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Song Premiere: Grateful Dead Unearth 'Sugar Magnolia' From 1990 Concert

Group played extended live version of 'American Beauty' classic at Ontario show

The Grateful Dead perform at The Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland.
James R Anderson
August 7, 2012 11:15 AM ET

Click to listen to the Grateful Dead's 'Sugar Magnolia' (from Copps Coliseum on March 22nd, 1990)

Grateful Dead Week rambles and rolls on, and today we've got an exclusive cut of the group performing an extended version of American Beauty classic "Sugar Magnolia" live at the Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, Ontario, on March 22nd, 1990. Be sure to check out our interview with Dead guitarist Bob Weir where he talks about the band and the late, great Jerry Garcia. Check out the new set Spring 1990 here.

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