Dark Star Orchestra Recrates Grateful Dead Europe ‘72 Lille Show At Capitol Theatre

The performance coincided with the 50th anniversary of the original free concert.

By Andy Kahn May 14, 2022 10:51 am PDT

Dark Star Orchestra recreated the Grateful Dead’s Europe ‘72 show in Lille, France on Friday night at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. DSO’s selection of the May 13, 1972, Dead show coincided with the 50th anniversary of the original concert.

In addition to recreating the setlist from the two-set Lille show, Dark Star Orchestra guitarist Jeff Mattson played Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia’s “Alligator” guitar. The 1957 Fender Stratocaster was given to Garcia by Graham Nash and used during the Europe ‘72 Tour (prior to being adorned with its namesake alligator sticker).

Dark Star Orchestra recently similarly recreated the Dead’s April 8, 1972, show that coincided with the 50th anniversary of the second Europe ‘72 performance. DSO will further celebrate the Dead’s historic Europe ‘72 Tour by touring Europe themselves later this year. Revisit the Grateful Dead’s May 13, 1972, free concert in Lille, France as part of JamBase’s ongoing retrospective series examining the landmark Europe ‘72 tour.

Video from Friday’s FANS livestream is available of most of Dark Star Orchestra’s first set, picking up at “Mr. Charlie” and continuing through the “Casey Jones” closer (watch for “Next Time You See Me” with vocalist Lisa Mackey on harmonica). Video is also available of the second set opening “Truckin’” into “Drums” into “The Other One,” watch it below:

  • Grateful Dead’s Europe ‘72 Tour 50th Anniversary: May 13 – Lille, France

    Grateful Dead’s Europe ‘72 Tour 50th Anniversary: May 13 – Lille, France 


  • Dark Star Orchestra Announces European Tour Celebrating ‘Europe ‘72’ 50th Anniversary

    Dark Star Orchestra Announces European Tour Celebrating ‘Europe ‘72’ 50th Anniversary 


Setlist

Set One: Bertha, Black Throated Wind, Chinatown Shuffle, Loser, Beat It On Down The Line, Mr. Charlie, China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider, Me And My Uncle, Big Railroad Blues, Next Time You See Me, Playing In The Band, Sugaree, Mexicali Blues, Casey Jones

Set Two: Truckin’ > Drums > The Other One > He’s Gone, Hurts Me Too, Sugar Magnolia > Not Fade Away > Goin’ Down The Road Feelin’ Bad > Not Fade Away


Encore: One More Saturday Night