Johnny Tigs Picks the Greatest Songs of All Time Part 5: The Grateful Dead – Dark Star

There isn’t enough that can be said about this song. Over 200 performances and each one of them completely different and amazing in its own way. Instead of blabbing on and on about it, here are my 30 (or so) favorite (in some sort of order) performances of Dark Star:

1. 03-01-1969 Fillmore West (Fillmore West 1969: The Complete Recordings)

2. 02-13-1970 Fillmore East (Dick’s Picks, Vol. 4)

3. 03-02-1969 Fillmore West (Fillmore West 1969: The Complete Recordings)

4. 11-13-1972 Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall

5. 09-19-1970 Fillmore East – The Night after Jimi Hendrix died

6. 02-28-1969 Fillmore West (Fillmore West 1969: The Complete Recordings, Fillmore West 1969 (3 Disc Set))

7. 10-12-1968 Avalon Ballroom

8. 08-27-1972 Old Renaissance Fairgrounds

9. 02-11-1969 Fillmore East (Live at the Fillmore East 1969)

10. 12-31-1969 Boston Tea Party

11. 11-08-1969 Fillmore Auditorium (Dick’s Picks, Vol. 16)

12. 09-21-1972 Spectrum (Dick’s Picks, Vol. 36)

13. 02-17-1969 Fillmore West (Live/Dead, Fillmore West 1969: The Complete Recordings)

14. 04-28-1971 Fillmore East (Ladies and Gentleman…)

15. 10-31-1971 Ohio Theatre (Dick’s Picks, Vol. 2)

16. 04-21-1969 The Ark

17. 04-22-1969 The Ark

18. 02-26-1973 Persking Municipal Auditorium (Dick’s Picks, Vol. 28)

19. 04-27-1969 Electric Theater (Dick’s Picks, Vol. 26)

20. 05-18-1972 Kongressaal – Deutsches Museum

21. 02-14-1969 Electric Factory

22. 10-13-1968 Avalon Ballroom

23. 05-11-1972 Rotterdam Civic Hall (47 Min Long!!)

24. 06-27-1969 Veterans Auditorium

25. 11-02-1969 Family Dog

26. 08-24-1968 Shrine Auditorium (Two From the Vault)

27. 03-22-1969 Rose Palace

28. 11-11-1973 Winterland (The Complete Winterland 1973)

29. 09-27-1972 Stanley Theatre (Dick’s Picks, Vol. 11)

30. 01-23-1970 Honolulu Civic Auditorium

31. 04-08-1972 Empire Pool (Steppin Out With)

32. 04-23-1969 The Ark