Today in Grateful Dead History: May 14, 1970 – Meramec Community College, Kirkwood, MO

skeleton&rosesNOTE: 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.

The Grateful Dead (or “Grateful Dead” minus the “The” according to the person who introduces the band) played this small school outside of St. Louis along with the New Riders of the Purple Sage in the spring of 1970. This concert followed the typical structure for shows during this era – an acoustic set by the Dead followed by the New Riders (with Jerry on pedal steel) followed by the Dead’s electric set. This recording is missing the electric Dire Wolf , the Cold Jordan encore and it doesn’t have the New Riders’ set either. The electric set does feature the first live version of Attics Of My Life.

This is a standard show from the spring of 1970 until you get to the end when the band really turns up the pressure with the set closing New Speedway Boogie>St. Stephen>Not Fade Away>Turn On Your Lovelight which is part of the bonus disc of Road Trips Vol. 3, No. 3.  This is a worth your time moment for sure.

Oh, and for all the Mickey Hart haters out there, no Mickey Hart!

Here’s the link to the soundboard: https://archive.org/details/gd70-05-14.sbd.cotsman.12439.sbeok.shnf

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