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Greek Theatre, University of California
Berkeley, California

Things start off with Phil bombing away on an impeccable Cold Rain and Snow. A bit later, West L.A. Fadeaway is a true standout with excellent playing. Right after that, the band debuts Hell in a Bucket, the raucous, bawdy tune whose lyrics are a real trip. This version is still somewhat rough, but it is fun nonetheless. Bird Song and Let It Grow finish off the first half and do so in magisterial fashion. Jerry is resplendent on both tunes and Brent provides some stylized fills that set off, answer, and extend Jerry’s jams. But as good as Brent is in the first set, he really joins in the fun in the second. In the intro to China Cat, he fills in for Bobby, who was fixing his guitar, providing a more subtle and breezy opening to the tune. Once Bobby...