• June 19, 2014
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    4th Annual Grateful Dead Meet-Up At The Movies - Beat Club 4/21/72

    We're brimmin' with Bremen over at Dead.net! That's right, the festivities surrounding the 4th Annual Meet-Up At The Movies: Beat Club 4/21/72 have started early for us. If you haven't purchased your ticket for this one-night only event featuring the never-before-seen Beat Club studio performance in its entirety, restored from the original broadcast 2” quad video and audio mixed and mastered from the original analog tapes, let us set the scene with the official liner notes plucked from the sold out Europe '72: The Complete Recordings boxed set.

    4/21/72 Bremen

    All that most of the world knows about the city of Bremen in northern Germany is that once upon a time, long ago, there were these four old animals—a cat, a dog, a donkey and a rooster—who left their farms in the countryside and headed towards Bremen, where they hoped to live out their days as musicians. Oh, wait—that didn’t really happen. That’s the old Brothers Grimm fairy tale, The Town Musicians of Bremen. Fast forward. When the Grateful Dead—which included a few cats, a bird and a pig—hit Bremen in the third week of April in ’72, the city was still a destination for traveling musicians, thanks to a popular television program that emanated from there, called Beat-Club.

    Beat-Club was Germany’s first major rock ’n’ roll TV show, on the air monthly (or so) since September 1965 (through the end of 1972). Typically, each program would feature several acts, some shot live in the rather sterile Studio 3 of Radio Bremen, and others appearing on film or video supplied from elsewhere. Basically, everyone who was anyone in rock music in the late ’60s and early ’70s showed up on Beat-Club at one time or another—and so did a lot of acts no one in the U.S. has ever heard of! Typically, a band taping in Bremen for Beat-Club would have a song or two appear on the monthly program a few weeks later, and one suspects that most acts probably came to the studio with a good idea of what song(s) they wanted to highlight, and knocked it out quickly.

    Ah, but things were a little different when the Grateful Dead rolled into town with their tie-dyed amps, their entourage of long-haired “family,” and their recording truck parked outside. Maybe the Dead knew that day that “One More Saturday Night” would be the song that would air on the May 27 edition of the Beat-Club program, but they sure didn’t act that way. Instead, after a sound check that included “Loser” and “Black-Throated Wind,” they played a remarkable 80-minute set that mixed short songs with big jamming tunes, including two charged versions of “Playing in the Band,” and a spectacular “Truckin’” > “Other One” sequence that is more than 30 minutes long. That the band could play this well in front of a bunch German TV technicians, rather than their usual sea of swaying and flailing hippies, is amazing. That it was all captured in crystal-clear close-up video is truly a gift from the Gods (and if there’s any justice in the universe, the Gods will someday allow that video to be released commercially).

    But even studying the aural document is fascinating. For one thing, the sound is recording-studio-clear, with no venue ambience or crowd seeping into the mics. And it’s not just an ordinary show: Garcia only sings two numbers, Pigpen one, and Bob six. After Jerry casually says “we’re rolling,” Bobby shouts into the microphone, “Ladies and gentlemen, the Grrrrrateful Dead!” and the band kicks into “Bertha,” crisp and energetic, but marred by a couple of lyric flaws. Then comes “Playing in the Band,” which the group pulled out at every stop on the Europe tour, and was great every single night. Jerry is all over the wah-wah pedal during the middle jam, making it growl and cry and squeal. “Mr. Charlie” is just about letter-perfect.

    That is followed by our first do-over of the day—a luxury afforded by the fact there is no audience and this isn’t a “concert” per se. About a minute into “Sugaree,” Jerry says, “Hold it, hold it. Somebody played the wrong changes in there” (cough-Pigpen-cough), so they start at the top again. A few tunes later, Bobby halts a second version of “Playing” after he blows the first line: “Some folks trust in treason,” he sings. (It’s not clear why they do “Playing” again, as the first version was excellent. But the one that comes after the flub is even better, with a more intense middle section and much mind-bending bass work from Phil. Maybe they were more warmed-up second time ’round.) The final song-stopping calamity comes on “Truckin’,” after Bob completely spaces his entrance to the first verse, leading to the band hilariously attempting a shutdown of the song that’s all discordant crashing and colliding instruments, like some catastrophic orchestra mishap in a Bugs Bunny cartoon. Second time is the charm, though, and the group nails it and kicks off the long and exciting journey mentioned above.

