A depressed Mickey left the band to do some soul searching. He recorded his first solo album called "Rolling Thunder," which featured the "Greatest Story Ever Told" as the "Pump Song" and the instrumental march to "Playin' in the Band," which is "The Main Ten" jam.
In October of 1974, the Grateful Dead played 5 shows at Winterland Arena. The final night, Bill Graham printed "The Last One" on the tickets. Mickey Hart showed up to the concert with his drum kit in the back of his station wagon. Billy didn't want him to join them on stage. His point was, that they had played some of their best tours of date (Europe 72, Fall 73, and Wall of Sound) as a one drummer band and he didn't see the need. The other band members forced upon Billy, and after the show, he realized that he was wrong. His partner in crime was back for good.
Mickey didn't play the song that was written about his father, "He's Gone," 1976.
On Mickey's 30th birthday, the Grateful Dead played a show at the College of William and Mary. A soundboard of show can be downloaded HERE and HERE. This is the first show where Martin Fierro and Joe Ellis sit in with the band for "Weather Report Suite," "Let Me Sing Your Blues Away," and "Eyes of the World." All songs they had rehearsed parts for in the studio while recording "Wake of the Flood."
The show also features a 22 minute "Dark Star." The song explodes as Phil strong baseline are dropping the heavy sounds of the zone. Usually Phil will use these zone times to vault into "The Other One," but these baselines have more soul to the in between areas of plucked notes. Enabling the band to sink into "Dew." After the "Sugar Magnolia" closer the band is treated to a unique type of encore. A solicitation by Phil see the band again tomorrow for 3 bucks!
I: Promised, Sugaree, Race is on, Loser, LL Rain, Jed, Straw, China Cat, Rider, El Paso, Half Step, Playin'
II: Let Me Sing, Weather Report Suite, Row Jimmy, Big River, Deal, BIODTL, Dark Star, Dew, Sugar Mags
I'd also like to wish my mother in-law a happy birthday. She of course is not as old as Mickey.
And if you want to listen to another Mickey birthday show, The Professor is currently posting 9/11/90 on his Deadpod found HERE.