Grateful Dead

Grateful Dead Hour no. 449

By David Gans

Grateful Dead Hour by David Gans

Week of April 28, 1997

Got a request for this show from a caller on SirisuXM's "Tales from the Golden Road," the Sunday afternoon call-in show that I cohost with Gary Lambert. The caller remembered hearing Phil Lesh's powerful emotional response to a stretch of music form 2/18/71 that I was later able to get released as "Beautiful Jam" on the 1999 boxed set So Many Roads (1965-1995).

This interview was originally broadcast on KPFA's Dead to the World April 2, 1997. It also includes some very interesting music that Phil participated in during the years between the end of the Grateful Dead in 1995 and his return to regular performing in 1998.


The music:

Grateful Dead, So Many Roads (1965-1995) (2/18/71 Capitol Theater, Port Chester NY)

Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart, Bob Weir, Vince Welnick, and Michael Tilson Thomas 6/16/96 Davies Symphony Hall, SF
SPACE for Henry Cowell 12:51

Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, Phil Lesh cond., 5/11/94
Stravinsky: INFERNAL DANCE (from "The Firebird")

Bruce Hornsby & Band 4/12/96 Fillmore Auditorium w/ Phil Lesh and Bob Weir

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- David Gans