Grateful Dead Performs ‘Help On The Way/Slipknot!/Franklin’s Tower’ In 1991


The Grateful Dead’s rendition of “Help On The Way/Slipknot!/Franklin’s Tower” on June 14, 1991 at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C. is the latest installment of the band’s All The Years Live video series. At the time, the Dead’s lineup consisted of guitarists Bob Weir and Jerry Garcia, keyboardists Vince Welnick and Bruce Hornsby, bassist Phil Lesh and drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann.

“Featuring the two-keyboard, two-guitar, two-drummer, one-bass Grateful Dead lineup, this magnificent, soaring ‘Help/Slip/Franklin’s’ is one of the best of the late-era returns of this trio,” explained GD archivist David Lemieux. “In the lineup 1975-1977, 1983-1985, and 1989-1995, this enigmatic addition to the repertoire is one of the most dynamic and ambitious song cycles the Dead ever wrote and performed. From the Summer Tour of 1991 that also featured great shows at Deer Creek, Giants Stadium, Chicago, and Pine Knob, among others, this was the second release in the View From The Vault series.”

Watch the 24+ minute performance below: