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“I think you’ll find this a rare musical experience”. Today, we feature a treat for all the Jerry lovers out there. The sound of Jerry’s guitar is instantly distinguishable, and for many of us, creates a feeling like no other. The shows (early and late) from 4.10.82, from the Capitol Theater in Passaic, NJ, is perhaps one of the best examples of Jerry’s raw acoustic guitar playing. Appearing by himself, with only his acoustic guitar, Jerry treated the audience to a night packed with incredible moments. This show is a very intimate musical experience. In his soft, comforting voice, and his signature Takamine guitar, Jerry sings sweet songs, that rock the soul.
According to many, this show is the only known solo performance by Jerry after forming the Grateful Dead. All other shows include at least one other musician on stage making this show quite a rarity. The rumor has it that John Kahn was supposed to perform, but was unable to make it, so Jerry went through anyway. It is said that Jerry felt uncomfortable and so he never performed solo again. These shows are absolutely amazing, offering a great look at Jerry’s acoustic guitar playing. The SBDS, available for download below, help to cherish this rare moment.
Listen to “Gomorrah” from the late show on 4.10.82.
Listen to “Reuben and Cherise” from the early show on 4.10.82
Here’s a video, from a few days after the Capitol Theater show, of Jerry and Bob performing “Deep Elem Blues” on Letterman 4.13.82.
Here’s the Dead performing “Jack-a-Roe” at Hampton Coliseum 10.9.89.