August 19, 2009

Missing 1970 Shows

This follows the same format as my 1969 list, but I admit I had more difficulty with this list. 1970 has a greater variety of recordings & problems than 1969 did. Lumping together incomplete SBDs, great AUDs, lousy AUDs, fragments, and missing shows all in one list looks a bit confusing, and is conceptually muddled. (The Port Chester tapes hardly belong on a "missing shows" list!)
The best solution would be to simply list every show, with a note - "incomplete", "AUD", "no recording", etc. But, frankly, deadlists already does that, and it would just be a lot of extra typing. This list simply singles out what we DON'T have in SBD, all in one convenient summary - so at a glance, we can see just how much is missing from 1970. AUD lovers like myself can silently overlook all the great recordings on this list; and SBD lovers can keep in mind the dozens of great SBDs we do have from 1970, though they're mainly invisible on this list.

In 1969, it's likely that many "lost" shows are actually in the Vault. In 1970, a few missing shows from the first half of the year may be in the Vault, but most of these shows (especially after June) are gone for good.

Deadlists was, of course, invaluable. is best avoided.
Once again, songs remembered from missing shows are [ in brackets ], but these are often incomplete or mistaken. Deadheads in 1970 definitely were not taking notes; nor were many of them lugging tapedecks to shows. Enough of them WERE taping, though, that 1970 actually doesn't have many more completely lost shows than 1969 did. But some of the ones that were lost look like real nail-biters.

I've probably missed a few things here & there, so additions & corrections are welcome.


1/24/70 Honolulu - (SBD) This is a short show, and probably missing some songs.

1/30/70 New Orleans - (SBD) This is short for a complete show & Eaton lists another 35 minutes. If Eaton's timing is correct there is still a half hour of this show not circulating.

2/2/70 St Louis - Partial half-hour SBD; the rest of the show is unknown.

2/5/70 Fillmore West - The first five songs are on a half-hour AUD tape; the SBD is only 45 minutes; so a big piece of the show is missing. [ China Cat > Rider ; Cryptical > The Other One ]

2/7/70 Fillmore West - Incomplete AUD & chopped-up SBD. Compared with Friday's total of 115 minutes and Sunday's of 138, the 85 minutes of Saturday 2/7/70 preserved on tape seems obviously to fall short by at least a half hour. Obviously we are missing several tunes from the end of this set.

2/8/70 Fillmore West - The AUD has the complete show. The SBD tape in circulation begins 3:42 before the end of Dark Star and runs for 33:04, cutting off 15:12 into Lovelight. (Smokestack Lightning was released on the Bear's Choice reissue CD, so the entire SBD is likely in the Vault.)

2/11/70 Fillmore East, early show - (SBD) Only the last 20 minutes of this show are in circulation on tape; presumably more songs preceded The Other One.

2/12/70 Ungano's, NYC - A notorious fake, as the 2/13/70 early set surfaced with this date; they did play here though, and no recording is known.

2/20/70 Fort Worth - No recording.

2/21/70 San Antonio - No recording.

2/22/70 Houston - No recording. [ Lovelight ]

3/7/70 Santa Monica - Incomplete AUD only.

3/8/70 Phoenix - (SBD) Deadlists: "Latvala reports that there are two reels in the vault labeled with this date; the second is blank; the contents of the first are listed here. Perhaps we are missing the rest of the concluding electric set, although this seems complete as listed."

3/17/70 Buffalo - The infamous lost show with the Buffalo Philharmonic; no recording. [ Saint Stephen ; Dark Star > Drums ; Turn On Your Lovelight ]

3/20/70 Port Chester, early show - No recording.

3/21/70 Port Chester, early & late shows - AUD only.

4/9/70 Fillmore West - The AUD has most of the show. The 45-minute SBD contains Me & My Uncle through Uncle John.

4/10/70 Fillmore West - No recording. I believe complete SBDs were made of this whole Fillmore West run, but many reels have been lost.
[electric] Cold Rain And Snow; New Speedway Boogie; Mama Tried; China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider; Hard To Handle; Casey Jones; [acoustic] Friend Of The Devil; Deep Elem Blues; Candyman; Wake Up Little Susie > Black Peter; Uncle John's Band; [electric] It's A Man's, Man's, Man's World; Dancin In The Street; High Time; Alligator > Caution > And We Bid You Good Night.

