Grateful Dead Performs ‘Stagger Lee’ In 1989


This week’s installment of the Grateful Dead’s All The Years Live video series features a performance of “Stagger Lee” from July 4, 1989 at Rich Stadium in Orchard Park, New York. The entire concert was released as Truckin’ To Buffalo in 2005.

“The show that was very nearly View From The Vault Vol. 1, July 4, 1989 is one of the best shows of an outstanding tour, including a few surprises, and remarkably tight playing throughout, from the opening ‘Bertha’ to the encore of ‘U.S. Blues,'” wrote Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux. “This ‘Stagger Lee’ is one of the many highlights of the first set. It’s a song that was played less than a dozen times per year 1986-1995, so it was always a treat.”

Last week, the band unveiled video of “Lazy River Road” from June 26, 1993. Previously, the Dead shared “Bird Song” from July 1, 1992. Past installments include “Shakedown Street” from June 22, 1991, “My Brother Esau” from July 24, 1987, “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 “Stagger Lee” from July 4, 1989 below:

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