Unofficial 31 Days of Dead – 2012 Edition: Day 21

December 21

Help On The Way > Slipknot! > Franklin’s Tower
5/9/77 Buffalo Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, NY

On the day after Cornell there was still musical brilliance in the Grateful Dead. Last week we enjoyed a selection from the night before Cornell. Therefore, I thought it might be nice to bookend Cornell with a selection from the next evening in Buffalo to prove that there was life after Cornell.

[Image via Fuck Yes Grateful Dead]

From the moment the band slams into the first note of Help on the Way it is abundantly clear that they mean business. The ensuing Slipknot! is my all-time favorite. The composed piece is tight and focused while the jam is powerful yet spacey at the same time.  Bobby’s guitar work is fantastic and Jerry is in shred mode. I especially love their interaction together during the 6:47-6:56 minute mark. There is no doubt that most of you are familiar with this masterpiece so I will let you just listen to the music play.

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If you are in the New York  City area tonight and don’t have plans then you are invited to come check out my GD tribute band, Bear’s Choice. We are playing at Hill Country Barbecue (30 West 26th St). No cover. Music starts at 9:30 PM.  Check out our Soundcloud page here.


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