Grateful Dead

The Dead Perform 3 Free Club Shows in NYC

The Dead--original members Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, along with Warren Haynes and Jeff Chimenti--performed three special rare club gigs in Manhattan yesterday beginning with an acoustic set at ANGEL ORENSANZ featuring Weir, Lesh, and Haynes, followed by back-to-back electric sets at THE GRAMERCY THEATRE and ROSELAND BALLROOM for a total of 4,100 thrilled fans. The band only announced the show 3 days in advance via a local radio station and to fans via text message and email where fans received free tickets through an online lottery.
 
The group was in New York preparing for their upcoming spring tour and decided to do what they love most: playing live in front of an audience.  The weekend kicked off with Weir and Lesh sitting in with the Allman Brothers Band for the last night of that group’s 15-show Beacon Theatre residency, where they played “Sugaree,” “I Know You Rider” and “Franklin’s Tower.”
 
The Dead started the marathon day Monday with a performance on ABC-TV’s “The View,” where Weir, Lesh and Haynes performed “Friend of the Devil” and talked about their music and the upcoming tour with two of the show’s hosts, Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar.
 
At 5pm, the first of three sets began at the intimate Angel Orensanz Center for the Arts with the trio performing a rare acoustic set highlighted by “a largely instrumental, 20-minute version of 'Bird Song,' the three men weaving guitar lines in and around each other,” according to David Browne from RollingStone.com. After a full band electric set at the Gramercy Theatre, the band’s cab tour through New York took them to the largest of the three venues, Roseland Ballroom, for an “expansive, energetic set…[that] began with two up-tempo ballads before moving into renditions of some of the band’s most renowned improvisational vehicles” (Seth Schiesel, NYTimes.com). As Browne also noted, “the Dead awed an enraptured, dancing crowd with nearly two more hours of music” to cap off this historical night.
 
The group’s 3-set show Monday night featured the following songs:
 
Angel Orensanz Set List: (capacity: 500)
Dire wolf
Birdsong
Cumberland Blues
Pride of Cucamonga
High Time
Lazy River Road
Casey Jones
Enc: Ripple
 
Gramercy Theatre Set List: (capacity: 600)
Playin in the Band
Good Lovin’
The Wheel
Franklin's Tower
Enc: Touch of Gray
 
Roseland Ballroom Set List: (capacity: 3000)
Althea
Cassidy
Uncle John's Band
Eyes of the World
St. Stephen
Dark Star
Sugar Magnolia
Enc: Not Fade Away