Today marks the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Grateful Dead’s storied tour of Europe in 1972. It was their first real tour abroad and they made the most of it. They spent six weeks there doing 22 gigs in England, Denmark, Germany, The Netherlands, France, and Luxembourg. Their adventures there were e legendary, and the music was sublime.
I thought it would be fun to follow the tour, posting each show 50 years to the day after they happened. Some shows I’ve already posted, but a surprisingly large number of them have never made it to pages of The Midnight Cafe. I’ll put links up here as each day comes.
The entire tour has been officially released, some shows more than once (which is probably why I’ve never posted most of them). It is my duty to suggest you lay your money down and buy them, they are very much worth the money. Ever the completist I like having all the sources. I don’t actually have all the sources yet, I was a little late in remembering this anniversary, but I’ll post what I do have.
I had really hoped to pre-listen to everything so I could write a little something about each performance, but that doesn’t seem likely now. Please do feel free to leave comments on each show discussing the performances, or sound quality or any old thing.
If you get confused, listen to the music play.
Show #1: London, England (04/07/72)
Show #2: London, England (04/08/72)
Show #3: Newcastle, England (04/11/72)
Show #4: Copenhagen, Denmark (04/14/72)
Show #5: Aarhus, Denmark (04/16/72)
Show #6: Copenhagen, Denmark (04/17/72)
Show #7: Bremen, Germany (04/21/72)
Show #8: Dusseldorf, Germany (04/24/72)
Show #9: Frankfurt, Germany (04/26/72)
Show #10: Hamburg, Germany (04/29/72)
Show #11: Paris, France (05/03/72)
Show #12: Paris, France (05/04/72)
Show #13: Wigan, England (05/07/72)
Show #14: Amsterdam, The Netherlands (05/10/72)
Show #15: Rotterdam, The Netherlands (05/11/72)
Show #16: Lille, France (05/13/72)
Show #17: Luxembourg City, Luxembourg (05/16/72)
Show #18: Munich, Germany (05/18/72)
Show #19: London, England (05/23/72)
Show #20: London, England (05/24/72)
Show #21: London, England (05/25/72)
Show #22: London, England (05/26/72)