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Grateful Dead to launch weekly concert series Friday

The Grateful Dead will share archive concert footage in the YouTube series Shakedown Stream. Photo by Shakedown Stream
The Grateful Dead will share archive concert footage in the YouTube series "Shakedown Stream." Photo by Shakedown Stream

April 8 (UPI) -- The Grateful Dead will start streaming a weekly concert series.

The series, titled Shakedown Stream, will premiere Friday at 8 p.m. ET on the rock band's YouTube channel. The first episode will feature Truckin' Up to Buffalo, a full screening of the Grateful Dead's Fourth of July concert at Rich Stadium in New York in July 1989. The 21-song set included "Morning Dew," "I Will Take You Home" and a cover of Bob Dylan's "When I Paint My Masterpiece." Shakedown Stream premieres as people stay home and self-isolate amid the coronavirus pandemic.

"We've decided to start the streaming video series with the Buffalo '89 show for a couple of primary reasons," Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux said in a statement. "Its excellence is indisputable and is something that we think pretty much everyone will enjoy in the absence of actually being to see live concerts; and, as a tribute to the many rabid, loyal Dead Heads from the hard-hit tri-state area, which has been affected more than anywhere else in the country."

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Lemieux and historian Gary Lambert will host a live Q&A prior to the screening. Fans can submit questions for the pair online. Shakedown Stream benefits the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund. Next week's episode will feature the Grateful Dead Movie (1977) and clips of the band's 1974 shows at Winterland in San Francisco, Calif. Dead & Company, a band consisting of former Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kruetzmann, along with John Mayer, is slated to begin a U.S. tour in July.

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