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)
Pride of Cucamonga
Lazy River Road
Gramercy Theatre Set List: (capacity: 600)
Playin in the Band
Enc: Touch of Gray
Roseland Ballroom Set List: (capacity: 3000)
Uncle John's Band
Eyes of the World
Enc: Not Fade Away