Mar 8, 2019
This week's Deadpod starts out with a sweet rendition of the Elizabeth Cotton classic 'Oh Babe, It Ain't No Lie' - the only electric version the Dead ever played and the last time they would ever play it. This is just one of the pleasures of the second set from the first Rex Benefit that took place back on March 28th, 1984 at the Marin Veterans Auditorium in San Rafael, California.
The set proper follows, with a flat out rockin' version of 'Hell In a Bucket' (aside from Weir getting a bit lost in the lyrics :). They follow with an energetic version of 'China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider', in a rather early location in the set list. They're in fine form here, and the transition into Rider is wonderful. Jerry gives us a 'wish I was a headlight' for the ages. 'Playin' follows, and builds to some interesting spacial explorations. Jerry leaves , and Brent breaks out 'Don't Need Love' for the first time, with Bobby on lead. I'm always a bit melancholy when I hear these kind of Brent songs..
Drums leads into a cool if short Space, and the post drums segment is pretty solid if standard fare.
The boys close with a nice 'Touch of Grey' encore..
Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium
San Rafael, CA 3/28/84 - Wednesday
Oh Babe It Ain't No Lie ;
Hell In A Bucket ;
China Cat Sunflower >
I Know You Rider ;
Playing In The Band >
Don't Need Love >
The Wheel >
Around And Around >
Johnny B. Goode
Touch Of Grey
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May the four winds blow you safely home..