Phil Lesh Hosts Dylan & The Dead Tribute At Terrapin Crossroads


Yesterday at his Terrapin Crossroads complex in San Rafael, California, Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh held a concert honoring his band and their collaborations with newly named Nobel Laureate Bob Dylan. A Phil Lesh & Friends lineup of guitarists Rob Eaton and Jeff Mattson, keyboardist Rob Barraco, multi-instrumentalist Barry Sless and drummer John Molo assembled on the venue’s outdoor Backyard stage for the performance honoring Dylan & The Dead’s 1987 tour together.

The first set was focused on songs from the Grateful Dead’s live repertoire, with only Dylan’s “When I Paint My Masterpiece” making it into the opening half. Dead staples such as “New Minglewood Blues,” “Shakedown Street,” “Terrapin Station” and “Not Fade Away” helped round out Sunday’s first set.

Scott Law and Ross James joined in on guitar for the second set alongside Eaton and Dark Star Orchestra’s Jeff Mattson who played his first Phil & Friends show since 1999 at Terrapin Crossroads the day prior. The all-Dylan second set opened with “Maggie’s Farm” and featured Dead standards “Stuck Inside of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again” and “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue” as well as others played during the ‘87 tour such as “Chimes Of Freedom,” “Watching The River Flow” and “Gotta Serve Somebody.”

Setlist (via Deadheadland)

Set One: New Minglewood Blues (RE), Tons of Steel (RB, PL), West L.A. Fadeaway (JM), When I Paint My Masterpiece (RE, JM), Bird Song (JM), Promised Land (RE), Shakedown Street (JM) > Lady With a Fan (JM) > Terrapin Station (JM, PL, RB) > The Other One (RE) > Stella Blue (JM) > Throwing Stones (RE) > Not Fade Away (All)

Set Two: Maggie’s Farm (RJ), Gotta Serve Somebody (RJ), Watching The River Flow (SL), Ballad of a Thin Man (SL), Stuck Inside of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again (RJ), Rainy Day Women # 12 & 35 (RJ), Chimes of Freedom (SL), It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue (SL)

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