Grateful Dead Performs ‘Bird Song’ In 1992


This week’s installment of the Grateful Dead’s All The Years Live video series features a performance of “Bird Song” from 1992. The lineup of guitarists Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir, bassist Phil Lesh, keyboardist Vince Welnick and drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann played the Garcia/Hunter classic as the penultimate song of their first set on July 1, 1992 at Buckeye Lake in Hebron, Ohio.

“From the Dead’s final show of their Summer Tour of 1992, this ‘Bird Song’ from Buckeye is from the Dead’s first full tour featuring only Vince Welnick on keyboards, as Bruce [Hornsby] left the band after the Spring Tour of 1992,” said Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux. “Following this show in Ohio, the Dead took nearly six months off from touring for some much needed rest. When they returned in December 1992, they were refreshed and re-energized.”

Last Thursday’s installment of All The Years Live featured the Grateful Dead’s performance of “Shakedown Street” from the band’s Soldier Field debut in Chicago on June 22, 1991. Prior videos include “My Brother Esau” from July 24, 1987, “Blow Away” from July 16, 1990, “Touch Of Grey” from July 4, 1989 in Orchard Park, “Box of Rain” from July 7, 1989 at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia, “China Cat Sunflower” and “I Know You Rider” from July 6, 1990, “Morning Dew” from October 18, 1974, “Sugar Magnolia,” “Scarlet Begonias” and “Fire On The Mountain” from December 31, 1978, “Reuben & Cherise” from June 6, 1991, “Estimated Prophet” from July 8, 1990 and “Wang Dang Doodle” from June 14, 1991.

Watch the Grateful Dead’s performance of “Bird Song” from July 1, 1992 below:

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