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Posted July 30, 2012
This is an excellent show, played with drive & determination in the heat and humidity that is Washington D.C.'s Robert F. Kennedy Stadium in late spring, early summer. This show features the two keyboardist team of new permanent member Vince Welnick and part-time helping-out Pop sensation, Bruce Hornsby. This new blood gives the band something new to figure out and amaze each other, along with the audience. The first set highlight is Big River into Maggie's Farm. The second set highlights are a great Help On The Way > Slipknot! > Franklin's Tower, Estimated Prophet > Dark Star > Drums > Space > Stella Blue. Bob weir's Turn On Your Lovelight is almost pale by comparison. There is a nice bonus to this DVD from July 12, 1990, which includes Box Of Rain > Victim Or The Crime > Foolish Heart > Dark Star. The Foolish Heart is somewhat of a let down. This show (6/14/91) was a fun experience for us, even in the humidity.
The drawback on this DVD is that the source video is a video feed to the large screens that were employed for the folks who could not see the band up close, most of the audience and contains some video effects that seemed neat, psychedelic, and cool at the time but more than 20 years later, seem cheesy and dated. Some of the shots could have been better, I would have liked to see more of Jerry doing a lead part than something else, but what can you do.
The soundtrack three disc CD set lets your mind imagine much more than what you see here but unfortunately, it is currently out of print.
Posted October 1, 2010
This is the first Dead show I've seen, and I'm not impressed. Here they are on stage before 30,000 people, and they don't look like they're getting a bit of enjoyment from it. It's hard to tell if they're playing a rock concert or reading Anna Karenina. I listen to jazz a lot and love improvisation, but not the way these men do it. All six men are playing all the time, and this constant thick texture gets monotonous quickly. There is little variation in dynamics and tempo. Deadheads seem to think this stuff is heaven, but 15 minutes is all I need.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.