Director: Danish Television
An annual screening of a Dead concert had a hiatus for 2 years due to COVID but was back this year featuring their concert at theTivoli in Copenhagen during their famous Europe 1972 tour.
Pretty tight and in tune, one drummer and Jerry not a junkie this was pretty much peak period Dead. though OOAA.This was the tour with all the clown masks bought before the tour at a novelty shop. These days they looked a bit creepy with all the horror /serial killers shows with clown masks. Fun fact the roadie kept the masks for years but he kept them in a box that was exposed to sunlight so they have all melted.
The concert was filmed for a TV broadcast – the sound was excellent , the video looked a bit like a VHS tape transfer so, given this is touted as a fully restored high definition version, the previous extant copies must have been a bit rough.
An audience of less than 20 at our showing and just one “chick” dead dancing in the aisle.I expected more people but there were there other showings.
A gaunt Pigpen opened the show with It Hurts Me Too but things got moving a few songs in with the iconic Truckin’ and a coupla songs later with I Know You Rider. It really is was and aways will be the Jerry Garcia show – such a beautiful sweet tone to that guitar. Plenty of close ups of his playing was a plus.
It was great to see the Dead in their pomp. Apparently there were discussions about them coming to Australia and performing at Uluru/Ayers Rock. I’m told they wanted over 20 people to accompany them and their rider included a pound of hash – not weed,hash. The tour didn’t proceed.
The show ends abruptly with Saturday Night. No thankyou and good night, no encores. I guess the television station reckoned they had enough footage. Pity, but better than nothing.
Here is the movie pitch for the show :The sixth show on the Grateful Dead’s famous Europe ’72 tour was a return engagement to the Tivoli Concert Hall in Copenhagen, Denmark, on April 17, 1972. This ground-breaking concert broadcast event was the Dead’s first major live concert broadcast, and a first in Danish television history. Now, fully restored and color corrected in High Definition with audio mixed from the 16-track analog master tapes by Jeffrey Norman and mastered by David Glasser, Tivoli 4/17/72 features nearly an hour and a half of the Grateful Dead at a peak of their performing career. The show’s many highlights include an overview of the Dead’s 1972 touring repertoire, including magnificent versions of “China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider”, “Big Railroad Blues”, “Truckin’”, and many more of the Dead’s classics, as well as the first live performance of “He’s Gone”, and other new songs including “Ramble on Rose”, “Jack Straw”, and “One More Saturday Night”. Pigpen, on what would prove to be his last tour with the Grateful Dead, is well-represented by three songs, including the broadcast’s opening number, “Hurts Me Too”.
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