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The Deadpod

Mar 31, 2023

After five months of 'retirement' the Grateful Dead returned to the stage at this benefit concert in San Francisco on March 23, 1975. While they were billed as 'Jerry Garcia and Friends' and Ned Lagin and Merl Saunders were sitting in, this performance was seen by most as confirming the rumors that the Grateful Dead's retirement was ending. 

I will leave it to you to imagine what it must have been like to have been in the audience and heard this wonderful piece of psychedelic music for the first time. Completely instrumental they blew the crowd away with the musicianship displayed here. 

When they finished, they broke out a spectacular 'Johnny B Goode' for good measure. 


Grateful Dead
Kezar Stadium
San Francisco, CA 3/23/1975 - Sunday

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Blues For Allah

Johnny B. Goode 

Extra: a pre-show radio interview with Jerry Garcia
Merl Saunders and Ned Lagin sat in for complete Dead set  

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"The sun will shine in my back door someday March winds will blow all my troubles away"