Grateful Dead Issues ‘R.F.K. Stadium Washington D.C. 1989’ Set


Today, the Grateful Dead has issued a new archival release entitled R.F.K. Stadium Washington D.C. 1989. The box set features every note played at the iconic band’s concerts at R.F.K. Stadium in Washington D.C. on July 12 and 13, 1989.

Fans who attended this year’s Meet-Up At The Movies watched footage of the Dead’s July 12, 1989 concert in Washington D.C. Now, Deadheads can listen to recordings culled from the group’s master 24-track analog tapes, which were mixed at TRI Studios by Jeffrey Norman and mastered in HDCD by David Glasser. R.F.K. Stadium Washington D.C. 1989 was issued as a six-disc physical release in addition to streaming versions and digital downloads available for download in Apple Lossless and FLAC 192/24 formats.

“RFK Stadium ’89 fell right in the middle of one of the best tours of the last 15 years of Grateful Dead performances, with these shows being the sixth and seventh of an 11-show tour,” said David Lemieux, Grateful Dead archivist and the box set’s producer. “This tour is widely considered the start of a nine month period of sustained excellence, which ran from Summer ’89 through Spring ’90. The RFK shows are as good as any of the more famous shows from this period, including July 4 in Buffalo, July 7 in Philadelphia, and the Alpine run. When Bob Weir has asked me to provide copies of Grateful Dead songs to give to his bandmates to learn and rehearse, he almost always requests Summer ’89, and I’ve often drawn upon the RFK shows for this purpose. It’s really that good!”

The core lineup at the time of guitarists Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir along with drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann plus bassist Phil Lesh and keyboardist Brent Mydland were joined by future member Bruce Hornsby during both RFK ‘89 shows. Listen for Hornsby’s addition of accordion to an unusual second set “Sugaree” as well as “Man Smart (Woman Smarter)” on the 12th. Hornsby’s contributions to the second night were when he added accordion to “Tennessee Jed” and “Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again.”

Stream the entire set:

RFK Stadium 1989 Box Tracklist

R.F.K. Stadium, Washington, D.C. (7/12/89)

  1. Touch Of Grey
  2. New Minglewood Blues
  3. Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo
  4. Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues
  5. Far From Me
  6. Cassidy
  7. Friend Of The Devil
  8. Promised Land
  9. Sugaree >
  10. Man Smart, Woman Smarter
  11. Ship Of Fools >
  12. Estimated Prophet >
  13. Eyes Of The World >
  14. Drums >
  15. I Need A Miracle >
  16. Dear Mr. Fantasy >
  17. Black Peter >
  18. Turn On Your Lovelight >
  19. Black Muddy River

R.F.K. Stadium, Washington, D.C. (7/13/89)

  1. Hell In A Bucket
  2. Cold Rain And Snow
  3. Little Red Rooster
  4. Tennessee Jed
  5. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again
  6. To Lay Me Down
  7. Let It Grow
  8. He’s Gone
  9. Looks Like Rain
  10. Terrapin Station
  11. Drums
  12. Space
  13. I Will Take You Home
  14. The Other One
  15. Wharf Rat
  16. Throwing Stones
  17. Good Lovin’
  18. U.S. Blues