In May 2015, surviving Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann, and Mickey Hart along with an eclectic group of musicians — Eric Church, moe., Grace Potter, Disco Biscuits, the late Allen Toussaint, Yonder Mountain String Band, and more — gathered for a marathon concert to honor Jerry Garcia’s music, nearly two decades after his death.
A two and a half hour film of that show — Dear Jerry: Celebrating The Music of Jerry Garcia — is due to release Oct. 14 via Rounder. But today, EW is excited to premiere the Grace Potter and Bob Weir rendition of “Friend of The Devil,” off the Dead’s 1970 album American Beauty.
“The skeletal body of that song will never change, and the way that it makes you feel will never change, but you can play it a million different ways,” Potter says of the tune in an exclusive behind the scenes clip, also embedded below. “We’re going to tweak it out a little bit, get a little weird.”
Don Was, who served as musical director of the evening adds, “On the original you get a sense that the character is still running. But on this one, maybe the chase is over, and maybe the singer is reflecting back on it.”
Dear Jerry will be available on multiple formats including Blu-ray, DVD, CD, and digital download and is currently available for pre-order. “Friend of The Devil” is streaming below, full track listing follows.
“The Wheel” / “Uncle John’s Band,” Phil Lesh & Communion
“Shady Grove,” David Grisman
“(I’m A) Road Runner,” Peter Frampton
“Deal,” Buddy Miller
“Sugaree,” Jorma Kaukonen
“The Harder They Come,” Jimmy Cliff, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann
“Fire On The Mountain,” Jimmy Cliff, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann
“Help On The Way” /” Slipknot” / “Franklin’s Tower,” Bill Kreutzmann’s Billy & The Kids
“Scarlet Begonias” / “I Know You Rider,” The Disco Biscuits, Bill Kreutzmann’s Billy & The Kids
“St. Stephen,” O.A.R.
“Bertha,” Los Lobos & Bob Weir
“Brown-Eyed Women,” Trampled By Turtles
“Shakedown Street,” Yonder Mountain String Band
“Friend Of The Devil,” Bob Weir & Grace Potter
“Tennessee Jed,” Eric Church
“Morning Dew,” Widespread Panic
“Touch of Grey,” Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann
“Ripple,” Full Ensemble