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Iowa Field House
Iowa City, Iowa

Though there is good stuff from 1977 and 1970 on this day, we head to March 20, 1971 for our Dead of the Day. The band’s playing is tight throughout, and Jerry throws out some fiery jams, but Pigpen owns this show. He is lurking about through the Truckin’ opener and Loser, but comes to the fore in the gritty Hard to Handle. It is not like the rest of the band is slouching, though.  They get everything out of that tune, with Garcia leading the way and Phil busting a great bass line and throwing in some funky bombs. The boys also play a very fine Bertha, Uncle John’s, and just about everything else. But, again, Pig provides the highlights in the Good Lovin’ and, especially, the closing Lovelight...