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Grateful Dead: Dead Ahead (1981)

| Music | Video 1981
Recorded October 30th and 31st, 1980, at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, Dead Ahead showcases the recently reformed Grateful Dead lineup in acoustic and electric splendor.

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Len Dell'Amico
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Tom Davis ... Self - Host
Al Franken ... Self - Host
Jerry Garcia ... Self - Grateful Dead
Mickey Hart ... Self - Grateful Dead
Bill Kreutzmann ... Self - Grateful Dead
Phil Lesh Phil Lesh ... Self - Grateful Dead
Brent Mydland ... Self - Grateful Dead
Bob Weir ... Self - Grateful Dead
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Recorded October 30th and 31st, 1980, at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, Dead Ahead showcases the recently reformed Grateful Dead lineup in acoustic and electric splendor.

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Rhythm Devils
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Good Concert Film
2 September 2013 | by TheExpatriate700See all my reviews

The Grateful Dead: Dead Ahead records the Dead's 1981 concert at Radio City Music Hall, providing a good sampler of their music. For someone who wasn't old enough to attend their shows when Jerry Garcia died, it offers a good introduction to their artistry and their appeal.

The highlights of the concert are in the second half, with some excellent drum improvisation on "Rhythm Devils" by Mickey Hart and Billy Kreutzmann. Their performance takes on an almost jazz-like quality as two drummers riff off each other. There is also a great rendition of "Fire on the Mountain." The film also features a few comic bits by Al Franken, pre-SNL and Senate. All in all, well worth a watch.


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