A good excuse to break the silence is to repost this list, which I'm sure my four devoted readers have seen me post elsewhere. But in honor of everyone's nerd-buzz around the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing, here is a handy list of Moon Landing Dark Stars.
Apollo 11 launched on 7/16/69 and landed on the Moon on 7/20. The Dead's closest gig was a few days earlier in New Yor (7/12), where they did play Dark Star, although you may find it a stretch to connect the two events. However...
Apollo 12 landed on 11/19/69. The GD nearly played Dark Star at their next show, 11/21, but pulled up short, likely because of time constraints. They played a full-blown monster version at the following show, 12/4/69.
Apollo 13 lifted off on 4/11/70. Dark Star was played that night, with the GD in the unenviable position of following Miles Davis. Sadly, there is no tape.
Apollo 14 landed on 2/5/71. Dark Star, with the classic "Beautiful Jam," was played at the next GD show, 2/18/71.
Apollo 15 landed on 7/30/71. Dark Star was played at at the next GD show, 7/31/71.
Apollo 16 landed on 4/21/72. That night, the GD played an abbreviated set for German television, but played one of the true all-timer Dark Stars at the next proper show on 4/24/72.
Apollo 17, the final manned moon mission, landed on 12/11/72. Dark Star was played that night. If you missed it, Lemieux posted the only uncut sbd copy of it at the Taper's Section a few months ago:
There you go. That should make a nice little playlist for you.
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