The whole subject of Traffic at the Anderson, and the live tape and the
'lost album' is subject to a very tangled chronology. Here is what I have
been able to determine. 

11.14.70 Fillmore East Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention/Sha-Na-Na/JF
Murphy and Salt 
Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention were headlining Friday and Saturday
night (the 13th and 14th). The Jefferson Airplane had played the Capitol
Theater in Port Chester on Friday the 13th. On the 14th, Grace Slick comes
on stage and announces on behalf of Bill Graham that the Dead and the
Airplane will be playing a surprise concert at the Fillmore East on Monday,
November 16th. This weekend, the Dead were playing in Brooklyn (46th Street
Rock Palace). The Airplane were playing Syracuse on Sunday the 15th, and
both the Dead and the Airplane had numerous gigs in the New York area in the
next 12 days, but Monday seemed to be a free night. 

11.16.70 Fillmore East Grateful Dead/Hot Tuna 
A very pregnant Grace Slick is unable to make the Fillmore East show, but
apparently Hot Tuna substitutes for them on the bill. As the entry in
Deadlists shows, Jorma, Jack and Papa John Creach participate on numerous
songs with the Dead. Steve Winwood also sits in on organ. Traffic was
scheduled to play Fillmore East on Wednesday and Thursday (11.18-19.70) of
the week. The fact that this show was a late, mid-week addition explains why
Fillmore East handbills and programs never mention the 11.16.70 show--it
wasn't even announced until a few days before the show, so it was never part
of any schedule, nor is it listed in the fine list at the end of Amalie
Rothschild's book Live At Fillmore East. 

11.18-19.70 Fillmore East Traffic/Cat Stevens/Hammer 
Traffic, with its new four-piece lineup, headlines Fillmore East and records
a live album. The album is ostensibly lost, and definitely scrapped, for
various complicated reasons, detailed at

11.23.70 Anderson Theater Hell's Angels Benefit Grateful Dead/NRPS: possibly
This event is shrouded in confusion. A Grateful Dead tape has circulated for
many years dated 11.23.70, with Steve Winwood and others sitting in. A
reputedly excellent (though unheard by me) live Traffic board tape dated
11.23.70 has also circulated. Since Traffic only had the four-piece lineup
very briefly (Winwood, Wood, Capaldi, Grech), it is easy to insure that the
tape is from this period. Legend has it that this tape was recorded by the
Dead's sound crew when Traffic opened for them at the Anderson Theater

Rock Scully, in his book Living With The Dead, describes this event in some
detail (p.201 and following). The Anderson was a rundown theater near the
Fillmore East, and this event was a personal favor for the Hells Angels. A
generator had to be hired to provide power. Scully recalls The Dead, Riders,
Traffic and Ramblin Jack playing the event. It is easy to criticize Scully's
book as he his memory is well-pickled by drugs and time (as he cheerily
admits) and his co-writer's research was not exactly University quality.
Nonetheless, Scully was actually there. The key question in my mind is
whether Scully recalls Traffic members being there--which I don't doubt--or
recalls the band actually playing an entire set. The Anderson Theater gig
sounded like a giant party. I wouldn't be surprised if Traffic had come out
and played a few numbers on the Dead's equipment, but that's hardly proof of
an entire show. By the same token, anything is possible. 


Bill Graham's announcement of the show points towards a Fillmore East
recording, unless there was some pranksterish editing involved. 

What were the Dead and their crew doing on 11.18.70? We know they had gigs
later in the week (11.20.70 Rochester, for example), so they hadn't left
town. We also know that soundman John Chester had set up a taping system at
Fillmore East (from Dick's Picks). It seems perfectly plausible that
enterprising Dead crew members collabarated with the local soundmen to make
a tape of their friends for their own edification. This begs the question,
however, of why the tape is labeled 11.23.70 instead of 11.18.70. 

Another possiblity, of course, is that Traffic simply gave the Dead a dub of
a board tape from the live recordings. This still begs the question of why
the show is misdated, but it implies an easy answer: UA Records would not
have been comfortable with a board tape that they paid for circulating
freely, so Traffic (clearly not friends with their company at this point
anyway) simply asserted that it was recorded at the Anderson on 11.23.70.
Since everyone was high as a kite, and no record company people were likely
at a Monday night Hell's Angels Benefit in the East Village, it was a
plausible cover story. 

Of course, none of these suppostions prove anything. No doubt the real story
is even better, should we ever get to hear it. corry 

Corry Arnold
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