If there’s one thing you can count on for Halloween aside from the seasonal weight gain due to heightened access to tasty treats, it’s the Grateful Dead covering “Werewolves of London”. While the psychedelic stalwarts didn’t perform on October 31st, 1992, that didn’t stop Jerry Garcia from covering the Warren Zevon classic with his eponymous solo band. That concert at the Oakland Coliseum Arena is out on Friday as GarciaLive Volume 19.
In the same vein as Bob Weir wrapping a Saturday show with “One More Saturday Night”, the obligatory “Werewolves of London” Halloween closer is as expected as it is welcome. This rendition from ’92 hops along with the levity of a much younger band as Melvin Seals‘s organ keeps things on the lighthearted side of Halloween frights. Garcia, meanwhile, sports some highway miles in his vocal delivery but makes up for it with clean guitar phrasings.
GarciaLive Volume 19 captures a particularly scary time for Deadheads as just three months prior Garcia had collapsed following another downward health spiral. When he and his band hit the stage on October 31st, however, Garcia sported a slim and healthier physique with the reinvigorated chops to match. This latest archival release from Garcia Family Provisions captures his joyous return to the stage, filled with poignant song choices like the opening “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” directed toward the Bay Area crowd or the somber cover of Daniël Lanois‘ “The Maker”.
Listen to Jerry Garcia Band perform Warren Zevon’s “Werewolves of London” in Oakland on Halloween 1992 and pre-order GarciaLive Vol. 19 here.
Jerry Garcia Band – “Werewolves of London” (Warren Zevon) – 10/31/92