The Dead – Into The Mystic (Live in 2009)

Back in the spring of 2009, the remaining members of the Grateful Dead got together with Warren Haynes and Jeff Chimenti to form The Dead. I was lucky enough to see them play twice on that tour. Once at Rosemont outside Chicago, and the other at Rothbury, where they were a headliner. They played Van Morrison’s “Into The Mystic” at Rothbury, and I loved it. The Grateful Dead never played it, as far as I can tell, but Warren has been playing it with The Allman Brothers for years. I assume he brought the song into the mix. I couldn’t find an audience clip of “Into The Mystic” from Rothbury, but I did find this one from the second night at Rosemont (I only saw the first show). Enjoy.

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Bruce Springsteen – The Fever (Live in 1978)

A classic Bruce Springsteen song that never got an official release until 1998’s 18 Tracks. Widely bootlegged and circulated. This is a great video of “The Fever”, from back when The E Street band had more hair. Clarence Clemons does some great saxophone work on this one.

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T. Rex – Jeepster (Live at Wembley in 1972)

A friend reminded me that it was Marc Bolan’s birthday yesterday (Sept 30th). He’d be 67 now, if he hadn’t died in that car crash back in 1977. A tragic loss.

I found this great live clip of T. Rex performing “Jeepster” at Wembley Stadium in 1972. “Jeepster” is from their brilliant 1971 record Electric Warrior. It was released as a single, and it was a big hit for the band. It peaked at #2 on the UK charts.

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Weezer – Say It Ain’t So (Live on Letterman in 1995)

Dave always had great musical guests. Here’s Weezer doing “Say It Ain’t So” on Letterman in 1995. Rivers Cuomo plays all the lead licks, which I hadn’t realized. I thought it was the other guy doing lead, but Rivers does it all! He wrote it, sings it, and plays lead.

We posted the original video for the song a while back, too.

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Otis Redding – Try A Little Tenderness (Live in 1967)

Filmed the day before Otis Redding died in a plane crash. The last time he ever performed “Try A Little Tenderness”.

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Beastie Boys – Sabotage (Live on Letterman in 1994)

“Our next guests are fly, fresh, dope, AND phat.”

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Elvis Costello & The Beastie Boys – Radio, Radio (Live on SNL in 1999)

Elvis Costello was the first artist to be banned for life from Saturday Night Live. Twelve years later, he was back on, performing the same song that got him banned, with the same apology to the audience that preceded it. In this version, the Beastie Boys are playing the part of the Attractions. Adrock is awesome to watch on the keyboards. He’s clearly having a ton of fun. Check it out.

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