With concert tickets selling for a premium, fewer are lining up to see their favorite artists this summer. Instead, die-hard fans opt for music festivals or in-theater concert movies. With Justin Bieber, Michael Jackson, and Miley Cyrus all finding massive success with the concept, it was only a matter of time until artists beyond the world of pop music arrived in local theaters. Enter the Grateful Dead.
Dead heads awaken for “Grateful Dead Meet-Up at the Movies: Beat Club 4/21/72,” which airs in theaters across the United States on July 17 at 7:30 p.m. local time. Unlike other artists, this film is marketed as a one-time only event.
The film will feature a complete rare live studio performance of the Grateful Dead captured during their 1972 European tour, with audio remastered from the original analog tapes (sorry, no holographic performers).
It also includes a previously unreleased performance of the Grateful Dead from “The Bremen,” West Germany’s Beat Club TV program, which includes a condensed version of a typical Europe ’72 concert.
The event features stand-out versions of set staples like “Bertha,” “Sugaree,” “Playing In The Band” (two versions!) and “Truckin’>Drums>The Other One.” This performance is one of the last known video captures of Ron “Pigpen” McKernan, a founding member of the Grateful Dead.
Tickets for “Grateful Dead Meet-Up at the Movies: Beat Club 4/21/72” are available at participating theater box offices and online. The event will be presented in more than 360 select movie theaters around the country. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit www.FathomEvents.com (theaters and participants are subject to change).