The ’77 Scarlet>Fires were lighter on their feet than the ’78s, which could get a bit aggressive and start fights in doctor’s offices. The 4/6 once tackled Mrs. Rosenberg (who has phlebitis, for God’s sake) and then bit the nurse who came to help.
Garcia is sure-footed both lyrically and instrumentally, taking many occasions to fuck shit up.
“Should I play the song or just fuck shit up?
“I’m gonna fuck shit up.”
And so he does, at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago on May 17th, 1977.