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Vintage ’72

Big-screen event has rare footage of Grateful Dead

Two entertainment companies are bringing rarely seen footage of iconic San Francisco band the Grateful Dead back to the big screen. The occasion: the annual “Grateful Dead Meet Up at the Movies.”

The local screening will be at 7:30 p.m. July 17 at the Denton Cinemark, 2825 Wind River Lane.

Grateful Dead Meet Up at the Movies: Beat Club 4/21/72 gives fans a rare chance to see complete live studio performance of the band during its 1972 European tour, with audio remastered from original analog tapes.

The Beat Club TV program was a West German series. The Grateful Dead performed in the television studio during the tour, and the performance has never been screened in its entirety. The performance shows the band in its prime, hitting the highlights of the band’s 1972 tour performance.

Fans will get to hear fly-on-the-wall chatter and get up-close and personal with band members in one of their most intimate studio performances. The footage includes “Bertha,” “Sugaree,” two versions of “Playing in the Band” and a classic “Truckin’/Drums/The Other One.” This performance is one of the last known video captures of founding member Ron “Pigpen” McKernan, remembered for his blues influence on the band’s sound.

— Staff report