Bob Dylan Performs With Grateful Dead At Madison Square Garden On This Date In 1994

Watch Dylan and the Dead perform "Rainy Day Women #12 #."

By Scott Bernstein Oct 17, 2021 1:00 pm PDT

On this date in 1994, the Grateful Dead welcomed Bob Dylan for their encore at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Dylan led the Dead through “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35” at The Garden.

The collaboration came at the end of the Dead’s fourth of six 1994 concerts at the famed New York City venue. Bob had famously teamed with the band for a run of six stadium shows in 1987. Each of those performances featured two GD sets to start and ended with the Dead serving as Bob’s backing band. Highlights were released on the 1989 live album Dylan & The Dead.

While the Grateful Dead performed many Bob Dylan songs over the course of their career, including the sets backing the legendary artist, “Rainy Day Women #12 & #35” was not one of them. Bob’s guest spot on this date in 1994 was at the time the first collaboration between the acts since February 12, 1989. The Dead debut of “Rainy Day Women #12 & #35” came after a lengthy second set filled with such classics as “Eyes Of The World,” “The Wheel” and “Morning Dew” as well as a Dylan-less version of Bob’s own “All Along The Watchtower.”

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Grateful Dead at Madison Square Garden

Set 1
  • In the Midnight Hour  
  • Peggy-O  
  • Minglewood Blues  
  • Tennessee Jed
  • Eternity
  • Friend of the Devil
  • Promised Land  
Set 2
  • Eyes of the World
  • Man Smart, Woman Smarter  
  • Crazy Fingers
  • Estimated Prophet
  • Drums
  • Space
  • The Wheel  
  • All Along the Watchtower  
  • Morning Dew  
  • Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
  • Bob Dylan
  • Unknown Song
  • Bob Dylan

[Updated from original article published October 17, 2019.]

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