Grateful Dead Perform ‘Lost Sailor/Saint Of Circumstance’ On Halloween 1980


The Grateful Dead‘s performance of the song suite “Lost Sailor/Saint Of Circumstance” from Halloween 1980 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City is this week’s installment of the band’s All The Years Live video series. Halloween 1980 was the eighth and final night of the Dead’s residency at the venerable NYC venue that featured an acoustic set followed by two electric performances.

“If you were seeing a lot of shows 1979-1982, you likely saw this Weir-Barlow combination plenty of times. This terrific rendition was a highlight of the Dead Ahead home video, the Dead’s first foray into creating a video specifically for the home viewer (as opposed to the Grateful Dead Movie in 1977, which was a theatrical project),” wrote Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux. “In 1986, the Dead dropped Lost Sailor from the setlist, leaving its partner to appear sporadically in second sets for the next decade.”

Watch the Dead’s version of “Lost Sailor/Saint Of Circumstance” from October 31, 1980 below:

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