zootsuitbass wrote:No Love for NYE 81-82? I thought that one was hot!
That was my first show, and yeah, it WAS hot. That's gotta make this list. Four sets, Kesey's trapeze and "gong bong" rap at midnight, outstanding musicianship, and an excellent Dark Star > Bertha > Good Loving to close it all out. A life changing night for me.
My other favorite Bay Area Brent-era shows that I was fortunate enough to attend:
5-23-82, Greek Theater -- smoking show
7-15-88, Greek Theater -- very solid show
12-28-88, Oakland Coliseum -- massive Bird Song followed by an exultant Jack Straw. This whole run was pretty fun and well played.
8-4-89 Cal Expo, if we're including that as Bay Area (that whole run was solid, but 8/4 was a hell of a lot of fun and very well played, which a pretty unusual second set)
8-19-89, Greek Theater -- IMO, the best Other One of the modern era, period. It builds and builds and BUILDS to a massive crescendo, and until the wave breaks and the tension resolves with a single, ringing, transcendent chord.
2-26-90, Oakland Coliseum -- maybe a tad laid back, but the Scarlet > Fire that opened the 2nd set was 31 minutes long, and was followed by a very well played Playin' > Terrapin. Quantity doesn't always equal quality, but this was like settling in near a warm fire on a cold night, with a nice book and a cup of cocoa. Grateful Dead comfort food.
My two cents