    “The Other One” that emerges from a short post-“Truckin’” drum solo by Billy is full of drive and fire, like snorting and snarling horses galloping through Germany’s mysterious Black Forest. But it’s the six minutes after the second verse of “The Other One” that I want to highlight. The band doesn’t seem to have any idea about what, if any, song they might play next (surely they were past their allotted taping time and the German sound and TV crew were wondering whether this jamathon was ever going to end), so the Dead just float from one musical notion to the next. Squealing feedback gives way to a brief lilting jam. At one point Billy clicks into a little groove and the others follow and it develops into one of those lovely passages that feels familiar but isn’t quite—are those hints of “Wharf Rat”? Is “Sugar Magnolia” around that bend? Instead they keep drifting about—Jerry gets into a hypnotic finger-picking pattern at one point—until it all just peters out. There’s a pause and then they suddenly build up one of their big, chaotic endings, which is a mess worthy of the laugh that follows it. And with that, the Town Musicians of Bremen were gone.

    —Blair Jackson

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We're brimmin' with Bremen over at Dead.net! That's right, the festivities surrounding the 4th Annual Meet-Up At The Movies: Beat Club 4/21/72 have started early for us. If you haven't purchased your ticket for this one-night only event featuring the never-before-seen Beat Club studio performance in its entirety, restored from the original broadcast 2” quad video and audio mixed and mastered from the original analog tapes, let us set the scene with the official liner notes plucked from the sold out Europe '72: The Complete Recordings boxed set.

4/21/72 Bremen

All that most of the world knows about the city of Bremen in northern Germany is that once upon a time, long ago, there were these four old animals—a cat, a dog, a donkey and a rooster—who left their farms in the countryside and headed towards Bremen, where they hoped to live out their days as musicians. Oh, wait—that didn’t really happen. That’s the old Brothers Grimm fairy tale, The Town Musicians of Bremen. Fast forward. When the Grateful Dead—which included a few cats, a bird and a pig—hit Bremen in the third week of April in ’72, the city was still a destination for traveling musicians, thanks to a popular television program that emanated from there, called Beat-Club.

Beat-Club was Germany’s first major rock ’n’ roll TV show, on the air monthly (or so) since September 1965 (through the end of 1972). Typically, each program would feature several acts, some shot live in the rather sterile Studio 3 of Radio Bremen, and others appearing on film or video supplied from elsewhere. Basically, everyone who was anyone in rock music in the late ’60s and early ’70s showed up on Beat-Club at one time or another—and so did a lot of acts no one in the U.S. has ever heard of! Typically, a band taping in Bremen for Beat-Club would have a song or two appear on the monthly program a few weeks later, and one suspects that most acts probably came to the studio with a good idea of what song(s) they wanted to highlight, and knocked it out quickly.

Ah, but things were a little different when the Grateful Dead rolled into town with their tie-dyed amps, their entourage of long-haired “family,” and their recording truck parked outside. Maybe the Dead knew that day that “One More Saturday Night” would be the song that would air on the May 27 edition of the Beat-Club program, but they sure didn’t act that way. Instead, after a sound check that included “Loser” and “Black-Throated Wind,” they played a remarkable 80-minute set that mixed short songs with big jamming tunes, including two charged versions of “Playing in the Band,” and a spectacular “Truckin’” > “Other One” sequence that is more than 30 minutes long. That the band could play this well in front of a bunch German TV technicians, rather than their usual sea of swaying and flailing hippies, is amazing. That it was all captured in crystal-clear close-up video is truly a gift from the Gods (and if there’s any justice in the universe, the Gods will someday allow that video to be released commercially).

But even studying the aural document is fascinating. For one thing, the sound is recording-studio-clear, with no venue ambience or crowd seeping into the mics. And it’s not just an ordinary show: Garcia only sings two numbers, Pigpen one, and Bob six. After Jerry casually says “we’re rolling,” Bobby shouts into the microphone, “Ladies and gentlemen, the Grrrrrateful Dead!” and the band kicks into “Bertha,” crisp and energetic, but marred by a couple of lyric flaws. Then comes “Playing in the Band,” which the group pulled out at every stop on the Europe tour, and was great every single night. Jerry is all over the wah-wah pedal during the middle jam, making it growl and cry and squeal. “Mr. Charlie” is just about letter-perfect.

