Thoughts On The Dead

Musings on the Most Ridiculous Band I Can't Stop Listening To

Eighty-Two Has Two Prime Factors

So, there’s this band called the Grateful Dead. Maybe you remember them: they used to be the stars around here. They would travel around the country, and through time and space itself, having adventures and learning about friendship and repeatedly contracting herpes. Sometimes, they would even play music.

The Dead played 52 shows at Madison Square Garden (52, one will note, is between three and five times more than 13) and 9/20/82 was one of those times. Why so vague? Well, Enthusiasts, I’ll be honest with you: I was catching up on today’s latest shit-tornado while listening to it, and I maybe sorta kinda don’t remember a note. Just not paying attention at all.

Lemme look at the setlist.

Okay, I’m getting something here.

  • Decent mix.
  • Skipped Good Time Blues.
  • Skipped Day Job.
  • At no time did anyone onstage speak Italian.
  • Garcia soloed a bunch.

And there you go. Listen: it’s a Grateful Dead show and they play Grateful Dead music; how bad could it be? You know whether or not you’re going to check it out. My review means nothing. Don’t depend on others for your own happiness.



  1. happy 75th birthday wishes to their late great guitar player … still miss that knucklehead!!!!

  2. it’s a fine show with very little bass in the mix as I recall?

    • SmokingLeather

      August 1, 2017 at 5:29 pm

      As my wife was describing the set list of the Phish show on Wednesday, I came to the sudden shocking revelation that your name is a Phish song.

      • And yours is what taught me that for decades, I had the lyrics to “Mississippi Uptown” wrong. I thought it went: “Powder, smoke and leather,” not “a pile of smoking leather.”

        Mine is better.

    • Thoughts On The Dead

      August 1, 2017 at 9:14 pm

      It does need a little bit of eq’ing, yeah.

  3. 82 Jerry tone is pretty much the best Jerry tone.

  4. Without research . . . that’s got to be one of the first “Touch of Grey”‘s, right? Interesting that they slotted it as an encore, as a normal band would for the hit single, which it wasn’t yet. Seems like a possible Time Sheath Abuse Confusion move on someone’s part . . .

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