Dead ball era

Today is a very meaningful day for Youneverknow. Twenty years ago on this very day, I saw the Grateful Dead for the first time at Irvine Meadows, not far from Angel Stadium, then called Anaheim Stadium, where Kirk McCaskill was busy one-hitting the Blue Jays in a 9-0 Angels win.

I had lit out from Tucson with my dorm buddies Keith and Bill and finally all those bad-quality TDK tapes came to life in front of my wide-open eyes. Things were never quite the same.

Here’s the set list:

Irvine Meadows Amphitheater, Irvine, CA: Friday, April 28, 1989

Cold Rain and Snow

Little Red Rooster


Queen Jane Approximately

Just a Little Light

Ramble on Rose

Picasso Moon

Bird Song


Crazy Fingers

Playin’ in the Band

Uncle John’s Band

Terrapin Station



The Wheel

I Need a Miracle

Standing on the Moon

Sugar Magnolia

Touch of Grey


E: Quinn the Eskimo


And because I can’t find any footage from my first show, here’s a particularly rollicking “Cold Rain and Snow” from Halloween 1980 at Radio City Music Hall:


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