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Love & Music: the Bill Graham Memorial,
If there was one band whose appearance at and support for the Bill Graham Memorial Concert - held in San Francisco s Golden Gate Park on November 3rd 1991, just 8 days after Bill and his girlfriend, Melissa Gold, plus pilot Steve Kahn, were killed in a fatal helicopter accident - was not just assured but all but mandatory, it was The Grateful Dead.
The Dead were scheduled to start a four-concert series at the Oakland Coliseum less than 48 hours after Bill Graham s death, and briefly considered cancelling, but decided to honour his spirit by soldiering on. Ironically, it was the largest show Bill Graham Presents - Bill s promotions company - had ever put on in the Bay Area. It featured quite a parade of stars, too: Jackson Browne, Joe Satriani, Aaron Neville, Cesar Rosas and David Hidalgo of Los Lobos, Journey, Robin Williams, Bobby McFerrin, Tracy Chapman, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and, of course, Santana and the Dead - joined mid set by John Fogerty for a few Creedence songs. The Dead s set concluded with Sunshine Daydream but two encores followed - a deeply affecting version of Forever Young with Neil Young fronting the group, and then a bittersweet Touch of Grey.
The actual finale of the afternoon featured many of the artists who had performed getting onto the stage for a rousing and spirited Amazing Grace , ending a sad day during which emotions were clearly mixed, but one that had ultimately proven joyous and as it had been tagged one full of laughter, love and music.
CD (5 Aug. 2016)