“It has some of the first things I’ve written, and that we’ve performed as a band, that in my opinion are genuinely beautiful...We were in the studio, creating this thing, pullin’ together, and because we managed to get off under those circumstances the music has a certain quality.” - Jerry On American Beauty
The crown jewel of the Dead’s studio output on “American Reality” custom,180-gram vinyl with tip-on Jacket. Dead.net Exclusive. Limited Edition of 4,000.
The crown jewel of the Dead’s studio output! The album's original 10 tracks include many of the Dead's best-known, most-loved, and most popular songs both on record and in concert for the next 25 years. An album that includes “Box Of Rain,” “Friend Of The Devil,” “Sugar Magnolia,” “Candyman,” “Ripple,” “Brokedown Palace,” “Attics Of My Life,” and “Truckin'” looks more like a greatest-hits compilation than a second album of 1970, and yet American Beauty demonstrates a band unable to slow down in terms of the quality of its writing, recording, and performing.
HOLLYWOOD BOWL – HOLLYWOOD, CA – JUNE 4, 2019
HOLLYWOOD BOWL – HOLLYWOOD, CA – JUNE 3, 2019
Having gotten Summer Tour off to a splendid start on their Bay Area home turf, Dead & Company made the short hop down South for a return engagement at one of the world’s great venues, the Hollywood Bowl, where they’d played two summers earlier. This two-night stand would dispel any preconceived notions one might have had about “laid back” Southern California audiences, as the band was greeted by wildly enthusiastic crowds at both shows.
Sweet liberty! We're venturing into the depths of 80s Dead with the complete show from 4/20/84 at the Philadelphia Civic Center and we're placing bets you'll think this one is more than fine. A strong contender for our mega 30 TRIPS AROUND THE SUN boxed set, 4/20/84 missed the cut by virtue of its setlist being a wee bit too similar to the years before and after. As DAVE'S PICKS VOLUME 35, it's found its time to shine.
“Keep it nice and f***ing together, you f***ers.” - Jerry Garcia
We told you we had an ace in our pocket and we're calling this one THE ANGEL'S SHARE. No evaporation here though. While there may have been ingredients vital to the creation of WORKINGMAN’S DEAD that were lost and did not end up on the final album, they've come a-bubblin' up and we're more than pleased to pass the bottle around.
Second shows of a tour are often easier than the first, with any traces of opening-night jitters or road rust set aside and the atmosphere just more relaxed in general. That seems to have been the vibe on night two at Shoreline as Dead & Company started building more than enough momentum to carry them through the summer.
Athletes will tell you that it’s always good to have home field advantage when you want to open a new season on a high note. The same holds true for rock & roll bands, so it made eminently good sense for Dead & Company to launch Summer Tour 2019 at Shoreline Amphitheatre, located in the place where it all began, the San Francisco Bay Area.