Free Show in ’88, Zero is the house band backing up a host of musical guests including Free Show in ’88, Zero, is the house band backing up a host of musical guests including Mickey Hart, Steve Kimock, John Cipollina, Merl Saunders, Martine Fierro, Greg Anton, Bobby Vega, Norton Buffalo, Babatundi Olatunji, and Pete Sears on piano.
“THINK” is the first song of Jerry’s 3 song set.
Here’s a first hand account from the man who put it all together, and who is playing piano in the video at Jerry’s immediate left, Pete Sears:(Thanks for the effort Pete!)
It was a pleasant surprise to come across these three videos of Jerry on YouTube. I had no idea they existed. It was a special day…right before Mikhail Gorbachev’s Perestroika, and the collapse of the Soviet Union. A small group of Soviet citizens had just completed a goodwill peace walk across the United States, culminating at a Soviet-American Peace Concert at the band shell in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. The organizers, Bill McCarthy and Ron Frazier had asked me to put some music together for the afternoon segment of the show, so I asked some of my compadres to come down and play. We rehearsed the day before the show to run over the sequence, and I worked out a schedule of eight segments, giving each leader fifteen minutes to play, or three or four songs apiece. The day of the show, I set my piano off to the side of the stage so I could coordinate the proceedings, and also play piano with all the different combinations. Jerry and Mickey hadn’t hesitated to come down and play, even though the Dead were playing later that day — they were like that. We had set up a police escort to whisk Jerry, Steve Parish, and Mickey across town as soon as they finished their set. The earlier activist speakers, inspiring as they were, had gone way over their allotted segments, and I watched helplessly as the time given to us for music steadily shrunk due to a strict 3 pm curfew. All the musicians had enthusiastically signed on to play that day, and Zero was to start the afternoon off with a couple of their long instrumental tunes, turning into a back-up band for the rest of the show. The only hitch came when Zero finished their two numbers, and proceeded to segue into another mammoth tune that carried them thirty minutes past their allotted time. I was playing piano with them at the time, and saw my carefully thought-out schedule going steadily down the toilet. Some last minute juggling was in order, and the only way to fit in all the waiting musicians was to cut everyone’s three songs down to one or two. Nobody complained. I still gave Jerry his three, of course, as I suspected the twenty thousand people who showed up that day had come primarily to see him.
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