just for the second half of the song.  Morning Dew is the other second set highlight, and while it’s also well done, it’s nothing to write home about, either.

As you can see, there’s not a lot of inspiration here, but this is still a fun one.  Listen to it here:


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