The Grateful Dead continue their All The Years Live series today on YouTube with the release of official pro-shot video from the JFK Stadium show on July 7, 1989. In the number two slot in the first set, the band launched into a slightly pepped-up version of “Iko Iko” and got everyone grooving.
Here’s what David Lemieux had to say about the performance:
“One of the largest crowds to see the Grateful Dead perform live in the 1980s and 1990s, at the last-ever concert at Philadelphia’s JFK Stadium, the July 7, 1989 audience was treated with one of the best shows of 1989, a year that’s widely considered one of the most consistently great of the Dead’s 30 year touring history. Opening with Hell In A Bucket, the band then jumped right into their unofficial party anthem, a song that was always certain to get everyone up and dancing: Iko Iko. This staple of the New Orleans sound at which the Dead were adept at playing was always a buoyant, ebullient entry in any Grateful Dead setlist. As you’ll see in the video, the band has much fun playing it on this night as we all had dancing to it.”
Check it out here.