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Great Western Forum
Inglewood, California

Let The Good Times Roll opens the show, and the Dead make it clear that they are all happy to be there with each other, riffing off one another but coming in for some wonderful vocal harmonies. The rest of the set is quite good with a sweet Cassidy and earnest, rocking Blow Away at the end. The Help> Slip> Franklin’s out of the break is always welcome, and this one is quite satisfying, though probably not amongst the best ever. However, there is a palpable sense of joy emanating from both the band and the crowd, imparting a special note to the excellent suite. And after the Franklin’s, the boys turn in an incredibly powerful Looks Like Rain. Bobby cheeses out hardcore while, first Jerry and...