On this day in 1981... Happy Birthday Bobby Weir!
After recovering from the previous night's amazing performance... it was back to the Melkweg for the second show.
Word must have got out that the Dead were in town because the club was packed that night, about 400 people inside. I was saving some blotter I had with me for something special. Well I thought, it isn't going to get more special than this! When the Dead came onstage, Bob was welcomed with a bouquet of daisies. We also sang him Happy Birthday to which Jerry replied, “touching, touching.” The band opened with On the Road Again, acoustic, Jerry and Bob both standing as the band played. The audience and band were getting off on the intimate atmosphere with between song banter and beaming smiles as they played. They knew what they were doing to us, and we gave it back to them. This was raw Grateful Dead, stripped to the essentials.
The second set was very electric.
It was Bob’s birthday night as they opened with Playing in the Band. Never heard before Dead renditions of Hully Gully and Gloria were performed. During the jam after Gloria, an old familiar melody was heard and Bob haltingly sang, “without a warning, you broke my heart”. They played a kickass Lovelight, almost a decade after it was last performed with Pigpen.
There was no encore that night, none was needed. They were literally dripping wet.
The houselights came on at 2:00 am, and the Talking Heads "Take Me To The River" began playing on the P.A. (to this day whenever I hear that song it takes me back to this moment) and Rock Scully stepped onstage and told us, “ This was a very special treat for us (the band) and a gift to us from you guys”. The Music Never Stopped - It was no point sleeping that morning, as we had to catch an early train to Paris for that night’s show at the Hippodrome.
To be continued...
📷 Minolta SRT101, Kodak Ektachrome
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