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Amid Dead & Co. cancellation, a look back at DMB and Trey Anastasio COVID shows

(REVISED: Dead & Co. have scrapped their entire event due to COVID.)The latest punch in COVID vs. touring rock lineups has knocked out Dead & Company’s Playing In The Sand festival right before its scheduled start. A positive test for…

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Grateful Dead – 5/3/72 Paris (Europe ’72, Vol. 11)

If it’s true that one proposed title for Europe ’72 was Europe On $5,000 A Day, then it would’ve done all right to start with the beginning of this night. We fade in to a crowd already primed, chanting and…

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Grateful Dead – 3/16/90 Landover (Spring 1990 box #1)

Was buying this box set a bad idea? I think anyone who just spent $200 on a set of six Grateful Dead concerts from 1990 would ask the same thing as they open up the package. I’m typically all about…

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Grateful Dead – 3/19/90 Hartford (Spring 1990 box #2)

With a six-show box set, the only responsible thing to do is to build a personal compilation of favorite tracks. Where the first night of the Spring 1990 box (3/16/90 Landover review) made it hard to leave much out of…

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Grateful Dead – 3/22/90 Hamilton, ON (Spring 1990 box #3)

The Dead played roughly 2,300 shows from the time they started¬† down that golden road to unlimited devotion through 1995, and devotees recorded all but maybe a couple hundred in one form or another. So it’s unlikely — highly unlikely…

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Grateful Dead – 3/26/90 Albany (Spring 1990 box #4)

We’re over the hump in the six-show Spring 1990 box as the caravan survives customs and rolls into New York’s capital. After the collection’s second “Hell In A Bucket” opener (better than the first), 3/26/90 proceeds to a gangly but…

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Grateful Dead – 3/30/90 Uniondale, NY (Spring 1990 box #5)

The¬†middle night at Nassau wasn’t kidding around. Fantastic first-set setlist, followed by “Eyes > Estimated > Dark Star” pre-drums. Branford Marsalis sitting in for “Bird Song” and then all of the second set. Good enough that “Eyes Of The World”…

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Grateful Dead – 4/2/90 Atlanta (Spring 1990 box #6)

While the other five shows were the last nights in their respective cities, the middle night at the Omni took the honors to end the Spring 1990 box. So it’s hard not to look at the next night and notice…

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Grateful Dead – 6/9/76 Boston (Road Trips 4.5)(Archives, 2011)

The Boston 6/9/76 show shouldn’t be anyone’s first show, and it won’t be anyone’s favorite. But like November ’73, June ’74, or May ’77, June ’76 ranks as one of the most reliable months in the band’s three-decade career. The Dead…

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Grateful Dead / Winterland June 1977: The Complete Recordings

For a box like this, let’s go night by night and track by track (for most, but not all, of the performances). As for the physical box itself, I’m a big fan of the compact design and the basic styling,…

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