The second night may be even better than the first. Pig’s first set GOOD LOVIN’ is epic, while Weir’s LOOKS LIKE RAIN transcended itself with Garcia on pedal steel. Oh, that he would have kept that on all their tours. Very few things in this world are as glorious as Garcia on pedal steel. The second set gave us what is easily one of the best DARK STARs ever played. The transition into SUGAR MAGNOLIA is so perfect, so relaxed and natural that you almost wish it would never end. This segues into the recently resurrected CAUTION (DO NOT STOP ON TRACKS) which moves like a steamroller over the crowd extending to a full 18 minutes and closing out the set with one hell of a bang!
One must also keep in mind that both Garcia and Weir had just recorded solo albums (Garcia’s with Dead drummer Kreutzmann and Weir’s with the Grateful Dead as his backup band). These two shows were chock-full of never-before-heard-on-European-shores live versions of these songs including BLACK-THROATED WIND, LOOKS LIKE RAIN, ONE MORE SATURDAY NIGHT, SUGAREE, DEAL, LOSER and GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD. In addition to that, brand-spanking new Dead songs were featured, offering a live sample of what would become classic tunes in an ever-evolving repertoire including TENNESSEE JED, BROWN-EYED WOMEN, RAMBLE ON ROSE and MR CHARLIE (the only song to be played every night of the tour).
When all is said and done, this two night stand wowed London and the reviews were ecstatic. And the Dead, still feeling that London deserved a more intimate concert-going experience, agreed to return at the end of the tour for a four-night run at the West End’s 2,000 seat Lyceum Theatre.