amyjared wrote:I love the '80's but probably because I was on tour for most of it! My faves are tainted because of the "I was there" factor, but here are a few (sorry dates are not my strong point!)
'83 Saratoga show. Great Scarlet/Fire and one of my favorite Dew's of the '80's
'85 Greek. The one with China/Rider, Terrapin and the encore of She Belongs To Me. The board tape is a great mix and this is one I listen to rather often.
'85 Richmond. They put it out on Dick's Pick's because it was insane that night.
'85 Hershey. Another fun show, although somewhat short. I also like the quality of the mix on tape/cd. And a good Dew!
'85 Cayuhoga. Under-rated show imho. It was fun and a great climate.
Hampton '85-'89. I don't think I saw a bad show ever at Hampton! Highlights were when they did the "formerly the warlocks" and seeing them jam on "so what" or try "stir it up" but it was all good.
+1 on the '85 East coast shows - didn't go to the Greek that year but was at Richmond, Hershey, Cuyahoga, & Hampton - of course having about 20 of my friends get popped in Richmond soured the experience but the show was fantastic. Was at every Hampton show from '84 on and while some were better than others all were great. I went to more shows that year than any other - and flunked out of college and started playing in the band that I am still in today. Jerry's voice was a little rough but his guitar playing was spot-on.
One thing that I have noticed from going to a bunch of shows as well as playing a couple thousand of them is that shows that had great live energy don't always translate to tape and visa versa. I have very fond memories of my early shows from 82-85 some are great on tape, some not so much. It's funny, the scene was kind of a drag by '89 and while I probably went to 20 shows that year I didn't enjoy them as much but have been surprised at how well they sounded listening to them years later. Goes to show that you don't ever know . . .