Thoughts On The Dead

Musings on the Most Ridiculous Band I Can't Stop Listening To

We’re A Rock And Roll Band, Ma’am; We Play Rock And Roll Music

It wasn’t a Dead show without a Chuck Berry song, even if they didn’t play one.

  • Around and Around.
  • Johnny B. Goode.
  • Let It Rock. (Dead did it once; Jerry Band played it more than once.)
  • One More Saturday Night.*
  • Promised Land.
  • Run Rudolph Run. (Pig sang it in December of ’71.)
  • U.S. Blues.*

*I know Chuck technically didn’t write U.S. Blues and OMSN, but they are Chuck Berry songs.


  1. I long ago purged every Dead rendition of Johnny B. Goode from my music collection. On the other hand, I will always crank up Promised Land. They played Round and Round the only time I saw them, so it’s got some sentimental value, otherwise I’m pretty ambivalent about it.

  2. For those with no life and time on their hands–not that I am referring to anyone in particular–we could point out that Bob Weir was in Kingfish when Dave Torbert sang “School Days.”

  3. Oh wait, we forgot “30 Days”. Soundchecked on Dec 12 ’73 but never performed live.

  4. Johnnie Johnson played with The Dead in 2003. They played his song “Tanqueray” which Johnnie wrote with Keith Richards in the early ’90s. It’s got a very Kingfish vibe.

  5. RIP, Chuck.

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