The Grateful Dead to release rare 1993 show online

As part of their weekly Shakedown Stream.

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The Grateful Dead, as part of their Shakedown Stream series, will stream footage of a rare 1993 show today (24 April).

The concert, which took place on 11 June 1993 in Columbus, Ohio’s Buckeye Lake Music Center, has never been made available online before. Prior to the stream, Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux and historian Gary Lambert, alongside music journalist Jesse Jarnow, will host a live on-camera pre-show Q&A.

The stream will also raise money for the Grateful Dead’s charity of choice, the Sweet Relief musicians fund. The previous two incarnations of the Shakedown stream raised more than $35,000 for other COVID-19 relief funds.

The show will be streamed on the band’s YouTube channel at 6:30 PM ET / 11:30 PM BST. Take a look below:

In a statement about the stream, David Lemieux said: “When the Grateful Dead took an extended break in the Fall of 1992, their return in December was triumphant. There was a renewed energy, inspiration, and enthusiasm that had been lacking from some of the shows in the first half of 1992. These December shows rolled into a wonderful spring tour of 1993, and into the summer, with several top-notch shows in the month of June.

“On that fine tour, the Dead returned to Buckeye for the fourth time (previously they’d played there in 1988, 1991, and 1992), and played a terrific night that was thankfully captured on video.”

He went to detail that “the setlist was filled with excellent renditions of older, classic Dead songs like Jack Straw, Eyes of the World, Uncle John’s Band, and Playing in the Band, along with three of the newer songs: Lazy River Road, So Many Roads, and Corrina. Add to all of that a rare early first set Foolish Heart, and the only-time-played double dose Bob Dylan combination of Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues & When I Paint My Masterpiece, and you have one of the best shows of a great year.”

The Shakedown Stream series is one of many regular live streams taking place at the moment, thanks to bands and fans alike being stuck inside due to coronavirus-related social distancing measures. Others include Metallica Mondays and Third Man Public Access.

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