When the Grateful Dead took the stage April 1, 1980 at the Capitol Theatre in
Passaic, New Jersey the show opening "Promised
Land" gave a nod to their (merry) prankster past. In grand April Fools' Day fashion,
the opening tune featured guitarist
Bob Weir on keyboards, keyboardist Brent Mydland and guitarist Jerry Garcia on drums,
drummers Bill Kreutzmann on
bass and Mickey Hart on rhythm guitar and vocals, and Phil Lesh on lead guitar.
The crowd certainly seemed to dig the gag, and in case anyone was feeling cheated out
of a proper rendition of the
Chuck Berry cover, the band immediately delivered a second performance of "Promised
Land" with everyone back in their
normal roles. Have a listen to the April Fools' Day hijinx and the entire show below
thanks to an audience
courtesy of the Live Music Archive and remember: Never trust a prankster.
[Published on: 4/1/15]