Watch Archival Footage of the Grateful Dead Playing “Dark Star” on Valentine’s Day 1970
Behind life and death, love may be one of the most common themes in the Grateful Dead songbook. From the reflective “They Love Each Other” to the lighthearted romp of “Sugar Magnolia,” the members of The Dead always seemed to have Cupid on their minds.
This Valentine’s Day, whether you’re celebrating with your significant other, your friends or yourself, enjoy this “Dark Star” clip from the band’s Feb. 14, 1970 show at the legendary Fillmore East. One of only three Valentine’s Day Dead shows ever (2/14/68 and 2/14/86 being the other two), interestingly this 1970 outing included two distinct performances, an 8 p.m. early show and an 11 p.m. late show, where the Dead shared the bill with the Allman Brothers Band and Love. Jerry Garcia prefaced the performance with “There’s nothing weirder than coming to New York.”
Check out the full setlist below. Happy Valentine’s Day!
The Fillmore East (Early Show), New York City
Dark Star, St. Stephen > The Eleven > Turn on Your Love Light