Saturday, August 23, 2014

Saturday Night At The Liberal Curmudgeon: Grateful Dead At Fillmore East, 1970



I'm convinced that one can find a record online of any concert one has attended. So it was that I found an archive of clips from a memorable concert I attended as a teen, the Grateful Dead at the Fillmore East, September 18, 1970, midnight to 6:00 a.m. It's questionable whether I would agree to the same schedule that I did as an intrepid youth. Anyway, I searched for the concert on YouTube and while I couldn't find it, I did find almost an hour's worth of footage and music above from the Dead at the Fillmore, February 14, 1970, which was close enough in time to the show I saw. The performance demonstrates the Dead's versatility, from the ultimate "acid jam" Dark Star to the funky "Hard To Handle," sung by Ron "Pig Pen" McKernan, to the acoustic "I've Been All Around This World" to three more songs from the band's repertoire, "Me And My Uncle," "Not Fade Away" and "Mason's Children." The cosmic images are reminiscent of the Joshua Light Show's psychedelic liquid light shows that formed a backdrop during the performances of the Dead and other groups. So what happened to Bill Graham's fabled rock palace in NYC's East Village? It's now an Emigrant Savings Bank.

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