Crisp Pro-Shot Vid: The Dead Rip “Loose Lucy” at Giants Stadium in ’91

by Peter Wendel
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Here’s some crispy Dead footage to loosen up your day in all the right ways! The latest installment of the Grateful Dead video series, “All the Years Live,” features a five-star, pro-shot performance of “Loose Lucy” at Giants Stadium on June 17, 1991.

Jerry is right on point with strong clear vocals and fiery guitar play. The post-Mydland lineup includes Vince Welnick and Bruce Hornsby.

As for the song’s setlist history, the Dead broke out “Lucy” for the first time at the very first show of 1973 – February 9th – on their home turf in Palo Alto, CA. “Loose Lucy” would be one of seven brand-new songs the band played that night, including “Eyes of The World,” “China Doll,” “Here Comes Sunshine” and “Row Jimmy.”

The Dead would play “Lucy” regularly for two years – 33 times to be exact – 21 performances in 1973 and 11 in 1974. October 19, 1974, at Winterland in San Francisco is the last time the band played it  – then nothing for more than 15 years.

On March 14, 1990, the Dead broke “Lucy” back out to deafening applause at the Capitol Centre in Landover, MD. The band would go continue to work “Loose Lucy” into the setlist a handful of times each year up until Jerry Garcia’s death in the summer of 1995.

Don’t take much to get me on ground!

Listen to more red-hot versions of “Loose Lucy” here.

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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