Latter-day Dead is a hit-or-miss proposition. Despite fatigue in the 1990s, 1990 itself brings with it some of the band's last peaks (though there's plenty to enjoy in the ensuing years before Jerry's death). The Cleveland
shows are terrific, and night two is reproduced here with a nice dose of clarity and nostalgia.
This show marked the second night with Vince Welnick on keys, a major transition after Brent Mydland died in July of that year. His nervousness is clear at various points in this show (and the previous night's gig), but fans rallied around him in support all night. Some hoisted banners reading "Yo Vinnie!" into the air. Check out his work in "Queen Jane Approximately" for a nice bit of soloing.
The mixing on this recording is pretty great, and the video shows a band deeply locked into the groove, many years into a weird journey. Lots of standout versions here: "Sugaree," "Eyes of the World," "Estimated Prophet," etc. The gentle "Friend of the Devil" is about as fine an afternoon tune as you're like to find today.
Hell in a Bucket
New Minglewood Blues
Friend of the Devil
Queen Jane Approximately
Eyes of the World
All Along the Watchtower
Not Fade Away
One More Saturday Night
And a few more "vintage concerts" from our budding series:
AC/DC at World Series of Rock at Cleveland Municipal Stadium in 1979
Smashing Pumpkins in Tremont in 1991
Queens of the Stone Age at Euclid Tavern in 1999
Warren Zevon at the Odeon in 2000