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Grand Center
Grand Rapids, Michigan

August 24th had some great shows, including the ’68 show that made up part of Two From The Vault and the 1971 show, part of the Houseboat Tapes and Dick’s Picks 35. But our Dead of the Day from 1980 is the equal of all the August 24th shows. And it is one of those rare shows where the first set may just eclipse the second. Each and every tune in the first half is not only resplendent, but also thoroughly, masterfully jammed out, starting with the Jack Straw opener. Passenger, though, is where the set really takes off. It is hard to believe the Passenger is only five minutes long as the playing gets ridiculously hot with Brent’s keys and Jerry’s guitar driving the beast. Then things...