The Grateful Dead Performs ‘Touch Of Grey’ In 1989
For the latest installment of their All The Years Live video series, the Grateful Dead have released a celebratory clip from their July 4, 1989 performance in Orchard Park, New New York. The video finds the pioneering jam act performing a triumphant “Touch of Grey” during their Independence Day show at Rich Stadium.
As the band’s archivist noted in a statement:
The second set-opening Touch Of Grey is a triumphant rendition, one that Dick Latvala, when he first heard it, commented ‘that’s the best Touch Of Grey I’ve ever heard!’ This was the Dead’s first full stadium tour as headliners (they played stadium tours in 1986 with Dylan and Petty, and in 1987 with Dylan), and they played so well during this tour that they made these massive venues feel intimate.
Most recently, the group released “Box of Rain” from July 7, 1989 at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia as part of their All The Years Live series. The Grateful Dead have also previously released “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 clip, which was released exactly on its 30th anniversary, below: