My last Grateful Dead song as a teenager was Casey Jones in New Haven around midnight on January 17, 1979.
And on my 20th birthday, I watched Keith and Donna play for the 23rd and last times as members of the Grateful Dead at the always fun Providence Civic Center. It started awesome, got a bit rocky towards the end, but I will always love Keith and Donna.
This was a typical late-1978, early 1979, without those beautiful early Shakedown Streets, but this did include my first He's Gone>Truckin'>The Other One, and my only sans drums version as it continued into Wharf Rat and Around & Around to close the set. Charlie Miller posted a version with a seemless second set, as he is app to do on shows with a certain regard. Grab it here or FLAC
This old-school 51 minutes plus medley is right out of the golden single drummer era 1972-1974
He's Gone>Truckin>The Other One>Wharf Rat>Around & Around, the only such, no break for drums or space, version I would ever see in my nearly one-million second career with the Grateful Dead. If you press play, above or below, you will get these 3,000 seconds on the entry to my 20's.
This Truckin' features a nice vocal add-in by our friend Phil. There has always been a great photo of this show, which I feature here now. This was found here, and is a Jim Anderson (buy his work!)
The next time I would get a classic He's Gone>Truckin>The Other One, drums would preceed TOO, but the Dew would follow on September 11, 1981 at the Greek.
Nothing is gonna bring him back. Love you still Jerry.
I was there. Bought a Winterland 12/31/78 poster that still hangs in my office, with the blue rose, "Blues Brothers, NRPS, Breakfast served at dawn". The "Deal" particularly sticks in my mind.
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