As we look to put 2016 behind us, I decided to bring you a fine New Year's Eve performance from December 31st, 1989. With a show like this I couldn't just bring you a first set so we have the entire performance this week.
Naturally this performance has some special moments, as well as some quirks. They open wiht Sugar Magnolia - instead of saving it for the first sone of the new year. Touch follows, then a bouncy 'Man Smart'.. Bonnie Raitt joins the boys for 'Big Boss Man', very nicely done. Weir does a nice version of 'Memphis Blues Again' and the first set ends with a great 'Shakedown Street'.
Bill Graham makes his entrance at midnight as a chicken ..and after the countdown the boys do a great Iko, Iko to usher in the new decade. They move the proceedings in a more psychedelic direction with 'Victim or the Crime'. Victim then dissolves into the swirl of Dark Star, which was still a huge rarity and while short, certainly was sweet. Drums and Space follows, then they go into the 'Dear Mr. Fantasy -Hey Jude' combo. They then turn to some rocking tunes to end the set with a 'Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad' into 'Throwing Stones' and then 'Not Fade Away'.. They return for a very nice set of encores.. Brokedown Palace leading into the closing Sunshine Daydream.. then return for a second encore with 'In The Midnight Hour' to close a long and happy show..
Oakland Coliseum, Oakland CA (12/31/89) Sugar Magnolia Touch of Grey Man Smart/Woman Smarter Big Boss Man Stuck Inside of Mobile Shakedown Street Iko Iko Victim or the Crime Dark Star drums Dear Mr. Fantasy Hey Jude Reprise Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad Throwin' Stones Not Fade Away Brokedown Palace Sunshine Daydream Midnight Hour
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I hope the music brings you some joy and light, as it does me, no matter what life throws at us.
Thanks for your support and have a safe and very happy New Year!