The Grateful Dead were one of the most acclaimed live acts of their itme, and they never faltered. The luminous performances on Dead Ahead, filmed on October 30-31, 1980, captured the Dead at a moment of transformation, when the band took a reckoning of their history through the lens of a marathon run of shows. Recorded in one of the wonders of the modern world Radio City Music Hall the performances on Dead Ahead marked the culmination of a month-long musical odyssey in San Francisco and New York City during which the band stretched the boundaries of over 100 songs, from the newly written “Lost Sailor” to jug-band tunes they played in coffeehouses like “Monkey and the Engineer.”;
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