For a brief time in 1965, The Grateful Dead were known as The Warlocks. No, this six-CD set isn't a long-lost document of era. What is is, however, is a fascinating portrait of the band at the height of its fame revving up for a tour and having a little fun in the process.
In 1989, The Grateful Dead preceded their five-night Meadowlands Arena run with two stealth shows at the Hampton Coliseum in Virginia. Billing themselves as Formerly The Warlocks, the Dead stretched out on some of their best-loved songs such as Help On The Way, Slipknot!, Franklin’s Tower, along with an a capella We Bid You Goodnight.
Two Grateful Dead shows beautifully rendered? Even if you're a Friend Of The Devil, you'll be in heaven with Formerly The Warlocks.