4/11/70 Fillmore West - Only the last half-hour of the SBD survives, picking up at the end of Not Fade Away. The rest is lost.
[electric] Cold Rain And Snow; I'm A King Bee; Beat It On Down The Line; Dire Wolf; It's A Man's, Man's, Man's World; [acoustic] Don't Ease Me In; New Speedway Boogie; Friend Of The Devil; Me And My Uncle; Deep Elem Blues; Candyman; Black Peter; Uncle John's Band; [electric] Dark Star > Saint Stephen > Not Fade Away > Lovelight.

4/12/70 Fillmore West - The AUD has most of the show. The SBD contains Good Morning Little Schoolgirl and Cumberland through Feedback.

4/17-19/70 Family Dog shows - No recordings.

4/24/70 Denver - AUD only. The first electric set is missing.

4/25/70 Denver - No recording.

4/26/70 Poynette - No recording. [Lovelight ; Dark Star ; The Other One ; Black Peter ]

5/3/70 Middletown - AUD only. One of the worst AUDs ever.

5/7/70 Cambridge - AUD only.

5/8/70 Delhi - Partial AUD only. I wonder if a complete AUD was made but, due to the poor quality, Charlie Miller decided to only put out "the good part".

5/9/70 Worcester - Only the first four acoustic songs are available in degraded SBD.

5/10/70 Atlanta - The Dead's equipment was delayed, so they played with the Allman Brothers' gear - probably no recording was made. [ Hard to Handle ; The Other One ; Mama Tried ; Will the Circle Be Unbroken w/ Allman Brothers ]

5/16/70 Philadelphia - Partial AUD only of the start of the set; shut down by Sam Cutler.

5/17/70 Fairfield - No recording.

5/21/70 San Rafael - No recording. [ Possibly Janis on Lovelight. ]

6/4/70 Fillmore West - (SBD) The start of the electric set is still missing, though I presume it's in the vault since Lemieux has played the acoustic set. [ Casey Jones ; Me And My Uncle ; Hard To Handle ; Saint Stephen ]

6/5/70 Fillmore West - I include this show just to mention that the SBD has many bad cuts, but the AUD is complete.

6/6/70 Fillmore West, acoustic set - Not in circulation. [ Don't Ease Me In ; The Frozen Logger ; Friend Of The Devil ; Candyman ; Deep Elem Blues ; Cumberland Blues ; Wake Up Little Susie ; New Speedway Boogie ]

6/12/70 Oahu - Not in circulation. Lemieux played The Other One on the Taper's Section (6-11-07).

6/13/70 Oahu - The AUD is more complete & better-sounding than the SBD.

6/19/70 Memphis - No recording. [ Casey Jones, China Cat Sunflower, Hard To Handle, Me and My Uncle, Attics of My Life, Candyman, Uncle John's Band, Good Lovin' ]

6/21/70 Berkeley - Partial AUD only.

6/24/70 Port Chester, early & late shows - AUD only.

6/27 - 7/3/70 Canada - Some video & SBD snippets have appeared from this tour, but it's unclear how much more survives.

7/8/70 Edwardsville - No recording.

7/9/70 Fillmore East - Only a couple AUD songs survive. Presumably the whole show was recorded, but the rest was taped over or lost.
[acoustic] Silver Threads And Golden Needle; Cumberland Blues; Dire Wolf; Swing Low Sweet Chariot; [electric] Easy Wind; Casey Jones; Not Fade Away > Good Lovin'; Viola Lee Blues; Morning Dew; Sittin' On Top Of The World; Uncle John's Band ]

7/10-12/70 Fillmore East - AUD only.

7/16/70 San Rafael - The SBD is incomplete; but a second electric set has surfaced. Bear's last 1970 recording. [ Lovelight; Me And My Uncle; Cold Rain And Snow before China Cat Sunflower ]

8/17/70 Fillmore West - Fragment of an AUD (only a couple acoustic songs), which might not be from this date. [ Dancing In The Street ; Mama Tried ; It's A Man's, Man's, Man's World ; Not Fade Away ]

8/18+19/70 Fillmore West - AUD only.

