Grateful Dead

Concert Collection: July 4th 1989 T-Shirt

Red and white, blue suede shoes... Celebrate Independence Day with our very first concert tee featuring a new depiction of the classic Truckin' Up to Buffalo July 4th show, Orchard Park, NY 7/4/89, by artist Matt Adams.

Product Details

This t-shirt is part of the Concert Collection
Made in USA
Fits true to size.
100% Cotton
Color: Midnight Navy
Style: Next Level exclusive, quantities limited

Original art by Matt Adams


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mbarilla's picture
Joined: Aug 8 2013
Best dead merch stealth ? have you seen Anthem of the Sun tee

Hot pink Anthem writing embossed a little, on purple tee. Coolest tee they have sold on this site in years , even better than the 1973-1974 Pacific Northwest tee !! Way better seen them all in person

Jerry guitar inlay tee, I got a few with Rosebud, Alligator, and Tiger. Those are cool

Some of my favorite dead shirts are not stealth at all lol AOXOMOXOA cover art , very trippy

Europe 72 tee the ice cream kid on front and Rainbow with boot and globe on the back

Sly lightning bolt ? Lol I got a tee from 1985 with a lightning bolt almost 2 feet long , front has a jumble of skulls on it with red white and blue blurred together

Thin's picture
Joined: Jun 21 2013
sizing, sharp-cheddar art

Yah, If XXX-Large isn't big enough, you have bigger issues than finding a nifty novelty T. No offense, but it reminds me of the Seinfeld stand-up about laundry: "Now they show you how detergents take out bloodstains, a pretty violent image there. I think if you've got a T-shirt with a bloodstain all over it, maybe laundry isn't your biggest problem."

I'm with ya Patagonia... the best Dead merch is stealth Dead merch... A sly lightning bolt, a carrion crow, the eagle graphic from Go To Heaven, Turtles, Kelly-Mouse art, Jerry's guitar inlays.... Something that elicits a wink from a fellow head but no one else recognizes. I'm suspicious of billboard Deadheads.

On the other hand, I think the shirt accompanying the new box set is awesome!

PatagonianFox's picture
Joined: Oct 25 2011
become a walking billboard.

man, that shirt is ugly!

IMO small tasteful graphics are the way to go. i don't want someone to be able to read my t-shirt from a block away.


mbarilla's picture
Joined: Aug 8 2013
Roguedeadguy lol I get it

The people at the top should have taken your suggestions lol , I'm still wearing the shirt now, forgot to shower. The shirt reminds me a little of when liquid blue around 2010 was picking specific shows and creating shirts for them. Hampton March 1986 was one, 7.2.89 foxboro, other ones I have seen are from L.A Forum, Philly Spectrum both 90s

For 7.7.89 they should use the same graphic as this 7.4.89 and just swap dates. just kidding once was bad enough. 1989 Summer Tour has one of my all-time favorite dead shirts , the bandana wearing keyboard player smoking, it would have been cool to see an homage to that shirt. Got the feeling the Citifield Dead and Company 2018 poster was a tribute to the Summer 1989 Reonegro image

Rhino release a tee with Live Dead cover art / images, front and back if possible !!! I have the AOXOMOXOA tee from GDM mid 90s, I would most likely buy a new one ( love the Anthem shirt ) if the 50th anniversary tees are done, but a Live Dead tee would be awesome as well !

Been spinning Orpheum 1976 , 8.27.72 , and Dicks Picks 6 Hartford ~ 10.14.83 for most of weekend

10.14.83 !!!

They Love Each Other
Scarlet - > Fire -> Estimated Eyes -> Drums -> Jam - The Other One -> Stella Blue !!!

Roguedeadguy's picture
Joined: Jul 22 2016
The Concept

Is to sell some merch :)

I see it as a retro tour shirt, bsaically. A casual observer wouldn't know that you didn't get it at the show in 89. You could make up some wild story about Truckin Up to Buffalo with a couple buddies and a sheet of blotter. Unless you already had such a story and didnt have to make one up . . .

I like this shirt. I'm generally opposed to having a concert shirt for a concert I didnt actually attend tho. But its cool.

I'm surprised they didnt do the 7-7 show and tie it in with MUATM. There's some cross promotional synergies right there.

mbarilla's picture
Joined: Aug 8 2013
jaydoublu - I agree, I don't understand concept either

I bought the shirt though, already delivered and wearing it right now. If you are in the market for a new tee, I suggest the Anthem of the Sun shirt.

The new take or updated artwork for this 4th of July is a little sloppy in my opinion. Rhino look at examples from Greek June 1986 artwork, that is a proper bus driver lol

Joined: Dec 8 2008
I'm not sure I'm

I'm not sure I'm understanding the concept.

So this was based on an interpretation of the 7/4/89 release? It has nothing to do with anything from the actual venue, on the specific date?

Joined: Jul 2 2015
Belmont 8th Race today

Horse called China Rider. can't be a shitty horse imo.

unkle sam's picture
Joined: Oct 3 2008
whoa nelly

I was all set, saw this first thing this am and put one in my cart, went through all that and when it came time to pay I saw the real price, with tax and shipping 35.00, closed cart and went away, why so much shipping charge? this shirt weights about what 6 oz. What next? stitching fees? lol

Joined: Jan 13 2010
shittyhorse...great username. lol,

put down the donut. lol. coming from a chef. lol.

shittyhorse's picture
Joined: Sep 2 2015
Bigger is Beautiful

Would you say that to Bill Walton? Heads come in all shapes and sizes, brother. Diversity is a spice of life.

pholkiephred's picture
Joined: Dec 21 2007

First shirt in the collection and it's a show I was at!

pholkiephred's picture
Joined: Dec 21 2007

If XXX Large isn't big enough it may be time to put down the donut. lol

Joined: Jun 27 2018
Concert collection

I like it! Look forward to seeing some that I was at...

Joined: Aug 5 2017
GD Tees

Would love to see bigger sizes offered on the tees.

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