Grateful Dead Performs ‘Let It Grow’ In 1991: Pro-Shot Video
The Grateful Dead unveiled previously unreleased pro-shot video containing a performance of “Let It Grow” from 1991 as the latest installment of the band’s All The Years Live video series. Featuring the two keyboard attack of Bruce Hornsby and Vince Welnick at the time, the video was recorded at Buckeye Lake in Hebron, Ohio on June 9, 1991.
“One of the strongest, most inspired tours of the Dead’s final decade and a half of performing was the Summer Tour of 1991. With the two new keyboardists now fully ensconced in the Grateful Dead’s sound and repertoire, it was an unstoppable machine that hit the road for shows that summer,” wrote GD archivist David Lemieux in a note accompanying the video. “Countless A+ concerts were on this tour, at Deer Creek, Giants Stadium, RFK, Pine Knob, Soldier Field, and this mighty fine performance at Buckeye Lake in Ohio. Like ‘Bird Song,’ ‘Let It Grow’ was one of the longer, more jamming songs the Dead played in their first sets after 1976. Unlike the freeform improvisation of ‘Bird Song,’ though, ‘Let It Grow’ was very structured and required precision focus by all seven players, and this one most certainly has that.”
Watch the Grateful Dead’s version of “Let It Grow” from June 9, 1991 below: