1970 was certainly a peak year for the Grateful Dead, as the band was transitioning from a psychedelic novelty to a legitimate musical tour de force. Never straying too far from their roots, the Dead certainly brought a heavy dose of psychedelia to their performances, but their approach by 1970 was a lot more clean cut than they were in their Acid Test days. When they hit the Fillmore West for a performance on June 5th, 1970, the band treated fans to a tasty acoustic set before diving in head-first for a great second half.
The show starts with an acoustic “Dire Wolf” that finds its way into a sublime version of “I Know You Rider.” Jerry Garcia is at his finest playing folk music, and it shows on this “Rider.” Tracks like “Friend Of The Devil” and “Me & My Uncle” make this set one to remember. Of course, the second set isn’t too shabby either, with a full “That’s It For The Other One” suite and a rockin’ “Hard To Handle” led by Pigpen.
Don’t take it from us! Listen to the full show below:
Grateful Dead – 6/5/70 – Full Audio
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Setlist: Grateful Dead | Fillmore West | San Francisco, CA | 6/5/70
Set One: Dire Wolf, I Know You Rider, Silver Threads, Friend Of The Devil, Me And My Uncle, Black Peter, New Speedway Boogie
Set Two: Cold Rain And Snow, Easy Wind, Mama Tried, Cryptical Envelopment, Drums, The Other One, Cryptical Envelopment, Attics Of My Life, Hard To Handle, It’s A Man’s World, Uncle John’s Band
Encore: St. Stephen, Casey Jones
[Originally published 6/5/17]