The Grateful Dead’s version of the Dylan classic
Furthur kicked off their fall tour this weekend with a three-night run at Eugene, OR’s Cuthbert Amphitheater. Though Furthur has been together for two years, the band continues to mine the Grateful Dead catalog for different songs. On Friday night, Furthur busted out Bob Dylan’s “It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry” for the first time. The Grateful Dead played the classic Highway 61 Revisited cut once in 1973 at Washington, DC’s RFK Stadium with the members of The Allman Brothers Band and revived the song for a few shows in the early ‘90s. Jerry Garcia also regularly played the song from the early ‘70s through ’95 with his various outside groups and Jerry Garcia Band. The Dead also covered the song once in 2003. Furthur is on to Missoula, MT’s Adams Event Center tomorrow.