25 Years Ago Today: Dylan and The Dead @ Meadowlands

Twenty-five years ago this summer, the Grateful Dead embarked upon a five-show stadium tour with longtime friend Bob Dylan. The tour was a massive success at the box office and led to the release of the Dylan & the Dead live album in 1989. Each show started with a pair of sets by the Dead, followed by a set in which the Bay Area greats backed Dylan.

[Tour Publicity Photo by Herb Greene]

On this date in 1987 the Dylan & the Dead Tour rolled into East Rutherford, New Jersey for a performance at Giants Stadium in the Meadowlands Sports Complex. YouTuber Voodoonola2 has shared a video featuring most of the show that’s culled from professionally-shot and fan-shot footage, along with the best available audio. We’re thinking some of the footage was shot by Justin Kreutzmann, GD drummer Billy K.’s son, since it was filmed from a unique on-stage vantage point. Let’s celebrate the show’s 25th anniversary by watching the 3+ hour clip…

Dylan and the Dead – July 12, 1987

Set 1: Loser, Tons Of Steel, Ramble On Rose, When I Paint My Masterpiece, When Push Comes To Shove, The Promised Land, Bertha 36:55

Set 2: Morning Dew 43:48, Playing In The Band 54:24, Drums, Space, The Other One, Stella Blue, Throwin’ Stones, Not Fade Away

Set 3 with Bob Dylan: Slow Train Coming, Memphis Blues, Tomorrow is a Long Time, Highway 61, Baby Blue, Thin Man, John Brown, Wicked Messenger, Queen Jane, Chimes of Freedom, Joey, All Along the Watchtower, Times a Changing

Encore: Touch of Grey, Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door

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