Got the summertime blues? Go on a long, strange tour with me through time. Every day in the month of July, we’ll feature a vintage recording from the Dead. Tune in on YouTube and join the chat as we explore the wonders of summer tours past. We will get by, we will survive!
The next stop on the We Will Get By Streaming Tour is among the saddest show for Dead fans—the Grateful Dead played their last show on this day on July 9, 1995 at Solider Field in Chicago, IL.
There were some remarkable Dead tours in the 90s—summer of 1995 was not one of them. Jerry’s health was failing and it impacted the playing. That’s not to say that all shows were bad and their weren’t moments of brilliance hidden into shows.
The Dead’s last show certainly had a few of those moments of brilliance. While it’s heartbreaking to hear (or watch), “So Many Roads” and “Black Muddy River” are required listening. Jerry’s flame shined brightly on these two songs in particular.
Touch Of Gray, Little Red Rooster, Lazy River Road, When I Paint My Masterpiece*, Childhood’s End, Cumberland Blues, Promised Land
Shakedown Street, Samson & Delilah, So Many Roads, Samba In The Rain, Corrina, Drums, Space, Unbroken Chain, Sugar Magnolia
Black Muddy River, Box Of Rain
Thanks to Charlie Miller for the soundboard.