CANDID MOMENTS IN THE LIFE OF THE GRATEFUL DEAD
In 1992 the Grateful Dead put out a VHS release called Backstage Pass containing 35 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage of the band members directed by drummer Bill Kreutzmann’s son Justin. For many years in the late ’80s Justin kept his camcorder filming the sometimes exciting sometimes monotonous life of the Grateful Dead on tour. While Backstage Pass was only 35 minutes, two hours worth of the footage the younger Kreutzmann shot between 1986 and 1989 has been circulating in Deadhead circles for years.
Recently, the entire two-hour Grateful Dead 1986-1989 Home Movies collection was uploaded to YouTube in one easy-to-watch video. Some of the best moments find Jerry Garcia playing his guitar by his lonesome backstage as well as scuba diving in Hawaii, plus the Dead rehearsing with Bob Dylan. All in all, there’s tons of live and backstage footage from the Brent Mydland era which gives Deadheads an unusual look at their favorite band.
Let’s watch over two hours of Grateful Dead home movies:
GD HOME MOVIE chapters
1. May 1986 ~ Cal Expo – Sacramento, CA
2. July 2, 1986 ~ Rubber Bowl, University of Akron – Akron, Ohio (1)
3. June 29, 1986 – Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, WI**
4. July 2, 1986 – Rubber Bowl, University of Akron
5a. December 31, 1986 ~ Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center – 0akland, CA
5b. December 28, 1986* ~ Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center – 0akland, CA
5c. December 30, 1986** ~ Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center – 0akland, CA
5d. December 27, 1986*** ~ Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center – 0akland, CA
6. In The Dark cover Photo Session w-Herb Greene early 1987
7. Photo Sessions w-Herb Greene early 1987 for spring 87 tour-In The Dark cover
8. Rehearsal session for Levi’s Song ~ Garcia, Dave Nelson, Randy Rothman, John Kahn
9. March 26-27, 1987 ~ Hartford Civic Center – Hartford, CT
track a ~ Cumberland Blues – (Soundcheck) March 26, 1987 (multiple takes)
track b ~ Cumberland Blues – March 27, 1987
track c ~ Cumberland Blues – (Soundcheck) March 26, 1987 (multiple takes)
track d ~ Cumberland Blues – March 27, 1987
track e ~ Cumberland Blues – (Soundcheck) March 26, 1987 (multiple takes)
10. December 28, 1987** ~ Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum – Oakland, CA
11. March 24, 1988 ~ The Omni – Atlanta, GA (soundcheck)
12. March 24, 1988 ~ The Omni – Atlanta, GA
13a. March 26, 1988 ~ Hampton Roads Coliseum – Hampton, VA
13b. April 1, 1988 ~ Brendan Byrne Meadowlands Arena – E Rutherford, NJ
13c. March 28, 1988 ~ Hampton Roads Coliseum – Hampton, VA
13d. March 30, 1988 ~ Brendan Byrne Meadowlands Arena – E Rutherford, NJ
14. April 7, 1988 ~ The Centrum – Worcester, MA
15. April 5, 1988 ~ Civic Center – Hartford, CT
16. Plane-NY to Hartford-Bus-Van-NYC for Hot Dogs
17. April 9, 1988 ~ The Centrum – Worcester, MA
18. April 9, 1988 ~ The Centrum – Worcester, MA Hotel lounge ~ Billy, Bob & Brent
19. April 4, 1988 ~ Civic Center – Hartford, CT
20. California summer 1988
21. July 30, 1988 ~ Laguna Seca Raceway – Monterey, CA
22. July-August 1988
track a ~ airport greeting
track b ~ Hawaii scuba diving
Jerry, Bob, Billy (*Background ~ Underwater sounding “Ship Of Fools” – E.Costello)
23. August 28, 1988 ~ Autzen Stadium, U. of Oregon – Eugene, OR
24a. Spring-Summer-Fall 1988 ~ unknown*
24b. March 28, 1989 ~ The Omni – Atlanta, GA
25. February 12, 1989 ~ Great Western Forum – Inglewood, CA **
26. September 24, 1988 (Rainforest Benefit) ~ Madison Square Garden – NY, NY
27. July 15, 1988 ~ Greek Theater, University of California – Berkeley, CA
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