Grateful Dead

Rare Bertha Video from September 16th, 1978

30 years ago the Grateful Dead arrived in Egypt and created one of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s most monumental achievements by playing 3 unforgettable shows at the Sound & Light Theater near Cairo. To celebrate the enduring legacy of this musical milestone, we’re streaming video of the first song, "Bertha" from that final night, September 16th, 1978.

This excerpt is plucked from the DVD inside ROCKING THE CRADLE: EGYPT 1978. You'll find 100 minutes of footage on the DVD -- including 13 songs from the night of the 16th. Another DVD highlight is “The Vacation Tapes,” a featurette of never-before-seen candid band footage from the trip.

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Egyptian Book of The Dead

"In the Land of The Dark, The Ship of The Sun is pulled by The Grateful Dead."

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It's America's world - we just live in it.

calebonmttam said: "we are lucky we live in america."

Yup, even DeadHeads can display 'Merican myopia.

Reminds me of a rave review of a Lionel Hampton box set at the site of Mosaic Records. Raving about the swing era classics involved, the customer noted: "No wonder we won the War!"

Sheesh!

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...ain't no time to hate....barely time to wait.....

Have we no gentlemen out there? Those of us who were fortunate to experience in person the lovely Donna know personally the magic she brought to the mix.

And as far as the "slow" Bertha.....Dude, they're playin in Nubian time!

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Donna Jean, si!

Wonder if all the hashish (and maybe jetlag) led to the band playing more slowly than usual?

Kreutzmann had a broken hand during the visit to Egypt.

Donna Jean belongs; the Dead always seemed better with a womanly touch IMHO.

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Always good

good performance from Egypt! Some think its slow, some think Donna is way off, but the Dead regularly changed the tempo of their old songs, probably to stay interested. Donna was off key a lot in the 72-76 era, but was right on after that. I like all their stuff except some of the 90's new stuff (did I say Vince?)

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Egypt 78

I liked it! I think Donna souded great and Bobby looked like he was just havig FUN.

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Egypt Rocks!!!

wow, that just proved it with that performance of bertha. The egyptian run was not as bad as everyone thought. Epic performance. The quality was very great and your right about the goosebumps.

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holy crap

Donna's magic ? back up. She was only in the band because of Keith. They didn't ask her to join the band, they got stuck with her.

On the other hand, her amazing contributions to various playing in the bands (ohhhh, yeaaahhh!) is simply delightful. She really nailed that at every show they played. I guess
I stand corrected on her value to the band....

Next thing we'll hear is that you guys probably like 'Sunrise' from Terrapin too. cripes.

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alreadly ordered cant wait,

alreadly ordered cant wait,

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as a matter of fact bitc, err bear

i do like 'Sunrise' from Terrapin too

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Rare Bertha Video from September 16th, 1978