The Grateful Dead: Rainbow Theatre, London
Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, 1979
"THERE'S NOTHING like a Grateful Dead concert." This oft-quoted statement from past hand-out material was going through my head as I stumbled over the attendant Dead Heads to my seat high up in the sweltering hot circle of the Rainbow. Above the stage hung the 'skull and flash' standard leering blankly down at The Grateful Dead, already striding into 'Little Red Rooster'. The sound is loud but not irritating, it's like listening to a huge expensive hi-fi system, the kind where you listen to the equipment and ignore the record.
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