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.
How many of the 8 Radio City, 15? Warfield shows in 1980 were filmed from beginning to end? The Dead Ahead video release is some from Hallowen, some from other nights I think. One of them in complete show form would be a great MUAM.
First of all - I look forward to attending these events. Great opportunity to watch a great show and meet new GD friends in Wisconsin.
Looking at the eight events, 2 from '72, 1 from '74, and 5 from '89. Like others - I agree we need to have some variety. Many of us have the DVD's that were released and '89 doesn't provide the WOW factor it once did.
I would suggest that you follow up Dave's picks releases and have MUATM represent one of those years or actual concerts that were released.
I need to feel the "WOW".
I acknowledge what you're saying is totally the case, but would rather see something new to us, e.g. the blurry, wobbly Duke 78 footage perhaps synced with crystal clear audio, than a show that's already been out for a long time on DVD.
Speaking of classic multiple camera footage shows, though: is the video footage still intact in some form from all five nights at Winterland in October '74? The movie is cool and all, but I was under the impression that ALL FIVE of those nights, 16th-20th, were on multiple camera footage, and any one of them would be really cool to see uninterrupted in theaters nowadays. But I don't know if they're still intact or if they were edited and diced to make the movie and the rest was just dumped somewhere, whatever...
Footage from 70s Dead (and early 80s dead) in complete show form seems pretty rare, considering the number of shows. It's doubtful there is anything as high quality as that 70 minute set from Germany in '72 or as awesome overall as Oregon '72. Better learn to love '89-'95 if you want to go to MUAM forever and ever every year till you die!
People are acting like they've got multiple camera footage of as many shows as audio recordings. Needless to say, they don't. There are no multiple camera reels of Hampton; what you've seen on youtube is individual fan handycam footage, etc. '89 summer tour was actually rare in that every show was video recorded, Alpine as well as stadium shows, most tours weren't, even summer tours. Think some in '90 were, like RFK, but not the whole tour. Unfortunately this series is going to be pretty limited. The Buffalo July 4th was released on DVD but not at Meet up at the movies. Don't be surprised if that's the one next year.
I'm STILL waiting on Giants '89! My first shows.
Like RI Tom, this seems like a very strange choice. And disappointing because it's nothing new. July 7 JFK is a great show, and will be fun in the theaters, but it's already out. Summer 1989 is great stuff, probably the best run of the later day Grateful Dead through Spring 1990, but still there were other shows to choose from. As big as last year was as far as new releases, it's been kind of a down year this year. The re-issue of the LP's is entirely predictable. Hopefully a boxed set from a great time frame still is still going to happen this year.
Not feeling particularly interested in a Meet-Up for a show that was already officially released on video almost 10 years ago...seems like a strange choice.
Didn't they do this one already, a few years ago?
I distinctly remember seeing that crumbly old Philly stadium on the big screen, and remembering it was the last show there, before they tore it down...
OK, most will agree '89 was a good touring year. But now 5 of the 8 MUATM to-date from the same month/year?? I expect a little more variety from a band that played well over 2000 shows over 30 years...
If a show from 1989 why not either 10/8 or 10/9?