The Fourth of July. The second of three shows at Soldier Field in Chicago. The Dead 50 shows continued after a hot Friday night show.
Rock it out on couch tour via MLB stream (On-Demand), Nugs.tv, or YouTube.
Follow @CoventryMusic for couchtour updates.
Here's what went down on Saturday...
Dead 50 Setlist, Saturday 7.4.15 - Fare Thee Well - Soldier Field, Chicago, IL
Set 1: Shakedown Street, Liberty, Standing on the Moon, Me and My Uncle, Tennessee Jed, Cumberland Blues, Lil Red Rooster, Friend of the Devil, Deal
Set 2: Birdsong, Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion), Lost Sailor > Saint of Circumstance > West LA Fadeaway, Foolish Heart > Drums/Space > Stella Blue, One More Saturday Night
Encore: U.S. Blues
Dead50 Quick Links: Chicago 7/3/15 Setlist and Recap - Santa Clara setlists - Santa Clara Recaps
* * * *
Quickie Couch Tour Recap: Chicago 7/4/15 Dead 50
By Pauly (@taopauly)
Happy birthday, America. No better way to celebrate a nation of outlaws by throwing down with the first great American outlaw band. Shakedown Street kicked off the festivities. Definitely not a throw-away opener. Schwilly crowd soaked it all up, particularly the first mini-jam of the night... Liberty, a sincere patriotic selection, brought the LULZ because Dead used to pass that tune off as encore at every other show I saw in the 90s. "Liberty encore tonight" became an inside joke among my friends during the Dead50 run... Trey vocals on nostalgic Standing on the Moon. Those Jerry melancholic ballads are tough to stomach. It's like picking at those old scars that still have few scabs on it. "Trey cheesed out a Caspian-like solo on Moon," described my girlfriend... Me and My Uncle gave Bobby chance to pretend he's a cowboy... Tennessee Jed sounded like the intro licks to Ocelot. Like how they shared the vocals on Jed... Cumberland first repeat of the run. More upbeat then Santa Clara, what a difference a week makes, eh? "But the boys still can't figure out how to play it," explained G-Rob... Bobby slide guitar for Lil Red Rooster... Upbeat, uptempo Friend of the Devil with rare inclusion of the lost verse... Deal set closer. Swapping lyrics again. Trey tore it up. Never thought I'd ever hear Trey sing on one of my favorite Dead songs. As a poker player holds a little extra sentiment...
Another hour-long setbreak. Phil on vocals for Birdsong to kick off second set. Too bad Page didn't sit in on piano... Trey & Bruce sharing vocals on Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion) aka the song that starts Skeletons from the Closet. It came outta nowhere. Crazy jam out... Lost Sailor highlight was the sailor hat that Mickey busted out. My girlfriend said, "Wonder if someone dosed Mickey with that Chinese counterfeit molly laced with rat poison?" Nah. Probably just trolling on Bobby. I just read Billy's book and he wrote about how Mickey loathed the lyrics on Lost Sailor. I'm not the biggest fan but the best thing about Lost Sailor is that you're gonna hear Saint of Circumstance. It always perks the crowd up. Even as an old man, Bobby can still bring the "cheese"... As a resident of West LA, I have a special affinity for West LA Fadeaway. Faded-version. Bruce on gritty vocals and Trey slicing and dicing up that jam was one of highlights of evening. West LA Fadeaway is subversive song about how capitalism is cocaine for the masses and getting hooked on materialism has the same perils of being a binging coke fiend... Foolish Heart was not one of my favorites, but Trey did his homework... Drums had that "Apocalypse Now" rumble-in-the-jungle feel. Drums/Space bled into sentimental Stella Blue... Cue one last batch of Bobby cheese with One More Saturday Night... As anticipated, U.S. Blues closed out the show. Only a single encore, but a fitting capper on a July Fourth blowout with a cavalcade of fireworks.
Dead50 Setlists: ALL
Chicago Recaps: Friday
Santa Clara Recaps: Saturday - Sunday