That is followed by our first do-over of the day—a luxury afforded by the fact there is no audience and this isn’t a “concert” per se. About a minute into “Sugaree,” Jerry says, “Hold it, hold it. Somebody played the wrong changes in there” (cough-Pigpen-cough), so they start at the top again. A few tunes later, Bobby halts a second version of “Playing” after he blows the first line: “Some folks trust in treason,” he sings. (It’s not clear why they do “Playing” again, as the first version was excellent. But the one that comes after the flub is even better, with a more intense middle section and much mind-bending bass work from Phil. Maybe they were more warmed-up second time ’round.) The final song-stopping calamity comes on “Truckin’,” after Bob completely spaces his entrance to the first verse, leading to the band hilariously attempting a shutdown of the song that’s all discordant crashing and colliding instruments, like some catastrophic orchestra mishap in a Bugs Bunny cartoon. Second time is the charm, though, and the group nails it and kicks off the long and exciting journey mentioned above.

“The Other One” that emerges from a short post-“Truckin’” drum solo by Billy is full of drive and fire, like snorting and snarling horses galloping through Germany’s mysterious Black Forest. But it’s the six minutes after the second verse of “The Other One” that I want to highlight. The band doesn’t seem to have any idea about what, if any, song they might play next (surely they were past their allotted taping time and the German sound and TV crew were wondering whether this jamathon was ever going to end), so the Dead just float from one musical notion to the next. Squealing feedback gives way to a brief lilting jam. At one point Billy clicks into a little groove and the others follow and it develops into one of those lovely passages that feels familiar but isn’t quite—are those hints of “Wharf Rat”? Is “Sugar Magnolia” around that bend? Instead they keep drifting about—Jerry gets into a hypnotic finger-picking pattern at one point—until it all just peters out. There’s a pause and then they suddenly build up one of their big, chaotic endings, which is a mess worthy of the laugh that follows it. And with that, the Town Musicians of Bremen were gone.

