Watch Grateful Dead Cover ‘Iko Iko’ In Denver 1991: Pro-Shot Video
See GD perform the NOLA-related number at their ’91 summer tour closer.
By Nate Todd Feb 25, 2022 • 9:40 am PST
The Grateful Dead shared pro-shot video of “Iko Iko” for this week’s All The Years Live installment. The footage is from GD’s June 28, 1991 concert at Mile High Stadium in Denver.
The New Orleans-related “Iko Iko” was first recorded by James “Sugar Boy” Crawford and his Cane Cutters in 1953 with the Dixie Cups having a hit with the song in 1965. The Grateful Dead debuted “Iko Iko” on May 15, 1977 in St. Louis, as per The Setlist Program.
As Dead archivist David Lemieux points out in his notes accompanying the video, the “Iko Iko” at the ‘91 summer tour closer in Denver came in an unusual slot:
Wrapping up their Summer Tour of 1991 with a show at Denver’s Mile High Stadium, the Dead played this “Iko Iko” in an unexpected first set position, toward the end of the set for this song that was traditionally a set opener. Features the always fun accordion stylings of Bruce Hornsby.
Watch GD perform “Iko Iko” from Denver in ’91 below: