Today In Grateful Dead History: July 9, 1989 – Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ

giantsstealie Happy Argentine Independence Day!

There are only two shows available for this date in history, this one and the band’s final performance in 1995.  I chose this 1989 performance and I think I chose wisely.

The show opens with Shakedown Street and the band is immediately on its game, turning in a blistering performance that catches your attention.  Victim or the Crime, one of my least favorite Dead songs, is really well done here, with all of the band members in synch and feeling the moment.  Bird Song closes things out, and although there isn’t really anything great about this version, it caps an upbeat, well-played first set.

Like the first set, the second starts off with a bang, in this case a spirited China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider.  The next few songs, while promising on the setlist, really don’t get moving in any particular direction, but the pace picks up again at the end with Goin’ Down The Road Feeling Bad>Throwing Stones>Not Fade AwayNot Fade Away in particular rocks hard and is a really captivating version of the song in all its end-of-the-80’s glory.  The crowd keeps chanting the tune until the band comes back and plays everyone home with a Brokedown Palace encore, just like they would six years later when I saw them at Giants Stadium.

This show isn’t going to win any awards, but it’s a nice up-tempo performance with a good setlist and well played songs.  Unlike the other option available today.

Here’s the Charlie Miller soundboard:


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