Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The Golden Road to Limited Dark Stars 1975-1988

There was an awesome piece on Deadessays in 2013 called Dark Stars 1978-1984 Roundtable
http://deadessays.blogspot.com/2013/05/dark-star-1978-1984-roundtable.html




It reminded me that my era of seeing the Dead, 1976-1987 (with one 1994) was virtually a deep space void for Dark Stars.

1975 None
1976 None
1977 None
1978 None until after midnight at Winterland 12-31-78
1979  Two   1-10 Nassau and 1-20 Buffalo. Rats I saw Jan 14, 15, 17, 18, my first 4 show run and where was mine Phil? Bobby?  anyone?
1980 None
1981 None during the "Calender Year"

I was beginning to think I'd never get one.    51 shows, no Dark Star for me.

Finally, on the 52 show, past midnight, past a great second set of

Iko Iko*, Playin' In The Band-> Terrapin Station-> Playin' In The Band-> Drums-> The Other One***-> Not Fade Away***-> Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad***-> Morning Dew;

A third set emerges. And folks, this wasn't your Daddy's Dark Star (ranked next to last  in the 14 years from 1975-1988 in the DeadEssays piece above), and it did go into Bertha and Good Lovin, they must have already played Miracle that night (duh, not). But it was still my Dark Star. And I love it to this day.


1982 None 
1983 None
1984  The Greek (rumored ro be DP#17)  Missed it again rats, first greek I missed.  Did see the great
1985 None
1986 None
1987 None
1988 None

Guess Bruce Hornsby made up for in 1989, playing it like 10 times on 6-17-91 at Giants.

Thanks for the Digital Board Charlie Miller



12/31/78 Winterland Arena, San Francisco, CA
Set 3: Dark Star [13:38] > The Other One [2:40] > Dark Star Jam [0:57] > Wharf Rat [11:14] > Saint Stephen [7:52] > Good Lovin' [9:43]

1/10/79 Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY
Set 2:  Dark Star [18:30] > Drums [8:#20] > Space [5:35] > Wharf Rat [10:32] > Saint Stephen [7:23] > Around And Around [7:46]

1/20/79 Shea's Theatre, Buffalo, NY
Set 2: Estimated Prophet [12:37] > The Other One [8:19] > Drums [10:#01] > Space [2:14] > The Other One [2:30] > Dark Star [9:17] > Not Fade Away [5:02] > Sugar Magnolia [8:17]

12/31/81 Oakland Aud, Oakland, CA
Set 3: Dark Star [15:16] > Bertha [6:32] > Good Lovin' [10:03]

7/13/84 Greek Theatre, Berkeley, CA
Encore: Dark Star [16:05]  why didn't i go? why didn't i go? why didn't i go?

Here's my only one, 12-31-81