'SEDATE' ROCK SHOW STAGED BY GRATEFUL DEAD, RIDERS
The Grateful Dead and their back-up group, the Riders of the Purple, are what you'd call "serious musicians."
They played mainly to themselves and almost totally ignored their catcalling audience of 3,000 Monday night in Municipal Auditorium.
The Dead and the Riders provided the least eventful but certainly the most pleasant rock program this season for the listening audience. The performing audience was even kept to a minimum by a surprisingly insistent group of ushers and security guards.
The Riders, studiously bent over guitars, steadily dealt out music mostly from the country bag, a couple of Chuck Berry tunes and two rather plastic "golden oldies."
With deadpan faces and less than the usual theatrics, the Riders rocked the country songs with a lot of steel guitar from a performer who resembled Leon Russell.
The Dead, who date back to Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters, played a livelier fare and created a crowd-stopping show - that is, stopping the show to clear the aisles and stage of audience performers who flew at them after the second tune.
(by Marjorie Hoffman, from the Austin American, 16 November 1971)
Thanks to Dave Davis.
Released on Road Trips 3:2.