When we last checked the numbers in 2018, Dave had just released Dave’s Picks 34 and now we are at Dave’s Picks 42. Time flies when you are listening to great Dead shows from the 80s!
Let’s dive into the numbers. We went back and cleaned the old data, fixed a couple issues and we now are at 276 officially released shows. Looking at the aggregate data in the below table, 63% of the total releases are from 1970s, 8% 1960s, 15% 1980s and 14% 1990s but you will see that the 70s make up only 29% of all shows played over the band’s thirty-one year career. In other words, less than one third of the total shows still make up more than two thirds of the total releases.
Grateful Dead Shows Released versus Shows Played/Documented, 1965-1995