Here are three of San Francisco’s finest performing Dylan’s classic.
Woody Guthrie’s classic folk song performed almost 21 years ago, on 7/2/89.
Wishing Bobby a very happy 62nd birthday and also announcing he, Lesh, RatDog’s Jeff Chimenti (keyboards) and Jay Lane (drums) along with Dark Star Orchestra’s John Kadlecik (guitar) and the Duo’s Joe Russo (drums), will appear in San Francisco on December 30 and 31 at the Bill Graham Civic Center. Onward, upward, outward, inward, closer, FURTHUR.
“Time for a crying song, folks.” One of Bobby’s many shining moments from Rockaplast ’81. Check out their version with Jerry playing pedal steel from Dick’s Picks 30 at The Academy of Music in NYC from 3/28/72.
What was Bobby thinking?
Back in February at an Umphrey’s show in Atlanta, we had the good fortune to meet a cool guy and a great photographer, Derek Martinez. Since then, Derek has been show and festival hopping all over the U.S. and has shared some of his photos with us. Check these out:
Jake & Ryan Stasik
“Being the focus of what amounts to a quasi-religious cult is just weird.”
When I Paint My Masterpiece
Deep Elem Blues
Victim Or The Crime
Dark Hollow (1)
Turtle Dove (1)
Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door (1)
Jerry Garcia, John Kahn and Bob Weir acoustic. Jerry also played on “Let It Be” from Joan Baez’s set. An AIDS benefit concert, Humanitas International and BGP presents Joan Baez and Friends: A Christmas Concert. Broadcast on KQED-TV.
Bob Weir (guitar, vocals) , (1) Joan Baez (guitar, vocals)
The first call came into Penn State’s Bryce Jordan Center in mid- summer: A concert promoter asked venue officials to hold some dates at the school’s indoor arena in the fall. The promoter wouldn’t identify the band — and didn’t until he called back to ask if October 13th would be available for a Barack Obama benefit with Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann. “We went, ‘Wow,’ ” says Bernie Punt, director of sales at the venue. “We knew right then this was going to be unique.”
Within minutes of the announcement, Deadheads had snapped up all 15,000 tickets for the first show in four years by the surviving members of the Grateful Dead. On the night of the October 13th concert, which also included the Allman Brothers Band, fans from as far away as Stockholm whooped it up as the Dead launched into the trademark shuffle of “Truckin’.” Joined by Allmans and Gov’t Mule guitarist Warren Haynes and keyboardist Jeff Chimenti from Weir’s band Ratdog, the reunited Dead resurrected standards like “Touch of Grey” and “U.S. Blues,” as well as spaced-out jam classics “Dark Star” and “St. Stephen.” “It was great fun,” Weir says. “We speak a language no one else speaks, and we have intuitions about each other’s approaches that no one else can have. It’s there — it doesn’t go away.” (Continue Reading…)
We at Musical Stew Daily would like to wish rhythm guitar extraordinaire, Bob Weir a very happy 61st birthday. Bob and Phil Lesh have apparently settled their differences and let bygones be bygones. They will share the same bill with Jackie Greene on New Years Eve in San Fran this year at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.
Here’s Bob with the Dead performing Marty Robbins’ classic, “El Paso”:
Here he is with The Zen Tricksters and Donna Jean performing “Jack Straw”:
This was taped in November of 2001 and was a discussion panel on music at the Connecticut Forum. Just a cool little relic here folks.
Sources confirm that the surviving members of the Grateful Dead — guitarist Bob Weir, bassist Phil Lesh,and drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann — are planning to tour in April and May of 2009. There’s no word yet on the band’s configuration — previous configurations of “The Dead” and The Other Ones have included singer-guitar hero Warren Haynes, guitar ace Jimmy Herring, singer-guitarist Susan Tedeschi, singer Joan Osborne, keyboardists Jeff Chimenti and Rob Baracco, as well as guitarists Mark Karan and Steve Kimock.
Also in the works, likely for October 13, is a second Deadheads For Obama concert, planned for the swing state of Pennsylvania.
The first Deadheads for Obama concert took place at the Warfield in San Francisco — with Weir, Hart, Lesh, drummer John Molo, keyboardist Steve Molitz, guitarist Larry Campbell, pedal steel player Barry Sless, singer-guitarist Jackie Greene, and Karan — on the eve of the California Democratic primary.
The Dead allied with Obama after Lesh’s son began volunteering for Obama’s campaign.
“This is the real deal,” Lesh said of Obama then.
Stream some vintage Dead from 1978 here: GD Red Rocks 1978
Check out this encore:
Terrapin Station ->
One More Saturday Night
Werewolves Of London
Continuing with our celebration of Jerry’s life this week, I’ve added a splendid “Eyes Of The World” from 1991.
Piece by 60 Minutes with Harry Reasoner in 1968 at 710 Haight Ashbury and Golden Gate Park.
If you don’t watch any other videos on this site, please watch these:
“Row Jimmy” from 8/4/1976:
(Note: Skip to 2:43 to get to the beginning of the song.)