—Blair Jackson

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This would of been a fantastic addition to the E72 Box (cough-Rhino-cough). It might have made up for all the bullshit hassles a lot of people went through. Just sayin. Since this is the usual U.S only b.s also, maybe you can release this on B-Ray someday. But I won't hold my breath.
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How do I find out when and where this is locally? Tried fathom's links. Help!
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It works for me; click the Buy Tickets link and then enter your zip code for a map of locations near you. If it's not working for you, please report back!
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They should still send DVDs of this out to everyone who pre-ordered the first 7200 boxes. It should have been included in the first place. Not only that, but the Meet-up 7/18/89 Alpine show should have been released. At least make an online streaming video of the show available if it is never going to see the light of day for official release.
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I didn't have any trouble with the link. For a while, I was wondering if it would be shown in Fargo this year, but it showed up in the search a couple of weeks after the announcement. Keep trying the link as Marye suggested.
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Did you read the descriptive article about this show? "...if there’s any justice in the universe, the Gods will someday allow that video to be released commercially". Did you stop to consider that the GD organization's hands might be tied by others who hold the rights to the video?
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Agree with the above comments. Once you got past the fancy packaging there was simply the music. When the set was released for pre order it sounded like when you opened it the bonus material whether posters, this dvd or anything else possible would just pour itself out of there. As great as the 22 shows are it simply "lacked" something for me-this would have been a real nice add on-especially after it gets the great write up in the liner notes and there is nothing there...
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"And if you think you are ready for the crystal-clear close-up vibes, we'll beat it on down the line with a sneak peek at the show itself and bring you back down to earth again with little video from David Lemieux on why this year's Grateful gathering is just something you have to experience." I can't find the David video. Any idea where it is?
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I see it now
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Dave obliquely mentioned the license agreement to show this, so I guess this is the reason for no DVD copy. If there are no licensing objections to its release, then it is a very sad state of affairs. Living in the UK I'll have to make do with firing up my CD copy, closing my eyes and imagining I'm in that Beat Club over 40 years ago!
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Glad to see this tradition is alive and well. I hope the 11/24/1978 - Capitol Theatre (Passaic, NJ) show gets to see the theater next year.
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The entitlement of some of the bands followers never ceases to amaze me! If the 22 shows in the Europe '72 box set weren't enough for you, I don't know what to say, except maybe you could think about setting aside your ridiculous expectations once in awhile and say THANK YOU for making all this music available for an incredibly affordable price (remember, you bought 72 discs for $6.25 apiece???).MOREOVER, this demanding entitlement is the antithesis of the Grateful Dead ethos. Check yourself!
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what i gather from DL's video is that GDP/Rhino does not have a license to release the footage on DVD/etc, and that they tried to do it for E72 and could not for whatever reason it sounds like the individual/company that owns the the footage is resisting either the idea of releasing it, or more likely, the royalty offer
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Never considered myself "entitled" to anything the band has done. I have faithfully bought as much as I could afford and have desired to own. It is simply that the pre release emails and band/Rhino driven hype for the set seemed to make it much more expansive than it turned out to be for me. They sang such praises of this performance in the liner notes and then it cant be found anywhere? Yeah-that makes sense....
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I thought it was a bit odd to have the meet-up on July 17th this year as Jerry's birthday is August 1st. I guess they at the helm are keeping us guessing and surprised at what may happen? Not a big deal, but anyone know why the date was chosen as it is? I love the dead.
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Glad to see you back involved with GD releases and such, again.
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Blair ain't back. His comments are from "the official liner notes plucked from the sold out Europe '72 boxed set".
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pranked!
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listening to a lot of Crass, Green Day, Jerry band, and some GD. interesting mix. intriguing contrasts.
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but since a bunch of us are going to Warren at the Greek on the 1st, this works better for a lot of Bay Areans anyway. Also if I recall correctly there's another good show at Terrapin Crossroads that night.
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Someone wrote: "If there are no licensing objections to its release, then it is a very sad state of affairs". Sorry - I get frustrated with these kinds of comments…. Do you think the German TV station kept a meticulous vault for 50 years with a stack of fed-ex boxes in case the GD or Hendrix estate calls so they can just ship it to them for free? Seriously? How can you imply the GD or Rhino are a sad state of affairs? How many other bands release this stuff as regularly and professionally as the dead? Name just one band that even comes close. CSN is FINALLY releasing their first show 40 years later, and with all the fuss, you'd think they put a man on the moon. The Dead figured out how to do it and make it work - they put out anywhere from 5 to as many as 27~ shows per YEAR. They deserve huge credit for that. Can we please be just be thankful that OUR favorite band is the one that figured it out, instead of just pissing on the PTB implying they're incompetent based on limited information?
