Coming on September 7th is the Grateful Dead's Pacific Northwest '73-'74: The Complete Recordings box set. The 19-disc collection include the shows: P.N.E. Coliseum, Vancouver, B.C. (6/22/73); Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR (6/24/73); Seattle Center Arena, Seattle, WA (6/26/73); P.N.E. Coliseum, Vancouver, Canada (5/17/74); Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR (5/19/74); and Hec Edmundson Pavilion, University of Washington, Seattle, WA (5/21/74)

David Lemieux, Dead archivist and the set's producer said in the collection's press release: "This is a boxed set that's a long time coming. A couple of the shows have come very, very close to being released on their own through the Grateful Dead's archival release programs of the past 20 years, but we always held off in the hopes and expectations that they'd make a better boxed set. The music at each and every one of these six shows is unique, special, inspired, and at times transcendent. The shows contain some of the most famous moments in Grateful Dead live history, including the 'Bird Song' from Vancouver '73, the Portland '74 'Truckin'' jam, and the 47-minute 'Playing In The Band' from Seattle '74. Each of these six shows has a distinct musical personality, and we're excited that you can get to know all of them in their entirety, sounding better than we've ever heard them."

  • Mickey Hart told us that although he and the Dead's surviving members -- Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, and Bill Kreutzmann -- don't personally troll through the band's tape archive, the group takes a very hands-on approach with their live releases: "We decide on which ones we wanna release, how many a year, and (our label) Rhino does it. And they do a really good job. We have designated someone, and of course we have input into each release. I mean, we control what goes out there. It's our responsibility. We have a wonderful staff who have our sensibilities." :
    June 13 - Hartford, CT - XFINITY Theatre
    June 15, 16 - New York, NY - Citi Field
    June 19 - Darien Center, NY - Darien Lake Amphitheater
    June 20 - Cuyahoga Falls, OH - Blossom Music Center
    June 22, 23 - East Troy, WI - Alpine Valley Music Theatre
    June 29 - George, WA - Gorge Amphitheatre
    June 30 - Eugene, OR - Autzen Stadium
    July 2, 3 - Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheater
    July 6 - Chula Vista, CA - Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
    July 7 - Los Angeles, CA - Dodger Stadium
    July 11 - Albuquerque, NM - Isleta Amphitheater
    July 13, 14 - Boulder, CO - Folsom Field
    August 25, 26 - Arrington, VA - "Lockn' Music Festival" at Infinity Downs Farm

AUDIO: MICKEY HART ON GRATEFUL DEAD ARCHIVES