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6/22/91 - Soldier Field

 
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 8:51 pm    Post subject: 6/22/91 - Soldier Field Reply with quote

Soldier Field was an important venue in the development of my appreciation for the band. I saw the “final show” in ’95, not a very strong performance by any stretch, but certainly historic in retrospect. We knew going in that the ’91 show was historic for being the first, but we had no idea how great a show it would be.

This is one that gets overlooked a lot. Some of you have probably heard it, as it sits squarely in the middle of that vaunted June 91 pocket, but it’s overshadowed by other more-storied shows. It’s incredible to me because this show has what is almost certainly one of the best Shakedowns of 91, if not the 90s, and a spacey, beautiful second set.

Bucket, Shakedown Street, Wang Dang Doodle, Friend Of The Devil, When I Paint My Masterpiece, Brown Eyed Women, Let it Grow

Foolish Heart, Looks Like Rain-> Jam-> Crazy Fingers-> Playin' In The Band-> Terrapin Station-> Drums-> Jam-> Dark Star Jam-> Playin' In The Band Reprise-> Black Peter-> One More Saturday Night, E: The Weight

I was on a mini-tour having seen Buckeye Lake on 6/9 and the Pine Knob shows on 6/19-20, which were great, so we figured it would be a good show. Everyone was really hoping for the Dark Star by this point in the tour, but alas another DS Jam instead.

This show is a little rough around the edges, but you have to appreciate the venue and the environment. It was a cold, cold summer day in Chicago. This show is not all gold, but the high points are well worth the trip. The Shakedown is jaw-dropping. The Playin -> Terrapin -> D/S -> Dark Star jam -> Playin is sensational. It’s similar to the 6/17 second set, in many ways.

So let’s get right to it..

Set I
Bucket – Standard start, nobody knows what's around the next bend..

Shakedown! - Just amazing. One of the best things I ever saw live (rivaled by Scar -> Fire, 9/4/91, et al). Just listen to it. The band’s really tight for like 10 minutes of just jamming, including this awesome soul jazz sax effect that Jerry uses to perfection.

Wang Dang – Jerry keeps that soul jazz vibe going. He’s clearly having fun. Sounds like an extension of the Shakedown vibe. This is an aggressive show.

FOTD – Not my favorite song, despite the fact that it appears in several of my favorite shows. Hmmm. How do you feel about Bruce on accordion? Personally, I’m kinda relieved when he passes the lead over to Vince, who to me plays a little more like Keith, which I like. I mean, c’mon, the guy played for the Tubes. What do you want? Vinnie was in freakin ‘Xanadu’ with Olivia Newton John. Did you really expect some improvisational genius?

Masterpiece – Always a nice choice in a venue like this. Good Bobby selections so far.

Brown-eyed Womens – You’re never expecting this song. Nothing special here, but nice to hear. “Looks like the old man’s getting old.”

Let it Grow – Had to be LIG. Everything about this set was leading to it. It was cold that night, and windy, as I recall. A little rain perhaps. This song had just the right vibe for the environs. And I’ve been thinking about Vince’s vocals recently. He is certainly no worse the Donna was on this song, and generally less intrusive – “I am, I am..” Then they kick it up a notch and are off to jam land for a while, with Jerry’s guitar slicing through the clouds. Was there a better Bob song in the 90’s than LIG?

Set II
Foolish – This one takes a few minutes to get started. Jerry drops a lot of lyrics, but they bump up the energy level for the jam into..

LL Rain – Bobby had to, under the circumstances. I like this song, and this one is nice.

Crazy – They played this too much, but the jam/solo part in the middle is one of my favorite passages of any Dead song. Feels like you’ re bobbing around calmly on a psychedelic ocean. (Did I really just write that?). The second set begins during the jam into..

Playin – Nice transition into Playin, with Bruce hitting the Dark Star theme pretty hard, Bob blends nicely into his signature song. This one has a lot of power, and is very spacey, but only about 8 mins -- dropping into..

Terrapin – This version is very weird. Well-executed but very chill, like there’s something big waiting around the corner – and there is. The explosive crescendo at the end of the song melts into a long spacey section and starts to feel a bit like it’s going to go back into Playin. It doesn’t really matter at this point. They’re just jamming. Bruce is teasing DS again. He did that a lot. Jerry just dancing away on the Midi. Good stuff.

Drums/Space – I like to review these too. If you’re like me, you waited until Space to take a piss break. Shorter lines.. and what ever really happens at the beginning of Space anyway? Plus Drums is so great. This one is a power display all the way, as they try to rock the stadium to its core. Very cool stuff. Version I listened to cuts from Drums directly to the DS jam.

Dark Star jam – They play all the way through it, but don’t sing it. This is nice stuff. Dark Stars in the 90s had a really spacey laid back groove to them. This is one of those really jazzy ones. It’s Bruce who keeps calling the song, but I really like how Vince plays Dark Star. He kinda lays back and drops in these nice layered organ sounds. Jerry really hits a jamming highlight here. Right now you’re thinking wow, this is a great show. They twist the song all up in a knot until they find their way back to ..

Playin reprise – Always nice to get a big sandwich with your show. This one’s like a palette cleanser. I like it. Jacks up the tempo again. More spacey jazzy jamming. Less singing!! More jamming!! Woo-hoo!

Black Pete – A snow_and_rain favorite. Old man takes his licks. I get chills hearing him sing this song. “Tomorrow… maybe go… beneath… the ground.” But the true test of BP is the concluding jam after the “run and see!” bit. Even this song sounds a little spacey, but then again, this has been a very spacey show. No fanning that I’m aware of..

