GRATEFUL DEAD PLAY TOMORROW NIGHT AT 8
The Grateful Dead, back to one drummer and the original organ player, will appear at 8 tomorrow night in Convention Hall.
The present group features Jerry Garcia, lead guitar; Phil Lesh, bass; Mickey Hart, drums; and Pig Pen, harp and organ. The band also carries a second organist to fill in for Pig Pen, one of the original members of the early San Francisco group. A second drummer who performed with the group for some time has been dropped.
The New Riders of the Purple Sage also will be part of the bill. An acoustically and country oriented group, the Sage features Garcia on pedal steel guitar.
Four vocalists also perform with the Sage, which records for Capitol Records.
(unknown paper, 6 August 1971)
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GRATEFUL DEAD GIVE A FULL, RICH MEASURE
The Grateful Dead, a San Francisco group, rocked until 1 a.m. yesterday at Convention Hall. They began their concert four hours before.
The group apparently wasn't worried about overexposure. Most groups have limited their performances to one 50-minute set.
Playing many of their best album cuts, plus their current single hit "Truckin'", the group once again lived up to its reputation as being "the people's band."
As evidence that "they cared," the Grateful Dead have stayed fairly non-commercial and given any number of free concerts.
When they play for money, the audience gets what it pays for - not three or four hours of warmup acts and a short set by the group it paid to see.
They're a jamming band. They depend on flow, taking each step with positive care, making sure that each note is meant for the next. They produce the kind of total sound that could only have come about through years of playing together.
To begin their show, even before the engineer had a chance to dim the lights, they played "El Paso." Bob Weir did the smooth vocal work required on this old Marty Robbins hit. Jerry Garcia played an impeccable lead guitar melody.
The next few songs flowed into each other so well that there was a settling effect on the listeners.
Acoustics were a minus factor. Open seating on the floor in the echo-ridden convention hall hurt the sound quality.
(by Vern Benson, unknown paper, 8 August 1971)
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GRATEFUL DEAD 'DIES' IN 3-HOUR SHOW [incomplete]
Crowd Seems To Enjoy S.F. Quintet
Saturday night, the Grateful Dead died.
The San Francisco-based quintet performed in San Diego's Convention Hall and those not dead from boredom should at least have been grateful when it finally ended.
The Dead played more than three hours of "goodtime"
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in the country - music, that is.
Even their current Top  hit, "Truckin'," wasn't enough to salvage the marathon set. They just kept "truckin'" on with more junk.
But if the Grateful Dead were bad - and they were - the New Riders
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done by top groups, and ruined them, also.
"Honky Tonk Women" - their final number - "Lodi," and The Band's "The Weight" all suffered bad renditions.
The group even managed to pull out Billy Joe Royal's "Down in the Boondocks" [ . . . ]
(by Joe Cromwell, San Diego Evening Tribune, unknown date -- I've only seen a fragment of this review)
Thanks to runonguinness.
Released on Dick's Picks 35.