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On Oct. 31, 1980, the Grateful Dead played the second of two nights at Radio City Music Hall in New York. The shows would eventually be compiled into the Dead Ahead concert video, which also featured interviews with Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh and Brent Mydland by the comedy team of Tom Davis and future U.S. Senator Al Franken. Watch here as a tuxedo-clad Franken jokes with Garcia about his missing middle finger (which Garcia presents in a small box as a prize for charity donations), and determines with Bob Weir that “Looks Like Rain” is actually about the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia.
While you’re here, you should also check out this crazy video of Jerry Garcia playing a Hell’s Angels party on a boat floating through New York Harbor in 1976.