Today in Grateful Dead History: October 12, 1989 – Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ

dancing-bearI’ll be honest with you, fellow travelers.  Today’s show from the Meadowlands just kind of glided right by.

Blow Away caught my attention, but I think that’s just due to the driving thrust of the music and Brent’s cursing.  There was nothing unique about this particular performance of the tune.  Bird Song was fairly long, but, again, not really very interesting.  A funny moment came during Cumberland Blues, when Bob hopped on Jerry’s line “A lot of poor men got the Cumberland Blues”.  There’s a pause, and then Jerry takes over the lyric, signing it a second time.  But that’s about it for the interesting stuff here.  Looks Like Rain>He’s Gone>Drums>Space>The Other One>Wharf Rat has potential, and nothing is wrong with the sequence, but we’re not achieving liftoff here, either.  Oh well.

This matrix recording sounds pretty good, though:


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