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Live Dead ‘69 All-Star band return to Europe to perform Grateful Dead Europe ‘72 for the first time ever!
Marin County, CA (May 1, 2019) — Live Dead ‘69 have announced plans for their fourth annual UK jaunt, set to occur next March. The All-Star, legacy ensemble expand their concept and repertoire for their 2020 tour – the Re Creation & extrapolation of Grateful Dead’s most ambitious & beloved live recording release: Europe ’72. That year … that tour marked a stark turning point as founding member Ron ‘Pigpen’ McKernan – the heart & musical soul of the group, dying of liver disease, would perform his last ever shows with the legendary band. Live Dead’s founder & spiritual leader Tom Constanten was Pigpen’s roommate in the 1960s. But Europe ’72, as the previous Skull & Roses live set proved – the studio was not the place were Grateful Dead congealed new material or re baked their previous compositions. In fact, 1971-72 saw the creation of many classic original & beloved songs never released as studio versions, including ‘Jack Straw,’ ‘Brown-Eyed Women,’ & ‘Ramblin’ Rose,’ whilst establishing new live paradigms for tunes such as ‘Truckin’ and ‘Morning Dew’ – setting them high on the Deadhead fervor Richter scale. It should be noted that ‘Morning Dew’ composer Bonnie Dobson made here first ever appearance with any members of Grateful Dead at Live Dead’s Mar. performance at London’s Under The Bridge. An unimaginably high & emotional moment to be certain. It is because of such moments, the UK tours have assumed a certain mythology amongst Deadheads … video of the performances has been widely circulated on the web, and audio has played on Sirius XM’s “The Grateful Dead Hour” syndicated radio show.
Comprised of: Tom Constanten, original Grateful Dead pianist, who played all the keyboards on the original “Live Dead” recording, inducted into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and was essential to Grateful Dead’s first 2 ambitious/ experimental studio recordings “Anthem of The Sun” and “Aoxomoxoa.” Mark Karan, 15 years as lead guitarist with Bob Weir’s Rat Dog and The Other Ones, as well as tours & appearances with Phis Lesh & Friends, Mickey Hart’s Planet Drum & other ‘Dead Family’ projects. Slick Aguilar who played lead guitar in Jefferson Starship & KBC for 26 years and with David Crosby Band before that. UK drummer Richard Newman who just recorded Robert Plant’s new single, recently toured with Paul Rodgers, also played in Jefferson Starship, Rory Gallagher, Deb Bonham and many others; and, UK multi-instrumentalist Tony Morley, also of Jefferson Starship – round out the line-up. All are fan favourites, especially in the UK.
Live Dead ‘69 bring a truckload of improvisation & their unique familiarity with Grateful Dead’s halcyon material implies an astounding prowess that shall be on full display.
Live Dead 69
All star band, Live Dead 69, features original Grateful Dead pianist Tom Constanten, who played all the keyboards on the original 'Live Dead' recording. Mark Karan, lead guitarist with Bob Weir’s Rat Dog and The Other Ones, Slick Aguilar who played lead guitar in Jefferson Starship and KBC for 26 years and with David Crosby Band before that; UK drummer Richard Newman who also played in Jefferson Starship, and with Rory Gallagher, Paul Rodgers, Deb Bonham and many others; and UK multi-instrumentalist, Tony Morley, also of Jefferson Starship – round out the line-up.
See 6 tour dates featuring Live Dead 69
The Earl Haig Club
- 23-25 Penlline Road
- CF14 2AA
- 029 2062 6015