8/28/70 Los Angeles - No recording.

8/29/70 Los Angeles - No recording.

9/17/70 Fillmore East - AUD only. The electric set is incomplete; probably this was preceded by at least a few more electric tunes.

9/18/70 Fillmore East - Complete AUD. The 80 minute SBD in circulation contains Truckin', Black Peter, and Me & My Uncle through the encore.

9/19/70 Fillmore East - Complete AUD. The SBD contains Dark Star through Lovelight.

9/25/70 Pasadena - No recording.
[ Set I: Casey Jones, Me And My Uncle, I'm A King Bee, Cryptical Envelopment>Drums>The Other One>Cryptical Envelopment, High Time; Set II: Dark Star, Cosmic Charlie, Alligator>Drums>Turn On Your Lovelight, Morning Dew; We Bid You Goodnight ]

9/26/70 Salt Lake City - No recording. [ (acoustic) I Know You Rider; Ripple; Candyman; Friend Of The Devil; (electric) Big Boss Man; Uncle John > Casey Jones; Morning Dew ]

10/5/70 Winterland - Possible SBD, not circulating. [ Casey Jones ; Good Lovin' ; Dancing In The Street ; Turn On Your Lovelight ]
Deadlists: "David Lemieux confirms that there is no SBD of this show in the vault." However, Dancing appeared on the 2/4/70 Download Series.

10/10/70 Queens - AUD only.

10/11/70 Wayne - AUD only.

(10/12/70 Wayne - Possible show played; no recording.)

10/16/70 Philadelphia - No recording. [ Morning Dew; Casey Jones; Saint Stephen > Not Fade Away > Lovelight; Good Lovin'; (encore) Uncle John's Band ]

10/17/70 Cleveland - No recording.

10/18/70 Minneapolis, two sets - No recording. [ Casey Jones; Me And My Uncle; Morning Dew; Mama Tried; Cumberland Blues; Good Lovin' ]

10/23/70 Washington DC - AUD only.

11/5-8/70 Port Chester - AUD only.

11/9/70 Island Park - Partial AUD only (six songs).

11/10/70 Island Park - Partial AUD only (two songs).

11/11/70 Brooklyn - AUD only.

11/12/70 Brooklyn - No recording. [ Hard To Handle; Truckin'; New Minglewood Blues; China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider; Sugar Magnolia; New Orleans; Cumberland Blues; Brokedown Palace; Not Fade Away ]

11/13/70 Brooklyn - No recording. [ Casey Jones ; Uncle John's Band ; Sugar Magnolia ; Truckin' ; Dark Star > Saint Stephen ; Not Fade Away ]

11/14/70 Brooklyn - No recording.

11/20/70 Rochester - AUD only.

11/21/70 Boston - Partial SBD (20 minutes). [ Casey Jones ; Candyman ; Mama Tried ; Easy Wind ; St. Stephen ; Uncle John's Band ]

11/22/70 Edison - No recording.

11/23/70 Anderson Theater, NYC - No recording; the old show with this date is now considered to be 11/16/70.

11/27/70 Chicago - No recording. [ Jam > Casey Jones ; Truckin' > The Other One ; Turn On Your Lovelight ]

11/29/70 Columbus - AUD only.

12/21/70 San Rafael - The Dead may have played after the "Garcia and Friends" set with Crosby; no known recording.

12/22/70 Sacramento - No known recording, though the Dead had started taping their shows again. [ Till The Morning Comes ; Dire Wolf ; Sugar Magnolia ; Casey Jones ; Truckin' ; Dancing In The Street ; Turn On Your Lovelight ]

12/23/70 Winterland - (SBD) Part of this show has been misdated as 12/17/70; I'm not sure if all of 12/23 is now circulating since it's come out in bits & pieces.


  1. A couple small corrections -

    8/17/70 - Our tape is a fake. These acoustic songs are actually from Ken Lee's 6/24/70 recording.

    11/10/70 - This fake date apparently comes from a Marty Weinberg compilation reel - the Not Fade Away is from his 9/20/70 AUD, and the Other One is from 2/23/71. It seems Weinberg did not tape the New York shows after 11/8/70....our loss.

