“Yesterday’s Dead Today”, Monday, September 14th, 7-9pm Eastern
Written by Mark Binder on Sunday, September 13, 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!”
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Madison Square Garden, New York City, N.Y.
September 14, 1990
analog sbd > dat > cd > eac > cd
“The 1st set of 9/14/90 is decent(A-/B+ quality from a 2nd gen cassette
board) but the 2nd set is much better quality(probably from a master
cassette). Jeff “
Vince Welnick’s sixth show since Brent’s sudden passing barely two months previous. This is a VERY electric
evening. And the jams are long…I get the feeling that Jerry wanted Vince to get into the bases of the jams and
then they kinda seemed to take off. Also strikes me that it takes Vince a few tunes to get into the “Dead” thing
live, but get into it he does!
Disc 1 – Set 1:
- Feel Like A Stranger
- New Minglewood Blues
- Ramble On Rose
- Black Throated Wind
- Don’t Ease Me In
Disc 2 – Set 2:
- Scarlet Begonias >
- Fire On The Mountain
- Truckin’ >
- Terrapin Station >
- Drums >
- Space >
Disc 3 – Set 2 cont’d.:
- The Otgher One >
- Wharf Rat >
- Sugar Magnolia
- U.S. Blues
REVIEW: Dead and the City
Having attended the ’90 MSG run and then listening to the shows later on, I must say this run was one the best
runs of shows in one venue ever. From the intro before the Stranger to the Lovelight on the 20th this run was
packed with greatness. More so than anything else, I felt the band’s progress from show to show was amazing.
On the 14th, Welnick seemed like he had been with the band for at least a couple tours not just a couple shows.
His sound was a bit awkward at first, especially if you are use to Brent, but hey the guy had his own sound. By
the time they finished this run they took on Hornsby, gelled, and blew everyone away with the shows on the
19th and 20th. Stranger was a blazin…the entire Garden was lit up baby! Sugaree skiped along like a Saturday
moring stroll in Central Park. Once we got to the second set the Scarlet>Fire was epic. Truckin… “New York,
got the ways and means”. Followed by a lovely Terrapin. Other One>Wharf Rat…forget ’bout it.
For any one who has expirenced a great Dead show in NYC, there is nothing like stepping out of the GArden,
pumped up, hailing a cab and tearing up in the Village till the wee hours! Truely an experience. Don’t get me
wrong…I loved camping out in Alpine Vally or Deek Creek, but you need some city craziness now and then!
Thank you Grateful Dead andNYC
REVIEW: Garden shows rule
Scarlet Begonias-> Fire On The Mountain, Truckin’-> Terrapin Station, blazing and on fire.
The garden was my favorite place to see a show. Maybe because it was so close to home, or maybe the energy
was out of control. I was waiting for a ligtning bolt to shock the building during scarlet-fire. Good quality
definitly get this one.
REVIEW: SUGAR MAGS
Yeah, yeah, yeah. This is a great show, but in all the reviews I’ve ever seen of this show, nobody ever mentions
the insane Sugar Magnolia. Listen to Bobby and Jerry’s guitar dueling near the end of the main jam. Play it loud.
REVIEW: Live At The Garden 9-14-90
This is an absolutely brilliant recording of the Dead. A just about perfect recording of a just about perfect show,
(though it sounds great if you begin it with Sugaree…the recorders seem to be getting their things together for
the first few moments on the first cut.) The band plugs away wasting not one moment of jamming. The
keyboardist plays like a virtuoso, banging all the soul he could muster with that little keyboard tone that in an
odd way seems to complement everything, and in moments of intensity, is beautifully climatic. Highly, highly
I wasn’t at these shows, but I am 90% positive that the intro was from Bill Graham. Despite the fact that BGP
did not book at MSG, I think Bill Graham was in NYC, and swallowed his pride and showed up for the show
b/c he was so proud of the boys and kind of stuck it to the East Coast promoters by running out and intro’ing the
band. Of course, Healy gets in there with effects on the vocals. According to Phil, one of the several reasons
they eventually let Healy go. I remember reading about this little episode in Phil’s new book. Great First set.
Second set isn’t quite as hot, but still good. Hornsby didn’t make it there till the next night.
REVIEW: its john scher
he is a promoter. i was there; wasnt it awesome????
REVIEW: Great night
I, and mom, dropped by Hampton on the way to this show. Rumors were that “Mother McCree’s Uptown Jug
Champions” were going to announce a show and the great venue. So, from Raleigh, we hit Hampton… where
nearly 100 Heads were standing around waiting for the ticket office to open. Well… false rumor. We got back in
the car, took the Chese Bay Bridge up the Delmarva to MSG. This show really made me think that we will be
okay without Brent… just okay, I say. No offense Vince, because you really shined this night. MSG was the
place to be. Cops were reasonable in NY, unlike most other places Smokin from start to finish.
For those of you who are not Vince fans take a listen. I realize he’s not Brent, but he picked up the pieces as
good as anyone could. Remember he was chosen and God does’nt make mistakes. Anyways this entire show
rocks but as far as Vince, check out Terrapin/Other One/and Wharf Rat, Jerry and him connect and establish a
working musical connection. Oh I have to mention Black Throated Wind. This is a favorite of mine and the
Sugar in the second set is pretty sweet.
REVIEW: coming up to the anniversaries
Every time the dead took the stage at the Garden- something Magical was happening. This night no different.