Throwback Thursday | Grateful Dead Bust Out Casey Jones

"Casey Jones," a Grateful Dead song written by Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter, was played over 300 times between 1969 and 1993, but disappeared from setlists between 1984 and 1992. There were all sorts of theories as to why the Dead stopped playing "Casey Jones" after 1984 including that Jerry promised not to play it – with its reference to being high on cocaine – as part of a plea bargain stemming from one of his arrests.

We’re not sure what the actual reason was, but Deadheads went bananas when the group busted out "Casey Jones" at RFK Stadium on June 20, 1992. The drummers used a locomotive airhorn during the "Drumz" segment and then used it again to kickoff the break out at the end of "Space." Watch how it went down:

 

[Published on: 6/26/14]

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