  2. David Lemieux on what survives from the Festival Express tour:
    "I think six songs by the Dead were filmed. Two were in the movie [Don't Ease Me In & New Speedway]. Two were in the bonus disc [Hard to Handle & Easy Wind], and there were two that didn't make the cut. I did recently hear the audio tapes from Winnipeg and Calgary and they were pretty good. It's basically two full shows, maybe an hour & a quarter each... I know there was a good China>Rider and a good Lovelight [probably the ones he's put on the Taper's Section]. Typical 1970 material: some sloppy stuff, some out of tune stuff, but also some incredibly interesting Pigpen stuff. There's a good Attics of My Life, too."

  3. Very interesting post to say the least. Amazing that so many shows can go missing/have error.

  4. 9/25/70 Pasadena looks like a great setlist. Where did this information come from?

  5. The setlist for 8/17/70 (Dancing In The Street ; Mama Tried ; It's A Man's, Man's, Man's World ; Not Fade Away) is obviously 8/18/70

  6. There's not much information about 9/25/70. That certainly looks like a dream setlist, but I wouldn't trust it, as it's only listed on the unreliable Presumably that list stemmed from an older edition of Deadbase; but the deadbase site now only lists Casey Jones, Easy Wind, and Lovelight.

    Although a bunch of reviewers on apparently attended this show, they remember little.
    Deadlists says: "Bob Swanson attended this show. He remembers two sets, the first from NRPS with Jerry on pedal steel, the second from the electric Dead. From the Dead's set he remembers a drumming interlude and the Lovelight."

    So at this point, I would guess the setlist I listed is a fake.

  7. This site has an examination of the 8/17/70 setlist:

    It's more complete than what I listed here. Two reviewers (Michael Lydon from Rolling Stone and Ed McLanahan from Playboy) were apparently there that night, and they agree on the first 4 songs of the electric set. (At which point Lydon had enough and left!)

    It's true, all those songs were also played on 8/18/70, and our reviewers may actually be talking about the next night.
    But what's more likely - that two reviewers would independently pick out 4 songs, scattered through a set, and each say that those 4 (in the same order) started the set, without mentioning other songs like the Other One or Attics? Or that the Dead simply repeated some songs? I'm uncertain, myself.
    (Usually the Dead did not repeat themselves quite that much two nights running. And it seems odd that NFA would be the fourth song in the set; but our tape of 7/11/70 also has it as the fourth electric song...)

    The main reviewer (McLanahan) sadly has a very fuzzy account, possibly merging shows together - he places Truckin' in the electric set, which as far as I know didn't happen until October '70. He also says the show ended with Uncle John, Casey Jones>Lovelight. On 8/18 we have Casey Jones>Uncle John, and no Lovelight.

    So we're left with a little puzzle. But assuming he's somewhat reliable, this is what we've concluded for 8/17:

    Acoustic Set:
    Cumberland Blues
    New Speedway Boogie
    Dire Wolf
    "two or three others, mostly from the Workingman's Dead album"
    Swing Low Sweet Chariot (last song)

    NRPS set

    Electric GD:
    Dancing in the Streets
    Mama Tried
    It's a Man's World
    Not Fade Away
    Uncle John's Band
    Casey Jones ->
    Turn on Your Lovelight (McLanahan) (scroll down for Lydon 1970 article)

  8. Anyway, other dates here need more investigation as well; but keep in mind that any songs I listed in brackets may be inaccurate, and should be taken as tentative.

    (I'm also suspicious of our phantom setlist from the 7/9/70 electric set, which repeats quite a few songs from our 7/11/70 tape...but it's not quite the same.)

    We're left with the hazy memories of a few witnesses, sometimes years later. And even when notes were taken on the spot by journalists, they can still be suspect... If, for instance, our two '8/17/70' reviewers were actually at 8/18, then you have to say they did a remarkably poor job of capturing the setlist!

  9. Garcia, Lesh, Hart & Kreutzmann all participated in the sessions that yielded David Crosby's debut album IF I COULD ONLY REMEMBER MY NAME and Paul Kantner's BLOWS AGAINST THE EMPIRE. Some sources say that both LP's were recorded around the same time in 1970. Does anyone know when the actual sessions for these records took place?

