It Happened Today in New York City
On June 1, 1967, California rock band The Grateful Dead embarked on their first national tour with a free concert in Tompkins Square Park in the East Village. They proceeded to play several nights at Café Au Go Go but found the park better suited to their style and the crowd capacity they had hoped to draw. Though decidedly western in their sound and style, this concert began a long-term love affair between the band and the city, later culminating in a record-setting (since broken) 52 concerts at Madison Square Garden. The Tompkins Square set ended in the late afternoon when a neighbor called the police with a noise complaint. How very much in keeping with the style of the Dead.
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