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Merriweather Post Pavilion
Columbia, Maryland

Some great '70s shows loom on this date in Dead history, but the 1985 night at Merriweather Post Pavilion stands out as well. To begin, Phil and Jerry conspire to rock the opening Mississippi Half-Step as the crowd roars its approval. The CC Rider that follows burrows deep, providing some seismic rock and roll that proceeds, to nobody’s detriment, at a geologic pace before launching off into a heady jam, leaving all earthly comparison in its wake. A few songs later, we get one of the very few of the Dead’s versions of Keep on Growing with Brent in the lead on keys. A tune later, the Looks Like Rain is pure eighties brilliance, with Bobby cheesing out...