CRISPY VIDEO: The Dead Burn Up “Maggie’s Farm” at MSG

by Peter Wendel
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JerryMaggiesFarmDebut: July 19, 1987
Last Time Played: April 5, 1995
Total Times Played: More than 40 
Bob Dylan

The Grateful Dead were on fire in the fall of 1987 – and their sold-out, five-night stand at Madison Square Garden (September 15-20) features a laundry list of masterful song performances. This cover of Dylan’s 1965 classic, “Maggie’s Farm,” captures all the power and glory of the band totally in sync – and Garcia rejuvenated and fully engaged (post-coma).

September 19, 1987
Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

SMMMOKER! Arguably the band’s best-ever performance of the song – just about as perfect as it gets. Bobby and Jerry share lead vocals, and after an initial hiccup, they both deliver in a big way (despite the fact that it’s just the fourth time they sang it live). Garcia torches his solos (check the video at 1:08, 2:39 and 4:19). He and Brent sizzle. If you’re a “Cumberland” fan (and aren’t we all?), you gotta love this. The pro-shot video comes complete with close-ups of Jerry’s guitar-playing. The performance was broadcast live to support Farm Aid III. A young and dapper Dick Clark does the introduction to the broadcast.

A very special thanks to FarmAid for posting this YouTube video.

Peter Wendel is a journalist and PR consultant. He's attended hundreds of concerts and festivals, including the Peach, Mountain Jam, the All Good and Lockn'. He's ridden legendary Grateful Dead runs from Ventura County Fairgrounds to Irvine Meadows (CA) from the Nassau Coliseum (NY) to the Boston Garden (MA). Peter is a former U.S. Marine who – after running into trouble with every last one of his commanding officers – received an honorable discharge and a direct order never to return. Born in California and raised in New Jersey, Peter lived in Boston and Joshua Tree (CA) before settling in the nation's capital. Find him on tour at