Today in Grateful Dead History: June 7, 1991 – Deer Creek Music Center, Noblesville, IN

terrapinCacophony n. 1. Frequent use of discords of a harshness and relationship difficult to understand  see also 6/7/91

The Grateful Dead circa 1991 were a massive band – two guitarists, two drummers, two piano players and Phil.  They could be slightly discordant at times.  Tonight’s show at Deer Creek was one of those times, as evidenced by the above referenced cacophony that blasts us right out of the gate during Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo.  There is just too much going on here for anything to work well, but somehow the Dead pull things off without going completely off the rails.

That’s the story for the entire night.  Lots of noise, lots of Bruce Hornsby (who is turned up very high in the mix), lots of conflict.  But sometimes, the conflict breeds interesting results, like during Loser, where Jerry plays off of Bruce, or in the transition between Truckin’ and New Speedway Boogie.  However, even the relatively quiet moments get the Wall of Sound (Phil Spector version) treatment, for instance, Standing on the Moon, which is solid but burdened with a lot of extra background notes.

This isn’t to say that this is a “bad” show.  But the mix of instruments never really works and we’re left with a somewhat muddy evening of good Dead tunes.  Perhaps if Bruce wasn’t so loud, I wouldn’t complain about this so much, but that’s what we’ve got.

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One thought on “Today in Grateful Dead History: June 7, 1991 – Deer Creek Music Center, Noblesville, IN

  1. I was there, 15 years old, loved it. I was sitting up in the lawn area for a while, baked, completely forgot that my friend and his mom were in lower half of the lawn area looking for me. Then I ran into a hippie chick form my high school, Carmel High school, she gave some paper, whoa, that added some color and swirl to the evening. She was so hot. She opened up her golden locket, and our popped 3 hits of microdot. It was on, lol! Peace pot and microdot! God I miss that scene so much. Peaceful, kind people, sober or high, didn’t matter. Everybody picked up trash in the parking lot. Everybody cared back then, environmentally conscious at the shows, people were respectful, laid back, just good kind people. I got fed a free, grilled cheese sanwhich from this deadhead couple on the backside of their VW bus, will never forget it. I want that vibe back. I crave it, I need it.


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