The Grateful Dead Jam on 'Uncle John's Band' and 'Sugar Magnolia' in 1977 - Rolling Stone
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The Grateful Dead Jam on ‘Uncle John’s Band’ and ‘Sugar Magnolia’ Live

Songs come from 14-disc ‘May 1977’ set reliving seminal tour

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Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir of The Grateful Dead.

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Click to listen to Grateful Dead’s “Sugar Magnolia” and “Uncle John’s Band” Live

The Grateful Dead boast a live legacy unlike any other, and their most memorable tour might have been their outing in the spring of 1977. The band played one of their most famous shows that tour – their May 8th gig at Cornell University – but they turned in plenty of other outstanding performances along the way. Here, the Grateful Dead dig into “Uncle John’s Band” at the St. Louis Arena on May 15th, 1977, harmonizing and meandering through the track from their 1970 album, Workingman’s Dead.

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The tour continued on May 17th, 1977, at the University of Alabama’s Coliseum in Tuscaloosa, where Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh and company jammed out on this version of “Sugar Magnolia,” a song that appeared on their 1970 album American Beauty.

These live versions of “Uncle John’s Band” and “Sugar Magnolia” will be on the Grateful Dead’s forthcoming 14-disc boxed set, May 1977. The collection includes five shows from the band’s spring tour that year, featuring gigs at the St. Paul Civic Center Arena in St. Paul, Minnesota (May 11th); the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago (May 12th and May 13th); as well as both the St. Louis Arena and Coliseum at the University of Alabama shows. The box set will be limited to 15,000 individually numbered copies, and will also be available as a digital download. May 1977 will be out June 11th; preorders are available now at


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