The Grateful Dead have returned to YouTube with another installment of All the Years Live. The latest footage is from the Dead’s run at Radio City Music Hall during the fall of 1980.
During their acoustic set, the Dead jammed on “Bird Song” during their 10/30/1980 show. Here is what Grateful Dead archivist David Lemeiux noted about the performance, “From Jerry’s first solo album, released in 1972, Bird Song was an exploratory part of Grateful Dead live shows 1971-1973, after which it disappeared from the repertoire. To everyone’s great surprise, and joy, it returned in September 1980, played acoustically at the Warfield and Radio City shows in the Fall of 1980 to celebrate the Dead’s 15th anniversary. A month later, it returned to the touring setlist in its electric form, where it would stick around for the next 15 years.”
Thanks to the Grateful Dead for the footage!