The highlight comes from the July 2, 1989 concert in Foxboro, Mass., which will be broadcast in theaters on Wednesday
The Grateful Dead may have ended their long, strange trip when they performed their final shows in Chicago last July, but the psychedelic pioneers are still giving Deadheads plenty of ways to enjoy their music. This summer, the John Mayer-featuring offshoot Dead & Company will hit the road, and theaters across the country will broadcast unreleased footage Wednesday of a classic 1989 show as part of the Grateful Dead’s sixth annual “Meet-Up at the Movies” event.
The July 2, 1989 show occurred at Sullivan Stadium — the former home of the New England Patriots in Foxboro, Mass. — and includes a bevy of the group’s classics including “Playing in the Band” and “Sugar Magnolia.” The Dead also covered Bob Dylan’s “Queen Jane Approximately” and Traffic’s “Dear Mr. Fantasy” at the show.
The band’s legendary run at Wisconsin’s Alpine Valley Music Theater took place two weeks later and was documented in last year’s iteration of “Meet-Up at the Movies.” The 1989 summer tour remains a Deadhead favorite because Jerry Garcia had hit a late-career peak and longtime keyboardist Brent Mydland died the following year.
In addition to footage of the Sullivan Stadium gig, the event will feature performance footage from Dead & Company’s fall 2015 tour. Later this month, 4AD Records and Red Hot will release Day of the Dead, a 59-track compilation of Grateful Dead covers by the likes of the National, Mumford & Sons, and Courtney Barnett.
Check out the Dead’s rendition of “Truckin'” from the show below, and head over to Fathom Events for more information about participating theaters.