Grateful Dead

Dave's Picks, Vol. 7: Horton Field House, Illinois State, Normal, Illinois (4/24/78)

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Ending the first leg of their 1978 spring tour, the Grateful Dead pulled into the relatively tiny town of Normal, Illinois in late April of 1978 to deliver one of their legendarily epic concert experiences. Dave's Picks, the archive series that picks up where the seemingly inexhaustible Dick's Picks left off, captures the performance in total of over two hours of recordings. The band is in an especially playful mood on this date, dropping quotes from the Bee Gees "Stayin' Alive" (this was the height of the disco era, after all), and indulging in a celebratory percussion interlude in the form of a 14-plus-minute "Rhythm Devils" interlude. They also offer up jammed-out versions of classic Dead live staples like "The Music Never Stopped" and Warren Zevon's "Werewolves of London."