As part of their ongoing All The Years Live video series, Grateful Dead HQ has turned back the clock to July 7, 1989 for a free-spirited “Iko Iko” live from Philadelphia’s JFK Stadium.
“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,” said GD archivist/legacy manager David Lemieux. “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.”
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Watch the 7/7/89 “Iko Iko” below: