Grateful Dead Hour no. 312
By David Gans
Grateful Dead Hour no. 312
Week of September 12, 1994
Grateful Dead 9/19/70 Fillmore East, New York City
NOT FADE AWAY->
Grateful Dead, Without a Net
LET IT GROW
Concluding our three-week run of awesome 1970 recordings, this show features a wild, F-word-laden "Lovelight." We present it here as it was broadcast; given the context, I didn't want to put plain ol' "bleep tones" in there, so I used sound effects in those spots.
Pigpen was doing one of his classic salacious raps, and when he uttered that word, Bobby stepped up and said, "Pigpen, did you say 'fuck'?"
I said "FUCK!" he roared, and the band put the pedal to the metal.
At the end of the show, the audience was out of its mind. The applause went on for a very long time, the house music came up (the Youngbloods again, "Get Together"), and eventually Phil and Pig came out to tell the audience Bobby had lost his voice, etc. Pigpen sent them home with one last profane exhortation, the house music came up, and eventually the crowd settled down and began to leave the building. After "Get Together" ends, you hear one guy scream one last thing: "Casey Jones!"
I had to abridge the post-show events for broadcast, but you get the gist of it.
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...from a day when that sort of thing could get you in trouble. nowadays there are other forms of visceral expression that get you into trouble, but curses abound on network tv.
Turn on your light and leave it on!!!
That's what I'm talking 'bout, tomabanjo! Great story - great show, ROCK-N-ROLL FOREVER!
Thanks again, David Gans!
"Ultimately a hero is a man who would argue with the gods, and so awakens devils to contest his vision." - Norman Mailer
Ooops - sorry, it´s not the whole show - but it is good portion.
You can hear the rest of the show here...
I was there with my spectacular girlfriend in GG orchestra, best seats in the house. The acid was clean and the Fillmore was my home field. The New Riders were likewise incredible that night, Jerry and Maraduke adventured out into the cowboy ether.
The acoustic set featured many instruments and musicians. They switched almost every song. I had no idea who was really in the Grateful Dead. David Grisman played some mandolin if memory serves. David Nelson played some guitar and sang on the gospel stuff.
The electric set was the best mixed show I ever heard at the Fillmore. It had both the quietest moment and the loudest moment I ever experienced at the Fillmore. The loud was clear because of the dead and their technicians but the quiet required every audience member to participate in order to let it happen. We could feel ourselves making the quiet. 100% of us. The dead just let it hang and played dramatic passages at incredibly low volumes. It was bizarre, never again to occur in rock and roll.
Pigpen forever changed me that night, he was the top star of the sixties, No one ever commanded a venue, any venue, as he did that night. Because my girlfriend was the hottest babe (gorgeous guru) in the building and we were 7th row center much of the show was an intimate experience between us and the band. She and I had a telepathic relationship and the band slipped easily into THAT. It was fun, wild, and sexy...
Would love to hear the rest of the 3.5 hour performance.