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Days Between
May 21, 1995
Sam Boyd Silver Bowl

Jerry doesn’t miss a beat. Video shows him deeply into this version onstage and you can hear it in his vocals. This one can stand with the greatest.
Sept. 29, 1993
Boston Garden

Spacey and well played. Vince has some sick fills and Jerry plays very strongly. Better than 4/2/95
Sept. 28, 1994
Boston Garden

Very hot version, Jerry’s on fire in the solo and his vocals are perfect. This show is massively underrated vs much of the rest of this fall tour.
Not Fade Away
May 25, 1992
Shoreline Amphitheatre

Great Vince version. Super hot. Follows the first west coast Attics. Jerry was really feeling it.
Turn On Your Love Light
July 7, 1984
Alpine Valley Music Theatre

Glorious return of lovelight to regular rotation. Phil leads with the riff out of NFA. Can’t imagine what this was like


China Cat Sunflower -> I Know You Rider
July 18, 1990
Deer Creek Music Theater

China is great and so is the transition. Rider leaves a little to be desired especially in the headlight verse, but it’s very speedy and fun.
China Cat Sunflower -> I Know You Rider
Sept. 20, 1990
Madison Square Garden

Truly the best version of the 90s (and maybe of the whole post Keith era). The second Rider solo with Bruce leading into Jerry RIPPING is so hot. Fantastic transition jam as well, super exploratory and fun.
Scarlet Begonias -> Fire On The Mountain
Dec. 26, 1980
Oakland Auditorium Arena

Definitely underrated version. Scarlet is perfect and Jerry brings the heat for Fire. Lyrics are nailed too. Winter 1980 shows after the acoustic run were all uniformly very hot!
Jack Straw
Sept. 17, 1994
Shoreline Amphitheatre

Legitimately hot. Great end solo, Jerry shreds.
Sept. 9, 1987
Civic Center

Very strong version, fantastic jam with jerry reaching incredible peaks. Cassidy really reached new heights from 83-89.