Going through all the Oct 80 acoustic/electric shows is not a project I will undertake, but I do occasionally enjoy dipping in to see what might be hiding in there. Tonight, as they start Ripple, Jerry announces "you can sing along with this one if you'd like," and Bob adds, "Jerry wrote this one for his mom." Ok! Not things I'd expect to hear from either of them, but there you go. During the final round of da-da-dada's, someone onstage (one of the drummers?) hollers "sing!" and Bob retorts, "sing, don't howl." On this aud, however, it doesn't sound like a lot of the crowd took them up on the offer. C'mon, deadheads! How many times did Jerry invite you to sing along? Sheesh.
Otherwise, it's the usual straightforward acoustic set. Phil seems unusually present in the mix (On the Road Again!), and I always forget what an interesting anomaly these instrumental performances of Heaven Help the Fool were (sans rhythm section). The only other real noteworthy point, however, is when Mickey can be heard during the lull before Bird Song offering to sing Fire On the Mountain. Another opportunity lost, I suppose.
Onto the electric sets. Excelsior.