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06-10-73 Robert F. Kennedy Stadium, Washington, D.C. (Sun)

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06-10-73 Robert F. Kennedy Stadium, Washington, D.C. (Sun)
1: Morning Dew, BIODTL, Ramble On, Jack Straw, Wave That Flag, L. L. Rain, Box Of Rain, TLEO, Race Is On, Row Jimmy, El Paso, Bird Song, Playin
2: Eyes> Stella Blue, Big River, H. C. Sunshine, Around, Dark Star> He's Gone> Wharf Rat> Truckin, Sugar Magnolia
3: Train To Cry*, That's Alright Mama*, Promised*, NFA*> GDTRFB*> Drums*> NFA*, Johnny B. Goode*
*with Allman Brothers Band and Merl Saunders as Wet Willie, then Allman Brothers Band opened - first "That's Alright Mama" - first "Train To Cry" - final "Wave That Flag" - "Half Step" appears on some tapes but is likely from a different show

Dew, symbol splash opens the show beautifully. Things are a tad sloppy but interesting and definitely psychedelic. It's a bit slow, but for the opener, that's ok.
Ramble On picks up some intensity, despite it's slow pace.
Jack Straw is a perfect summer song, and in this gigantic stadium, fitting. Nice Bob tone in rhythm.
Wave that Flag, this one gets fired up, appropriately so in our nation's capital. Strong solo before the final verse.
Box, I actually felt like Garcia was holding the band back on this one, he really phoned in the solo.
TLEO has its funky little groove of the era. Jerry checks back into the show for the song he really liked, and the energy/feel goes up nicely.
Race is On gets the horsepower in a nice place, and we have a winner.
Row Jimmy is performed well, nothing to write home about.
El Paso is fun and well played.
Bird Song. Pretty good version here. Keith puts in some great work after the 2nd verse that isn't to be missed. He's more in the lead in some regards.
PITB to close the set, a la 1972. The playing within the playing is superb. Jerry, not bursting with noodles on this day, up till now, sets in the wah wah and goes for it. Billy pushes, and Phil does his PITB dance rhythm behind it all. Powerful finale to close out the set.

Eyes>Stella opens up the middle child set. This is really the set we'd normally get here, clearly. I'll never complain about an Eyes of the World in any setlist position whatsoever. This one goes into the goods early and never looks back. Definite groover here. The last jam has hints of Slipknot in it, as they typically do. From there it heads into a straight blues groove while the decide where to go next.
Stella makes her way out of the groove welcomely.
Big River just doesn't lose in this era.
HC Sunshine was nice, maintained the energy and power of the set.
Around x 2 rocks the house.
Dark Star>Gone>Wharf>Truckin
Dark Star starts of how we would expect. The pace starts accelerating as we approach 3 minutes, and we're exploring the universe. Just after 7 minutes Bobby gets his chance to shine with a solo, it's really odd. I won't say unenjoyable, just doesn't really do anything. Phil is behind him, and Billy, but Keith and Jerry must be getting a spoonful of love or something. They finally break out of that and there's almost an TOO quality to the jam, still Phil and Billy heavy. Verse comes after the 14 minute mark. The jam after the verse goes straight to exploratory and begins a flirtation with space, and a Tiger seems to be lurking in the distance, where it remains. It's actually really creepy sometimes. It's not called Light Star. Just when you think it's safe to go into the Jungle, the Tiger runs by again. It makes several passes, but never eats your face off.
It goes into the double ballad, as I consider Gone a ballad. A risky call, or move, or whatever. Gone drags a bit, the comes to almost a complete stop for vocals. Boring. After three minutes of that I was hoping for a nice explosive re-entry into the actual music, no such luck. It does pick up after about 13 minutes and finishes strong as it heads into Wharf Rat with a beautiful transition! The Wharf Rat is powerful and maintains a great tempo, A+ version. Perhaps they just had to re-group during Gone or something.
They blast straight into Truckin from the silent end of Rat. Great, energetic version that ends the meat sequence. Strong rock n roll finale.
Sugar Mag, Bobby needed more Bobby rocker!

Train to Cry is largely bluesy, we have extra musicians out there from the Allman Brothers for this 3rd set. Echoing guitar solos, nice combo jams.
That's Alright Mama has a great tempo, and a nice jam period that stays very focused. Again guitarists take their turns with this one, though it is mainly an Allman Brothers showcase and basically is an ABB song with Jerry handling the few lyrics.
Promised Land sung by Bob.
NFA>GDTRFB>Drums>NFA, we start to get into some more focused jamming here, with Betts doing Blue Sky-ish riffs. He and Jerry start trading off again, unique stuff definitely worth the listen. The GDTRFB portion is where they've pretty much ironed it out, and the jamming sound in this song works well with the ABB typical jam sound. The jamming does venture into a bit of exploration shortly right before the drums get their moment in the spotlight.
JBG is screamed.

At 4.7 hours of playing, this may be their longest show ever, I haven't checked. The added bonus of the songs with the ABB is pretty cool. This has long been a favorite show of mine.
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