Help On The Way>Slipknot!>Franklin’s Tower 5/9/1977

To me the dead will never go away. I’ve put them down for a while before, but they have always been in the back of my mind. I’ve not listened to Jerry and the guys for about 2 years or so. Till, the other day. I just had seen the last episode of ‘Freaks and Geeks’, so ‘American Beauty’ was on my mind. I then remembered I had the ‘Classic Albums’ DVD ‘Grateful Dead – Anthem to Beauty (1998)’ of its making and began watching it… By the end of that DVD, I was digging out out old bootleg tapes, discs, and hard drives from forgotten boxes hidden with in the deep recesses of an ancient closet. Finally, after countless ages (bout 5 mins actually, lol) I found an old hard drive filled with bootlegs. Most importantly, it contains almost all of the famed May 1977 Grateful Dead shows. It took about 3 shows, but by the time I put on Buffalo NY 1977 it hit me like a ton of bricks.

This has to be the meaning of life to each and every Grateful Dead fan since it’s performance on May 9th 1977. This is the moment the dead was perfect in every way. The machine was well oiled, finely tuned, and filled with positive energy. If there was any moment in time I would like to be transported back to it would be this show. Thank you, Universe. Thank you for this band and their wonderful sound.

Jerry is on fire during the Tower jam. Here is an actual shot of him that night. No clue what song it is actually lol.











I was only able to find Franklin’s Tower from that night on YouTube.


The next song they played on this night was Cassidy. I had a cat named after this song. Think my ex mother in law still has her, was a cool cat if I remember correctly. I happen to love this song, but I love it the most when played in acoustic format.