On October 25, 1991, the live music world was shaken when beloved concert promoter Bill Graham lost his life in a helicopter accident. Just one week later, on November 3rd, an all-star cast of musicians banded together for “Laughter, Love and Music”, a one-day event in Golden Gate Park remembering the work of the iconic Graham.
Musicians who performed included the Grateful Dead, Santana, Los Lobos, Joan Baez and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Jackson Browne, and John Fogerty, all of whom were fostered by Graham in the early days of their careers. The impact of Bill Graham’s promotional outreach was unprecedented, and his loss is still felt to this day.
Some quality recordings from this “Laughter, Love and Music” celebration live on, including this emotional Grateful Dead set that includes a sit-in from John Popper on “Wang Dang Doodle” and a number of tracks with Creedence Clearwater Revival’s John Fogerty, including “Born On The Bayou”, “Green River”, “Bad Moon Rising” and “Proud Mary”.
Watch footage of this incredible tribute below.
Grateful Dead – Golden Gate Park – San Francisco, CA – 11/3/1991
Setlist: The Grateful Dead | Laughter, Love, And Music | Golden Gate Park | San Francisco, CA | 11/3/91
Set 1: Hell In A Bucket, China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, Wang Dang Doodle**, Born On The Bayou*, Green River*, Bad Moon Rising*, Proud Mary*, Truckin’-> The Other One-> Wharf Rat-> Sunshine Daydream
Encore: Forever Young***, Touch of Grey
* John Fogerty, guitar and vocals
**John Popper, harmonica
*** Neil Young, guitar and vocal
[H/T LA Times]
[Originally Published 11/3/17]