Grateful Dead - Lyceum Theatre, London, England (26/5/72) 4CD
This 4-CD set of "Lyceum Theatre: May 26, 1972" from Rhino spotlights the epic last show of the Dead’s European tour. Notably, it was also the group’s penultimate performance with founding member, Ron “Pigpen” McKernan, who died in March the following year.
Despite his failing health, Pigpen electrified European audiences with his charismatic performances of Chinatown Shuffle, Good Lovin' and (his latest song) The Stranger (Two Souls In Communion). The tour, and the show, represents a bittersweet capstone to his too-short career.
"Throughout the Grateful Dead's 30 years of touring, every year, and every tour, had exceptional moments and monumental shows. Only a few tours, though, can be said to have an exceptional night of music at every single show. "Europe '72 is one of the tours that can objectively and definitively said to include A+ performances on every stop,” says Grateful Dead legacy manager and archivist David Lemieux.
“The Dead's momentum had been gaining steam during the past couple of years of non-stop touring, leading up to a peak in the Dead's performing career: the Europe '72 tour.
From opening night on April 7 to the final show on May 26, the Grateful Dead made sure they were making fans for life, and the recordings don't lie. Every show was truly an event, and we're all so fortunate to be able to hear the tour's music 50 years later, sounding better than ever.”
About this product: this 4CD coms in a digipack.