We've really enjoyed the first four installments of the GarciaLive series of
Garcia live archival releases, but we're particularly excited about GarciaLive
5 which features the only New Year's Eve show the Jerry Garcia Band played.
GarciaLive Volume 5: December 31st, 1975 Keystone Berkeley has been officially
announced as the next release and finds Jerry backed by bassist John Kahn, drummer Greg
keyboardist Nicky Hopkins.
In addition to the core band, the JGB was augmented by two special guests from Jerry's
band, Bob Weir and Mickey Hart, as well as Matt Kelly of Kingfish for the second and third
sets. Errico, who's best known for his work with Sly & The Family Stone, was on hand
the regular JGB drummer at the time, Ron Tutt, was on the road with Elvis Presley. The
featured on GarciaLive Volume 5 was Hopkins last performance with the JGB.
By most accounts the JGB New Year's show at the tiny Keystone was a "surprise gig," likely
because the group had headlined two shows at Winterland on December 19 and 20. Another
theory is that the Keystone was so small that promoters didn't want the venue to become
overwhelmed by a large crowd. Regardless, we're excited to hear such JGB rarities as
Nature's Son," "God Save The Queen," "Pig's Boogie" and of course the "New Year's
Countdown." A release date will be revealed soon.
Jerry Garcia Band
12/31/75 - Keystone - Berkeley, CA
Set One: Let It Rock, Mother Nature's Son, It's No Use, God Save The Queen, They Love Each
Other, Pig's Boogie and the Yo-yo'z
Set Two: New Year's Countdown, How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You), Catfish John, Mystery
Train -> Drums -> New Year's Jam -> Mystery Train
Set Three: Tore Up Over You, C.C. Rider, (I'm A) Road Runner