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Miss him and his insight terribly, but for some reason only the ptb and Blair know, he was ousted from his position and has since disappeared from this site. Boy, what did he do? Who did he piss off? Maybe he had a few words to say to the wrong ear about how things were and they said something like "hey you old burnout, it's my way or the highway" It just a plain shame that he is not here with us anymore, always loved his comments and stories. On a separate note, I just purchased his book "Garcia" on line for 99 cents, can't wait to read it. What a wonder full show that is only gonna be shown in theatres this year, I would have loved to have seen this show. It is not coming anywhere near my area and I just can't drive 60 miles to see this great snapshot in time of our beloved band. That being said, why the hate for those that felt ripped off on the Europe 72 box set? I guess they did not have to put up with all the hype of those first few weeks when it was announced that this was finally gonna happen. I suppose they did not get told that it would be a 7200 only release and you had better buy now or never see it again, well alone get to hear this great tour. Perhaps, after plunking down the bread and waiting with baited breath for it to finally arrive, find out that it was not what was advertised, that it was sorely lacking of anything that was promised and that it was not limited to 7200, only the box was limited. Maybe after the hype, lies and disappointment of the release, these people who feel that this release should have been much better, as promised by the ptb deserve a break. I agree with spacebrother, send everyone who bought the release of the E72 box a free ticket to the nearest theatre that is showing this wonderful show. Now here's another person who feels let down by the box and if you want to attack me, go ahead, but I will still feel the same.
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Maybe, maybe, maybe Maybe this movie is what was eluded to in the pre release of the E72 box. Maybe once Blair realized he had become an arm of the corporate money grabbing team he decided to leave- I don't know. But what I do know is that with Blair's skill for writing it was an easier money grab on a box that under delivered for the hype- it was not the cost per cd that was under delivered but the fact that there would be all of these extras and because it was limited we better fork up the money now (450 or whatever it was, was not easy especially during one of the worst economic downturns this country has ever seen)- neither claim was true and the customer experience was terrible. Many had to wait months to get their box, some were not even numbered (mine), and of course the great extras became stickers a xerox book and another nicer book. Oh and I forgot the trunk with the shoddy cd packaging with glue and cd damage… aw memories... Blair is a great guy; he's personable and fun, but maybe he found himself swimming with sharks and decided to get out of the water...
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Silliest comment of the day: "Maybe once Blair realized he had become an arm of the corporate money grabbing team he decided to leave - I don't know." Here we go again with the pouty indignation! So let's review the logic here: Blair is owed a lifetime of annual income, yet the band making any income makes THEM money grabbers? By your logic, Blair should be able to make a nice living off the Dead, but the band members shouldn't make a dime off their life's work? Ya wanna back it up and try to think that through it again?
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Is there any chance that we could see this performance in UK? The cinema shows sound great for you guys in USA but it would be good to share ... bx
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no one said that Blair was owed anything.no one said that the Band members were the moneygrabbers. no one said that Blair should be able to make a nice living off of anybody, well alone the band. sometimes I think that some think that Rhino = Grateful Dead. Nothing could be more wrong. As far as the remaining band members, didn't they get their payoff when the entire vault thing went down years ago? I do not know the details and I could be way off base here, but Rhino is making all the money, not the band members. Perhaps this is why we don't get 80's and 90's releases, Rhino would have to pay out more royalties to additional band members? Having to pay for Brent's appearance, or Bruce's or even Vince's would perhaps cost Rhino more cash? Perhaps those that work for Rhino could enlighten us? I'm thinking there are a couple of you on this site so don't be ashamed, confess now, it's ok, you will feel better for it. :) nothing left to do but smile, smile, smile.
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I would have to give the GD organization the benefit of the doubt; they are doing this [re-issues] for the fans and it's not all about the money. Case in point: The GD could have done what The Who once did and "burned" literally most of their live material, or taken the other approach and keep it [live reels] all locked up forever, never to see the light of day again, which is one scenario which could have easily happened (knowing JG's dislike of hearing his flubbed licks.) Thanks to the more open, democratic approach to [the] band's fans and leadership, a situation worked out in which an abundance of quality material documenting the band has enshrined it's legacy like no other musical outfit I can immediately recall, (save perhaps Elvis Presley,) and the fans are the ones doing the pulling for releases, not the other way around. I also feel the output is a positive roll-model for honest entrepreneurship, not crass, cash-in commercialism (al a KISS). Just my reflection on the OP's contention.
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Is there ANY chance these shows can get released publicly? I was at the Alpine Valley show that was the subject of the last Dead at the Movies episode and unfortunately can't make this years, but would love to see it. Is there any chance we could possibly expand the View From The Vault series? I think these videos would be BIG sellers. Thank you.
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http://www.app.com/story/entertainment/music/2014/07/15/grateful-dead-b… Lemieux said there are no plans to release the Beat Club show on home video. "Because we don't own it, it's owned by German TV, it's a big amount of work," Lemieux said. "I'm not saying it's insurmountable, because hopefully some day we will (release it), but certainly not for the next long while, really no plans for at least years to do this as a home video, if ever. So really, this is your shot, this is the one shot for people, it's a one-night only screening."
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at least if you're at the Emeryville show...
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Hey, all you Cozmic Muzic Travellers in the Ventura-Ojai-Oxnard realm of SoCal, this will be showing at the Century 16 Theater, The Collection shopping center, right off the 101 Freeway in Oxnard, next to the (very dry) Santa Clara River. I know, I know, I heard the grumbles about only two songs sung by Jerry and one song by Pig Pen. But it's STILL the good 'ol Grateful Dead from the Europe '72 tour. So quit your gripin' and put on your 'going to the picture show' threads and ENJOY THE RIDE, audio AND visual......
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I demand all folks who post on Grateful Dead sites to be intelligent and bright and ALWAYS think Good Thoughts... there is no other way to be and you know this Love. See you at the show tonight! i Love You
