31 Days of Dead 2017 – Bonus Material: “Iko Iko > Day-O > Women Are Smarter” & “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” – Pittsburgh, PA 7/6/87


Iko Iko > Day-O > Women Are Smarter, Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door

7/6/87 – Civic Arena – Pittsburgh, PA

One of the great things about a New Year’s Eve Grateful Dead concert was the tradition of a third set or at least an extended encore. Taking a page from the band’s playbook, I have followed that tradition in these projects. This year my “third set” is taken from the Pittsburgh Civic Arena on the same day that the band’s album, In The Dark was released. This show, along with the two shows that followed in Roanoke (July 7th & 8th) were the only indoor arena shows during the stadium tour with Bob Dylan. The shows were added after the Dead-Dylan tour was announced. Tickets were nearly impossible to get. The band delivered with what are arguably better shows than they played with Dylan.

The Pittsburgh show is made extra special by the presence of the Neville Brothers who joined the Dead for the most of the second set. Of the several times they collaborated together, this one is my favorite.

The Cajun-flavored trifecta of “Iko > Day-O > Women” is one giant party, but it is the stunning version of “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” that floats out of “Space” (complete with the soulful croons of the Nevilles) that makes this one a keeper. It was the band’s debut performance of “Knockin’” without Dylan, and it is the only time that it was not played as an encore which only adds to the specialness of it. The band must have liked their performance this evening because they invited the Neville Brothers back for their New Year’s Eve show that same year. While the NYE performance was fun, it did not rise to the level of Pittsburgh. As so often is the case, lightning never strikes twice. Therefore, even though it may have been more appropriate to use the material from New Year’s Eve 1987, I went with this one. The other reason I selected Pittsburgh is because for years it only circulated as an audience recording. In August 2017, audio guru Charlie Miller unearthed the first soundboard recording of it, which is an “Ultra Matrix Soundboard” originally taped by longtime GD sound man Dan Healy. I was so excited about this that I couldn’t wait another year to feature it. However, I did provide a link to the YouTube video of the NYE performance, since one does not exist for Pittsburgh.

I hope you enjoyed this year’s edition of the 31 Days of Dead. Please forward any requests or comments to me at 31daysofdead@gmail.com. In addition, I invite you to follow me on Instagram @31daysofdead. Wishing you all the best in the New Year!

 Download today’s bonus material HERE.

Stream Iko Iko on relisten.net HERE, Day-O HERE, Women Are Smarter HERE, and Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door HERE.

Stream the whole show on archive.org HERE. And stream the aforementioned NYE video on YouTube HERE.




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31 Days of Dead 2017 – Day #31: “Touch of Grey” – Hartford, CT 3/27/87


December 31 

Touch Of Grey

3/27/87 – Hartford Civic Center – Hartford, CT

I started this year’s project with the first performance of “Terrapin Station” to commemorate the 40-year anniversary of that album as well as the entire legendary touring year of 1977. Another big anniversary that received less attention was the 30-year anniversary of the band’s only Top 10 album, In The Dark. Released on July 6, 1987, the album included the band’s only top 40 single, “Touch of Grey” which peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. The anthem-like song with the chorus, “I will get by, I will survive” embodied Jerry Garcia’s triumphant return after surviving a diabetic coma the previous year. It seemed appropriate to book-end “Touch of Grey” with “Terrapin Station” to frame this year’s edition of the Unofficial 31 Days of Dead. This version from Hartford is about as good as this song gets.

[Hey, guys. It’s JF. I just wanted to remind you at the end of this fantastic voyage that every single word of every single post of the 31 Days project was written by ECM. I didn’t edit anything – didn’t need to because he’s a great writer. I’ll save the big thanks for later, but for now … we did it. We got by, we survived.]

Download today’s track HERE.

Stream today’s track on relisten.net HERE.

And stream the whole show on archive.org HERE.



Grateful Dead in Concert | Hartford CT | 26 March 1987



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31 Days of Dead 2017 – Day #30: “Sugar Magnolia” – Barcelona, Spain 10/19/81


December 30 

Sugar Magnolia

10/19/81 – Sports Palace – Barcelona, Spain

Winding up their ’81 European Tour in Barcelona, the Dead pull all the stops out for this super-charged version of “Sugar Magnolia.” The climax is an adrenaline rush of thrashing, white hot distorto-guitars and pounding rhythm. Insane!

Download today’s track HERE.

Stream today’s track on relisten.net HERE , and on YouTube HERE.

And stream the whole show on archive.org HERE.





