Grateful Dead Perform ‘Estimated Prophet’ In Pittsburgh 1990
This week’s installment of the Grateful Dead’s archival video series All The Years Live features a performance of “Estimated Prophet.” The clip was filmed at the Dead’s July 8, 1990 concert at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh.
“Estimated Prophet” and the rest of the show plus bonus material was originally released as View From The Vault, Volume One in June 2000. “This dynamite performance of the classic Weir-Barlow song came out of a long, beautifully paced ‘Eyes Of The World,’ and is the launching pad for the big second set jam at Three Rivers Stadium in 1990, which later included a terrific ‘Terrapin Station,’ a rare post-Drums ‘Wang Dang Doodle,’ and a poignant ‘Black Peter,'” Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux noted. “A wonderful show start-to-end, this ‘Estimated Prophet’ is one of the highlights.”
The Grateful Dead originally recorded “Estimated Prophet” for their 1977 studio album Terrapin Station. Both “Estimated” and the title track were debuted live on February 26, 1977 at the Swing Auditorium in San Bernardino, California. Each quickly became a staple of the band’s live performances.
Watch the Dead’s version of “Estimated Prophet” from Pittsburgh 1990 below: