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Bloggy Goodness: Europe ’72, Vol. 2

With the Grateful Dead’s massive, drool-inducing Europe ’72 box set set to finally roll out this fall, the band’s 22-date tour will once again be mined for a scaled-down companion

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Tour Dates: Primed For Primus

We keep our eyes peeled for new tour dates announcements each week and compile them on Tuesdays for this handy column… On September 13, quirky funk-rock act Primus will release

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Tour Dates: Get Weir’d This August

We keep our eyes peeled for new tour dates announcements each week and compile them on Tuesdays for this handy column… For an artist that has seemingly played everywhere and

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HT Giveaway: Grateful Dead Europe ’72

On this date in 1972 the Grateful Dead kicked off their their first-ever European tour with a gig at the Wembley Empire Pool in Wembley, England. The historic 22-date run, which was Pigpen’s last with the band, brought the Dead’s powerful live shows and unique brand of cosmic Americana music to virtually all new audiences at venues across Western Europe. Highlights from the tour, which captured by a 16-track recorder, was originally released as a 17-track, triple live album in the fall of ’72. Now, some 39 years later, Rhino in conjunction with the Grateful Dead will put out arguably the most ambitious live archive release ever, with an all-encompassing box set that documents the tour in its entirety, featuring every note all of 22 shows, totaling over 70 hours of music, spread across  a whopping 72 discs.

While the initial drool-inducing limited-edition steamer trunk version of this mammoth set sold out within four days, those still wanting to get their hands on all of this music can purchase Europe ’72: The Complete Recordings – All The Music Edition, which will feature each show in its own individual package, complete with liner notes by Dead scholars such as David Gans, Blair Jackson, Steve Silberman, Gary Lambert and others.

As a way of marking the milestone anniversary of the Dead playing their first show of this historic tour, we’ve got a special Europe ’72 edition of our long-standing Everybody Wins When We Plug Something And In Return They Offer Us Free Shit To Give Away program. We’re giving away an impressive Europe ’72 themed prize pack to one lucky reader that includes a copy of the original 2-CD set and more. To enter, simply leave a comment below telling us about your favorite show from the Europe ’72 run. Bear in mind, those found entering more than once will be tarred and feathered. All entries must be received by Monday, April 18th, at 11:59PM EST. We’ll pick the winner randomly shortly thereafter.

Here’s the full rundown on our Europe ’72 Prize Pack:

  • Europe ’72 (Original Album 2-CD set)
  • Europe ’72 Ice Cream Kid Sticker
  • Europe ’72 Grey Tee (LG)
  • Europe ’72 Rainbow Foot Button
  • Official GD 2011 Calendar
  • Grateful Dead Now Playing New York Historical Society Poster

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Bloggy Goodness: Vedder’s Ukulele Songs

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BG: Smile Finally To Be Released

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Pullin’ ‘Tubes: The Music Never Stopped

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BG: On The Cover Of The Rolling Stone

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Bloggy Goodness: Get Well Chuck

At a performance at Congress Theatre in Chicago on New Year’s Day, influential Rock & Roll legend Chuck Berry collapsed on stage. According to an official statement on Berry’s website,

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