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Honolulu Civic Auditorium
Honolulu, Hawaii

The China Cat opener does not get a lot of attention given the latter half of the show, but we love Jerry’s crisp, bright guitar licks and the chaotic mix of the keys and Bobby’s rhythm work in the middle distance. A lengthy, smooth transition into Rider kicks off a sweet version of the tune. And, after that, the boys roll out one of the best Black Peters they ever played, full of pathos and beautifully rendered. At the end, Jerry had to fix a broken string, “on account of he broke it,” according to Bobby before he takes the opportunity to tell his Yellow Dog Story. Fortunately, the band rescues us with a raging Hard To Handle with a serious bluesy jam through the second half. A very nice Mama Tried and Dire Wolf...