The Grateful Dead has announced the forthcoming release of the latest addition to their Dave’s Picks archive live album series, as selected by their archivist David Lemieux. The 35th installment of the ongoing series highlights the middle show of a three-night run at the Philadelphia Civic Center on April 20th, 1984.
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This performance included renditions of “Feel Like a Stranger”, “Cold Rain and Snow”, “Cumberland Blues”, and “Let it Grow” during the first set, as well as “Scarlet Begonias”, “Fire on the Mountain”, and “Morning Dew” throughout the second set.
As Lemieux explains in a video announcing the release, this performance marked one of the few times the Dead played in Philadelphia where they did not play at The Spectrum.
“I believe The Spectrum was in use… because the [Philadelpia] Flyers were playoff bound and I guess the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA were also heading to the playoffs. It was a kind of situation where bands did these spring tours the venues had to be blocked off way in advance out of the possibility of a team making the playoffs and going far into them.”
Watch Lemieux further discuss the forthcoming Dave’s Picks release below, which is due out on July 31st, click here to pre-order, and scroll down for a full setlist of the show.
Grateful Dead – Quarantine Chat: Dave’s Picks Volume 35
[Video: Grateful Dead]
Earlier this year, Dead & Company canceled their 2020 summer tour, as the COVID-19 pandemic continued to spread throughout North America and the world. Head to the band’s website for the latest tour information.
Setlist: Grateful Dead | Philadelphia Civic Center | Philadelphia, PA | 4/20/84
Set One: Feel Like a Stranger, Cold Rain and Snow, Beat it on Down the Line, Cumberland Blues, Little Red Rooster, Brown Eyed Women, My Brother Esau, It Must Have Been the Roses, Let it Grow
Set Two: Scarlet Begonias, Fire on the Mountain, Samson and Delilah, Drums, I Need a Miracle, Morning Dew, Around and Around, Johnny B. Goode
Encore: Day Job