Grateful Dead Performs ‘Throwing Stones’ On New Year’s Eve 1987: Pro-Shot Video

By Scott Bernstein Dec 26, 2019 8:10 am PST

The Grateful Dead‘s final 2019 installment of the All The Years Live video series features a performance of “Throwing Stones” from the band’s New Year’s Eve 1987 concert. Bob Weir led the Dead through the song towards the end of their second of three sets at the Oakland Coliseum on December 31, 1987.

“Debuting in September 1982, ‘Throwing Stones’ rather quickly found a home as the penultimate song of many Grateful Dead second sets in the final decade+ of the Dead’s touring activities,” noted GD archivist David Lemieux. “Usually followed by ‘Not Fade Away,’ ‘Throwing Stones’ was a powerful Weir-Barlow song with a political message, a rarity for the Grateful Dead. Now, nearly forty years after its debut, its message still resonates, perhaps more strongly than ever.”

Watch the Grateful Dead’s December 31, 1987 performance of “Throwing Stones” below:

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