Grateful Dead Hour no. 1361

Week of October 20, 2014

Part 1 31:45
Grateful Dead 9/20/82 Madison Square Garden, New York City

Part 2 24:15
Grateful Dead, Spring 1990 (The Other One) (3/18/90)

Jerry Garcia Band, GarciaLive vol. 5 (12/31/75)

I wrote the liner notes for the new GarciaLive release, 12/31/75 at the Keystone Berkeley. Very interesting show – Nicky Hopkins‘ last with the JGB. Greg Errico was the drummer on this gig, because Ron Tutt was with his other boss: Elvis Presley. Mickey Hart sat in on percussion; Matthew Kelley (Bob Weir’s Kingfish bandmate) played harmonica for most of the night and added a third guitar on one number late in the evening; and Bob Weir was on board for the second set.

Hopkins was a great musician. I highly recommend Julian Dawson‘s excellent biography, And On Piano… Nicky Hopkins. His health and substance problems made it impossible for the JGB to keep him on board – a damn shame in my opinion, because he and Garcia made beautiful music together. The two-CD set Let it Rock, recorded a few weeks earlier at the Keystone Berkeley, is a must-have for anyone who loves Garcia’s music.

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York, a venue that hosted several 1970s rock bands like Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd, and Traffic. Phil Lesh and Friends will perform with both old and new friends for five consecutive weekends starting October 31. With a focus on community and a taste for musical exploration, the venue’s nightclub Garcia’s hosts local and national bands weekly. On October 23, Grateful Dead tribute band Terrapin performs. Events, information, and ticketing at

The Jerry Garcia Family and Round Records, announcing GarciaLive volume 5, the Jerry Garcia Band with the legendary Nicky Hopkins on piano and special guests including Bob Weir and Mickey Hart, recorded live at the Keystone Berkeley on New Year’s Eve 1975. You can pre-order your copy at

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