  10. I don't have too many specific dates, but the sessions for those albums went sporadically through late 1970 at Wally Heider's. BLOWS AGAINST THE EMPIRE was recorded summer/fall (after AMERICAN BEAUTY, I think), and Crosby's IICORMN was roughly Nov '70 - Jan '71 (and released in Feb '71).
    The circulating PERRO sessions we have are mostly from Jan '71, just jamming around after both albums were finished, although there are a number of Nov/Dec-1970 outtakes from IICORMN as well.

    So basically, the Crosby/Garcia "David & the Dorks" shows of mid-Dec 1970 were done at the same time they were finishing IICORMN in the studio.
    I don't know of any place that lists complete PERRO session dates from the studio logs, which would be useful to know.

  11. In my March '11 post on the Hartbeats, July 1970, I showed that our tape of "8/5/70 San Diego" can't be from San Diego, but is likely from a San Francisco club show.

    So 8/5/70 San Diego is now a missing show.

  12. Anonymous asked if anyone knew when the actual sessions for IICORMN and BATE took place.

    I list BATE sessions starting on July 15, 1970 going at least into August, and my first reasonably documented Crosby session is November 3, 1970.

  13. "12/23/70 Winterland - (SBD) Part of this show has been misdated as 12/17/70"

    Wonder why you think so, rather than vice-versa.

  14. I went into the details in my post on 12/17/70 (in October '10) - there was also a bit of discussion on the deadlists discussion board a while ago (under "10/5/70 Winterland").
    In short, there was no Dead show on 12/17/70; I believe we only have one reel circulating from 12/23/70 (from the end of the show); and other songs attributed to that date are actually from the October '70 Winterland shows. It's pretty tricky, really...
    At any rate, Charlie Miller has the full reels for 12/23/70 (and 10/5/70, it seems), so I hope someday he'll release them and it will be straightened out.

  15. Cleveland Music Hall 10/17/70

    Set One
    Casey Jones
    China Cat Sunflower
    I know You Rider
    Me and My Uncle
    It Hurts me Too
    The Other One
    Cryptical Envelopment
    Sugar Magnolia
    Hard to Handle

    Set Two
    Good Love
    Good Love
    Cold Rain and Snow
    Dark Star
    Not Fade Away
    Going Down the Road
    Not Fade Away

    Uncle John's Band

  16. Put a Saint Stephen after the Dark Star as well.

  17. Ah, Cleveland 10/17/70... You beat me to it!

    I was waiting til the tape emerged to confirm the exact setlist....the taper forgot to mention the St Stephen when he first gave the setlist (giving rise to much speculation), and perhaps there are other errors as well. Plus we don't know yet what songs might be missing or have big cuts...

    Fortunately, he's sent his tape to Charlie Miller and we should be seeing this show in circulation at some point!

  18. If the tape is even reasonably listenable, and reasonably complete, that 10/17/70 Cleveland show is going to be one humdinger of a doozy of a major show in 1970. "The Other One" AND "Dark Star" AND "Lovelight" and an early NFA > GDTRFB > NFA who knows what the "Good Lovin'" is going to be like?

    Cannot wait till Charlie Miller gets his hands on that tape and circulates it.

  19. One guy was looking for a tape of 10/17/70 on the Archive some years ago and said this show "was a real stunner... I was at the show, and if the music was half as good as my memories of it, it was outstanding."

    The setlist is certainly tantalizing - it looks like a high-energy set. This was the Dead's first Cleveland show, and in a new city they may have been out to impress. A Dark Star & an Other One in the same show is pretty rare (it happened again on 11/5/70). And after an NFA>Lovelight finale, the audience must have been begging for more! The guy above said, "I thought I was dancing on the ceiling."
    The taper (Jeff Linton) wrote, "In spite of the Bob and Jerry songs, the Dark Star, the Other One etc, it was very much, without a doubt, Pigpen's band. What a BIG FAT SOUND they had!"

