Hard to believe its been 18 years since we lost Jerry...and since this week's Deadpod falls on that sad anniversary I felt that this week's show should commemorate that loss perhaps more than most do. One thing that unites us all as Deadheads is the fact that we all feel that loss.. I decided to bring you a show from the summer of 1995, not to depress you or to point out how far Jerry had slipped by then (although it can't be denied) but becuase it still contains huge moments of genius and insight into who he was and who we are and were. This one comes from the Shoreline Ampitheater on June 2nd, 1995. I'm only going to play the second set, for that contains some truly amazing moments (as well as a few sad ones)... but there was still some of that magic there that has kept us together all these years. This second set starts out with a fine version of New Speedway Boogie, a great opener.. then Jerry goes into his cover of McCartney's 'That Would Be Something' and this is a fine version of that. Way To Go Home and Saint of Circumstance follow.. then the band goes into 'He's Gone'.. not one of Jerry's finest versions as his playing is a bit aimless to say the least. As the band goes into Drums however one of those magical moments that could only happen at at Dead show took place as the Dali Lama's own choir, the Gyuto Monks, appeared to chant for the crowd. After the Monks finish, the band does a pretty interesting space, then Weir leads them out with 'Easy Answers'. What follows is for me the highlight of this set, one of the better versions of 'Standing on the Moon' that you will hear... Jerry seems to really pour out his soul on this one.. and how better to remember him today than in listening to those lines from this song...
Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mt. View, CA (Friday 6/2/95)
New Speedway Boogie That Would Be Something Way to go Home Saint of Circumstance He's Gone -> Drums -> Chanting by the Gyuto Monks -> Space -> Easy Answers Standing on the Moon Around & Around E: Lucy in the Sky
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