Jerry Bobby

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31 Days of Dead 2017 – Day #29: “China Doll > High Time” – Providence, RI 4/27/84


December 29

China Doll > High Time

4/27/84 – Providence Civic Center – Providence, RI

Today’s selection is a request from Jamie Goldberg. The back-to-back Garcia ballads call to mind Richmond ’85 (i.e., 11/1/85, Dick’s Picks Vol. 21).

Download today’s segment HERE.

Stream China Doll on relisten.net HERE, and on YouTube HERE. Stream High Time on relisten.net HERE.

And stream the whole show on archive.org HERE.



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31 Days of Dead 2017 – Day #28: “Eyes of the World” – San Francisco, CA 5/26/73


December 28

Eyes of the World

5/26/73 – Kezar Stadium – San Francisco, CA

A transcendental “Eyes” that rises from the ashes of a face-melting “Other One” from an epic 3-set show on a gorgeous sunny day at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco.

 Download today’s track HERE.

Stream today’s track at relisten.net HERE or on YouTube HERE.

Or stream the whole show at archive.org HERE.





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31 Days of Dead 2017 – Day #27: “Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodleloo” – Binghamton, NY 11/6/77


December 27 

Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo

11/6/77 – Broome County Arena – Binghamton, NY

I figured I would squeeze this one in before it is officially release on the next Dave’s Picks in 2018.

Here’s a nice recap from Hal Masonberg, who runs The Hal Blog:

“Spring 1977 is largely considered one of the Grateful Dead’s best tours. So much so, in fact, there’s a 5 show box set that’s just been released by the Grateful Dead and Rhino (the keepers of the Dead’s massive musical vault) this week. But for me, the magic didn’t end with the completion of the spring ’77 tour. It was simply being ushered in by it. The Dead’s fall tour of that same year, followed by the 4-show New Year’s run at Winterland and into the spring tour of 1978, contains some of my favorite shows of all time. The tightness and beauty, mixed with a high rockin’ energy that came to characterize the Spring 1977 tour, only intensified as the year rolled forward. Garcia seemed uncontainable throughout this period: wide grins and guitar-slams so intense and heartfelt you’d think Garcia was trying to make the music reverberate straight through the center of the earth itself. And perhaps it did. The fierceness with which Garcia played throughout this period brought the band to new heights and each and every member of this touring circus rose up to meet Garcia. Sometimes the effect was less ‘tight’ than they had been in the past, but the savage joy that took its place fills me to the core.

One such show was the Dead’s final show of their 1977 Fall tour. The Dead always loved playing New York and the Broome County Arena in Binghamton was no exception. This gig not only closed the tour, but an astounding three-night N.Y. run. The show’s opening MISSISSIPPI HALFSTEP is among the best I’ve ever heard. So much pure energy and storytelling, it threatens to blow the roof off the place.”

And here are comments from John Dwork and Jeff Mattson of the Taper’s Compendium:

“This show is a true classic – one of the better shows from one of the better years. The sound is quintessential 1977: big, loud, tight, exciting, yet tempered, even slow at times, but never truly mellow. The Dead open with what I believe to be the most passionate reading of Mississippi Half-Step I’ve ever heard. It begins as usual, but the concluding jam is to Mississippi Half-Step what 5/8/77 is to Morning Dew. The jam goes on and on, rising higher and higher, going further than the listener expects, further in fact than ever before. The vibe is exultant. It’s obvious that the band knows they’re hot.”

Download today’s track HERE.

Stream today’s track on relisten.net HERE.

And stream the whole show on archive.org HERE.


Grateful Dead Live at Broome County Civic Center 6 November 1977

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31 Days of Dead 2017 – Day #26: “China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider” & “The Promised Land” – Lewiston, ME 9/6/80


December 26 

China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider, The Promised Land

9/6/80 – Maine State Fairgrounds – Lewiston, ME

The Dead close a long and excellent first set with a fiery “China>Rider” followed by a bonus, all-time version of “The Promised Land” at an outdoor show on a gorgeous day in Maine over Labor Day weekend.  A teen-aged Steve Liesman, host of CNBC’s Squawk Box and rhythm guitar player for Grateful Dead tribute band, Stella Blues Band, attended that show and made a post on his facebook page about it:  “I was down in front where the New England fans were screaming ‘Yankees suck.’ At the end of China/Rider, Phil keeps playing and Bob turns to him with a quizzical face and I saw Phil mouth ‘Promised Land’ and Bob ran up to the mic to sing.”

Download today’s track HERE.

Stream China Cat Sunflower on relisten.net HERE, stream I Know You Rider HERE, and stream The Promised Land HERE.

And stream the whole show on archive.org HERE.



The Lewiston Daily Sun Google News Archive Search

Stony Brook Press V. 02 N. 02


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