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PostPosted: Sat Jul 10, 2010 6:24 pm    Post subject: 04-14-85 Irvine Meadows Reply with quote

Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre
Location Laguna Hills, CA
Date 4/14/85 - Sunday

One Touch Of Grey ; Hell In A Bucket ; Sugaree ; Down In The Bottom > I Ain't Superstitious ; Brown Eyed Women ; Tons Of Steel ; Big Railroad Blues ; Looks Like Rain > Don't Ease Me In

Two I Need A Miracle > China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider ; Man Smart (Woman Smarter) > He's Gone > Drums > Space > Dear Mr. Fantasy > The Other One > Wharf Rat > Sugar Magnolia
Encore Gloria

*Set One******************************************************

Boys come roaring out of the gate with a hyper-speed Touch and before you can catch your breath we are five songs into the set. Wild opening quintuplet filled with caffeinated Kermit, chopstick Brent, spiral Bob, and all the other funhouse 85 friends. Brown-Eyed brings a more reflective tone to the set while maintaining the energy level, then it's brother Brent with a nice rendition of Tons of Steel. Jerry jumps on board with the locomotive theme with an appropriate Big RxR. Not to be outdone, Cheesy Bobby delivers LL Rain with a nice breakdown section at the end - into Jerry's response - Don't Cheese.

*Set Two*****************************************************

Lesh we forget, but there's no forgetting the opening bomb to this Miracle, in the delightful set-opening position. The energy level was "bumped up" during the set break back to where it was in set one open. On the heals of the "need a miracle every day" truckin-esque jam, Kermit busts out the China riff and off we go. Seamless transition and it's Kung Pao Brent ruling this buffet with some spicy chopstick action through the transition and ensuing Rider.

Don't blame Weir - it's Jerome that gleefully leads us into a playful Woman Smarter. Solid Bobby and Phil in support with nice solo breaks in this one.

And then it's the Gone we've been waiting for. Currently my favorite live version - a masterful performance. Great pace, kermitology, keyboard tone, and of course the final "Gone Jam." This is not an orbital or frenzied caution-like gone jam; rather it is one that just puts you in that place of zen. The meal is complete, the battle won - fill in your own metaphor. A little spaciness creeps in the jam, as having accomplished the zone there is a different mood to the jam - not a desperate energy at all but more like a post-terrapin kind of jam to just reflect on the meaning of everything. A big-picture kind of jam if you will.

Drumz is fun as usual in 1985, and Space quickly gets wacky with the pronounced arrival of Phil on stage and then the chirping sounds, etc. Jerry delightfully leads into Fantasy with a superb echo guitar effect in the backdrop of the spacey sound effects, and an awesome Fantasy is delivered. Smokin Jerry solos at the end and then.....Other One! High energy continued through the remainder of set. Bob is even allowed full cheesy during Sugar Mag, and then a nice Gloria encore.


The greatness of this show is obvious every time I hear it, and it should be recognized as one of the top shows of 1985 without a doubt. Incredible energy, superb individual performances from all band members, great song-to-song transitions and choices, and of course prime Kermit.

- Opening sequence Touch-Bucket-Sugaree-Bottom-Superstitious
-He's Gone

Sound Quality: A (SBD)
Performance : A+

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 11, 2010 9:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks! I always like your reviews.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 12, 2010 8:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes great review - this is an excellent 85 show. Maybe the best Gloria out there for my money.
The night before is no slouch either.

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