Grateful Dead Woodstock Woes

Grateful Dead Woodstock Woes

Grateful Dead Woodstock Woes

The oft’ told tale of the Dead’s Woodstock performance was that it was plagued with various difficulties and was generally lackluster.  That it wasn’t a typical ’69 performance.  

Their Woodstock was only about 70 minutes of music with a more than 20 minute technical break after only two songs which had only totaled about five minutes.

Plus, there was, as Phil Lesh mic/walkie-talkie interference with their PA during some parts. 

Grateful Dead Woodstock Woes
Dead at Woodstock…Jerry and Bob
Grateful Dead Woodstock Woes

Dead at Woodstock

Grateful Dead Woodstock Woes
Dead at Woodstock

 Well, let’s take a look at the set list: 

  • 1. Saint Stephen (2:04)
  • 2. Mama Tried (2:42)
  • 3. a High Time tease (30 seconds)
  • the 20 minute technical issues break
  • 4. Dark Star (19:10)
  • 5. High Time (6:20),
  • 6. Turn On Your Lovelight (38:42)
Grateful Dead Woodstock Woes

Typical?

How atypical was the Dead at Woodstock? The concert immediately before at Family Dog at the Great Highway in San Francisco on  August 3  was about 90 minutes. Their first concert afterward was on August 20 at the Aqua Theater in Seattle.  How long was it? About 90 minutes.

If not for the technical issues, faced by most of the Woodstock performers, the Dead at Woodstock was not too different.

Perhaps it’d be best to give the Dead at Woodstock an actual listen and decide for yourself. As for me, I enjoy it. Of course the spice of it being at Woodstock is an enticing enhancement, but even without that, it’s still good. After all, there’s only one Barton Hall and that was eight years in the future.

Grateful Dead Woodstock Woes

Double-dare

I dare you to click and open ↓ .

It’s really a nice listen for any day and a slice of history. You’ll hear the actual radio feedback the Phil Lesh talks about during a quieter part of their set.

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2 thoughts on “Grateful Dead Woodstock Woes”

  1. i’m so glad i just found this site after 40 whatever years,i’m trippin out on the dead here,one of my favs (seen at least 5 times),and one of the many bands i cannot remember seeing at the 69 fest ,another big regret !

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