Tag Archives: Playin’ in the Band

RFK Stadium, Washington D.C., June 10, 1973

stub RFK 1973

A ridiculously long show, clocking in at an insane 4 hours and 35 minutes. This monster took place in the summer of ’73, when long shows were part of the norm for The Grateful Dead. They played three huge sets this day, the second of two double-bills they played with the Allman Brothers Band.

I was torn over which part of this show to feature on this week’s Dead Zone. There’s a wonderful, trippy meandering jam through “Dark Star>He’s Gone>Wharf Rat,” but I opted for the slightly more upbeat “Birdsong>Playing in the Band” that ends set 1 and the “Eyes of the World>Stella Blue” that open set 2. A great soundboard mix, too. (The above image is a stub from the day before, but hey, close enough, right?)

A few Allmans join the Dead for part of set 3, too. Check out the whole giant steaming bowl of awesomeness below.

County Fairgrounds, Des Moines, IA: June 16, 1974

Another iconic show that’s been commercially released as part of the “Road Trips” series. This marathon 3-hour show from the summer of ’74 absolutely deserves the full “remix and release” treatment. However, like many of the commercially-released shows on dead.net, this one’s sold out, too. To boot, only a handful of tracks from this show… Continue Reading

Winterland, San Francisco, CA: February 24, 1974

Another San Francisco show, this time a marathon show from the Winterland Ballroom in February of 1974, the last of a 3-show run at the fabled 5400-seat theater. This was shortly before the Dead unveiled their Wall of Sound concert rig at the Cow Palace the following month. On this week’s installment of The Dead… Continue Reading