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PICS: Grateful Dead @ Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara

UPDATE: We’ve also got pictures from the second night.

photos by Jay Blakesberg

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There are two kinds of Deadheads.

Those who think the Grateful Dead experience should have died with Jerry Garcia.

And those who think it can go on with a pinch-hitter in the band’s MVP seat.

If ever there was a time for those in the first camp to come back and check out the Dead 2.0, it was this weekend at Levi’s Stadium, the band’s 50th anniversary and the last time the surviving four members would play together. A chance to pull out the tie-dyes one last time, see some old friends and wish the boys a fond farewell.

And the band delivered a set seemingly tailored for the old-timers, three and a half hours of their most classic songs, not one written after 1970. They plucked rarely played gems off of their 1967 debut album, and played one song –1969’s “What’s Become of the Baby” — that the Dead had never played, with or without Garcia.

And this Dead, complete with that pinch-hitter — Phish’s Trey Anastasio — did a pretty fair job of regenerating the kind of cosmic energy the original Grateful Dead was able to summon up during its 30-year lifespan. [San Jose Mercury News]

We already talked a bit about the first of two Grateful Dead shows in Santa Clara this weekend (rainbow and setlist included). Now here’s some photos. They continue HERE and below…

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UPDATE: We’ve also got pictures from the second night.

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