Aug. 4, 2004:
On a gray Wednesday, thousands converged on the Ford Pavilion at Montage Mountain to celebrate the Dead.
The reunited members of the Grateful Dead – Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart – and new member, Gov’t Mule’s Warren Haynes, took the stage just after 7:30p.m. and got the fans out of their seats and dancing with their hit song, “Sugar Magnolia.”
From that point, the jams kept the crowd going. During its first set, the group performed a new song, “You Remind Me,” along with covers of Van Morrison’s “Into the Mystic” and Sugar Boy and His Cane Cutters’ “Iko Iko.”
The group filled its second set with Grateful Dead classics, such as “St. Stephen,” “Hell in a Bucket,” “Drums,” “Sunshine Dream” and “Touch of Grey.” It finished with an encore, “Attics of My Life.”
“They’re better now,” Sean Potts of York told the Scranton Times. “I think they’re a lot tighter.”
The original members of the Grateful Dead disbanded following the death of Jerry Garcia in 1995. The group reformed in 1998 and started playing as the Other Ones, but in 2003 they changed the name to the Dead.
The Grateful Dead previously performed in the area at the Catholic Youth Center in Scranton on April 13, 1971. A recording of the concert is available on the Internet Archives.
Brian Fulton has been the librarian at The Times-Tribune for the past 15 years. On his blog, Historically Hip, he writes about the great concerts, plays/musicals and celebrity happenings that have taken place throughout NEPA. He is also the co-host of the local history podcast, Historically Hip. He competed and was crowned grand champion on an episode of NPR quiz show “Ask Me Another.” Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; 570-348-9140; or @TTPagesPast