Week of August 18, 2003
Concluding the second set of 6/25/85, which we started in last week's podcast. Also in this week's post, a couple of excerpts from the then-new Dick's Picks Picks volume 29, a 6-CD set with two shows from the band's amazing Spring 1977 tour.
"Samson and Delilah" is preceded by a hilarious comedy bit: as the band prepared to begin the second set at the Fox Theater in Atlanta on May 19, guitarist Bob Weir announced to the audience: "Before we get started, maybe we should all take part in an exercise - a simple exercise: I want every one of you out there to stand up real slow, put your hands in the air, and turn around real slow. And don't try anything funny 'cause I've got you covered. Thank you."
As the crowd laughs and cheers, drummer Bill Kreutzmann is heard to say, "That wasn't good enough!"
One wonders what backstage discussion gave rise to this great moment in Grateful Dead history. It was one of my favorite bootleg tapes for years, and I had played it on the GD Hour twice before, so I was very happy when it showed up in an official release.
- David Gans
Grateful Dead 6/25/85 Blossom Music Ctr, Cuyahoga Falls OH
PLAYING IN THE BAND->
TOUCH OF GREY
Grateful Dead, Dick's Picks vol. 29 (May 19 & 21, 1977)
SAMSON AND DELILAH
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