Pigpen saved the day according to the San Diego Union reporter on January 10, 1970. First West Coast 1970 show after the Texas/Florida/Boston/Fillmore East shows extended until January 3
This show really starts to mark the difference between the fans of Dark Star>St Stephen>The 11 and the Workingman's/American Beauty era. Still there is a Lovelight "for the ages". This is a compact 90 minutes with almost a third taken up by Lovelight, but includes a short Hard to Handle, a very interesting Mason's into a beautiful Black Peter and a late set Cold Rain & Snow. In the Union review, he thinks the Lovelight lasts 45 minutes (hmmm, cool).
Apparently Jerry always get sick in San Diego, blood poisoning in Sept 1970, can't speak in 1979. Must be something in the air at Golden Hall. Hear it here. The San Diego Union review is fascinating, complaining of the Dead having shorter hair.
There is also a long time mislabeled acoustic set that did not occur here (see my tape below) which is actually 8-6-1970 in the same building, a pretty amazing set you should seek out.
[1:25:55] ; Tuning (1) [0:59] ; China Cat Sunflower [3:02] > Jam [3:10] > I Know You Rider [4:23] ; [2:10] ; Me And My Uncle [3:11] ; [0:18] ; Dire Wolf [4:16] ; [0:55] ; Hard To Handle [5:13] ; [0:12] % Casey Jones [4:20] ; [0:15] ; Mason's Children [4:25] > Black Peter [9:06] ; [0:06] % Good Lovin' [1:51] > Drums [3:26] > Good Lovin' [4:03] ; [0:13] ; Cold Rain And Snow [5:08] ; [0:34] ; Turn On Your Lovelight (2) [25:37] ; [1:09]
Comments (1) "Clear the fuckin aisles".
At one point during Lovelight Pigpen tells the crowd: "Dance on your seats, just keep the aisles clear cuz the man is gonna getcha if ya don't cool it" and then, a minute later, "I believe you can stand up just a little more. There ain't too many of 'em." There was no encore. This is either the complete show, or the last 86 minutes of the show; it is not clear that China Cat was the opener. Savoy Brown and Aum were also on the bill (DeadBase IX). (2) Upcoming shows announcement at the conclusion of the show
|In 1970, some people still called Jerry "Captain Trips"|
Later in 1970, the Dead had a show scheduled with Leon Russell and Bread, but alas Jerry "got blood poisoning
|1968 San Diego Dead|