    I hope the tape is both listenable & complete - mono cassette recorders from those days had a hard time coping with the Dead's loud volume. Our audience tapes from late 1970 are a mixed bag, some of them pretty dire - this one could be a horror like 5/8/70, 7/12/70, or 10/11/70... And I do hope some huge chunk of Dark Star isn't lost in a tapeflip!

  20. It's funny that you mentioned how rare "Dark Star" and "The Other One" were together in the same show. Just one or two years before, it was rather commonplace to hear them together (1968-69).

    It's incredible how the GD changed so much in just a couple of years. Changes in songs, changes in length of songs, changes in arrangement and instrumentation. Perhaps an essay detailing the changes from 1966-72 will should be written.

  21. "Perhaps an essay should be written...."
    Ha ha, good one! Maybe SOMEONE can write it...

    Actually, in the Taping Compendium there are intro essays to each year that do a really good job of detailing the Dead's changes.
    I tend to focus more on the little details!
    Anyway, I'm kind of booked up for the next few months with the essays I'd like to write...

  22. An additional 10/17/70 update from Charlie Miller:
    "The first tape was jammed. It ended up breaking at a point where it had been broken before and fixed with tape. I re-fixed it and put it into a new shell. Truckin cuts and comes back in during TOO. They go back into the "he had to die" part of TIFTOO, but I don't know if they did the first part of TIFTOO or went into TOO from Truckin'. Compared to other auds from 1970, this one is pretty good."

    It's been asked whether this could be the earliest Truckin>Other One. With a tapecut at the crucial point, we can't be definitive, but I think they stopped after Truckin and started the Cryptical suite. From late 1970, I don't think there are any instances of Truckin>Other One>Cryptical. So this would indicate missing music of at least several minutes in the tapeflip.

  23. The 10/17/70 AUD has finally come out, so it is no longer a missing show! (It does, however, have a LOT of cuts - over a half hour is missing, from spots here & there. More details later.)

  24. A couple updates -

    The 5/9/70 "SBD" has been revealed to actually come from the 5/3/70 acoustic set; so 5/9/70 is now completely missing.

    Also, an excellent, complete AUD of 6/4/70 has just come out (& will be up on the Archive soon). So, while part of the electric-set SBD is still tucked away in the Vault, we can finally hear the whole show on a great-sounding AUD.

  25. Can you explain the confusion surrounding the DP 35, house boat setlists?

    1. I believe deadbase had their 8/23 and 8/24/71 setlists mixed up (and had a few mistakes in the setlists as well). Part of 8/24 was released on DP35, and part of 8/23 on a Road Trips, but neither show in full.
      Until Keith's "houseboat" tapes were discovered, 8/24/71 was a mystery and 8/7/71 was completely unknown.

      Per David Lemieux, this is the complete 8/23/71 setlist (* were released) -
      Set 1
      Big RR Blues, Playing In The Band, Mr. Charlie, Sugaree*, El Paso, Next Time You See Me, Bertha, Me and Bobby McGee, Cumberland Blues, Big Boss Man, Loser, Promised Land, China>Rider*, Casey Jones
      Set 2
      Truckin'*, Bird Song, Cryptical>Drums>Other One>Me and My Uncle>Other One>Cryptical>Wharf Rat*, Deal, Brokedown Palace, Sugar Magnolia*, NFA>GDTRFB>NFA>Johnny B. Goode

      [Loser through Truckin', and everything after Brokedown, are missing on the circulating AUD tape. Unfortunately, the complete 8/23/71 SBD doesn't seem likely to ever circulate.]

      And this is the released part of 8/24/71 (according to Lemieux, "all that was salvageable") -
      Uncle John's Band, Playing In The Band, Loser, Hurts Me Too, Cumberland Blues, Empty Pages, BIODTL, Brown Eyed Women, St Stephen > Not Fade Away > GDTRFB > NFA, Me and Bobby McGee, Big Boss Man, Brokedown Palace, Good Lovin'
      (The rest of the setlist is not known for sure, but probably includes some of the songs on the "8/23/71" deadbase setlist.)

      The Empty Pages that's on the 8/23/71 AUD tape is actually from the 8/24 show - that is, it's the same one that's on the DP35 SBD - so that's kind of a mystery. I believe there used to be an AUD tape of 8/24/71 that has since been lost. See these comments: