PRO-SHOT FOOTAGE: The Dead Rip ‘Help on the Way/Slipknot!/ Franklin’s Tower’

by Peter Wendel
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The latest installment of the Grateful Dead’s “All the Years Live” video series features crisp pro-shot footage of the band laying down a 24-minute rendition of “Help on the Way/Slipknot!/Franklin’s Tower.” The five-star performance is from June 14, 1991 at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C. The post-Mydland lineup includes keyboardists Vince Welnick and Bruce Hornsby.

Here’s how Dead uber-archivist David Lemieux sets it up:

Featuring the two-keyboard, two-guitar, two-drummer, one-bass Grateful Dead lineup, this magnificent, soaring ‘Help/Slip/Franklin’s’ is one of the best of the late-era returns of this trio, In the lineup 1975-1977, 1983-1985, and 1989-1995, this enigmatic addition to the repertoire is one of the most dynamic and ambitious song cycles the Dead ever wrote and performed. From the Summer Tour of 1991 that also featured great shows at Deer Creek, Giants Stadium, Chicago, and Pine Knob, among others, this was the second release in the View From The Vault series.

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