Crisp Footage: The Dead Rip ‘Let It Grow,’ Summer 1990

by Peter Wendel
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The latest nug from the Grateful Dead’s All the Years Live video series is a performance of “Let It Grow” from the band’s spectacular 1990 summer tour. This top-shelf rendition is from July 8, 1990, at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, PA.

Dead uber-archivist David Lemieux sets it up:

From the very fine Summer Tour of 1990, this Let It Grow ends what is an overall very solid first set, before the Dead would return for an epic second set in Pittsburgh. This is from Brent Mydland’s final tour, continuing the excellent playing from the Spring Tour of 1990.

Jerry – well-groomed and decked out in dark shades and shorts – works his magic on his (relatively) new guitar, Rosebud. Bobby nails the vocals, and Brent pours his heart out all over the keys.

The Grateful Dead debuted “Let It Grow” (known more formally as the “Weather Report Suite, Part II”) on September 7, 1973 and would go on to play it more than 270 times before it was all said and done.

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 PWendel@SongMango.com.

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