August 1st - 8th Annual Meet-Up At The Movies
Come one, come all! On August 1st, we'll be bringing the boogie back to your favorite local moving picture house for the 8th Annual Grateful Dead Meet-Up at the Movies. This year's special cinema event is the full concert from July 7, 1989 at Philadelphia’s John F. Kennedy Stadium.
The final show at the historic venue, this one offers a peak snapshot of the Dead’s 1989 tour, where the band played to some of its biggest audiences ever, a result of the group’s only Top 40 hit, “Touch of Grey.” On this super-hot night (literally and figuratively), the Dead blazed through staples like "Hell In A Bucket" and "Scarlet Begonias," got in a few Blues, and pulled out a pair from the upcoming Built To Last- the aching ballad “Standing On The Moon” into the poignant “Blow Away,” a song co-written by keyboardist Brent Mydland, who sadly died a year later. And the last song ever performed at JFK Stadium? It was the Dead's cover of Dylan's "Knockin' On Heaven's Door."
Gather up your Grateful tribe and be sure to come on down early - we'll be revealing an exclusive look at the Dead's soon-to-be-announced 2018 boxed set.
It was after the show (and the encore) at our theater. If you left while the credits were rolling you might have missed it
Our theater didn't show a sneak peek of the box set before or after the show. Anyone else not see it? We got there at 6:30 too.
but dang, those recliners were way too comfy.
Great to get out and see the boys.
show something that hasn't been shown before.
there MUST be other shows to offer up.
This was great! Some random thoughts from someone who had never owned the Crimson, White & Indigo set (this show was new to me):
Little Red Rooster has never been one of my favorite songs in the Dead repertoire, but Brent KILLS it on this one. Even Bobby’s slide couldn’t ruin this rendition. Also great versions of Scarlet and Wharf Rat, and a very psychedelic Drums (I think I like Drums more than most).
Unpopular opinion alert, but this show did nothing to change my long held feeling that the Dead’s Dylan covers are a slog and almost always break the momentum of a show. Set killers, every time (and I love Dylan).
Camera work was occasionally pretty annoying, especially during the second set, as Bosco points out. The 1989 production values and, err, special effects--like the 3 minute static shot of a cymbal while the camera goes in and out of focus (trippy, maaaan) and long shots of Mickey’s arm and stuff--were definitely a distraction. And I wish the commercial for the box set was longer and more interesting (still no unboxing’ video!!). But yeah, overall, this was an above average '89 show in my opinion. Sound at the theater was fine! Glad I went.
Only about 15 people there, which may not bode well for the theater hosting a Meet-Up next year, according to the old head sitting next to me. Hope he's wrong about that.
not a cell phone in sight
ah, the good old days
I closed my eyes and listened for much of it
I take back all of my apathy toward 89-90 GD
"sell everything", and let's go on tour!
I had to take note about the DC crowd in last nights movie. No cell phones, very few tattooed people, heroin was a much smaller problem, add in all white powders.
Brent was a stand out. A tiger in a human body.
Attendance in Albuquerque was anemic. But that didn't stop me from dancing, starting with Let it Grow.
Peace Out / Love In
was at the va beach screening! wow once we got them to crank the system it was rockin in there! wooo!!