Press Release: Live Dead 69 – landmark Grateful Dead album comes live to Exeter
Exeter Phoenix Sunday 29 January 7.30pm
Plus support from The Stretch Report
Live/Dead, recorded and released in 1969, was the first live album by The Grateful Dead. Tom Constanten was the pianist on this landmark album and he returns with an all-star line up to perform the album in its entirety. Rolling Stone Magazine wrote at the time that the album contained ‘the finest rock improvisations ever recorded’.
‘Live Dead 69’ are:
– Tom Constanten – Original Pianist from The Grateful Dead
– Slick Aguilar – Jefferson Starship / David Crosby Band
– Mark Karan – Bob Weir’s Ratdog / The Other Ones
– Tony Morley – Jefferson Starship
– Richard Newman – Jefferson Starship
Tom Constanten originally started performing with Steve Reich &Terry Riley. His friendship with Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh led to him joining the band in 1968. Mark “Slick” Aguila is best known as the guitarist with Jefferson Starship. He has also worked with the David Crosby Band, Buddy Miles and KC & the Sunshine Band. Mark Karan is the guitarist with Bob Weir & Ratdog. Mark has also toured with Dave Mason, Paul Carrack and was chosen to fill the slot of Jerry Garcia in 1998 with The Other Ones, a band featuring former members of The Grateful Dead.
Support band The Stretch Report are rapidly becoming the go-to opening act for rock giants when they visit the south west of England. After well-received performances opening for Uriah Heep and then Wishbone Ash the band are looking forward to supporting Live Dead 69. The Plymouth-based band are Rob Giles guitar and vocals; Ian Cooke – guitar and vocals; Chris Moss – drums; and Gary Strong – bass. Their live act includes covers of songs from the likes of Robin Trower, Mick Ronson and Roxy Music as well as original material.
Lead singer of The Stretch Report, Rob Giles: “We are really looking forward to playing Exeter. It’s a privilege to play alongside these big bands.”