Grateful Dead Performs ‘Weather Report Suite’ In 1974
The Grateful Dead’s last full performance of the “Weather Report Suite” is the latest installment of the band’s All The Years Live video series. Filmed on October 18, 1974, the Wake Of The Flood epic was performed as part of the group’s “final shows” at San Francisco’s Winterland and was included in the 2004 DVD release of The Grateful Dead Movie.
“Produced from the camera-original 16mm negative film, this beautiful and powerful rendition of the entire ‘Weather Report Suite’ was the Dead’s final performance of this ‘Wake Of The Flood’ masterpiece,” explained Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux in a note accompanying the video. “A couple of nights after this performance, the Dead packed it in as far as touring went for almost two years. When they returned to the road in the Summer of 1976, they brought with them the final part of the Suite, ‘Let It Grow,’ but left the first two parts behind. Thankfully this performance was filmed during production of The Grateful Dead Movie, as well as recorded to 16-track analog tape.”
Watch “Weather Report Suite” from October 18, 1974 below: