Grateful Dead Performs ‘Shakedown Street’ At Soldier Field Debut In 1991


The Grateful Dead’s performance of “Shakedown Street” from June 22, 1991 at Soldier Field in Chicago is this week’s installment of the All The Years Live video series. Clocking in at over 15 minutes, this version of the title track from the band’s 1978 studio album was well-jammed and took place at the Grateful Dead’s Soldier Field debut. Four years later, the stadium would host the Dead’s final concerts.

“From the excellent Summer Tour of 1991, featuring the dual keyboard attack of Vince Welnick and Bruce Hornsby, this ‘Shakedown Street’ has a relentless drive and focus, typical of the Dead’s performances during this era,” said Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux. “This is from the Dead’s first appearance at Chicago’s Soldier Field.”

The previous installment of All The Years Live featured the Grateful Dead’s performance of “My Brother Esau” from July 24, 1987. Prior videos include “Blow Away” from July 16, 1990, “Touch Of Grey” from July 4, 1989 in Orchard Park, “Box of Rain” from July 7, 1989 at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia, “China Cat Sunflower” and “I Know You Rider” from July 6, 1990, “Morning Dew” from October 18, 1974, “Sugar Magnolia,” “Scarlet Begonias” and “Fire On The Mountain” from December 31, 1978, “Reuben & Cherise” from June 6, 1991, “Estimated Prophet” from July 8, 1990 and “Wang Dang Doodle” from June 14, 1991.

Watch the Grateful Dead’s performance of “Shakedown Street” from June 22, 1991 below:

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