He’s Gone from April 17, 1972:
As stated before, we are celebrating the life of Mr. Jerome John Garcia this week. Ole ‘Jer would’ve been 66 on Friday. Here’s The Grateful Dead playing “Ripple” acoustically from 1980.
The Grateful Dead open up the vaults and are to release their historic 1978 show.
Jambase.com: n the fall of 1978, author and counterculture icon Ken Kesey reported to a close friend that he had recently witnessed “the latest Rocking of the Cradle of Civilization.” The course of events that he went on to recall was the Grateful Dead’s assorted family, friends and fellow Pranksters–”Pyramidiots” of various origins–descent upon Egypt’s Nile Valley that culminated in three legendary concerts performed at the foot of the Great Pyramid in Gizah. Although perhaps unintentionally, the entire adventure might have been easily seen, as Kesey did, as one very special contribution to the then-critical Middle Eastern peace effort. To commemorate the 30-year anniversary of this cosmic convergence of sound and sphinx, Grateful Dead Productions and Rhino will release ROCKING THE CRADLE: EGYPT 1978, a collection of highlights from this historic three-night stand. The 2-CD/1-DVD set will be available September 30 at regular retail outlets and www.dead.net for a suggested list price of $34.98. Fans who pre-order the set from Dead.net will receive an exclusive eight-song bonus disc that includes additional unreleased performances from the Egypt run. A digital version that includes all the CD content will also be available.
Recorded September 15-16, 1978 at the Gizah Sound and Light Theater, the original 24-track recordings have been remastered for this set in HDCD for superior sound quality. The two CDs contain 18 tracks featuring more than three hours of music, including a version of “Fire On The Mountain” that many fans consider one of the band’s best. Except for three performances that appeared on 2004′s Beyond Description boxed set, the tracks on ROCKING THE CRADLE have never been released. The accompanying DVD features more than 100 minutes of footage; including 13 songs from the third and final Egypt show, which took place during a rare lunar eclipse. Legendary promoter Bill Graham called this show “one of the great experiences of my life.” The DVD also includes a featurette titled “The Vacation Tapes” which catches never-before-seen candid band footage from the trip. The set comes in pyramid-inspired packaging and features rare photos from the trip and liner notes by longtime Dead associate Alan Trist, who was pivotal in making the trek to Egypt happen.
Trist recalls that “the Dead long dreamed of playing at the foot of the Great Pyramid.” However, pulling off this dream proved to be a monumental task as no other American band had ever performed there. The band spent months planning and making arrangements with the Egyptian Ministry of Culture. The band agreed to pay all of its own expenses for the trip and donated all of the proceeds from ticket sales to several Egyptian charities, as well as the Department of Antiquities, which preserves the country’s ancient treasures. Another major challenge was the minimal amount of power available at Gizah, which required the band to bring in an enormous generator to power its state-of-the-art sound and recording equipment. In the end, the massive effort paid off. The shows were spectacular successes, attracting a mix of world cultures including American Dead Heads and European fans as well as curious Egyptians and Bedouins on camels drawn by the unusual spectacle.
Unbeknownst to the band at the time, these shows would soon have a remarkable historical context. On September 17, the day after the last show, the Camp David Peace Accords were signed after nearly two weeks of secret negotiations. The Accords led to the Egyptian-Israeli Peace Treaty, which made Egypt the first Arab country to officially recognize Israel and ended a near 30-year state of war between the two countries. One has to wonder if the Dead’s message of peace and love might have had some sort of impact on the negotiations.
ROCKING THE CRADLE features: Jerry Garcia (guitar, vocals), Donna Jean Godchaux (vocals), Keith Godchaux (keyboards), Mickey Hart (drums), Bill Kreutzmann (drums), Phil Lesh (electric bass, vocals), and Bob Weir (rhythm guitar, vocals). These performances took place just a few months before the band released Shakedown Street, its tenth studio album. The shows featured performances of several songs from the upcoming album, including the title track, “I Need A Miracle,” “Fire On The Mountain,” and an updated take on the blues standard, “Stagger Lee.” The band also peppered its Egyptian setlists with classics like “Deal,” “Truckin’” and “Stella Blue.”
ROCKING THE CRADLE: EGYPT 1978 Track Listing:
1. “Jack Straw”
2. “Row Jimmy”
3. “New, Minglewood Blues”
5. “Looks Like Rain”
6. “Stagger Lee”
7. “I Need A Miracle”
8. “It’s All Over Now”
1. “Ollin Arageed”
2. “Fire On The Mountain”
3. “Iko Iko”
4. “Shakedown Street”
8. “Stella Blue”
9. “Around And Around”
2. “Good Lovin’”
3. “Row Jimmy”
4. “New, Minglewood Blues”
6. “Looks Like Rain”
8. “Ollin Arageed”
9. “Fire On The Mountain”
10. “Iko Iko”
11. “I Need A Miracle”
12. “It’s All Over Now”
Featurette: “The Vacation Tapes”
Dead.net Exclusive Bonus CD
2. “Good Lovin’”
3. “El Paso”
4. “Ramble On Rose”
5. “Estimated Prophet”
6. “Eyes Of The World”
7. “Terrapin Station”
8. “Sugar Magnolia”