Friday, May 05, 2023

The Grateful Dead playing “Uncle John’s Band” in May 1991, and a memory of a show the night before

Today, the YouTube Grateful Dead page posted a performance of "Uncle John's Band" from 11 May 1991 at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California. After the death of keyboard player Brent Mydland in July 1990, Vince Welnick, formerly of The Tubes, took over on keyboards, and the band also had Bruce Hornsby on grand piano for many shows at that time. I was at the show the night before, which included a memorable version of "New Speedway Boogie", with my friends Paul, Rainbow, and Carolyn. Two of the musicians on the stage that night (Welnick and guitarist Jerry Garcia) died later in the 1990s; two of those friends have died since. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 5 May 2023)


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