“Yesterday’s Dead Today”, Monday, May 25th, 7-9pm Eastern

Written by on Sunday, May 24, 2020

“It is said that, if you lined up all those who have ever been to a Grateful Dead concert head-to-toe, the line would stretch around the moon, and about halfway back. And nobody would complain!”

Due to the virus, WSLR is temporarily closed to live programmers, so until things start to return to normal, I will be featuring a show(in order), from last year’s broadcasts:

Grateful Dead
Oakland Coliseum Stadium, Oakland, CA
May 27, 1989
“In Concert Against AIDS”
Dan Healy’s Master Soundboard Cassette > CDR

CD Mastering by Scott Clugston

  • with Clarence Clemons

A short while back, one of my correspondents asked if I had ever featured a Dead concert with other performers
sitting in. The shore and long answer is, “YES!” Also featured the Dead both here and on other shows I was
fortunate to cover, in fact as the backup band…Clarence is featured prominently throughout.

This is a fine, fine Healy Master Soundboard Cassette:

Disc 1 – Set 1:

  1. Touch of Grey >
  2. Greatest Story Ever Told
  3. Althea
  4. Walkin’ Blues
  5. Aiko Aiko *
  6. Stuck Inside of Mobile(with the Memphis Blues Again) *
  7. Birdsong > *
  8. Promised Land *

Set 2:

  1. Hell In A Bucket > *
  2. Fire on the Mountain *

Disc 2 – Set 2 cont’d:

  1. Blow Away
  2. Truckin’ > *
  3. Drum//s >
  4. Space >
  5. I Will Take You Home >
  6. The Other One >
  7. Wharf Rat >
  8. Turn On Your Lovelight *


  1. Brokedown Palace *

FYI!!! 5/27/1989 video footage:
If you go to Youtube.com and enter “Fogerty, Garcia,Weir” you will be more than pleasantly surprised with
what you will find:
John Fogerty with Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Steve Jordan,, Randy Jackson
and Clarence Clemmons
AIDS Benefit
Oakland Coliseum Stadium,, Oakland, CA
May 27, 1989
dsbd > dat > wav > flac(also assumed from Healy)

  1. crowd > Born On The Bayou
  2. Green River
  3. Down On The Corner
  4. Rock And Roll Girl
  5. Centerfield
  6. Proud Mary
  7. The Midnight Special
  8. Bad Moon Rising
  9. Fortunate Son


  1. Suzy Q
  2. Long Tall Sally > Bill Graham outro//

REVIEW: Overlooked, but worth getting
Its a fairly short show (at least for ’89), but considering they shared the bill with numerous others at this benefit
concert, it is respectable. First set is fun with the mid-set Iko. Clarence Clemmons (in one of several ’89
appearences) joins in for several songs. The Bucket segues into a surprise Fire on the Mt. The Fire on the Mt is
short but has a great sound that I find really appealing. The Blow Away is a stand out with a great Brent rap at
the end, Perhaps this is the most tight version they performed where the band was together and so was he (even
the “Dozin at the Knick” from 3/26/90 version isnt nearly as tight). Some might groan, but I’m gonna give this
one 5 stars just for this song. The rest of the second set is fun and spirited.

REVIEW: ooooh the blues
This is an AWESOME sounding recording. Fun fun show!

REVIEW: i dont care …
…if you hated blow away or not, listen to this one now. jerry’s playing slide fer chrisssakes. i have’nt listened to
it all but other stuff sounds great too. aiko, other one, etc. 6-19-89 black peter esp post jam, boy, jerry. write it
down if your head is muddy! 5 stars for 5-27 if only for jerry factor. oh, yeah, he speaks after the encore. how
many points is that worth? listen, damn you!

REVIEW: keep on truckin on!
Fun versions of the entire setlists. Phil bombs all over the place!!!

REVIEW: fun show
I define this as a “fun show”. To say the best of 89 as a grateful dead related site indicates is a stretch by a mile.
Fun but not epic

REVIEW: It’s always sunny in Oakland…
What makes a great show? The music or the time’s shared with the one’s your with… Both actually. What a great
day this show was. After having rode my bicycle down from Vancouver Canada to the Bay Area and hooking up
with some cool hipsters this was a full day of music. We were also treated to the East Bay Soul that is the Tower
of Power WOW! Long live Rocco Prestia. Dead wise, real good vibes from them this day, Blow Away and the
energy of Hell In a Bucket stand out as well as the sound quality of this recording.

REVIEW: good ol’ GD
Fantastic day for the band.They were all having fun and doing what they did best this day. playing live.

REVIEW: cool setlist
Pretty neat bunch of tunes, the greatest story was a little jilted but it seemed like after that the fun didn’t stop.
Brent songs really good here, loving the harmonies on bird song and the extra instrumentation. Like someone
else said,not epic but def a nice listen. It’s got me smilin smilin smilin

PS: I also like the taste of the other one at the end of truckin beginning of rhythm devils,and then they give it to
us later on. Thank you boyz

REVIEW: A man and a woman come together as strangers..
John Fogerty might be one of the best ever to play with the Bob & Jerry.
Yet on the other hand Clarence Clemons is easily the worst guest outside of Joan Baez. Think I am wrong
compare Branford’s sit-ins with the band to Clarence. Anyway, just my two cents you might be really into what
Clarence does with the BOSS. I would agree with those that say Brent was the highlight of the Dead set. Also
agree you must check out the CCR set on You-tube

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