Today In Grateful Dead History: February 18, 1971 – Capital Theater, Port Chester, NY

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From “Dose of Daily Dead:” Let’s talk about the debuts first. First off, they all basically sound like themselves, which is somewhat unusual for the Dead, who would often debut a tune and tinker with it for years before arriving at a “definitive” version. (I’m thinking of the In The Dark songs in particular, which were worked out live for years before being officially released). The one interesting note comes in Bertha, which features a final Jerry solo after the last chorus – this wouldn’t stick around for very long. The rest are all typical versions.

I think the most interesting musical section of this show takes place here: Hard To Handle, Dark Star>Wharf Rat>Dark Star . This is a very good but not top tier Hard to Handle, but the combination of Dark Star and Wharf Rat, with a return to Dark Star, is very nicely done. The band nails the transition from Dark Star to Wharf Rat, but the really awesome part is the truly beautiful playing during the jam out of Wharf Rat and back into Dark Star. It’s an all-time highlight.

The remainder of this show is a frantically paced rocker, with no more jamming but a lot of your favorite songs well-played. Strap in and enjoy.

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stealie It’s nice to be back from vacation and settled back into the Grateful Dead.

Today’s show from Port Chester, New York in 1971 features the live debuts of Bertha, Greatest Story Ever Told, Loser, Johnny B. Goode and Wharf Rat, so it can realistically be called a historic performance, and that’s even before you find out that it was Mickey Hart’s last night on stage with the Dead until the 10/20/1974 “farewell” concert.  Also, it’s at the Capital Theater, and since there are no bad performances at the Capital Theater, this show is worth your time even without the attraction of the new songs.

Let’s talk about the debuts first.  First off, they all basically sound like themselves, which is somewhat unusual for the Dead, who would often debut a tune and tinker with it for years before arriving at a “definitive” version. (I’m thinking of the In…

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Today In Grateful Dead History: November 6, 1970 – Capital Theater, Port Chester, NY

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Going back to the dawn of The Dead….The GRATEFUL DEAD!

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skeleton&rosesIn yesterday’s post I promised that some of the Grateful Dead’s other Port Chester shows were even better than the November 5th concert, and today’s offering is Exhibit A.  This Capital Theater show, presented in its full form with the Dead’s acoustic first set and the New Riders of the Purple Sage’s entire performance in addition to the Dead’s electric third set, is a classic from start to finish.

We begin, as we so often do at this point of 1970, with an acoustic set from the Grateful Dead, who show no signs of being tired after yesterday’s extravagant engagement.  Unfortunately, the quality of the recording is not top notch (although for a 1970 audience tape it’s just fine), and it’s hard to pick up the nuances of the Dead’s music, especially on El Paso and Brokedown Palace, which come from a second source that was actually taped on…

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Britain’s real energy revolution: Rolls-Royce to roll out Small Modular Reactors by 2030

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This is a positive step in the right direction. I hope others will follow suit.

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A consortium led by Rolls-Royce is on the hunt for orders for its £2billion nuclear reactors after a redesign that means each will power 100,000 more homes. 

Redesign: The factory-built reactors will now generate 470 megawatts, enough to provide electricity to a million homes

The Mail on Sunday can reveal that the UK Small Modular Reactor (SMR) project has revamped the proposed mini reactors to increase their output. The factory-built reactors will now generate 470 megawatts, enough to provide electricity to a million homes. 

The project, launched in 2015, aims to bring ten mini nuclear reactors into use by 2035, with the first due to enter service around 2030. 

Tom Samson, chief executive of the UK SMR Consortium, said negotiations had begun with potential investors to fund the creation of the mini reactors – signalling that the project may move more rapidly than previously thought. 

He said it was looking for…

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