Friday, February 24, 2017

Dead Show/podcast for 2/24/17

This week we bring you the second set from the Dead's Mardi Gras performance back in 1993 - 2/23/93 - at the Oakland Coliseum. Of course this is 1993 Dead - nevertheless it is an interesting performance especially given the fact that Ornette Coleman sits in for the post-drums segment of the set. I've included the Mardi Gras parade drums segment and an Iko Iko  that was admittedly on the weak side. Corrina follows - I had been told not so long ago that I'd never included a performance of this on the Deadpod so I'm glad ot include one here. Lazy River Road follows, a rather curious choice in this slot, as it is surely not high energy. Playin' follows, and signals the beginning of the heart of this set. The drums that follows includes Graham Wiggins on well as Coleman's appearance on stage. Now the real wierdness follows, with a wonderfully unique  'Space' going into the 'Other One'. If you're not a fan of the more improvisational jazzy side of the band, you might not enjoy this. Ornette pushes the boundaries here, and its unlike most versions you'd ever hear. A sad 'Stella Blue ' follows..and they end this set with a nice uptempo 'Lovelight' that benefits from the addition of Coleman's sax. A 'Brokedown Palace' encore sends everyone home with a nice touch of nostalgia.

Grateful Dead
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena Oakland, CA
2/23/93 - Tuesday

set 2

Iko Iko (2) ;
Corrina ;
Lazy River Road >
Playing In The Band >
Drums (3) >
Space (3) >
The Other One (4) >
Stella Blue (4) >
Turn On Your Love Light (4)
Encore Brokedown Palace (4)
Comments (1) first time played. (2) Mardi Gras Parade with Sikiru and Delgado Coleman. (3) with Ornette Coleman and Graham Wiggins on didgeridoo. (4) with Ornette Coleman.

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I do hope you enjoy the set.. we'll be back next week.......

Thank you so much for your kind support. Peace.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Dead Show/podcast for 2/17/17

It won't be long before Mardi Gras is here so I decided to bring you one of the better Mardi Gras shows the band performed in their later years. This is from February 23rd, 1993 at Oakland California. Part of me wanted to only play the second set, which features an excellent collaboration with Ornette Coleman, however the completest in me demanded the entire show, so this week I'm featuring set 1, which contains some nice highlights as well as the premier of Phil Lesh's version of 'Broken Arrow'.  I quite enjoy Garcia's solo in Loser as well, and the unusual 'Johnny B. Goode' set closer.

I decided to also include in this week's Deadpod part of a wonderful set by Joe Russo's Almost Dead. This comes from their performance on 12/30/16 at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester NY. They simply tear up this Viola Lee Blues .. I hope you enjoy it!!!

Grateful Dead
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena
Oakland, CA  2/23/93 - Tuesday


Cold Rain And Snow ;
Wang Dang Doodle ;
Loser ;
Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again ;
Broken Arrow (first time played) ;
Way To Go Home ;
Johnny B. Goode

Joe Russo's Almost Dead
The Capitol Theater Port Chester NY
Viola Lee Blues->
Uncle John's Band->
Uncle John's Band reprise->
Viola Lee Blues reprise

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you can find Joe Russo's Almost Dead touring schedule here on their official site:

Thanks to my kind listeners whose contributions make the Deadpod possible!!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Dead Show/podcast for 2/10/17

This week I'm pleased to present the second set of the band's performance at the Uptown Theater in Chicago Illinois on February 1st, 1978. They come out of the chute smoking with a great 'Samson and Delilah' - one listen and you know they're taking no prisoners tonight. They slow it down with a beautiful.. and powerfully sung,  'Must Have Been The Roses', Those voices start talking to Weir as 'Estimated Prophet' follows and takes us on a great ride..nice transition leads into 'He's Gone'. this leads into a nice Drumz and a great jam that follows which flows into 'The Other One'. Some great Phil here.. and Garcia soars.
The pathos of 'Wharf Rat' follows, then we're led back into the light with a great 'Sugar Magnolia'.  The band follows with a rocking 'Around and Around' to close the Wednesday night show..

Grateful Dead
Uptown Theatre
Chicago, IL  2/1/78 - Wednesday

Samson And Delilah [8:24] ;
It Must Have Been The Roses [7:47] ;
Estimated Prophet [12:27] >
He's Gone [10:47] >
Drums [6:13] >
Jam [8:18] >
The Other One [11:02] >
Wharf Rat [9:47] >
Sugar Magnolia [10:04]
Around And Around [8:00]

You can listen to this week's Deadpod here:

Hope you're not snowed in!!

hold back the darkness..

thanks so much for your support!

Friday, February 03, 2017

Dead Show/podcast for 2/3/17

We're going to welcome in the  month of February with the band's performance from February 1st, 1978 at the Uptown Theater in Chicago. I believe you'l enjoy this excellent recording of the start of a wonderful swing through the midwest in the winter of 1978. This first set starts with a smokin' 'Jack Straw', then moves through a longish 'Friend of the Devil'. 'Mama Tried' and 'Me & My Uncle' follow then a great 'Ramble on Rose'. Following 'Cassidy' the tape is missing the 'Sunrise' that followed, but we do have the spirited 'Sugaree' which closed the first set. I've decided to follow that with an excellent 'Candyman' which was recorded a few days following up in Milwaukee. Sadly not all of that gig, or of several of these performances during the first week of February '78, are available in soundboard format (although parts of several performances were 'picked' to be included in an excellent, now out-of-print Dick's Picks' 18).

Grateful Dead
Uptown Theatre
Chicago, IL  2/1/78 - Wednesday

Jack Straw [5:57]
Friend Of The Devil [8:08]
Mama Tried [2:40]>
Me And My Uncle [3:23]
Ramble On Rose [7:20]
Cassidy [5:10]
Sunrise [3:54] - MISSING
Sugaree [10:39]

2/4/78 - Milwaukee Auditorium, Milwaukee WI
Candyman [6:39]

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Thanks for your kind support!

Be well and hold back the darkness!