Saturday Night – Another one in the ‘compulsory’ column. Starts on a dime. Packs some punch. Not a huge fan of Vince’s keys on this song, but Jerry’s still rockin. Bobby’s into it, which always helps.

Enc: The Weight – Hey, whaddaya want? It’s 91.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 2009 10:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was at that show! It was so cold! I was also at Buckeye Lake and Deer Creek-Deer Creek that year was my first show. Buckeye Lake had been so hot and for Soldier Field I remember that i was dressed for summer and I was fucking freezing! Do you remember that Jerry was wearing a blue shirt? I remember his hair blowing in the breeze off Lake Michigan. It was a good show, I liked Foolish Heart.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 05, 2009 9:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am a fan of this show. Some people may say that there is not month where every show is great...

I still haven't heard the show from June 91 that isn't great.

As you mention S&R, this Shakedown is particularly noteworthy.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 05, 2009 11:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice review of a sweet show with great song selection - how often do you get a Bucket-Shakedown opener?! Try never. Entire 2nd Set is outstanding.

At the risk of contributing to thread hijacking, Koch, the Charlotte and Pine Knob shows were less than "great," in addition arguably to 6-16-91.

Specifically, 06-20-91 Pine Knob is very far from being great, despite looking appealing on paper.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 06, 2009 8:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love that Charlotte show (I just listened to that one the other day), and 6/19 Pine Knob is great too (with the killer Victim>S>F)... I haven't listened to 6/20 recently though, perhaps I ought to...
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 06, 2009 9:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My wife did that whole tour and she said the 2nd night of Pine Knob was terrible. She said Jerry was visibly junked out and at one point stopped playing and just looked at his hands. I guess they tried to compensate with a wacky setlist...

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2009 3:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Duderino wrote:
My wife did that whole tour and she said the 2nd night of Pine Knob was terrible. She said Jerry was visibly junked out and at one point stopped playing and just looked at his hands. I guess they tried to compensate with a wacky setlist...


just re-listened to the 6/20 pine knob show on the plane last night. i do think that 6/19 and 6/20 are both pretty great, but for different reasons. the 6/20 first set is weak, it's true. jerry's very low in the mix. however, the second set makes up for it. they released this one as part of the Download Series. the throwin -> iko was worth the price of admission. throw in a great venue, a nice SOTM and strong set2/part2 and you've got a fun show.

Phil is a monster for both Pine Knob shows, if that's your thing.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2009 11:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I remember being super pumped ( and super robo-tripped) when they played Shakedown in the 2-hole. I jumped in the aisle and danced in a bliss yet unknown. I didn't care if my brother saw me or not. Unlike snow_and_rain I was HAPPY to hear a DS of anykind and considered myself blessed because of it.

Soldier's Field was a grate venue. WHAT?!?
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2009 11:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Star Struck Lunatic wrote:
I remember being super pumped ( and super robo-tripped) when they played Shakedown in the 2-hole. I jumped in the aisle and danced in a bliss yet unknown. I didn't care if my brother saw me or not. Unlike snow_and_rain I was HAPPY to hear a DS of anykind and considered myself blessed because of it.


I was happy too.

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Dark Star jam – They play all the way through it, but don’t sing it. This is nice stuff. Dark Stars in the 90s had a really spacey laid back groove to them. This is one of those really jazzy ones. It’s Bruce who keeps calling the song, but I really like how Vince plays Dark Star. He kinda lays back and drops in these nice layered organ sounds. Jerry really hits a jamming highlight here. Right now you’re thinking wow, this is a great show. They twist the song all up in a knot until they find their way back to ..
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2009 11:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Star Struck Lunatic wrote:
I remember being super pumped ( and super robo-tripped)


Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked


Early in my college years I messed around with that stuff, it was pretty fun the first few times than all of a sudden it was hell and unpleasurable....anyway....i don't know how the [CENSORED] you were able to take that [CENSORED] while being outdoors, in public, and most importantly in the sun Shocked Shocked Shocked

Music does sound great on it though Cool

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2009 11:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gopher wrote:
Star Struck Lunatic wrote:
I remember being super pumped ( and super robo-tripped)


Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked


Early in my college years I messed around with that stuff, it was pretty fun the first few times than all of a sudden it was hell and unpleasurable....anyway....i don't know how the [CENSORED] you were able to take that [CENSORED] while being outdoors, in public, and most importantly in the sun Shocked Shocked Shocked

Music does sound great on it though Cool


I'm showing my age, but what drug are you referring too??

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2009 11:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Robitussin Cough medicine.


Cough medicine whose ONLY active ingredient is Dextromethorphan.(cough suppressant) But now they sell little chew able tablets that only contain dextromethorphan.

2 bottles(approx 700 mg of dextromethorphan) will send you to outter space, literally.....it's the king of closed eye visuals(and if you are in a pitch dark room you can also see the visuals....not your typical geometric patterns type shit)...but while under the influence it makes you walk like a robot and talking is very difficult...and plus it feels dirty, so I stopped messing around with it.

Like ketamine it is a dissociative drug.

It really was a lot of fun, but being in the pitch dark was key...not a party drug at all. Smoking weed enhances it big time.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2009 9:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hate that this thread degenerated into a discussion about Robo-tripping.

Re-listening to Soldier 91 right now. Started with the PITB> Terrapin> Jam. Let me just reiterate how great that Terrapin outro jam is.
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