At first, apparently, the Dead sucked in LA.
But by a series of four shows at the Shrine by May of 1968 , they were outright brilliant (at least Jerry). At least, according to the mainstream media, namely the LA Times.
|August 26, 1968 review of Two From the Vault|
The band didn't always get these type of reviews as you can see from some 1966-1967 comments from the Times.
Here's a bad review from the Grateful Dead's first appearance at the Hollywood Bowl September 15, 1967. Wow, the article speaks to 200 people in an 18,000 eat venue.