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Rare 1972 Grateful Dead Performance from German TV to Be Screened in US Theaters Next Month

Fathom EventsA previously unreleased Grateful Dead concert film featuring a complete in-studio performance recorded in 1972 for the German TV show Beat Club will be screened in theaters across the U.S. on July 17, as the fourth annual installment of the group's "Meet-Up at the Movies" series.  The flick, titled Beat Club 4/21/72, captures the legendary jam band playing an abbreviated version of the set it performed during their famed Europe '72 tour.

The Grateful Dead's Beat Club performance, which took place at the program's studio in Bremen, West Germany, has never been seen in its entirety.  The new release, which has been enhanced with a soundtrack remastered from the original analog tapes, includes two versions of "Playing in the Band," as well as renditions of "Bertha," "Sugaree," "Truckin'" and an epic performance of "The Other One."  The flick also marked one of the last times that founding Dead singer/keyboardist Rod "Pigpen" McKernan was filmed playing with the group before his death in March 1973.

"To see such outstanding footage of some of the Grateful Dead's most important songs from 1972, including a 20-minute version of 'The Other One' and two way-out-there renditions of 'Playing in the Band', is a truly remarkable experience," says Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux.  "There's never been a show from this era filmed so clearly in its entirety, and this audiovisual document captures the band at arguably their creative zenith."

The one-night-only screenings of Beat Club 4/21/72 will take place at 7:30 p.m. local time at more than 350 cinemas in the U.S.  Visit to purchase tickets and check out a list of the locations where this year's "Meet-Up at the Movies" event will take place.

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