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A bunch of us are meeting up before (and after) the Meet-Up at World of Beer, which is right across the street from the theatre. Hope to see some of you all there!
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Auburn Stadium 17, at the Supermall, Auburn Washington (ugh.)...last year for the Veneta film it was in Federal Way, within stumbling distance (quarter mile). This year, not so lucky, but still closer than Seattle.
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...to go the movies! As usual, I'm going alone(family and friends are just not into it!)..thats o.k...I always stop at the local pub for a Grateful Dead(the drink) and head off to the show..I'll listen to the new JGB on the way..Listened to CD 1, sounds great!!
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This will be the first MUATM with legal pot sales here in Seattle. Will it be sold at the concession stands in the theater I wonder? Nah, probably not.
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This movie felt like it was only 20 minutes long because I was hungry for more. Holy Smoke! The sound is incredible in the movie theater. If you have a chance to see a Dead movie in a movie theater, just go! It is awesome. The only negative about this movie was just not enough songs.
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I know, it' not even 10 yet but des bones got to get to the mine in the mornin. I wish there was one more song in the show, don't care what, but left a little empty. Had a good time though, went with my baby girl, haven't been to a show with her since PSU 08, the Obama concert. Hope everyone had a good time and get home safe
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reallythat was unbelieveble
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So I guess there was no announcement regarding DP11?
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Went to the show tonight and the theatre had a mess of tech difficulties. The show was interrupted so many times by "lost signal" that the management of the theatre refunded everyone's money. Bummer.. Hope there is another showing cause what we were able to see was great!
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loved show, totally disappointed in the sound (not loud enough, despite my requests, my son's requests and other patrons request.) After viewing, much less interested in a release of his show. Still would enjoy it, but far from my most wanted, (many other limited production videos or proshot videos would be in line for my purchase.) Loved many aspects of this, but far from my most desired after viewing it tonight. Not even a close call. Despite this era being in my wheelhouse, those Alpine shows far exceed this release in production value and interest. Wouldn't pay a lot for the rights to this from German TV. PBS circa 1970- minus 50 points as far as production value. Dead show plus 100 but on balance, not what I hoped for, at all. Just my opinion, happy for the Jerry and/or Phil shots when the camera persons finally decided to focus on them. But glad to see it nonetheless. Teachers open the door, you much enter by yourself.
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Thank you to Merrill for showing Grateful Dead at his theatre, and thank you to the folks at Grateful Dead headquarters for making this evening happen. The music was intense and Jerry had serious focus on that night. In enjoyed Bobby's antics and Donna belting out her yells in Playin' in the Band.See you all August 1st for the Ship of Fools boat cruise of Lake Champlain with music provided by Cats Under the Stars. Smooth sailing to all DeadHeads, in high seas or doldrums.
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I was pleasantly surprised. I honestly didn't think even the Dead could make a studio shoot that absorbing. The sound was amazing, and even in that bland setting the music was tight and energetic. If only the full shows in those beautiful European venues were filmed, and with this much beautiful clarity. It did leave me yearning for more. A highlight for me was Donna. She looked so happy and couldn't stop smiling and grooving even when she stepped back during instrumentals. The audience in the theater was cool and clapped after each song. That's the good. The only bad part was I've never been to a film where so many people were continuously leaving for the bathroom or concession. It was non stop during the whole show, and every time someone opened the theater door it slammed enough to be disturbing. I was a few minutes late and just missed the opening before the actual film started. Can anyone fill me in on what I missed? Was there info about the Spring 90 box?
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However completely deserved and interesting. Bobby sold it and Jeffery Norman was on point. I have already invested in the Branford show and was compelled regarding the new box set. Will have to see. My guess is it will probably sell out before I make the call to purchase. Good thing there was a time lag before I got home from the show, combined with the lack of real urgency or zeal from that 1972 TV set. Compelling sound (Branford x 100 !!!!!) and very nice sales job with the 1990 box set. Really impressive pitch.
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    RugBag
    3 months 2 weeks ago
    Does anyone know where I can
    Does anyone know where I can find the full-quality restored version? The one on YT has AUD for the audio source:(
  • raindep
    1 year ago
    End jam
    Bobby broke a string during other one, went to change it when Garcia went back to his amp, so the entire jam changed, as bob was missing musically for a bunch of minutes..,less is more
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    kdhmovies10
    2 years 7 months ago
    6th Annual Grateful Dead Meet Up At The Movies Kill Devil Hills
    Date: Wednesday, May 11Time: 7:00 p.m. ET Run Time: 3 hours (approximate) Kill Devil Hills, NC Fathom Events and Rhino are partnering once again to bring Grateful Dead back to theatre audiences for the 6th Annual Grateful Dead Meet-Up 2016. The event will showcase a previously unreleased Grateful Dead Concert from Sullivan Stadium, Foxboro, MA on July 2nd, 1989; the tour-opening show from what would be one of the Dead's best tours of their final 15 years performing. In addition to the full show, Dead & Co will show footage from the fall tour, behind the scenes & interviews leading up to the summer tour. The meet-up happens Wednesday, May 11, 2016 @ 7:00pm. Tickets: General Admission $12.50 https://www.facebook.com/events/426991687469756/
  • Elbow49
    4 years 3 months ago
    Good words for Donna
    For the little time that she was in the Beat Club, I thought she was great. I think it was on the reprise in "Playin..", she strummed that air guitar like Pete Townsend.
  • Gr8fulTed
    4 years 3 months ago
    Bozo mask was from 4/17/72 at the Tivoli in Copenhagen
    Here's the 4/21/72 Bremen show here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTiTDvAWYvY&feature=youtu.be The dvd copy was "vined" here on dead.net, a few years back. Wish the soundcheck was included...