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04/11/88
Joe Louis Arena - Detroit, MI

Set 1:
Hell In A Bucket
Sugaree
New Minglewood Blues
It Must Have Been The Roses
Stuck Inside Of Mobile
To Lay Me Down
The Music Never Stopped

Set 2:
Touch Of Grey
Man Smart-Woman Smarter
Ship Of Fools
Truckin'
Drums
The Wheel
Gimme Some Lovin'
All Along The Watchtower
Stella Blue
Turn On Your Love Light

Encore:
Happy Birthday
Brokedown Palace

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Comments:

This was my very first Dead show. I was just hanging out on the porch of the house I lived in at college, when a friend walked by and asked "Hey, you wanna go see the Grateful Dead in Detroit?" Why not. I had no clue. I must admit, I fairly well fit the description of the burgeoning 'problem' of the late eighties; I went to party. And what a party it was. I remember sneaking down onto the floor and getting chased by security as the Minglewood Blues throbbed all around me. Eventually I settled into a spot and got lost in the music. I remember being astonished that a band would go from such a full blown rocker as Watchtower to the tender Stella Blue. It was a great time, a great show (I think; I've never heard a recording) and definitely a life-changing evening.
-JS


I recall this show being very disappointing. While I had listened to the Dead on record for years, since the late 70's, I didn't go to a show until Alpine Valley in 1987, and I was blown away. Unfortunately, between that wonderful summer and this spring of '88 show, the band gathered up a mainstream following due to widespread airplay of In the Dark, and both the audience and the venue setup resembled more of a conventional rock atmosphere than what I had seen outdoors the previous summer. What is more, the band didn't seem to have the enthusiasm for innovative exploration(which probably had something to do with the two factors I just mentioned) and put on a more conventional rock show, with the drums/space section just being something they felt obliged to get out the way.
-Peter


Peter, you described many of my GD concert experiences from mid '87 to '94. At the end, I just didn't enjoy the shorter, perfunctory concerts with the overly enthusiastic, uncritical new fans.

I wondered why did it seem that everyone else was getting off except me? I will always have Winterland in my memories to offset these less than stellar later shows.
- (02/25/2012)


Peter and Kaye frisco are douchey and wrong
-Anonymous (04/10/2018)


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Band Configuration
(04/16/79 - 07/23/90)

Lead Guitar: Jerry Garcia
Rhythm Guitar: Bob Weir
Bass: Phil Lesh
Keyboards: Brent Mydland
Drums: Bill Kreutzmann
Drums: Mickey Hart

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