Today in Grateful Dead History: Syracuse 1984

Carrier Dome, Syracuse U
Syracuse, NY

Words By J-man

Grateful Dead Live at Carrier Dome, Syracuse U on October 20, 1984.

Set One: Bertha-> Greatest Story Ever Told, West L.A. Fadeaway, CC Rider, Ramble On Rose, My Brother Esau, Bird Song, Jack Straw

Set Two: Shakedown Street-> Samson & Delilah, He's Gone-> Smokestack Lightning-> Drums-> The Wheel-> The Other One-> Black Peter-> Turn On Your Love Light

Encore: Revolution

The 80's aren't my favorite era/decade of Grateful Dead music, however this soundboard recording from The Carrier Dome in Syracuse seemed the perfect pick for today's "Saturday Dead." The sweet, crisp tonal quality of Jerry Garcia's guitar rings loudly at the front of the recording, making up for any undesirable vocals from an over-extended Bob Weir. The show kicks off with a very 80's sounding "Bertha>Greatest Story Ever Told" before venturing into some ups and downs through the first set. The clear highlight of the set was the closer, "Jack Straw."

The second set opened with an extended "Shakedown Street>Samson and Delilah." Though Garcia was lost lyrically during "Shakedown," the jams we fairly extensive. Second set highlights included "He's Gone," "The Other One," and "Lovelight." Though the setlist wasn't mind-blowing, The Dead had a certain hop in their step instrumentally. Sit back, relax and take it back 28 years ago today for this show from "Today in Grateful Dead History!"


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