Footage: The Dead Tear It Up with (Stones Legend) Mick Taylor

by Peter Wendel
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MickTaylorStones SongMango.comIf you happen to be a Deadhead and a Stones fan (like myself), September 24, 1988, has to be on your “best day ever” list. Why, you ask? It’s simple really: Mick Taylor, the guitar virtuoso for The Rolling Stones from 1969-’74, joined Jerry and the boys onstage at Madison Square Garden in New York City to play “West L.A. Fadeaway” and the Willie Dixon cover, “Little Red Rooster” – and they tear them both up. (And yes, as many have pointed out in the past, Jerry’s voice is rough, but hell, it’s Jerry and he still kills it.)

JerryGarciaWail SongMango.comFor those of you who (somehow) don’t know, Taylor was a huge part of The Rolling Stones’ biggest and best albums, including Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers and Exile On Main St. Some rock critics have even dared to say he was the most talented guitarist to ever play with The Stones (sorry Keith and Ronnie).

The show – which also included Bruce Hornsby, Daryl Hall, John Oates and Jack Casady – was billed as a benefit for the rainforests – Cultural Survival, Greenpeace and Rainforest Action Network. Although the band was a little flat – Jerry’s voice is as rough as I’ve ever heard it – it was a very special collaborative event with some very special moments (see full setlist below).

September 24, 1988 – Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
This pro-shot footage is magical material. Don’t miss Jerry and Mick trading licks (18:09) during “West L.A. Fadeaway.” Taylor even busts out the slide (21:29) to Garcia’s delight. As for “Little Red Rooster” (24:16), The Stones’ legend brings the heat from start to finish, Jerry plays slide and Brent goes off the chain. The video is all teed up, so kick back and enjoy!

A very special thanks to voodoonola for posting the video on YouTube.

Set I: Iko Iko, Feel Like A Stranger, West L.A. Fadeaway, Little Red Rooster, Box Of Rain, Ramble On Rose, Masterpiece, Don’t Ease Me In
Set II: Chinese Bones, Neighborhood Girls, Crazy Fingers, Man Smart/Woman Smarter, Every Time You Go, What’s Going On, Drums, The Wheel, Throwing Stones, Not Fade Away E: Good Lovin’, Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door

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