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Entertainment Weekly


Watch the Grateful Dead tear through 'Estimated Prophet' at 1989 gig

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For a seventh consecutive year, Deadheads will be able to enjoy the Grateful Dead during a one-night-only special event at select movie theaters.

As part of the iconic band’s annual “Meet-Up at the Movies” on Aug. 1 — what would’ve been Jerry Garcia’s 75th birthday — Fathom Events will present a previously unreleased concert film of the group’s July 12, 1989 show that occurred at Washington, D.C.’s RFK Stadium. EW is excited to premiere a clip of the Dead’s rendition of “Estimated Prophet,” streaming above.

Penned by Bob Weir and his lyric-writing partner John Perry Barlow, “Estimated Prophet” opened the band’s ninth studio album, 1977’s Terrapin Station. Upon its debut in February 1977, the song became a staple of their live repertoire until they performed their final show with Garcia in July 1995.

The scorching RFK set includes plenty of other beloved cuts, such as the jazzy Wake of the Flood track “Eyes of the World,” folky jams “Friend of the Devil” and “Black Peter,” and “Touch of Grey,” the 1987 hit that yielded the Dead their only Top 40 song. The band also played covers of Bob Dylan’s “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues” and Traffic’s “Dear Mr. Fantasy.”

Like the previous two installments of “Meet-Up at the Movies,” this year’s event features a gig from July 1989. (Their July 19, 1989 show aired in 2015 and their July 2, 1989 concert was shown last year.) The summer ’89 tour stands out because it captured Garcia at a late-career peak and took place before keyboardist Brent Mydland died the following year.

Though the Grateful Dead officially retired in July 2015 — the “Core Four” of Weir, bassist Phil Lesh, and drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann have pledged to never perform together again — the Dead’s spirit has been alive and well. Weir, Hart, and Kreutzmann have staged multiple tours with John Mayer and other musicians as Dead & Company, including one this summer that just wrapped. Late last year, Weir released Blue Mountain, his first solo album in years.

The Grateful Dead have been a smash at cinemas as well. In April, 1977’s The Grateful Dead Movie hit theaters for a night. Long Strange Trip, an exhaustive, four-hour documentary about the band, debuted on Amazon the following month.

For more info about this year’s “Meet-Up at the Movies,” visit Fathom Events’ site.