NOTE: This material was originally published in 2015 on my previous site. It has been updated and edited, sometimes heavily, and was posted in several batches in August, 2016.
Did you know that the Grateful Dead played with the Beach Boys on this day in 1971?
The two bands collaborated on Searchin’, Riot In Cell Block #9, Help Me Rhonda, Okie From Muskogee and Johnny B. Goode, and the Beach Boys played Good Vibrations and I Get Around on their own in the middle of all of that ruckus. Unfortunately, none of it is any good (seriously – it’s a hot mess), but it does represent the first and only time that the Dead played Riot In Cell Block #9, Help Me Rhonda and Okie From Muskogee, so it fills a historical footnote at the very least.
The rest of the show is a fairly typical 1971 performance, with a very high quality Hard to Handle.
Here’s the link to the Charlie Miller transfer: https://archive.org/details/gd1971-04-27.sbd.miller.114461.flac16