We’re dipping into the Far Out Magazine vault to take a look back at The Grateful Dead’s stunning appearance on The Beat Club performing the Bob Weir song, ‘One More Saturday Night’.
For a while, The Beat Club, filmed in the bustling hear of Germany’s city Bremen, was the hottest TV show in Europe, chronicling the great and the good of rock and roll in the sixties and seventies.
The Beat Club was an institution in Germany, one that ran from 1965 an up until 1972. The live music programme, which was broadcast from Bremen, immediately caused hysteria among viewers with the countries adolescence falling in love with the rebellious nature of Beat Club. However, not everyone was on board with the groundbreaking programme as the older generation openly despising everything that the show represented—and they made sure to make their feelings abundantly clear.
The show, somewhat bizarrely hosted by the now-disgraced British radio DJ Dave Lee Travis, provided a platform to artists such as Black Sabbath, The Beach Boys, David Bowie, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones and so many more legendary artists through their hallowed doors. But, quite typically, nobody did it quite like The Grateful Dead.
Like many overseas acts, the band didn’t travel to Bremen to lay down their contribution to the show, instead choosing to record a performance for the show to use—as was customary for many acts at the time. As with all Dead rarities, they don’t stay rare for long, a clever fan has managed to capture the entirety of that film which sees the band tear through some beloved gems including ‘Bertha’ and ‘Truckin”.
We’ll leave you to paw through that in-depth on your own time because we’re more concerned with the cut of the tape that actually went out to the audience. Not because perfection is what the Dead is all about, in fact, they couldn’t be further from that notion. But because the performance likely represented the first time a European audience got to see their band performing.
They arrive on screen with their long hair flowing and being blown in the wind created by their mammoth tie-dye amplifiers and give a rollicking performance of Bob Weir’s song ‘One More Saturday Night’. Composed by Weir the track had been part of the Dead’s set since 1971 but wouldn’t see an album placement until ’72 on Weir’s solo LP.
The performance, as they often are with the Dead, is brimming with fire and bubbling creative energy. It reeks of the band nearing their prime and of The Grateful Dead’s mystique finally reaching out across the Atlantic ocean. It may not be one of the band’s iconic songs but certainly is a show that will be forever ingrained on the minds of those who witnessed it for the first time on some poky show in Bremen, Germany.
Watch The Grateful Dead’s performance of ‘One More Saturday Night’ on Beat Club in 1972.