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Listen to a classic Grateful Dead performance at the Spectrum, September 21st 1972

Throw a dart at a calendar and you’ve got a decent shot at hitting the anniversary of a Grateful Dead show at the Spectrum. The band had a storied history with the classic Philly venue. It was the only site they played in every decade from the 60’s to the 90s’s. This very special soundboard recording comes from just the second of the Dead’s fifty-three Spectrum appearances. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir & Wolf Bros will play The Fillmore this fall

Dead & Company | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com

Grateful Dead founding member and guitarist Bob Weir has just announced a fall tour spanning through October and November with a new trio project, Bob Weir & Wolf Bros. The group is set to rework classic Dead tunes as well as old tracks from Weir’s repertoire in the form of guitar, Don Was on upright bass, and Jay Lane on drums. Continue reading →

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Film of Grateful Dead’s iconic 1989 concert at JFK Stadium to be screened in theaters this August

The Grateful Dead at JFK Stadium in 1989 | via YouTube
The Grateful Dead at JFK Stadium in 1989 | via YouTube

The iconic 1989 Grateful Dead concert at Philadelphia’s JFK Stadium — the final show held at the stadium — is not likely to fade from the memories of those who were there anytime soon. But it’s a show worth reliving, and this summer fans can do just that — on the big screen. For this year’s 8th Annual Grateful Dead Meet-Up at the Movies, GratefulWeb will present a film of the concert (all 2 hours and 53 minutes of it) at several local theaters. The concert was previously released on DVD in 2010. Continue reading →

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What Makes the Grateful Dead So GREAT Anyway? Dan and Dan debate on a NEW Podcast!

Dead & Company | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com

Meet Dan and Dan! Dan Reed, Music Director and Afternoon Host at WXPN/Philadelphia and Dan DeLuca, Music Critic and Columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer sit down on a bi-weekly basis to talk MUSIC!

What the heck makes the Grateful Dead so great anyway?

The songs?

The jams?

The culture?

Dan and Dan debate with longtime Deadhead and music industry veteran Jack Barton.  Jack enlightens us on his experience with the Grateful Dead, the community it inspired and the bands musical legacy.  Plus, hear new ‘Songs of the Week’ from Starcrawler and Tracey Thorn.

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Listen to soundboard tapes of The Grateful Dead at The Spectrum, August 29 and August 30, 1980

The Grateful Dead in August, 1980 | via dead.net

Ever tried Googling “The Grateful Dead” and “The Spectrum“? It’s kind of difficult to find exactly what you’re looking for without being more specific, since the Dead played the storied South Philly rock arena a walloping 53 times during the course of its career. The band’s Philly debut was at the Spectrum in December of 1968, opening for Steppenwolf and Iron Butterfly; their final Philadelphia show was at The Spectrum in March of 1995. (Hat-tip, WMGK, for the stat-keeping.)

Without digging into the nitty gritty tallying of every two- and three-night-stand throughout the 70s and 80s, I’m going to guesstimate that the band’s appearances at The Spectrum on August 29 and August 30th fell somewhere in the lower 30s of their Philly tenure, and today we bring you soundboard audio of those two performances. Continue reading →

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March 17 in Music History: Grateful Dead release their debut, Ray Davies receives his CBE

The Grateful Dead Self-Titled Debut Album

1957 – Elvis Presley buys the Graceland mansion from Mrs. Ruth Brown-Moore for $102,500. The 23-room, 10,000 square foot home on 13.8 acres of land is expanded to 17,552 square feet of living space before the King moves in a few weeks later. The original building had at one time been used as a place of worship by the Graceland Christian Church and was named after the builder’s daughter, Grace Toof.

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This Day in Music History: The Grateful Dead release Anthem of the Sun, the first Lollapalooza is held

Grateful Dead Anthem of the Sun

1953 – Truck driver Elvis Presley makes his first ever recording when he pays $3.98 to lay down two songs at Memphis Recording Service (later renamed Sun Studios): “My Happiness'” and “That’s When Your Heartaches Begin.” The so-called vanity disc is a gift for his mother. It would surface 37 years later as part of an RCA compilation called Elvis – the Great Performances.

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