Dead & Company kicked off their 2018 summer tour last Wednesday night with a (free-streamed) concert at Mansfield, Massachusetts’ Xfinity Center. As the tour continues throughout the summer months, the surviving members of the Grateful Dead family announced on Tuesday that the eighth installment of their “Meet-Up at the Movies” will take place in over 500 theaters across the country on Aug. 1 this year.
For the eighth annual Deadhead cinematic meet-up, the Grateful Dead have selected their July 7, 1989 performance from Philadelphia’s John F. Kennedy Stadium to be screened in full for audiences to relieve one of the more memorable shows from the latter half of their career. According to the report, Rhino Entertainment and Fathom Events are helping to put on the annual tradition with “newly-remastered footage” of the 1989 concert, which was initially released back in 2010 as a live album titled, Crimson White & Indigo. The performance from 1989 features a total of 19 songs ranging from “Hell In A Bucket” and “Iko Iko” to classic favorites like Phil Lesh’s “Box of Rain” and their famous transition from “Scarlet Begonias” into “Fire On The Mountain.” Video of the band playing "Iko Iko" from the performance can be watched/heard in full above.
“For nearly a decade now, fans have looked forward to the summer to get together with ‘family’ in movie theaters across the nation for the annual ‘meet-up,’” Fathom Events CEO Ray Nutt said about this year’s movie meet-up. “We’re proud to partner with Rhino again this year to bring this special event, featuring one of America’s most treasured rock bands, to some of the world’s most devoted fans.”
Fans can click here to find a participating movie theatre nearest to them, along with links to pre-purchase their ticket.
The 1989 show came towards the final chapter of the Grateful Dead’s long, strange journey, just as they were at the height of their mainstream success after many years as an underground acts leftover from the counterculture era. Dead & Company, which includes three original members of the band, continue their summer tour throughout June and into July before coming to an end with a pair of concerts at Boulder, Colorado’s Folsom Field on July 13-14. Fans can also click here to purchase tickets to see Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band perform in select cities across North America this summer.