April 26, 1969
"Viola Lee Blues" appears on "Fallout From The Phil Zone" - "What's Become Of The Baby" was not performed by the Dead on this night; the studio version was played over the PA while the band performed "Feedback"
Attendees of this show
Grateful Dead Live at Electric Theater on 1969-04-26 - Grateful Dead
Dupree's Diamond Blues > Mountains Of The Moon > China Cat Sunflower > Doin' That Rag, It Hurts Me Too > Hard To Handle, Cryptical Envelopement > Drums > The Other One > The Eleven > The Other One > Cryptical Envelopement > It's A Sin > Morning Dew, Sitting On Top Of The World, Minglewood Blues, Silver Threads, Baby Blue, Saint Stephen > Turn On Your Love Light ENCORE drums > Viola Lee Blues > Caution jam > Viola Lee Blues > Feedback > What's Become Of The Baby > Feedback > And We Bid You Good N...
Keywords: Live concert
I think I might have seen this show. If so, it was the Dead and the Velvet Underground. I flew back from the desert to visit with some old college buddies and twist up the old cortex. The nice part about this hall was there was no backstage behind the stage. The band had to step into the crowd to get to their dressing room. I remember walking up to Pigpen and starting to rap with him, but then the Velvets started off and it got so loud and dissonant that Pig looked scared and split for who knows where?
Some time earlier I'd seen Procol Harum at that venue. If you ever caught them, they were a very good band. Especially Gary Brooker, the singer and pianist, and Robin Trower (yep! THAT Robin Trower) the guitar player. Gary did the greatest version of Wolf's "Going Down Slow" I've heard from anyone except Wolf himself.
The band had a roaring instrumental on their first album and they closed the show with it. It showcased Trower's considerable chops and when he was done the crowd rushed the stage like it was a prizefight. Ahh, the memories I can still recall. Not much after 1975, tho