Throwback Thursday - 1987 - My Friends Jerry, Carlos and I Create a Little Fire

April 9, 2015

Yes, there was fire in Petaluma, California on this night. Feburary 15, 1987.  Just my friends and I doing what we do. This version of "Fire On The Mountain" was played with amazing musicians including Baba Olatunji, Carlos Santana, Hamza el-Din, Bobby Vega, Sikiru Adepoju, and others.

""Fire" was penned at my ranch with lyricist Robert Hunter, who describes the moment this way: ""Fire On The Mountain' was written in heated inspiration as the surrounding hills blazed and the fire approached the recording studio where we were working..."

I recorded a proto-rap version of "Fire" in 1974. You can check it out here:

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It also appeared as "Happiness is Drumming" on my 1976 studio album, Diga as an instrumental.

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We first played "Fire" as the Grateful Dead on March 18, 1977 at the Winterland Arena in San Francisco - closing the first set following its soon to be eternal partner, "Scarlet Begonias."

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This combination of tunes, which frequently enclosed some wonderful jamming, came to be known as "Scarlet Fire."
There were a handful of occasions where "Fire" appeared without "Scarlet," but very rarely.